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I Ain't 'fraid O' No Ghost

For some reason, summer always puts me in the mood for spooky stories. The last one I really enjoyed was a computer game, actually, called Dark Fall, although stories by Lovecraft or Robert E. Howard's weirder things are enjoyable as well as long as they don't get into "racial purity" stuff (which just makes the author seem creepy, rather than the story). The key is that it has to be mysterious and spooky, without being nasty. Strange noises from the basement? Good. Eviscerations? Not so much. Ghosts a big plus, brimstone-type demons or satanic references a big minus.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency sorta falls into this category, although it's a little more comedy than I have in mind. Barbara Michaels books and Lillian Stewart Carl's Ashes to Ashes are also good choices -- except that after two or three Barbara Michaels books, you start to feel like you've read them all. I'd try Stephen King, except that I can't take his seamy prose style for very long without wanting to read some Wodehouse just to wash my brain out.

Any suggestions, LJ brain trust? :)

-The Gneech

PS: Wanna see something really scary? In the '80s, people actually looked like this. I even knew some. 0.o

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sirfox
Jun. 20th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
"In the mouth of madness" was one of the better recent movies in the lovecraftian genre. I'll scour my library and see what i can bring. I have a few "anthology" lovecraft books that have stories by other authors in the genre, too.
reynai
Jun. 20th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Don't know if you'd be interested in Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden books. It's definately got a lot of bump in the night, but also tends to get rather visceral at times.
kheetor84
Jun. 20th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
It's weird because I get into a ghosty mood too over the summer. I love to watch "Most Haunted" on the Travel Channel and "Ghost Hunters" on the Sci-fi Channel and it makes me want to go out and ghost hunt. I know the nearest spooky place is Savannah, GA.

It's weird, I can't stand scary movies because of the gore or whatever but I love getting scared by my own experiences like the idea of ghost hunting.
hossblacksilver
Jun. 21st, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
I have to second kheetor on this one, my recent bout of paranormal intrest got me to the book store's new age section and picking up some books on ghost history of the two Carolinas and Georgia. Then again, I've seen ghosts on at least one and as many as three occasions.

And as for me, I actually preferred "Cleaning up the Town" by the Bus Boys (Warning: poor quality video)
huskyteer
Jun. 20th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
Have you read any of Ray Bradbury's spooky stuff? Perhaps aimed at kids and teens, but I love everything he writes:
- By The Pricking Of My Thumbs
- The Hallowe'en Tree
- The October Country
camelai
Jun. 20th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
My favorite author in that genre is Dean Koontz. He's incredibly prolific, too. My absolute favorite of his was Watchers. (He's also quite fond of dogs and fits one in most of his books.)
paradisacorbasi
Jun. 21st, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
Oh, you clever, clever Gneech.

"Wanna see something really scary" was Ackroyd's line from the Twilight Zone movie.

Well played.

And I'd forgotten how many celebrities [and now has-beens] were cameoed in that video.

Oddly, though, I remember that Chevy Chase actually burned inside his mouth with that lit cigarette trick at the end.
the_gneech
Jun. 21st, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Nice catch! :) I thought the connection might be too obscure. :)

-TG
paradisacorbasi
Jun. 21st, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
you underestimate the depth of my geek.
rubbertexcooper
Jun. 21st, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
All that neon made it look like either a Blue Man Group set or like it was filmed at Burning Man.

I love the fact when he said "When your all alone, pickup the phone and call" he made a rotary phone dialing symbol. XD
exatron
Jun. 21st, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
What about Poe?
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