Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mount TBR #7

I read this book for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge hosted over at My Reader’s Block from January 1 – December 31, 2015. The challenge is to read books that you already own.

Ghosts of the Carolinas – Nancy Roberts

This 1962 collection of “real” ghost stories provides diverting reading to people trapped in waiting rooms or forced to travel by air. Or for people, suffering in Februarys that never crack the freezing point even once, who are not up to reading anything more substantial. That would be people like me

The stories are set in all time periods, from colonial times to the early 20th century. The ghosts themselves look for something they cherished, give warnings of coming calamity, and plague the guilty into remorse. Lover ghosts stay together throughout eternity.

For my money, the one about the ghost appearing to his friend and telling him he’d be been buried alive was the best one. Hard to imagine a more horrifying situation to find one’s self, being buried alive. Thank heaven for modern forensic science since I’ve never heard tell of somebody getting out of an autopsy alive.

The prose aimed toward the general reader of newspapers and magazines circa 1960. Roberts was a professional writer with various books like this to her name.

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