Cohen's Ghosts of War (1990) were men; here, women's ghosts comprise most of the cast--women who died betrayed or abandoned, by murder or accident; who returned for love, vengeance, or (in one case) jewelry. Most haunt the British Isles, Japan, or the US and date back no more than a century or two; the ""Headless Lover"" of Brooke End and New York's ""Empire State Building Ghost"" are of particularly recent vintage. Cohen's lucid style is well-suited to creating chills, and he seasons his narrative with an occasional grisly touch--""His face had become a mask of skin tightly stretched over a grinning skull."" ""Put aside your doubts,"" he advises, ""and read on."" Perhaps not at night.