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. Volume XI Number 10 . . . . January 21, 2005
A.S. Mott has collected 20 ghost stories to tell to audiences ranging in age from 8 to 80. The subject matters include a rock star who fulfils a lifelong dream to buy a castle only to find that it contains a dreaded hidden room which houses a starving woman who has lived there for 500 years; the ghost of a jealous high school prom queen who returns to avenge her own murder: a man who, toying with near death experiences, avoids death by befriending the grim reaper; a 34-year-old man who tries to convince his friends and family that a monster lives under his bed; and a young woman who, having used witchcraft to hurt her ex-boyfriend's new love, watches her plan backfire. The introduction includes advice for learning and telling the stories.
Most stories are under 10 pages in length and gently surprise the reader without providing the gory details. Some versions follow familiar plot lines, and others are new stories. Pencil drawings by Aaron Norell have a surrealistic quality that add to the scare. These lightweight ghost stories are sure to please those always hungry for a new story.
Meredith MacKeen is a teacher-librarian at Glen Stewart School in Stratford, PE.
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