Listening to someone say they saw a ghost is a bit like hearing them, but not truly believing. In this collection of ghostly tales, twenty-nine award-winning writers have told stories of vastly differing experiences and all unnervingly credible. Stories such as Maree Teychenne’s I Know What I Hear, Dear Rita create a new and spine-chilling twist to ‘monsters under the bed’. Vickie Stevens uses a historic shot tower in Tasmania as a device to uncover strange occurrences. Roger Leigh delves into the realm of implants and technological horrors in I Can Stand The Despair. For most of us, thinking about ghostly habitats involves old buildings and graveyards, basically, man-made structures formed around European folklore. David Slade in The Wilangarra uses ‘old land’ in the ancient country Australians live and its spirits to tell the tale of Barra fishermen who go missing in ‘big salty’ country. So does Rachel McElleney in The Rock Pool, a lover’s trysting place where love turns decidedly dark. The four judges at Stringybark Publishing have put together an anthology of stories about the paranormal to line bookshelves along with thousands of books in this genre, but this offering sits next to what Australia does so well in films such as Snowtown, Wolf Creek, The Reef and Razorback—it unsettles the trusting reader.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)