Camano Island Library Pilot Project Blog

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Entertainingly scary

The news is certainly scary enough these days, but I still find time to scare myself even more with a dip into the tradition of the classic English ghost story. Sno-Isle has some great collections, including "Ghost Stories" edited by Peter Washington (which includes "Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad", one of the best by master of the macabre M.R. James), and "The Norton Book of Ghost Stories", which features "The Beckoning Fair One" by Oliver Onions, a tale of psychological unraveling that's in my Top Ten. Edward Gorey, no stranger to the bizarre and frightening, put together a great collection titled "The Haunted Looking Glass". You may have noticed that I've neglected the modern masters of terror, but that's just me -- give me a stormy night and a dusty old volume anytime!