Originally published in popular magazines, the twenty-two stories in this collection are set in all corners of the United States and were written by a range of authors known and unknown, including Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin, and Zora Neale Hurston. Whether depicting a servant who helps save the reputation of her master's dead first wife, a ghostly mother who haunts a stranger until he agrees to adopt her orphaned daughter, or a ghost who revisits her beloved husband only to discover his long-standing preference for her sister, these tales possess great psychological richness and offer first-rate entertainment even as they explore the social and psychological realities of women's lives. Each story is preceded by a biographical headnote.
"This is an important collection for anyone--scholars and general readers alike--interested in American supernatural literature. It makes accessible stories long buried in literary obscurity. Their recovery offers not only an opportunity for pleasurable reading, but also a wider context for American ghost stories, especially those written by women."—Lynette Carpenter, Ohio Wesleyan University