I'd be interested to know what you think.
I believe a well written ghost story can send shivers down the spine like nothing else. The imagination is probably the brain's most powerful attribute.The images that can be conjured in our mind by a creaking door or a flickering candle far surpass the most graphic description that can flow from a writers pen. That's why I find it so sad that when we think of great ghosts stories we invariable have to delve into the past.
M.R.James is one who immediately springs to mind as a master of the craft. As evidence of my claim you may wish to view Robert Powell's reading of 'The Mezzotint'.
If you are then here is Part 2.
If you enjoyed this story you might well want to read some of the stories that M.R. James himself found scary. They are:
1. "The Open Door" by Mrs Olliphant
2. "The Upper Berth" by F. Marion Crawford
3. "The Familiar" by Sheridan Le Fanu
4. "The Red Lodge" by H. R. Wakefield
5. "The White and the Black" by Erckmann-Chatrian
Two of my favourite ghost stories are Dickens 'A Christmas Carol' and W.W. Jacobs 'The Monkey's Paw'. If anyone has not read or seen an adaptation of Henry James 'The Turn of the Screw' where have you been? This is definitely a must read. More authors synonymous with ghost stories include many great names in the history of English literature:
Edgar Allan Poe
Where are the indie authors to take up this challenge?
Well, I've found a few.