From the publisher's website: Why do people love ghost stories, even when they don’t believe (or say they don’t believe) in ghosts? Is it simply the adrenaline rush that comes from being terrified by a great storyteller? Or is it that such tales give form to our own inner demons?
‘Looking back over nearly a quarter of a century of serious therapeutic work,’ writes Stephen Johnson, ‘I’m struck by how often, in trying to explain my own terrifying mental states to psychotherapists, I’ve resorted to images or turns of phrase in some of my own favourite ghost stories.’
With contributions from Alexander Pushkin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Tove Jansson, Penelope Lively, Flann O’Brien and more, this uniquely curated anthology brings together some of the most chilling – and enigmatic – stories from around the world.