I get peculiar looks when I confess to having written a collection of ghost stories, as they are considered marginal to mainstream literature, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol notwithstanding. How splendid then, this comment, the first paragraph in the introduction to The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton (2009 Wordsworth Editions Limited):
“In general, the literati tend to look down their noses at the ghost story, regarding it as a lower form of Literature and those writers who contribute to the genre as wordsmiths of the second rank. As the Wordsworth series of Mystery & Supernatural fiction has demonstrated time and time again, this is a grave misconception. Creating an effective ghost story requires consummate skill, ingenuity, an exploration and understanding of human nature and the workings of man’s psyche and motivations as well as the most subtle manipulation of language to conjure fear and suspense out of vague shadows.”
–David Stuart Davies
For more about the inspiration for Ghost Lite….