Mark Zeiger has lived in Alaska, his native state, for most of his life. He now lives a mostly subsistence lifestyle on his semi-remote, off-the-grid homestead on the shore of Lynn Canal, south of Haines. He lives with his wife, Michelle, their daughter, Aly, and their cat, Spice.
Shy Ghosts Dancingby Mark Zeiger
Have you ever surrendered to the feeling of being engulfed? "...when, as it often does in Southeast Alaska, the sky lowers until it sits on your shoulders. Rain falls in a steady white-noise hiss, dulling your senses, numbing your mind. It's then, usually as you stand on a gravel beach, looking at the forest starting thick and menacing at the top of the scrim, a
Have you ever surrendered to the feeling of being engulfed? "...when, as it often does in Southeast Alaska, the sky lowers until it sits on your shoulders. Rain falls in a steady white-noise hiss, dulling your senses, numbing your mind. It's then, usually as you stand on a gravel beach, looking at the forest starting thick and menacing at the top of the scrim, a shiver hits you. Then your less rational side wonders who or what is staring at you from that forest, wanting you dead."
Shy Ghosts Dancing: Dark Tales from Southeast Alaska presents stories of darkness, mythology, and danger, examining the mysterious and unpredictable nature of life in Southeast Alaska, where perception and reality intermingle and conflict with puzzling and sometimes deadly results.
Watch a young man's feelings for a beautiful woman turn from attraction to horror when voices from the aurora borealis tell him her terrifying secret in Shy Ghosts Dancing.
Be there when a man finally meets the predator he's lived his life dreading in The Fear.
Join an adulterous young woman's nocturnal vigils in a gold rush town cemetery, and share her discoveries there in Long Black Veil.
Learn how placing a want ad as a practical joke gets an unexpected response in Ghost Wanted.
Experience a Scottish-American family's wonder as they discover that they live a legend of their ancestral homeland in Shelikof Bay.
And more . . . .
Mark A. Zeiger lives with his wife and daughter on a forested, off-the-grid homestead on the shore of Alaska's Lynn Canal, more than a mile from the nearest road. They make their living mostly by gardening, foraging, fishing, and hunting.
- Yeldagalga Publications
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- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.24(d)
- Age Range:
- 17 Years
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"Shy Ghosts Dancing" is a pleasant surprise. I picked up a copy on impulse in a Juneau, Alaska bookstore, and immediately found what I'd been looking for: tight, suspenseful stories that evoke the atmosphere of the Tongass National Forest in SE AK. As a collection of short stories, it was perfect for reading while traveling the region on the state ferry. Some of the stories would probably be considered horror, some merely "dark," as the subtitle implies. One, a vision of an overpopulated future, might be considered speculative sci-fi. All of the stories, except maybe "Ghost Wanted," include some element of Alaska, the author's home state. The action either takes place in Alaska, or characters refer to Alaska in some way. "Ghost Wanted" may be the best of the bunch. An out and out ghost story, it explores what really scares a person in this modern, cynical age. It's not really scary, but it's really funny. There's a good deal of suspense, and a little bit of sex. Nothing's too graphic, but if you are the squeamish type, you might want to approach with caution. Anyone else who wants stories about ghosts, monsters, and strange happenings in Alaska, read on!