Since ancient times, tales of spirits who return from the dead to haunt the places they left behind have figured prominently in the folklore of many cultures. Ghost stories appear in classical works like the The Thousand and One Nights and The Tale of Genji, English literature from Shakespeare and Poe to Thorne Smith and Joyce Carol Oates, and Hollywood hits like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Poltergeist, and Ghost. This week, in honor of Halloween, we'd like you to tell us a ghost story and tag your entry ghost story blog.
“A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.” – J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan
(By the way, a snib is the catch that holds the bolt on a lock.)
Pretend you’re sitting around a campfire, and it’s your turn to spook everyone with a scary ghost story. If you can’t think of a ghost story, tell us about the best one you’ve ever read.
A few bloggers will win books by Red Room authors:
- In Stories in Stone New York: A Field Guide to New York City Cemeteries and Their Residents, Douglas Keister features some of the most fabulous cemeteries in New York City’s five boroughs and Westchester County, from Grant's Tomb to Sleepy Hollow!
- JT Ellison's detective Taylor Jackson returns for a spooky mystery, Where All The Dead Lie. Someone or something is coming after Taylor. But is she being haunted by the dead...or hunted by the living?
- In Detours, Jeffrey Ricker's debut novel, we meet Joel, who might finally have just met the man of his dreams! Before he can pursue true love, though, Joel has to drive his late mother's RV across the country—accompanied by her still-very-motherly ghost!
So post a blog entry today! For help on how to blog, please see the directions here. We'll choose one of these blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week. Post your entry by Friday at 10:30 a.m. PDT (GMT-08:00) for consideration, and be sure to tag it with the keyword term ghost story blog in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.)
And don't miss the wrap-up of our last creative challenge, in which we asked Red Roomers to write about what they'd do if they were the poet laureate. From a funny and informative dispatch from HaikuLand to the difficulty of being poet laureate of a country with 7,100 islands and nine major languages, Red Roomers wrote about fostering poetry and writing their own.
Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room