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Two Ghost Stories for Halloween

  • October 07, 2018
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I thought I’d recommend a few ghost stories but could only find two on my shelf. So, two it is. Why is it so hard to find good ones? Part of me thinks it’s because we’ve become so jaded in this modern Wi-Fi world—we’ve read more, watched more, and know all the tropes. And it is hard. Ghosts are defined as the spirits of dead people who can be seen or heard by others. Why is that scary?

Here are two completely different but riveting takes that are good for shivers. While they’re young adult, they hold up well for those of us over the age of majority.


The House on Parchment Street, by Patricia A. McKillip

Ignore the cover art. The illustrations inside the book reflect much more depth. In this tale, there’s a universal struggle to understand each other, living and dead. It reflects a kind of perplexity among people of all ages. Why can’t we be kind to each other? When will there be trust?

Heady stuff for a ghost story.


The Shadow Guests, by Joan Aiken

I admit, I scare easily. This is one of the books I won’t read late at night. It’s creepy. There’s a curse to go along with the ghosts. It’s good. That’s all I’m going to say about it.

If anyone has any good ghost stories to recommend, let me know! Part of the fun of Halloween is being (safely) scared.



*Photo by Free-Photos at Pixabay.com

  • Lydia • October 8, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I never would have thought to look in the Young Adult genre for ghost stories. What an interesting idea.

    • J. M. Levinton • October 8, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      I’ve always adored young adult stories but just like tales for us grownups, it’s got to be good. And there’s sometimes crossover. I was shocked when I realized that Patricia A. McKillip wrote this and The Riddle-Master of Hed trilogy.

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