Interview with Audrey Niffenegger on Radio 4’s Front Row

The time traveler's wifeAudrey Niffenegger and Suzanne Dean from Vintage Classics will be interviewed about a new collection of ghost stories as part of a wider feature on book design, on 26th December on Radio 4’s Front Row.

The author of  The Time Traveler’s Wife will curate and illustrate the collection of ghost stories, to be published in Septemeber 2015. The “eclectic” collection, called Ghostly, will include “unusual, forgotten and previously unpublished stories, and of course, the odd cat”, said the publisher Vintage Classics.

There will be stories by authors Edith Wharton, Rudyard Kipling, Neil Gaiman and Kelly Link and Niffenegger will also write a story for the collection as well as illustrate it and introduce each story.

She said: “I’ve been reading ghost stories since I was tiny, they were some of the first stories I loved. The stories collected in Ghostly are the unusual ones, not the most popular but the ones that have haunted me over my years of reading.”

Suzanne Dean, creative director at Vintage Publishing, said: “I am looking forward to collaborating with Audrey. I love her illustrations and I am sure we are going to have great fun creating the perfect Ghostly package.”

Niffenegger is writing two books, one a sequel to The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Holiday reading – Ghost stories

image-medium (2)Nice to read some ghost stories at this time of the year, here’s a few picks from Leeds Libraries

Top pick – Ash – James Herbert. Number 1 chiller writer features David Ash paranormal detective and the case of a man found crucified in a room that is locked

The Returned by Jason Mott – Source of material for ‘The Returned’ series on TV – it’s the  very interesting idea: what if the dead returned, not as undead monsters, but as they were when they died?

The ghost hunters by Neil Spring  A good old fashioned ghost story set in 1926 at Borley Rectory, the most haunted house in England….

Joyland by Stephen Kind  An elegiac book set in the summer of 1973. College student Dev Jones is hoping to get over a broken heart. He discovers there are much worse things than getting dumped as he befriends a young, dying boy, and realizes Joyland is haunted by the ghost of a girl murdered on a thrill ride.

Dolly a ghost story by Susan Hill Two young cousins, Leonora and Edward, spend the summer with their ageing spinster aunt at Iyot House, her decaying home, deep in the damp lonely fens. When spoilt Leonora’s birthday wish for a beautiful doll is thwarted, she unleashes a furious rage which haunts her quiet, subdued cousin for years afterwards and has dark and sinister consequences which neither can escape

Forest ghost by Graham Masterton.Bordering on horror, this tale is set in modern-day America. 15 boy scouts and their leaders are found to have committed suicide in the forest of a scout reservation. One of the dead boys is a friend of Sparky Wallace, whose father Jack investigates the suicides – and discovers a connection with his own grandfather, who killed himself in a Polish forest during World War II

This house is haunted by John Boyne 1867. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night and dark chilling things begin to happen

Curious Warnings by M R James,’weird fictionist of the very first rank’ . Brilliant all 35 ghost stories in one fat volume