Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Top ten ghost stories

Louise Doughty is the author of nine novels, including the newly released Platform Seven.

She has also written one work of non-fiction and five plays for radio.

One of Doughty's top ten ghost stories, as shared at the Guardian:
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (2002)

This story from the afterlife narrated by the ghost of a 14-year-old murder victim was an instant bestseller when it was published, and was made into a mawkish but still affecting film by Peter Jackson starring Saoirse Ronan. Susie Salmon watches from her own personal heaven as her family grieve and the police fail to catch her killer. In lesser hands it could have been sentimental but such is Sebold’s skill and observation that you go with the flow and are desperate for young Susie to find peace and justice for her family.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Lovely Bones is among Tim Thornton's top ten books about the afterlife, Jeff Somers's top eight speculative works with dead narrators, Nadiya Hussain's six best books, Judith Claire Mitchell's ten best (unconventional) ghosts, Laura McHugh's ten favorite books about serial killers, and Tamzin Outhwaite's six best books.

--Marshal Zeringue