BOO! Welcome to our Chocolate Box Spook-tacular week, where we’re all sharing something Halloweeny and giving away prizes at the end of the week (check back on Saturday to see the post with all winners announced!)
I love Halloween, though I’ve enjoyed it more as an adult than I did as a kid. I don’t really remember much about Halloween from when I was little — I trick or treated, and my mom dressed us up, but I have no specific memories about it, actually. I do remember when my own son was little, and it was fun to dress him up — my favorite costumes of his were when we dressed him as Zorro, and then another time as a Bat.
As an adult, I also enjoy the more macabre side of the holiday than I did when I was kid. I was a total chicken when I was young, scared of everything — I would never even watch a Godzilla movie! But as an adult, while I still don’t like anything really gross or violent, I do like a good ghost story, or tales with an occult leaning. So much so that I was very drawn to write my own.
My self-pub Sophie Turner mystery series is based on a tarot-medium, or a tarot reader who can communicate with ghosts through her cards — and she has to solve their deaths before she can solve the one in her own time. Before that, I also wrote an erotic novella about a woman who was on the brink of “crossing over” and she can only make her way back with the help of the man she loves — though she doesn’t think he loves her back. It’s not exactly a ghost story, but close — the title of that one is Barely There, and you can read it free, here on Amazon and on B&N.
There’s just something so romantic and eerie all at once about a ghost story. Of course, everyone loved the movie Ghost, and while I tended to stay away from scary movies over the years, even I gave in at one point and had to watch Poltergeist. And of course, there’s always Ghostbusters!
TV had Casper, of course, and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. I absolutely loved the TV show The Ghost Whisperer, until they completely botched it up (those if you who watched know just what I mean). And one of my favorite Buffy episodes (which we always watch on Halloween) is aply titled “Halloween” when people become their costumes, and Willow ends up being a ghost!
Ghosts stories have been written by some of the greatest writers in literature, Poe’s Telltale Heart, Henry James’s Turn of the Screw and of course, where would we be without Charles Dickens’s Christmas ghosts? Some of my favorite recent ghost stories have been written by authors like Amanda Stevens, with her Graveyard Queen series, and I’ve just started reading Robin Owens’s series, Ghost Seer. Unlike a lot of other trends in fiction, I don’t think ghosts will ever go out of style.
What’s your favorite ghost story? What do you think makes ghost stories so popular? Share, and I’ll pick three winners to receive the first ebook in my Sophie Turner series, Past Tense (don’t worry, it’s not too scary!).