Do you have a favorite ghost or horror story you like to re-read during the Halloween season?
And what is it?
I have a childhood favorite ghost story, but It is a movie. It is also a short story, but I was an adult before I read the story. It is the 1944 film version of "The Canterville Ghost", a story by Oscar Wilde.
As an adult I appreciate the writing of Oscar Wilde and his original story, but the child in me still loves the movie, and I watch it when I get the chance.
Clearly the story by Wilde is richer in detail as to how the ghost is to be received "home" by he father in the end. The movie does go far afield from its original venue, that's the movie biz for you, but when Charles Laughton calls to his father in the end for forgiveness and acceptance, I still get chocked up. It is a wonderful story in both versions.
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My favorite ghost story is the classic "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
I was seven years old when I really fell in love with the story. My Grandpa would read a children's version of it to us in the fall with the lights out and a few candles lit. What a great memory.
I am excited because my children, at least the older two can appreciate it now. I think there are many stories these days that are too gruesome for kids under 18. This has just enough suspense to scare them a little bit without ruining it for them.
My Dad told us kids that story on Halloween nights and he made it even more spooky because he acted out the story. He was a great storyteller.
LA, your Grandpa had a great tradition! Good story and for all the reasons you mentioned.
It isn't a story like a book or anything, but I like to tell the "Summerville light road ghost" story each year to my kids. I grew up near the city of Summerville, outside of Charleston SC. There was a dirt road in that city that had been known for the light that was visible sometimes when going down the road. It is a long store of a woman who waited for her husband to come home from work long ago. It is too long for here, but I encourage anyone who likes old tales to google the phrase I listed above. It is a neat story of ghosts, love, and a train wreck. I enjoy passing on the story to my kids, because as the area became more developed, a company built over the start of the road, so there is no longer access to it. When I was a child, I was taken down the road each October and retold the story.
I tend to stay away from ghost stories and horror movies these days. Guess I just got too old to enjoy them....LOL. However, there is one that I enjoyed when I was younger. Would re-read it, at least, once per year. It's title was The Monkey's Paw" and was from a collection of short stories by O. Henry. It is full of suspense. It is actually a story that, if I still had a copy, would probably read to my grandchildren and their friends when they are telling ghost stories during their Halloween party.
"The Watchers" by Dean Koontz is a very good story with a lot of suspense and scary moments. I enjoy any book by Koontz, especially the "odd Thomas" series.
If I remember a certain on I will post it, but my favorite ghost is "Casper, the Friendly Ghost".
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