Tag: ghosts

  • Ghost Stories Are Not About Ghosts

    A Red Skel(e)ton In Your Closet, edited by Red Skelton, illustrated by Jim Flora, pub Grosset & Dunlap 1965

    What’s the point of ghost stories? A really good and scary ghost story focuses me. It pulls me from my ordinary, self-focused fears and connects me with something older and more mysterious.  Claire Cronin at Rumpus The ghost story was designed for the short form. It emerged a long time ago, from folklore and oral […]

  • Ghosts, Flaws and the Psychic Wound in Fiction

    psychic wound

    There are various words to describe the event from a main character’s past which holds them back in the present: the fatal flaw, the psychic wound, the ghost. “Our culture believes strong individuals can transcend their circumstances. I myself don’t much enjoy books by Hardy or Dreiser or Wharton, where the outside world is so…

  • The Others Film Study

    Written by Alejandro Amenábar, The Others is an old-fashioned melodramatic ghost story but done very well. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s one of those films that can be ruined in one fell swoop (like Sixth Sense), so leave the building now! Amenábar is also well known for Open Your Eyes, and he started in…