Ghosts: Recent Hauntingsby Paula Guran (Editor)
- The spirits of the dead have walked among our legends, myths, and stories since before recorded history. Ghostly visitations, hauntings, unquiet souls seeking the living, vengeful wraiths, the possibility of life beyond the grave that can somehow reach out and touch us are some of literature’s most enduring icons. Now, in the twenty-first century, we are
- The spirits of the dead have walked among our legends, myths, and stories since before recorded history. Ghostly visitations, hauntings, unquiet souls seeking the living, vengeful wraiths, the possibility of life beyond the grave that can somehow reach out and touch us are some of literature’s most enduring icons. Now, in the twenty-first century, we are no less fascinated with phantoms than our cave-dwelling ancestors or our Victorian-age forebears.
- Thirty modern masters of fright and fantasy fill this anthology with shivers, chills, and spooky explorations of both sides of the veil. Be prepared to keep a light on all night!
Publishers WeeklyFall is the traditional time for ghost stories, and readers will find a wealth of unnatural shades and haunted places in this far-ranging anthology of 29 reprints and Stephen Graham Jones’s grim original “Uncle.” Richard Bowes’s “There’s a Hole in the City” finds ghosts from New York City’s past treading the streets after 9/11. “A Soul in a Bottle” by Tim Powers is a tangled love story of a tricksy spirit looking to take advantage of the living, while John Shirley’s “Faces in Walls” reverses that premise with bloody results. Tale-tellers are as haunting as the stories they relate in Neil Gaiman’s “October in the Chair” and Barbara Roden’s “The Palace.” Spirits are bent on gruesome revenge in Sarah Monette’s “The Watcher in the Corners” and Nisi Shawl’s “Cruel Sistah.” The afterlife is nothing like you’d expect in “Ancestor Money” by Maureen F. McHugh and “Cell Call” by Marc Laidlaw. Guran delivers a diverse and solidly entertaining variety of spooks and chills. (Sept.)
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Not really a review, I'm the editor, but thought a list of the stories would be helpful: Peter Atkins: “Between the Cold Moon and the Earth” Rick Bowes: “There’s a Hole in the City” Laird Barron: “The Lagerstatte” Steve Duffy: “The Rag-and-Bone Men” Jeffrey Ford: “The Trentino Kid” Karen Joy Fowler: “Booth’s Ghost” Neil Gaiman: “October in the Chair” Stephen Gallagher: “The Box” Elizabeth Hand: “Wonderwall” Glen Hirshberg: “The Muldoon” Alaya Dawn Johnson: “The Score” Stephen Graham Jones: “Uncle” (original) Caitlin R. Kiernan: “Apokatastasis” Marc Laidlaw: “Cell Call” Margo Lanagan: “The Proving of Smollett Standforth” John Langan: “The Third Always Beside You” Joe R. Lansdale: “The Case of the Lighthouse Shambler” Maureen F. McHugh: “Ancestor Money” Sarah Monette: “The Watcher in the Corners” Reggie Oliver: “Mrs Midnight” Richard Parks: “The Plum Blossom Lantern” James van Pelt: “Savannah is Six” Tim Powers: “A Soul in a Bottle” Barbara Roden: “The Palace” Ekaterina Sedia: “Tin Cans” Nisi Shawl: “Cruel Sistah” John Shirley: “Faces in Walls” Peter Straub: “Mr Aikman’s Air Rifle” Melanie Tem: “Dhost” Steve Rasnic Tem: “The Ex”
If you want a good ghost story....keep looking. Have not read the whole book and probably won't. So far at the end of each story I read my thoughts have been "well that one was a waste of time, glad it was a short story". Been haunted for as long as I can remember so I love a good ghost story. Hope there will be at least one good one in the book. Just doesn't hold much interest as I read. I have to keep reminding myself what the story is about every time I turn the page. A book I might have enjoyed back in grade school though.