The Beckoning Fair One by Oliver Onions; How Love Came to Professor Guildea by Elizabeth Gaskell; and Couching at the Door by D.K. Broster. These four remarkable ghost stories have been chosen because they are skillfully written; the reader -- like the protagonists -- is drawn slowly into a nightmare that seems all the more credible because the world in which it happens is an everyday one, filled with realistic detail. In addition, each of the four authors employs considerable psychological insight, so that the tales operate on far more than one level. Their length has prevented them from being frequently anthologized.