A Book for Sleepless Nights: Announcing Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories

As long as there have been people, there have been ghosts. Or at least, ghost stories (depends on who you ask, and what you believe).

And almost as long as there have been books, there have been books of ghost stories, tales of terror to keep us up nights. This fall, master anthologist Ellen Datlow (who has edited more than 100 anthologies, and been nominated for and won dozens of awards) brings us another. Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories is a focused collection of 27 new stories and three reprinted classics from a wide range of writers. It’s out in September from Saga Press.

Here is a peek at the table of contents:

Introduction Ellen Datlow

“Ice Cold Lemonade 25ȼ Haunted House Tour: 1 Per Person,” by Paul Tremblay

“Linger Longer,” by Vincent J. Masterson

“Whimper Beg,” by Lee Thomas

“The July Girls,” by Alison Littlewood

“About the O’Dells,” by Pat Cadigan

“A Hinterlands Haunting,” by Richard Kadrey

“The Number of Things You Remember,” by M. L. Siemienowicz

“Must Be This Tall to Ride,” by Seanan McGuire

“The Surviving Child,” by Joyce Carol Oates

“The Medium’s End,” by Ford Madox Ford

“A Shade of Dusk,” by Indrapramit Das

“Icarus Rising,” by Richard Bowes

“The Puppet Motel,” by Gemma Files

“Air Valve Semilunar Astern,” by Nick Mamatas

“The Unwrapping,” by Terry Dowling

“The Upper Berth,” by F. Marion Crawford

“A Burning Sword for Her Cradle,” by Aliette de Bodard

“Precipice,” by Dale Bailey

“The Shooter,” by M. Rickert

“The Tree of Self-Knowledge,” by Stephen Graham Jones

“The Other Woman,” by Alice Hoffman

“The Loneliness of Not Being Haunted,” by Bracken MacLeod

“Mee-Ow,” by Garth Nix

“Jasper Dodd’s Handbook of Spirits and Manifestations,” by Nathan Ballingrud

“His Haunting,” by Brian Evenson

“The Jeweled Wren,” by Jeffrey Ford

“The Air, the Ocean, the Earth, the Deep,” by Siobhan Carroll

“The Ghost Sequences,” by A. C. Wise

“Deep, Fast, Green,” by Carole Johnstone

“Natalia, Queen of the Hungry Dogs,” by John Langan

Here’s a look at the cover art, and then keep scrolling for a few words from Ellen Datlow’s introduction…

“I don’t believe in ghosts, but I love ghost stories and I suspect I’m not the only reader to make this confession. The trick of any story (and especially a tale of the supernatural) is to draw us into an unfamiliar world–or a world in which the familiar is made… other, and convince us to reside there for at least as long as the story lasts. Any well-told story will do that. Ghost stories differ by transporting us to a world where we might actually fear or be disturbed by what we find there.

While researching the history of the ghost story I discovered that even though several volumes of anthologies from the 19th and even early 20th century proclaim the stories within to be ghost stories, most are not. Apparently, at a particular point in English language literature, the “ghost” story served as a catchall phrase for any kind of supernatural fiction.”

—Ellen Datlow

Preorder Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, available September 4. 2018.

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