Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories

Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories

The essential collection of beloved ghost stories, compiled by the editor who helped define the genre—including stories from award-winning, bestselling authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Seanan McGuire, and Paul Tremblay.Everyone loves a good ghost story, especially Ellen Datlow—the most lauded editor in short works of supernatural suspense and dark fantasy....

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Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories Reviews

  • Becky Spratford

    Star review in Booklist and on blog:

    Three Words That Describe This Book: full range of horror, modern ghost stories, coming of age themes

  • November Is Nyarlathotep The Haunted Reading Room

    ECHOES is a top-of-the-line Anthology of Ghost Stories (all new except for three classic reprints) as curated by the inimitable anthologist and editor Ellen Datlow. She has superbly accomplished this collection. Every single story frightened me, made me ponder more deeply, inspired me to check out all these authors (30 in total)....and left me with nightmares and disturbed sleep. I love Ghost stories more than any other type, so I'm in hog heaven reading ECHOES.

  • Juli

    I love ghost stories! One of my favorite fall pastimes is to sit out on my porch after sunset and read ghostly tales on my ipad for awhile. The woods across the street and quietness of our neighborhood just lend a great atmosphere to a bit of horror. Even though it isn't quite fall yet, I pushed the season this year and started my porch reading early. Cup of coffee. Neighbor's cat. Awesome book of ghost stories. Perfect!

    Ellen Datlow collected 30 stories for Echoes. This collection of

    I love ghost stories! One of my favorite fall pastimes is to sit out on my porch after sunset and read ghostly tales on my ipad for awhile. The woods across the street and quietness of our neighborhood just lend a great atmosphere to a bit of horror. Even though it isn't quite fall yet, I pushed the season this year and started my porch reading early. Cup of coffee. Neighbor's cat. Awesome book of ghost stories. Perfect!

    Ellen Datlow collected 30 stories for Echoes. This collection of stories is varied and outstanding! Some of the author's names I recognized (Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman) and others were new to me (John Langan, A.C. Wise). I'm not going to include a long list of all the writers who contributed to the anthology. But I will say that there was not a single story that I didn't enjoy. I savored this collection, only reading one or two stories a night. And I'm buying a copy for my keeper shelf. I will enjoy re-reading this anthology! My favorite? The Tree of Self-Knowledge by Stephen Graham Jones. But all the stores are good!

    This is the first story collection edited by Datlow that I've read. I'm so glad I did because not only were the stories good....but I have significantly added to my TBR list! Datlow has edited so many story collections (and my library offers many of them on its digital site!) that I will be kept in awesome short fantasy, science fiction, and horror for a long time! Woot!!

    Awesome collection! Full stars from me! :)

    **I voluntarily read a review copy of this story anthology from Saga Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  • Fiona

    Ellen Datlow is one of the most reliable anthology editors working today - with a great focus on variety and storytelling, her anthologies have something for every reader. As with every collection of stories, that does mean that not every story will work for every reader, but most will find a good number to enjoy here.

    For me, this time, there were very few misses and a couple of big hits. With the misses, there weren't any stories I'd say I didn't enjoy reading - but the endings let

    Ellen Datlow is one of the most reliable anthology editors working today - with a great focus on variety and storytelling, her anthologies have something for every reader. As with every collection of stories, that does mean that not every story will work for every reader, but most will find a good number to enjoy here.

    For me, this time, there were very few misses and a couple of big hits. With the misses, there weren't any stories I'd say I didn't enjoy reading - but the endings let them down. Almost all of my misses had a kind of a "Lost" arc; very mysterious and intriguing beginning, decent storytelling throughout that kept me hooked, then an ending that just couldn't bring the loose ends together and so just sort of...stopped.

    The hits though, were pretty damn great - Natalya, Queen of the Hungry Dogs, by John Langan, is a very different take on a life long haunting, and a truly perfect story to close out the collection. About the O'Dells, by Pat Cadigan, was an unexpectedly delicious little morself of revenge, and didn't let things creep into being black and white, good and bad - instead keeping everything in shades of grey and doing so masterfully. And finally, The Puppet Motel by Gemma Files, had me so creeped out and on edge that I vowed (for the bajillionth time) to

    . It's my first from her and definitely won't be my last if I have my way.

    Overall, another solid collection, and definitely one that most readers should be able to find some spooky satisfaction in.

  • amanda

    This was a haunting collection of ghost stories told by a variety of different authors dead and living. While there are a few misses there are much more that hit their desired marks.

    My personal favorites are:

    Must Be This Tall to Ride by Seanad Mcguire

    The Puppet Motel by Gemma Files

    I always look forward to Ellen Datlow’s collections and this is a great reminder why.

  • Julie

    Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories by Ellen Datlow is a 2019 a Gallery / Saga Press publication.

    Halloween is just around the corner and of course it’s this time of the year when I usually find myself in the mood for a good old- fashioned ghost story. Yet, a good ghost story is hard to find sometimes. So, when I found this anthology in my cloud library, I checked it out on the spot.

    I was even more excited by the introduction, in which famed anthology editor, Ellen Datlow, commiserated

    Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories by Ellen Datlow is a 2019 a Gallery / Saga Press publication.

    Halloween is just around the corner and of course it’s this time of the year when I usually find myself in the mood for a good old- fashioned ghost story. Yet, a good ghost story is hard to find sometimes. So, when I found this anthology in my cloud library, I checked it out on the spot.

    I was even more excited by the introduction, in which famed anthology editor, Ellen Datlow, commiserated with those of us who are often disappointed by ‘ghost story’ compilations, which later turn out to be a catchall for anything that might fall into the realm of horror or the paranormal, but aren't exactly what one would call an authentic ghost story.

    So, I eagerly dived in, only to find that once again, a fair amount of these short stories, aren’t ghost stories, as I might define them. However, nearly all of them are weird tales or atmospheric mind-benders.

    I am not familiar with all the participating authors, but regular readers of horror novels might be.

    Paul Trembly gets the ball rolling, but other familiar names like Alice Hoffman and Joyce Carol Oates also contribute solid stories to this collection.

    by Seanan McGuire is one of the shortest stories included but is one of the best. Something about carnivals are always spooky!

    felt like more of a traditional ghost tale- which are my favorites, if I’m being honest. I also enjoyed

    by Alice Hoffman.

    As with many anthologies, especially compilations as large as this one, there are a few stories that left me scratching my head in confusion, or seemed to end too abruptly. However, most are contemporary, imaginative, and several were truly eerie, providing the chills and thrills a good ghost story should.

    If you are looking for a few supernatural flavored stories that you haven’t read or heard a thousand times before, this collection of original stories is one you’ll want to add to your Halloween reading list!!

    3.5 rounded up.

  • Sheila

    I averaged the stars from all the stories and got 3.333, so I'll give this book 3 stars overall ("I liked the book"). And I did like it! I always like Datlow's anthologies. This one contained a few gems, but nothing that absolutely blew me away. The standouts for me were stories by Alison Littlewood, Gemma Files, Carole Johnstone, and John Langan.

    This anthology contains 30 diverse ghost stories and makes a great October read. Below are quick ratings for each story:

    Ice

    I averaged the stars from all the stories and got 3.333, so I'll give this book 3 stars overall ("I liked the book"). And I did like it! I always like Datlow's anthologies. This one contained a few gems, but nothing that absolutely blew me away. The standouts for me were stories by Alison Littlewood, Gemma Files, Carole Johnstone, and John Langan.

    This anthology contains 30 diverse ghost stories and makes a great October read. Below are quick ratings for each story:

    3 stars.

    3 stars.

    3 stars.

    4 stars. A story about grief and loss, with a creepy, twisted ending that I quite liked.

    4 stars. The narrator's voice made this story stand out. A gruesome topic (domestic violence) with ghostly revenge.

    3 stars.

    2 stars.

    2 stars.

    3 stars.

    3 stars.

    3 stars.

    4 stars. I liked this tale of a vengeful ghost--but not the type of vengeance we usually see in ghost stories. Neat ghost lore.

    4 stars. I almost always like Gemma Files. This story, of a place that's haunted or just "wrong," isn't a typical haunting, but it was spooky.

    2 stars.

    4 stars. Cool story about a mummy.

    4 stars. A "traditional" ghost story set in a ship. Spooky!

    2 stars.

    3 stars.

    3 stars, but nearly 4. Most of the story was too surreal for me, but the last few paragraphs really pack a punch.

    4 stars. Another more "traditional" ghost story, about being haunted by what could have happened.

    3 stars.

    4 stars. Very pensive.

    4 stars. Short and simple, but effective.

    4 stars. Wow, what a sad story.

    4 stars. Another simple but creepy story.

    4 stars. I love the retired (or almost) couple as protagonists.

    3 stars.

    3 stars. At first, this was one of my favorite stories, but the ending was too abrupt for me. I also wanted more characterization.

    4 stars. About how tragedy is passed through generations--through people and places.

    4 stars. Once again, the John Langan story (novella?) at the end of a compilation is my favorite.

    I received this review copy from the publisher on NetGalley. Thanks for the opportunity to read and review; I appreciate it!

  • Res

    When I read horror collections, I like to think about what kind of anxiety they're expressing. This is a 2019 book; three of the stories are historical reprints chosen by the editors, and the rest were commissioned for this volume. And the anxiety that's being expressed here is overwhelmingly about mental illness, and specifically the fear that it’s contagious.

    We have violence of husband against wife, and violence of father against children. We have trauma from war, from mass shootin

    When I read horror collections, I like to think about what kind of anxiety they're expressing. This is a 2019 book; three of the stories are historical reprints chosen by the editors, and the rest were commissioned for this volume. And the anxiety that's being expressed here is overwhelmingly about mental illness, and specifically the fear that it’s contagious.

    We have violence of husband against wife, and violence of father against children. We have trauma from war, from mass shootings, from colonialism. We have a haunting that wouldn't be possible without the disconnectedness and the material uncertainty of the gig economy. Bullying by outsiders. Bullying by stepfamily. Repeated variations in which the only way the haunted person can escape from the ghost is by intentionally inflicting it on another person. And suicide, so much suicide.

    I particularly like M. Rickart's "The Shooter," because it's not shedding anxieties that the author isn't fully aware of; it's purely, incandescently angry.

  • Mel (Epic Reading)

    An anthology of ghost stories that includes Seanan McGuire!? Yep I’m in. *fingers crossed* for an ARC.

  • Karl

    Contents:

    xii - Introduction by Ellen Datlow

    001 - “Ice Cold Lemonade 25ȼ Haunted House Tour: 1 Per Person” by Paul Tremblay

    029 - “Linger Longer” by Vincent J. Masterson

    053 - “Whimper Beg” by Lee Thomas

    085 - “The July Girls” by Alison Littlewood

    107 - “About the O’Dells” by Pat Cadigan

    141 - “A Hinterlands Haunting” by Richard Kadrey

    155 - “The Number of Things You Remember” by M. L. Siemienowicz

    181 - “Must Be This Tall” by Seanan McGuire

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