‘Tis the season of the ghost story!
There must be a huge number of ghostly anthologies coming out this year, and I am thoroughly enjoying it… My last story was a built on true story. Or rather an urban myth. I think every street has a ghost and it was one of these ghosts I wrote about. But did I have to be that obvious?
A ghost story, according to Wikipedia, must be
any piece of fiction, or drama, or an account of an experience, that includes a ghost, or simply takes as a premise the possibility of ghosts or characters’ belief in them. Colloquially, the term can refer to any kind of scary story.
Not only that but it is always a short story. The ghost story novel is a horror. So I could have written about a number of ghostly going on – or not. I watched a movie once and in it a young woman walked across an underground car park. It was wonderfully creepy and there were puddles throughout. As she walked she kept looking behind her. You could hear breathing. And then something walked through the puddle – except there was no one there!
In another film wet footprints appeared on the ceiling as someone walked above them.
These are essentially short stories set within a horror film. This is the fear that I hope I captured. I’ll let you know how mine go with submissions. But I am definitely going to write more, and make them more obscure. It seems that with a ghost story the important part is what you don’t write. What you leave out but suggest is what can make or break a ghost story. The ones I love are not obvious at all. I love the obscure!