Saturday, June 8, 2013

Ghostbusters Released: Haunted Stories

On this day in 1984, Ghostbusters was released. That was 29 years ago. (Oh, I feel old.)

If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood
Who ya gonna call
If it's somethin' weird an it won't look good
Who ya gonna call

Or, you could call up one of these authors.


Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol. Anya Borzakovskaya has 1 friend, who isn't that nice, and a whole host of other problems. Then she falls down a well and meets the ghost of a girl who fell down the well and died 90 years prior. When Anya's rescued, the ghost follows her. At first, have a ghost BFF is pretty cool, but it quickly becomes apparent that the ghost is more than a little unbalanced and has her own motives and goals.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Rory starts boarding school in London when a Jack the Ripper copy cat serial killer starts his dastardly deeds. Rory's the only one who can see the prime suspect-- something that leads her into dealing wiht London's own Ghost police. The first in the Shades of London trilogy, follow it with The Madness Underneath.

Remember Me by Christopher Pike. When Shari wakes up, she is dead and a ghost. Everyone says she jumped off the balcony at the party, but Shari knows she was pushed. She must find out the truth-- luckily, she's not the only ghost around. This omnibus edition contains the entire trilogy-- a personal favorite from my teen years.


A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts: A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales by Ying Chang Compenstine. A collection of short and gruesome ghost stories that tend to feature revenge from beyond the grave, this book spans most of Chinese history. Each story comes with a historic note and recipe. The stories are not for the faint-hearted, but everyone should try the recipes-- Compenstine has written several cookbooks.

Ruined by Paula Morris. While her father's away on business, Rebecca is sent to live an tarot-card reading aunt. Teased by the rich girls at school, the only friend she can find is Lisette, a ghost. But Lisette knows about family history, and ancient curses, and is willing to show Rebecca. Check out the sequel, Unbroken.

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks. After being home-schooled her entire life, Maggie now must face public high school, accompanied by the ghost that's been trying to tell her something for years.


The Other Side: A Teen's Guide to Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal by Marley Gibson, Patrick Burns, and Dave Schrader. This is an excellent guide for teens who want to get into ghost-hunting. It's full of practical advice on equipment, places to start looking, what to look for, and how to connect with others.

Shadowland by Meg Cabot. Susannah talks to dead people and helps them move on to the other side. When she moves to California she discovers that her bedroom is haunted by a super-hott (but super-dead) guy and the ghost of the most popular girl at school SERIOUSLY does not want to move on. Especially once Susannah starts dating her boyfriend. The first in The Mediator series, follow it with Ninth Key.

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder. Ava's boyfriend Jackson is dead and Ava feels responsible, she's haunted by his death. Then, she's haunted by his ghost. It's hard to move on when he's right there, just out of sight, but leaving messages on the bathroom mirror and turning on the radio to your song.

What are your favorite ghost stories?

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1 comment:

  1. M.R. James will rule the ghost story as long as "Stuffy academic finds weird artifact, unleashes long-hidden evil ghost" appeals to people. I read him right through when I was in my teens ("Casting The Runes" "A Warning To The Curious" and "Count Magnus" being the major favourites). Also Russell Kirk, of all people, wrote some really effective ghost stories in "Among The Shadows."


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