Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Top ten ghost stories

Sandra Greaves was born in Edinburgh and now lives in Devon with a husband and several badly-behaved chickens, midway between the moor and the sea. She won the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Undiscovered Voices competition in 2012 for her first novel, The Skull in the Wood.

One of her top ten ghost stories, as shared with the Guardian:
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

A perfect ghost story set in the frozen north of Spitsbergen (now Svalbard). Former science student Jack Miller sets out to change his depressing life as a clerk by joining an Arctic expedition to an island where the polar night will last for four months solid. But something is walking in the dark, and as expedition members drop away, Jack is determined to face it – alone. Michelle Paver is the author of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series for children, but Dark Matter is one for older YA readers and adults alike. Psychologically complex, and utterly terrifying.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Also see: Rebecca Armstrong's ten best ghost stories, the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five top books of ghost stories, Kate Mosse's top 10 ghost stories, Peter Washington's top ten ghost stories, and Brad Leithauser's five best ghost stories.

--Marshal Zeringue