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Spook Stories

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All right, the idle scamp will come, said I. I knew my father didn't want me to be in London, either.

Mark you, the idle scamp has to be pleasant, said Hugh. Well, you'll come anyhow; that's ripping. You'll see what my father means by not wanting to do anything. That's Garth.

The end of the next week saw us installed there, and never in all the first sights of the various splendours of the world that have since then been accorded to me, have I felt so magical and potent a spell as that which caught the breath in my throat when on the evening of that hot August day I first saw Garth. For a mile before the road had lain through the woods that clothe the slope above it; from there my cab emerged as from a tunnel, and there in the clear twilight, with sunset aming overhead, was the long grey facade, with the green lawns about it, and its air of antique and native tranquillity. It seemed an incarnation of the very soul and spirit of England there on the south was the line of sea, and all round it the immemorial woods. Like its oaks, like the velvet of its lawns, the house had grown from the very soil, and the life of the soil still richly nurtured it. Venice was not more authentically born from the sea, nor Egypt from the mystery of the Nile, than Garth was born from the woods of England.

There was time for a stroll round before dinner, and Hugh casually recounted the history of it. His forebears had owned it since the time of Queen Anne.

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Hardback Editions

August 2015 : USA Hardback

Title: Spook Stories
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-297-51376-2 / 978-1-297-51376-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Andesite Press
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June 1960 : USA Hardback

Title: Spook Stories (Supernatural and Occult Fiction)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 0-405-08112-X / 978-0-405-08112-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ayer Co Pub
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Paperback Editions

December 2017 : UK Paperback

Title: Spook Stories (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-330-60723-6 / 978-1-330-60723-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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September 2014 : USA Paperback

Title: Spook Stories
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson, E F Benson
ISBN: 1-5024-8803-5 / 978-1-5024-8803-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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August 2010 : USA Paperback

Title: Spook stories
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-177-00719-3 / 978-1-177-00719-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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Kindle Editions

October 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: SPOOK STORIES (Annotated and With Active Table of Contents)
Author(s): E F BENSON
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