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.