Ghost are… well… um… not really my favorite paranormal baddie. I guess because, with the exception of a few books, they aren’t really “around” to be scared of. Like I don’t think it’s the actual ghost people are scared of, but the intense suspense that surrounds them. You can’t normally see them, you don’t know when they’ll attack… they’re like the stealthiest of all the paranormal baddies.
When it comes to ghost stories (or books) I feel like we don’t really get to know the ghost very much. Like it’s more about the suspense that goes with either hunting the ghost or spotting the ghost or being haunted by the ghost… we get more of the bumps in the night instead of the actual thing that makes the bump.
Something I do like about ghosts, and wish I could see more of it, is when we get to know them as people. Like they’re not just scary, haunting manifestations (?) but the spirit of a deceased person who has a reason for not moving on. I like when they’re humanized – much like I like when any baddie is humanized – because unlike other baddies, they aren’t a human who has been turned into a monster. They’re a human who can’t move on, who has unfinished business, who has a reason for being a ghost.
Sometimes… that reason can be even scarier than the ghost.
There are some great YA books out there that feature ghosts! I’ve linked my own reviews to the ones I’ve read. Feel free to let me know if you’ve read and reviewed any of these; I’ll add your link to it!
School Spirits – Rachel Hawkins
Texas Gothic– Rosemary Clement-Moore
Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake
Spirit and Dust –