The Haunted Dollhouse, a favorite creepy book from my childhood

The Haunted Dollhouse is a book from my childhood that has survived multiple (usually move-inspired) book purges. I still have it even though the pages are falling out of the binding. The copyright says 1982. I'm not sure if that's exactly the year my parents gave me this book, but it wouldn't have been long … Continue reading The Haunted Dollhouse, a favorite creepy book from my childhood

A short ghost story: My son is afraid of the dark

My son is afraid of the dark. He never used to be, but now every night he screams in fear. He complains of shadows, sounds. Ghosts. How does a three-year-old even know about ghosts? From some cartoon Halloween special I suppose. I try to comfort him. I lean down over his bed and whisper, “It’s … Continue reading A short ghost story: My son is afraid of the dark

The rag man, a true story of a mysterious visitor

For the month of October Listing Toward Forty is Listing Toward Halloween, featuring a variety of Halloween-inspired posts including many by guest authors. This post is by Jay Keenan. This is a true story. Because it is true, it needs some background. The event occurred when I was a little boy, when I was five … Continue reading The rag man, a true story of a mysterious visitor

Haunted Chicago: Remembering a ghost of the Red Lion Pub

For the month of October Listing Toward Forty is Listing Toward Halloween, featuring a variety of Halloween posts including many by guest authors. This post is by Sara Jean McCarthy. She lives on the second floor. In the women’s restroom. In the last stall. Not, perhaps, my personal choice of digs, but I truly don’t … Continue reading Haunted Chicago: Remembering a ghost of the Red Lion Pub