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Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty -- Question for 08/03 (Day 3): Favorite Ghostly Tales?

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings - Charles Dickens, Michael Slater The Signalman: A Ghost Story - Charles Dickens, Simon Bradley The Turn of the Screw - Henry James Voices from the Other World: Ancient Egyptian Tales - Naguib Mahfouz, Raymond Stock Beloved - Toni Morrison The Little Ghost - Otfried Preußler, Anthea Bell, F.J. Tripp Violin - Anne Rice Der Schimmelreiter - Theodor Storm The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton - Edith Wharton, Laszlo Kubinyi The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde, Inga Moore

As I said in my first pre-party post, I'm not much of a horror reader, and the ghost stories I like almost all either feature a ghost who is the author's messenger for some larger point, or they're chiefly characters who have had such an impact on another character's life, or on a given place, that their "ghostly" presence is in effect like a lasting shadow of their living presence.  Or, of course, we're really just talking fairy tale -- or satire / parody.

 

It goes without saying that this definition includes Dickens's A Christmas Carol, The Chimes and The Signalman; as well as the likes of:

 

* Aladdin from 1001 Nights (the genie is at least a kind of ghost, right?)

* A.S. Byatt: The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye

* Wilkie Collins: Mrs. Zant and the Ghost

* Henry James: The Turn of the Screw

* Naguib Mahfouz: Voices from the Other World: Ancient Egyptian Tales 

* Toni Morrison: Beloved

* Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters

* Otfried Preußler: The Little Ghost (a wonderful children's story about not fearing "the other")

* Anne Rice: Violin (the last book by her that I read before she turned BBA)

* Theodor Storm: Der Schimmelreiter (The Dykemaster)

* The ghost stories of Edith Wharton (wonderfully atmospheric)

... and of course ...

* Oscar Wilde: The Canterville Ghost