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Ghost Writing: Haunted Tales by Contemporary…

Ghost Writing: Haunted Tales by Contemporary Writers

by Roger Weingarten (Editor, Contributor)

Other authors: Jennifer Rachel Baumer (Contributor), Robert Coover (Contributor), T. Coraghessan Boyle (Contributor), Laurence Davies (Contributor), Kathryn Davis (Contributor)15 more, Louise Erdrich (Contributor), Douglas Glover (Contributor), Nicola Griffith (Contributor), Shelby Hearon (Contributor), David Huddle (Contributor), Bret Lott (Contributor), Pamela Painter (Composer), Ben Pastor (Contributor), Timothy Schmand (Contributor), Curtis Smith (Contributor), Peter Straub (Contributor), John Updike (Contributor), Guy Vanderhaeghe (Contributor), WD Wetherell (Contributor), Rick Zind (Contributor)

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Weingarten, RogerEditor, Contributorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baumer, Jennifer RachelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coover, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coraghessan Boyle, T.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davies, LaurenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, KathrynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Erdrich, LouiseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Glover, DouglasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Griffith, NicolaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hearon, ShelbyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Huddle, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lott, BretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Painter, PamelaComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pastor, BenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schmand, TimothyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, CurtisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Straub, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Updike, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vanderhaeghe, GuyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wetherell, WDContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zind, RickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Ghost Writing collects 21 literary ghost stories, most of which are original to the anthology. The award-winning contributors range from newcomers to big names (T. Coraghessan Boyle, Robert Coover, Louise Erdrich, Nicola Griffith, Peter Straub, and John Updike). If the settings run rather often to New England, the theme is broadly defined to include not only the traditional restless spirits and haunted houses, but a mirror, a troll, a sunken train, clothes, and much more.

In T. Coraghessan Boyle's hilariously over-the-top contribution, "The Miracle at Ballinspittle," a plaster statue of the Virgin Mary grants a hellaciously thorough vision. In Louise Erdrich's sharp and funny "Le Mooz," a pair of aging, argumentative Ojibwe Indians share a love that transcends death in unique fashion. Nicola Griffith's "A Troll Story" portrays a haunted Viking-era farm in the beautiful language and rhythms of an Old Norse saga. Pamela Painter's spooky "Doors" would have made a fine Twilight Zone episode. In Ben Pastor's "Achilles' Grave," a pair of enemy soldiers, English and German, raise the dead at Gallipoli. In "The Way He Knew It," Rick Zind explores a transcendantly dysfunctional relationship. --Cynthia Ward

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