September 20, 2013

Ghost Stories

Rumor has it that ghost stories are going out--too hard to sell these days, fading in popularity with all the vampires and werewolves and mermaids. Bummer. I don't think ghosts got enough airtime.

Do you like ghost stories? Which ones?

An interesting category I've been thinking about lately is the non-ghost ghost story--books where the appearance of ghosts has a minor role and isn't fully explained, so readers ask themselves, Is the ghost real or representative of the main character's demons? I've seen this done well by Emily Wing Smith in THE WAY HE LIVED, Carol Lynch Williams in MILES FROM ORDINARY, and THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak.*

Tell me in the comments. Do you think it's Halloween season yet? Have you picked a costume? Are you happy or sad that SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK has a new illustrator?

* Sorry, authors, if I'm a dense reader and you didn't mean to leave this question up to interpretation. Feel free to chime in--especially if you're Markus Zusak so I can imagine an Australian accent as I read your comment.


Michelle D. Argyle said...

I haven't read The Book Thief yet. Now I'm curious! I've never been really big into ghost stories of any kind, sadly. I'd like to try Emily Wing Smith's, though. :)

gaylene said...

I'm not allowed to read (or watch) anything with ghosts. They scare me too much, so my husband has forbidden it :)