A group of ghost stories which disproves the existence of ghosts to the satisfaction of the realist and the disappointment of the mystery lover. The strange fires and false alarms in one story are traced to a very human culprit. The ""ghost of Black John"", long dead Highland chief, is no more than a twentieth century smuggler. The misty ghost of ""old Stone Fort"" may not be human in origin, but is certainly modern -- phosphorous gas rising from a mass of ligneous coal; and a mysterious ghost junk floating in Japanese waters turns out to be the link in still another smuggling operation. Teen age heroes and heroines abound in all the stories created by Harry Harrison Kroll, James Benedict Moore, William MacKellar, to name a few of the authors. Since a truly suspenseful story requires the skills of a master craftsman, and since these authors do not seem to fill the bill, the book as a whole is hardly an item for fireside entertainment.