Jane-Emily/Witches Children - What Is Great Kid Ghost Lit?

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Jane-Emily/Witches Children - What Is Great Kid Ghost Lit?

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aug 19, 2007, 9:37 pm

Just picked this up along with Twilight (I hate unpacking the shipment and finding even MORE stuff I don't really need to buy!) and it looks interesting. Anyone else read this?
Aside from RL Stine, what's some good kid ghost lit that'll scare overgrown kids?

aug 20, 2007, 1:13 pm

I don't think I ever ran across Witches' Children, but I read Jane-Emily when I was about twelve and loved it. I remember that creepy glowing glass ball to this day.

I was into ghost stories at an early age, but I think most of the ones I read were in non-kid-specific collections. The books I remember most vividly were a series of anthologies by Seon Manley and Gogo Lewis -- Ladies of Horror is the first title that comes to mind, but there were a bunch of others.

Redigerat: aug 21, 2007, 12:47 pm

My very favorites as a kid of eight or so years, and the books most formative in my taste for ghost fiction today, were Robert Arthur's GHOSTS AND MORE GHOSTS, and two anthologies Arthur edited under Alfred Hitchcock's name, GHOSTLY GALLERY AND HAUNTED HOUSEFUL. I don't think any of them are in print, but they are pretty easy to find used and affordable.

aug 21, 2007, 12:57 pm

Does anyone know the title of this?

i remember a creepy book i read as a kid in which a little girl talks to ghosts who are young women from the 19th century. They bring her back through time (perhaps she appears as a ghost to them?) and the scary part was that they were trying to trap her in their time.

A fascinating part of the book was when she looked down a street and was able to see ghostly reminders of the way buildings used to look. She also saw the crowds of people and their different styles of dressing.

Anybody remember this one?

Redigerat: sep 1, 2007, 11:56 pm

Rtttt01, I got started almost the same way. "Whistling Past the Graveyard" - read that one at camp, which probably wasn't the best idea. There was also a book in my junior high library called "50 Great Ghost Stories" by John Hanning; the cover, a black-caped Death, standing in a graveyard, holding a noose - that alone made a huge impression on my 7th-grade mind, even though it was "historic" ghostly tales and not actual short stories.

NR, that story sounds like something I read as a kid, and of course have no memory of the title!

Redigerat: sep 12, 2007, 5:17 pm

I remember a book in my local library titled Ghosts, Ghosts, Ghosts. It was a companion title to Witches, Witches, Witches. Good luck finding it though.

I almost wish I'd pestered my parents to buy copies of the stuff I read as a boy.

Hmmmm....memory ain't what it used to be. Helen Hoke is the author/editor of the spooky stuff I loved from childhood.

aug 26, 2008, 5:49 am

Possibly "The wicked wicked ladies in the haunted house" Original title "The wicked pigeon ladies in the garden" by Mary Chase.

Redigerat: dec 13, 2008, 12:23 am

Some recent finds; the Arrow Book of Ghost Stories, The Ghost Children and The Old Willis Place; the last one belongs to a favorite sub-genre of mine - "OMG WE'RE DEAD!". Sometimes it's easier to find new stuff, something I haven't read/heard of, in books aimed at younger readers.

There's a John Haining compliation - 50 Great Horror Stories (IIRC), that I found in junior high. I don't remember if the stories were all that scary, but the cover depicting a black-caped skeleton before a graveyard, beconing the reader - scared me plenty.

jan 14, 2009, 1:16 am

Alan Zullo has a "Haunted Kids" type series...covers psychic phenomena, haunted schools, haunted babysitters, UFOs..all kinds of stuff. I read these books when I was a kid, and now my 11 year old nephew loves them.

Hehe, but if you want scary...nothing used to scare me more than the illustrations in the Scary Stories Treasury, a compilation of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series.

jan 14, 2009, 8:04 pm

I have one called The Tailypo which is a pretty spooky ghost story for kids. Though short, it is effective.

jan 14, 2009, 11:30 pm


jan 15, 2009, 9:15 pm

#11 Yes it is a spooky story to tell a child.

Let's see, the book I have is called
"The Tailypo, A Ghost Story"
Told by Joanna Galdone
Illustrated by Paul Galdone.

Cannot remember if I got it on Amazon or through Bookmooch. Hope that helps you to find it. The illustrations are very eerie. It's worth adding to a library.

jun 3, 2009, 5:27 pm

Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle. Excellent! (And I usually don't care for stories with adolescent protagonists.)

sep 24, 2009, 1:38 pm

This book gave me the chills