Eight Ghosts:The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories



I read Eight Ghosts earlier this month. Let's see if I can remember it.

Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories edited by Rowan Routh is a collection of ghost stories. Eight contemporary authors tackle eight different historical locations and give their spin on the classic haunted house short story. The result is a varied collection of somewhat spooky tales. I wouldn't say these are scary stories, rather creepy thinkers.

The locations are all famous for their own ghosts and spooky folklore. The authors either build on that foundation or create something totally new. The ghosts themselves vary: malevolent forces to heartbreaking memories. A ghost can be whatever you think it is.

The only outlier in this collection is The Bunker. It's a place that no longer exists and the story is a bit of a mind flip, about a time slip. I still don't know what to make of it.

The end of the book includes a bit of history of each location which is an interesting addition for any history fan. 

This is a middle of the road spooky collection for me. It's a good one if you don't like your ghosts too scary.


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