One of my favorite authors, Edith Wharton loved ghost stories but feared she was seeing the demise of it as literary art form in her lifetime. She lived at the beginning of the 20th century and the advent of the modern age had her fearing that the building over of old neighborhoods for modern housing with modern amenities would drive out ghostly presences. Her reasoning was that ghosts wouldn’t have time to create a presence at their old haunts if there was no old place to haunt.
Her autobiography A Backward Glance says that she was such a sensitive little girl that she couldn’t sleep if she knew there was a book with a ghost story in the house’s library. Poor Edith would’ve found the paranormal shows and movies produced in 2015 overstimulating for her or maybe she wouldn’t have been able to stay away from them. She overcame her fear and grew to love ghost stories as an art form as an adult.
I’m happy to say that she was wrong, and ghost stories are still being told in 2015. Most people prefer the newer audio-visual mediums of storytelling, but if you don’t mind a throwback to older mediums I’m going to appear in a collection of new and classic ghost stories with her on August 15th in Flame Tree Publishing’s Chilling Ghost Anthologies.
You can see the list of authors for the anthology here.