My mom has always liked ghost stories (though my dad can’t suspend his disbelief), so as a kid I saw my share of scary movies. One old black-and-white one gave me recurring nightmares, though for years afterward I had no idea what film it was. In the scene that stuck with me (as I recall), a woman is lying in bed in a spooky house. Her friend, also scared, gets in bed with her, and they hold hands to comfort each other. Then … she hears her friend call her from the other room. She’s been holding hands with a ghost!
Ugh. After seeing that, I spent my whole childhood with fists clenched at bedtime.
When the book group I was in a few years back read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, I recognized the scene that had haunted me as a child. Hubby and I discovered that there was a newer 1999 version of the film starring Lili Taylor and Owen Wilson (a fave of ours), so we rented it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t very scary or very good. I should try to watch the old one from 1963 for this Halloween (if I dare) and see how it holds up. Wikipedia tells me that the director, Robert Wise, is the same guy who directed The Sound of Music. In any case, the book is good! In the story, you’re not sure whether the house is really haunted or the main character is crazy. 🙂
In my own ghost story, Eternally Yours, the ghost — late Victorian poet and womanizer, Geoff Vereker — isn’t very scary (I think!). In fact, he’s my favorite character in the book. The main romance plot revolves around an artist who wants to renovate her Victorian house and a local historian who wants to keep her from “ruining” it. For the blurb and same chapters, please click through to the book page here. Happy haunting!Tweet this