The Signal-Man

The Signal Man When the narrator of Charles Dickens masterful ghost story The Signalman climbs down into a lonely railway siding on a whim he finds himself in as solitary and dismal a place as ever I saw it struck

  • Title: The Signal-Man
  • Author: Charles Dickens
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • When the narrator of Charles Dickens masterful ghost story The Signalman climbs down into a lonely railway siding on a whim, he finds himself in as solitary and dismal a place as ever I saw it struck chill to me, as if I had left the natural world His misgivings turn out to be justified for the signalman who lives there has a secret, a ghostly visitor who has twicWhen the narrator of Charles Dickens masterful ghost story The Signalman climbs down into a lonely railway siding on a whim, he finds himself in as solitary and dismal a place as ever I saw it struck chill to me, as if I had left the natural world His misgivings turn out to be justified for the signalman who lives there has a secret, a ghostly visitor who has twice warned him of impending disaster, and now appears again, foretelling a coming catastrophe that neither man can predict of understand.This volume also contains Dickens comic gem The Boy at Mugby , a rollicking satire on customer service which rings as true today as id in the author s own time.

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    1. The Reading for Pleasure book club has an annual Read Dickens at the Holidays challenge. As I am in crunch time to meet reading goals for the year and still wanted to participate, I selected The Signalman, which is at most 15 pages in text. The version I chose, which was part of the anthology Classic Ghost Stories by Dickens and Others, was only 13 pages long; hence, my reason for choosing a kindle edition of this story because it most closely fits the pages read number of the story I read. So, [...]

    2. I think the chances of my liking Dickens' works is in reverse proportion of their length.Read it here:pagebypagebooks/Charle

    3. This one felt like Mr. Dickens was writing for the Twilight Zone. A very eerie ghost story, beautifully haunting and mysterious. Beware of things that go bump in the night. Bravo.

    4. I wonder if I'll ever read anything by Dickens that disappoints me! He really has a wonderful way of manipulating his reader's emotions and drawing them in to his tales which has, arguably, never been surpassed and this little Gothic charmer is no exception. A half-dozen pages long and subtitled 'To be Read at Dusk,' this is a classic miniature ghost story of dark prose and long shadows. Unsettling and masterful.

    5. I'm still adapting to Dicken's language. This story gives a deep, sinking scare in the gut. A man working on train tracks sees a ghost waving and people start dying. The narrator listens to the man's story and confession he saw the ghost a few hours before. Who will die next?

    6. (1866) I believe I read this one years ago it seemed familiar.Out for a stroll, a man decides on a whim to strike up a conversation with the railroad-worker he encounters. The signal-man seems intelligent and interesting - but something is clearly bothering him. When he starts talking about strange spectres and phantom bells, his new acquaintance begins to seriously consider trying to get him to seek help.However, there may be more to the eerie manifestations the signal-man reported than those o [...]

    7. "A Ghost Story for Christmas"- 2.5 starsIntroduction Excerpt:"The telling or reading of ghost stories during long, dark and cold Christmas nights is a yuletide ritual which dates to at least the eighteenth century, and was once as much a part of Christmas tradition as decorating fir trees, feasting on goose and the singing of carols. During the Victorian era many magazines printed ghost stories specifically for the Christmas season. These "winter tales" did not necessarily explore Christmas them [...]

    8. I've never read a Dicken's novel before, I always felt like I would come out of them dumbfounded his writing seems too intellectual and educational for my little brain. But, this is just a ghost story, so it was easy enough to get on with!Yes, I enjoyed this, but it wasn't my favourite short story. A classic old school ghost story, but it could have been so much creepier than it was, so that let me down. There is a slight pang of shock at the tail end of this short, but it's nothing to write hom [...]

    9. This is a very short story that was written a year after Dickens was involved in an accident where a train derailed. He suffered badly physiologically from the events that happened and went on to write this story. It is also the last thing he wrote to completion before his death. As it's so short (31 pages) it's hard to explain the story without giving the entire plot away but basically, the unnamed narrator has a fascination with trains and the signalman who works on the tracks so he decides to [...]

    10. Great ghost story written by Charles Dickens in 1866 revolving around a railway signalman. The signalman repeatedly sees a ghost who warns him of impending railroad accidents, including one that the signalman will play a part in. Chilling tale with an ironic twist ending. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Nobody does it like Dickens.

    11. 'The Signalman' is Charles Dickens' last finished masterpiece for although he lived another three and a half years he left his last novel, 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' unfinished. 'The Signalman' is also said to be his finest ghost story.Despite the railway disaster at Staplehurst in which he was involved, Dickens was always a supporter of the railways and at a fund-raising dinner for the Railway Benevolent Institution, he described their workforce as 'ready, zealous, faithful, hard-working serv [...]

    12. My sister got me this and she has been responsible for getting me stuck into the likes of Susan Hill and Dark Matter by Michelle Paver, so I thought it was going to be RIGHT UP MY STREET. Despite being a Dickens novel.I think I missed something.In the last two days I've read it twice and I just don't get it. Either it's so in depth and I've not understood it or it's just an OK story and I was expecting something more chilling. It just didn't do it for me at all and I feel a bit embarrassed about [...]

    13. I bought this small paperback edition of The Signalman with a voucher I received for Christmas because, not only did the stunning cover design appeal to me, but I am sure I read this at some point in school, as well as watching an adaptation, but I didn't remember too much about it and wanted to re-experience it.26830682This book consists of the introduction by Simon Bradley, The Signalman and The Boy at Mugby.The introduction gave the real-life story behind the title piece and made an effort to [...]

    14. This book had a few instances where I didn't particularly love it, but overall I think it's worth four stars. It's a great little ghost story and it was fun to read.

    15. This atmospheric and creepy ghost story is full of nostalgia for me. It is one of the earliest ghost stories that I can remember, and it frightened me to death. Now as an adult, finding myself alone at Halloween, I decided to read it again.It is a very short story and published with two other ghost stories. The story was first read aloud to me, which is how Dickens is meant to be. He was a lover of words and his attention to detail is how he creates great atmosphere. So I read it to myself slowl [...]

    16. Such a perfect tale to read at this time of year, especially as somehow I've been convinced that ghost stories are actually Christmassy (even though they're blatantly not). This story is just marvellous. A quintessentially English ghost story, chilling enough that you get a little tingle, not so chilling that you can't sleep. 4 stars.

    17. creepy. this story was classic horror. Charles Dickens is awesome, Charles Dickens as horror, delightful.

    18. I picked up this tiny paperback edition in Waterstones in the Metrocentre in about November last year. My arms were full of books as gifts in preparation for Christmas and my daughter's birthday. There, at the cashdesk, was a gorgeous little edition of this ghost story, in black with a mint-green foil embossed cover. It was £1.99 and I couldn't resist. What better for Winter than a Charles Dickens ghost story?The Signalman is a lovely, short story in which our main protagonist stumbles upon a m [...]

    19. I love this series of ghost stories illustrated by Seth that Biblioasis is issuing of for the coming Christmas season. Dickens' classic tale is well told and would be just as much fun to read to family members this Christmas as it was 150 years ago. The story itself isn't particularly scary and anyone who has listened to a ghost story at a campfire or during a childhood sleepover will know exactly what's coming. The fun is the building of the expected tension which is rolled out well and conclud [...]

    20. A classic by Charles Dickens and I recall that when I used to search for classic books for ghosts, I was stunned to see Charles Dickens between the names of writers!This one is spooky with a twist, a real one! and you sympathize with them, the ghosts or real people I mean! and I think I'm giving it another try and re-listening to it again!***"Below there! Look out! Look out!" damn this shoutout!

    21. No. 1 Branch Line: The Signalman by Charles Dickens, 1866"'Do you see it?' I asked him." by E. A. Abbey. 10.1 x 13.2 cm framed. From the Household Edition (1876) of Dickens's Christmas Stories, p. 249. The "tale of the uncanny" originally appeared without illustration in Mugby Junction in the December 1866 "Extra Christmas Number" of All the Year Round. source

    22. This was terrifying, I finished it late last night and had multiple terrifying dreams because of it! It didn't seem scary at the time but now I can't stop thinking about it! An excellent example of classic horror.

    23. A Victorian ghost story, A short read but nicely atmospheric and consisely written. I haven't read anything by Dickens before this but found this an enjoyable and quick read.

    24. a good read and somewhat familiar in a real-story sense, I am sure my dad told me of someone he knew that this happened to, my dad worked on the railway once. Unsure

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