The children in these stories have one thing in common—they are all young ghosts. Some are malevolent—they linger on earth, filled with dire purpose. Others are merely lost souls searching for peace. Some ghosts return to warn the living and keep them safe. Yet others try to draw the living to the land of the dead and hold their souls forever.

Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, and Charles G. Waugh have selected stories by Madeleine L’Engle, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, Rod Serling, and others: stories that will chill the reader and make him ponder the existence of ghosts.

There are no stories by Asimov in this collection about young dead people, although at least three of the stories appear in the later Visions of Fantasy. On the whole, the stories can’t be faulted for being bad, but few are really appealing to me. There’s a heavy emphasis on the poignant (which isn’t surprising, given the subject) and often the gothic. I wouldn’t hesitate to hand it to a young reader interested in ghost stories, but I'd just as soon not reread it myself.

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