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Howard Hughes and the Forever April

Currently, it's 59˚F and rainy in Providence, which is pretty much what the coming week looks like for Providence. Except tomorrow going to be even colder. With a projected high of only 53˚F. In June.

Yesterday was all email and loose ends and me trying to find a ghost story, because I owe a ghost story to an editor, and it has to be written by July 15th (or not very longer thereafter), and I would prefer to get it done in the next two weeks, before I have to write something for Sirenia Sigest No. 137. But yeah, I haven't written many genuine ghost stories, though I am constantly writing about hauntings of one sort or another. Off the top of my head, the only ghost-type ghost stories I can recall are:

~ "To This Water (Johnstown, Pennsylvania 1889)" (Dark Terrors 2, ed. Stephen Jones and David Sutton, 1996)"
~ "Angels You Can See Through" (Tales of Pain and Wonder, 2000)
~ "The Ammonite Violin (Murder Ballad No. 4)" (Sirenia Digest No. 11, October 2006)"
~ "The Madam of the Narrow Houses" (Sirenia Digest No. 23, October 2007)
~ "As Red As Red" (Haunted Legends, ed. Ellen Datlow, 2010).

That's something like a paltry 1.9% of my total short story output since 1993. On the other hand, I think of both The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir as stories about hauntings.

Last night was an embarrassment of riches, as regards television. I'm going to get spoiled. First there was Twin Peaks, and then there was American Gods (I never though I'd have a crush on a leprechaun), and then we finished up with the last two episodes of The Night Of, which I strongly recommend.

Aunt Beast

3:12 a.m.


( 4 comments — Have your say! )
Jun. 5th, 2017 06:04 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking about Snapple Fireyesterday, I wasn't able to go out and get something simular b
I was thinking of Snapple Fire yesterday. I wasn't able to go out and get something similar but that's what I was tgoing to suggest
Jun. 6th, 2017 01:20 am (UTC)
"On the other hand, I think of both The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir as stories about hauntings."

True. There's also the ghost story that the painter tells Sarah in The Red Tree, which sort of stands on its own.
Jun. 6th, 2017 03:27 pm (UTC)

But I mean in a much broader sense...

Edited at 2017-06-06 03:27 pm (UTC)
Jun. 6th, 2017 09:01 pm (UTC)
I meant that the story about meeting a woman from another century that the painter tells Sarah is a ghost story in the strictest sense of the term.

(Though the painter's presence in the house, the things that may or may not happened between them, and her sudden and inexplicable disappearance are almost equally ghostly, in that stricter sense. We seem to know that she was really there because the Editor tells us so, but that's all, and it's not much to go by.)

As for both novels being about hauntings in a MUCH broader sense, well, yeah, of course. But then mostly everything you have ever written is about a haunting of sorts, some way or another. Your characters tend to be haunted people. (Albeit the haunting per se can be anything from a person, a memory, a death, an obsession, mental illness, a demon, a computer virus, or all of the above.)
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