It’s the season now for enjoying ghost stories, and Audrey Niffenegger has a new curated collection of ghost stories out, Ghostly. It features her original illustrations and a few of her own stories, along with stories by Kelly Link, Edgar Allen Poe, and others. BookPage recently posted their interview with her, which makes for interesting reading all on its own.
Here’s a bit from the interview, just to give you a taste:
Why do you think ghost stories, specifically many of these domestically-focused stories in Ghostly, are so enduring and popular?
There’s something wonderful about the intersection of the ordinary and the impossible. These stories are like rollercoasters, controlled thrills. We love to be scared, but not too much.
I love that: “the intersection of the ordinary and the impossible.” It’s probably why I enjoy her work so much. It’s also interesting that when asked which story scares her the most, her reply was, “None of them scare me. Some of them make me sad, some of them are extremely beautiful, all of them are surprising and strange.” Color me intrigued (and treating myself to a copy of this book). You may read the entire interview by clicking on the link above, and you may find Ghostly here at the library in our catalog.