It’s summer time… though here in the Pacific Northwest this year it feels like summertime has been distracted elsewhere and left us waiting thinking that it’s still late spring. As a child, I remember that this was the time for short story reading… especially ghost stories. I’m a big fan of LibriVox.org and I found a particularly creepy but entertaining set of ghost stories in audio format there. Listening to audio books and stories of course means that I can knit at the same time.
The narrator, Peter Yearsly, has a very Igor-like (Eee-gor not Eye-gor) voice. His voice has a quietly creepy and yet soothing quality to it. However, if you’re already tired it may induce you into a deep sleep. The “Lost Hearts” and “Number 13” stories in particular hooked me.
I’ve loved ghost stories since I was a child. I remember always checking the boxes on the Scholastic book forms for scary stories about the supernatural. It was such a bonus whenever there was a record with stories on it. My mother would always argue with me about buying and listening to these tales of terror, because she felt that they would send my imagination off on some insomniac’s quest. Though some of my best memories of sleepovers were putting these records on the Fisher Price record player, turning off all the lights, and hiding under a blanket with friends and a flashlight. There was such a thrill in being scared back then… there still is now.
Photo from here.* I’m a bit skeptical of this photo’s authenticity, but still.. it creeps the bejeezus out of me.