A big welcome to Megan Morgan who is here counting down her Top 10 Favorite Ghost Stories and celebrating the release of The Burning City, Siren Song #3 (published on July 5, 2016 by Lyrical Press). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
Megan Morgan’s Top 10 Favorite Ghost Stories
In the Siren Song series, although my protagonist, June Coffin, is a siren, her paranormal powers begin to increase and expand. One of the new powers she gains is the ability to see ghosts—something she’s not too happy about. Like me, June finds the idea of ghosts nerve-jangling.
Even though ghosts in real life (do they really exist?) scare the heck out of me, I love ghost stories. Maybe because fictional ghosts aren’t as terrifying. So, I’m here today to share with you my top ten favorite ghost stories. Some are scary and some not-so-scary.
1. A Christmas Carol
Tim Burton wasn’t the first to combine Christmas and horror. No matter which version of this classic tale I watch on TV around Christmas time (even the animated and Muppets ones), the Ghost of Christmas Future scares the crap out of me. I guess that’s supposed to be the point, though, that the future for Mr. Scrooge is scary if he keeps on his cruel and lonely path.
2. The Others
One of my favorite ghost movies, starring Nicole Kidman. A tale of a woman post WWII who is trapped in her house with her two children by what she believes to be her own insanity. I won’t give anything away, but you’ll be questioning who the ‘ghosts’ are until the end. This movie is super creepy but also really poignant.
3. Every episode of Ghost Hunters
I was a huge fan of the original Ghost Hunters, the ones with Jason and Grant. Although I know there’s been a lot of debunking of these shows and they’re probably fabricated a bit for excitement, every ‘reveal’ gave me shivers, especially when they found something really convincing.
4. Paranormal Activity
The sequels are absurd, but I found the first movie super entertaining and chillingly well done. I saw it in the theatre and the best part was the reactions of the audience around me.
5. The Blair Witch Project
When this came out it was touted as ‘real’ footage that was ‘found’ and untouched. A lot of people believed it, including me and my nephew, who were so scared after watching it we wouldn’t go into a room alone.
Not really scary, but one of the best romance movies ever. The sadly now departed Mr. Swayze was the hunk du jour back then and I think he got a lot of women into pottery making with this movie.
Another one that isn’t actually scary but is one of my all-time favorites. I was a dark and morbid sort of teenager and I wanted to be Lydia Deetz, of course.
8. High Spirits
Another funny ghost movie, starring Steve Guttenberg and Daryl Hannah, about some tortured spirits who haunt an Irish castle and end up falling in love with the humans who are vacationing there. It’s a fun romantic romp and a movie I seriously can’t resist watching if I find it on TV.
9. The Sixth Sense
“I see dead people.” I think by now, we all know the major plot twist in this movie, and if I recall correctly I already knew the first time I saw it, but it was still a chilling revelation. All the ghosts in this movie are also pretty terrifying.
10. Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark
There’s nothing overly scary in this book as far as storytelling goes, if you’re a grown-up, anyway—it’s mostly urban legends and cheesy short ghost stories to tell around campfires. But, if you were ever traumatized as a child by the illustrations in these books, you know what the really scary part is.
Megan Morgan is an award-winning urban fantasy and paranormal romance author from Cleveland, Ohio. RWA member, bartender by day, and purveyor of things that go bump in the night, she’s trying to turn writing into her day job so she can be on the other side of the bar for a change. Hailing from the often-wintry shores of Lake Erie, she lives with an attention-seeking cat and her adult son, both of which shed too much.
One copy of The Burning City by Megan Morgan
Available on July 5, 2016 by Lyrical Press
When the smoke clears, who will be left standing?
Tattoo artist June Coffin has another, more hidden talent: she’s a Siren who can influence people with the sound of her voice. But in the wake of a murder and shake-up at the Institute of Supernatural Research, her own powers are starting to kill her. The only chance she has of saving herself—as well as her kidnapped brother and best friend—is to become a vampire. But joining the ranks of the vengeful vamp, Occam Reed, is the last thing June wants to do.
Occam isn’t the only danger June needs to worry about. Power hungry telepath Robbie Beecher will stop at nothing to gain control over Chicago. He’ll destroy anyone who gets in his way—and June’s lover, Sam, is high on the hit list since his bid for Mayor. With the city and June’s heart being pulled in different directions, it’s only a matter of time before the powder keg explodes…and time isn’t something June has much of left. With a city on fire, can she rise from its ashes?
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