Books: Borderline Cases

ON THE EDGE—Walter de la Mare—Knopf ($3).

Even in his poetry Walter de la Mare traffics in the spooky, but in spooks of a gossamer, indefinite kind. He understands that an effective ghost is never concrete. On the Edge contains many a tale that will give you the creeps, some that will merely set you musing. Some of them:

An eccentric old gentleman who infests a most attractive old country house invites a casual stranger to spend the night. It turns out the old gentleman is a student of the occult; the stranger takes no...

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