I’ve never really got to grips with how to use ghosts in fiction, despite being a horror writer. Ghosts are of course traditionally vaporous. I can’t figure how a writer can frighten a reader with something that can’t cause any physical damage.
Despite that, of course, I know if I were ever to see a ghost, I’d run a mile.
So, I had three reasons for buying the book, which is a collection of short stories by different authors. First, to find out how other writers use ghosts. Second, I know a couple of the writers and wanted to read their contributions. Third, I reckoned I was going to get an entertaining read.
I wasn’t disappointed. Each story is noticeably different, varying from traditional scary stories, to paranormal romance, and to the bizarre. It’s not fair to mention a favourite because the stories are all so different, but I will pick out ‘Take me to St Roch’s’ because it was set in the Sussex countryside. It’s an area I know well from childhood visits to grandparents, so I could relate to the setting which the author brings over well. Contributions from those other writers I’ve come across before didn’t disappoint, either.
As well as enjoying the read, I also learned a few tips on how to treat ghosts in fiction. Who knows, I may even try a ghost story myself!
The book isn’t expensive, and is well worth what I spent on it.
The book is available from Amazon, among other places.