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Read up on spectral characters and chilled spines, discuss!


For the near-Halowe’en meeting, we have traditionally chosen a theme with eerie overtones.  This year, the focus is specific:  that spectral being who makes the easiest home-made costume: the ghost.

Did the romantic and Victorian eras, with their death obsession, mark  the height of the ghost tale? Is the ghost a figure that can change to reflect the preoccupations of different times and places? That’s a rhetorical question, of course it is! 

We usually have a nonfiction-heavy list, but not this time!  The list, subject to modification:

“Great Ghost Stories” by John Grafton (Editor) This is available in print, but there is a very cheap Kindle edition.

“Beloved" by Toni Morrison"

"The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James

Some more modern ghostly notes:


"Anya’s Ghost"a fun graphic novel if you like the genre or are short on time by Vera Brosgol


"Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffenegger

"The Lovely Bones" by Alice Seabold

"Macbeth:  A Novel by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson" (source material obvs The Bard and those from he took the legend!)

If you are an absolute stickler for nonfiction, drop me a note, I have a couple of suggestions but in the spirit of the holiday I think it would be great to make the whole list from works of the imagination.

The 6:45 time is to let everyone mull over food choices and get food since it's counter service, but we won't get down to the talk before 7.

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  • Chris H.

    Not one of my favorite subjects but I still enjoyed it and came out of the meeting with a book I want to read.........

    October 28, 2014

    • Chris H.

      The Turn of the Screw. I have never read it and had forgotten about it.

      October 29, 2014

    • Elisa

      That's the book that I read. I enjoyed it, had read it years ago but barely remembered it. I think I appreciate the way it is written and the tone of it much more now as an adult.

      October 29, 2014

  • Chris H.

    I'm also thinking of Anya's Ghost.

    October 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We were only six, but some good views were expressed, and some great questions too!

    1 · October 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We were only six, but some good views were expressed, and some great questions too!

    1 · October 29, 2014

  • Dagmar

    Enjoyed the evening and conversation about various books.

    October 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel the last minute. Some school stuff came up, so I can't make it tonight

    October 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for last minute cancellation...feeling a bit under the weather. Really enjoying " Her Fearful Symmetry ." Next time !

    October 28, 2014

    • Anne

      Next time, sorry to miss you tonight but thanks for letting us know!

      October 28, 2014

  • Anne

    Why do the ghosts of literature hang out among the living? Vigilance, vengeance, parasitism, protection, memory, sharing of information, inability to let go, and sometimes just to say BOO!

    October 28, 2014

  • Chris H.

    I'm luckier..........I will be able to make it.........can't wait.
    I'm reading Ghost Stories..........

    October 27, 2014

  • Elisa

    Don't feel bad Chris, I just found out I was off the wait list too, and since I wasn't expecting that to happen this late, I've made another commitment and won't be able to attend.

    October 27, 2014

  • Chris H.

    Oh, I didn't realize I was off the wait list? Is it okay for me to come, Anne? I've read Great Ghost Stories.

    October 27, 2014

  • Renee G.

    Well, I don't see my comment so trying again... Beloved by Toni Morrison.

    October 27, 2014

  • Dagmar

    About three quarters of the way thru Toni Morrison's "Beloved." Have previously read "Lovely Bones."

    October 22, 2014

  • Lynn R.

    Well, this is disappointing. Before I rsvped for this, I asked my teenage daughters for schedules of their concerts and rehearsals (they both go to Douglas Anderson). After I rsvped, one came back and said there are more dates online than the ones she gave me. I can't go to the book club after all. I will be at an orchestra concert on 10/28. You all have fun.

    August 23, 2014

    • Anne

      Lynn, in the non-daylight savings months we generally meet on Sunday afternoons. That works for the schedules of some members who run into conflicts with evening meetings.

      September 9, 2014

  • Alan F.

    We are sorry that we are missing this one. We both love Halloween, but, alas, we will be trick or treating in Vegas with many "interesting characters". It is our annual pilgrimage.

    1 · August 10, 2014

    • Anne

      Halloween in Vegas...that stirs the imagination!

      September 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be reading " Her Fearful Symmetry "

    August 24, 2014

  • Lynn R.

    I'm going to read Ghost Stories by John Grafton. I noticed sharon mentioned below there might be a different date. Is the 10/28 date correct?

    August 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It been recommended to me to read "Frankenstein" so I think I will pick this up to read.

    August 12, 2014

  • sharon

    Is this the correct date or was it changed to a different date?

    August 12, 2014

  • Suzi G.

    I was going to say yes, but I am supposed to be leaving for Israel that day. Had read Turn of the Screw in junior high, but it didn't make much of an impression, thought I should give it another shot. May read it anyway.

    August 10, 2014

  • Cindy

    Will be back for the Winter! Not sure what I'll read - read Beloved a long time ago - will let you know.

    August 8, 2014

  • Anne

    I set acceptances as open as soon as I announced the meeting, which I don't usually do...experimentation goes on.

    August 8, 2014

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