THE CANTERVILLE GHOST SHORT STORY REVIEW - In Oscar Wilde’s first published story, the ghost of an English lord from the distant past, tries and fails to frighten an American family, residing in his former mansion. The Canterville Ghost is a study in opposites, chock full of humorous quips and witty banter, quite unlike The Picture of Dorian Gray, more in the vein of The Importance of Being Earnest. There are shaking chains, bleached bones, creaking floorboards and a parade of disguises. But the ghost is frustrated by his attempt at frightening residents because they find him comical and not scary. While old fashioned, his other works include stage plays, and endless stream of witty quotes, which are a window into the mind of one of the greats of English literature. If you like classic horror, do yourself a favor and read The Canterville Ghost!