October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween! 5 Spooky Shows For Your Weekend Listening

By Rebecca Kaufman

Looking for a good ghost story this Halloween weekend? We’ve mined the archives to bring you some of our most spooky shows. Listen … if you dare!

Readers’ Review: “The Haunting Of Hill House” By Shirley Jackson

Our Readers’ Review from last month. Many see see the book as one of the best literary ghost stories of the 20th century. On the show, guest Louis Bayard described the house as “this place that was built 80 years ago and it doesn’t seem to want people, but once people come it, it doesn’t seem to want to let go of them.”

Brenda Maddox: “Yeats’s Ghosts: The Secret Life of W.B. Yeats”

We go all the way back to 1999 for this one. The book looks at the last 22 years of Yeats’ life, including the trance-like communication he and his wife conducted with supposed spirits.

Audrey Niffenegger: “Her Fearful Symmetry”

When two girls move into their deceased aunt’s London apartment, they find that perhaps she is not entirely gone. You’ll find love, life — and afterlife in this book by the author of the best-selling “The Time Traveler’s Wife”.

Neil Gaiman: “Trigger Warning”

The author begins his book with this note to the reader: “Many of these stories end badly for at least one of the people in them. Consider yourself warned.” Gaiman, who has more than 2 million followers on Twitter, is famous for his ghost stories, science fiction and fairy tales.

Readers’ Review: “Frankenstein” By Mary Shelley

We had to include this Mary Shelley classic. The cautionary tale about science and creation is as true today as ever. Speaking about Dr. Frankenstein, Readers’ Review panelist Joel Achenbach said “you can detect his madness in the fact that he doesn’t know where the off switch is.”


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