One of the predecessors of Science Fiction as well as Fantasy is, of course, Gothic so continuing with this October's Horror theme, what are your favourite ghost stories?
One I'm going to put forward is Taichi Yamada's 'Strangers. If you've not read it, I can highly recommend it - I think what Yamada gets really right is the setting, which is a mundane and completely recognisable modern city. Without giving too much away, the ghosts in the story here are quite different (in my experience at least) from what we usually expect - the ghosts are 'subtle' by which I mean they only differ from the real world in fairly minor details. What also works really well is that you, the reader, get a much stronger sense of what is actually happening to the narrator, who for most of the novel does not appear to be aware of the danger that he's in.
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW.
But there is no ghost except in Ichabod Crane's mind.
A funny extended joke. For those who do not know "Ichabod" means: 'the glory of the Lord is departed.' Ichabod was a few cookies short of a Happy Meal.
The ghost story that scared the heck out of me was Poltergeist. That creepy little lady was spooky enough for me, nevertheless the CG effects - amazing for the time.
"For those who do not know "Ichabod" means: 'the glory of the Lord is departed." That's nuts! I had no idea - thanks for that!
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