Monday, October 27, 2008

James Hynes: 10 Halloween stories

The writer James Hynes posted his 2008 list of Halloween stories on his website.

One item on his list:
"The July Ghost," by A. S. Byatt. This is the newest story in this list—it was published in 1987—and the only one not to come from one of the ancient anthologies of my youth. But it's also one of the best ghost stories I've ever read, and widely anthologized; I have it in several different volumes, including the Leithauser anthology [The Norton Book of Ghost Stories]. It's also, if you know anything about A. S. Byatt's personal history, almost unbearably poignant.
Read about another item on Hynes' list.

Related: Brad Leithauser's five best ghost tales.

--Marshal Zeringue