In this anthology, one ghost story features a musical twist

Anthology Ghosts, Spirits and SpectersI’m especially interested in the intersection of music and horror literature. In the anthology Ghosts, Spirits and Specters Vol. 1, my short story “Collector of Ghosts” explores this connection. After Yumiko discovers a strange board game in an antique shop, she gathers four friends to play it, with frightening results. She devises a possible solution to their dilemma based on her experience playing violin in the college orchestra. But will it work? What happens next will test their bonds of friendship.

I’ve written two other short stories with musical elements. “The Bell” will appear in a 2020 anthology on Victoria-era dark divinations. The music connection is rather minor in this story, but mentions a real trick that fake mediums used to perform with accordions in the nineteenth century. In “Spirit Chaser,” music is at the heart of the story. I based it on a Nordic folk legend about a strange creature that plays music in a waterfall.

During the past few years, the floodgates on horror stories featuring music or musicians have opened wide. And that applies to novels, novellas, and short stories. I have no clue why this should be, but naturally it pleases me as an author and musician. Since music is such a key part of our everyday lives, surrounding us wherever we go, it feels natural to explore how this translates to horror stories.

You can find the anthology Ghosts, Spirits and Specters Vol. 1, published by Hellbound Books, in either paperbook or ebook at Amazon.

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