Night Side of the River: Ghost Stories

Highbridge Audio. Oct. 2023. 9:02 hrs. ISBN 9781696613675. $19.99. F
Winterson (Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal??) offers a delightfully spooky collection of ghost stories, invented and real. Interspersing stories of her own paranormal experiences with fictional tales, Winterson takes a head-on look at how the living and the dead interact. Together with Vicki Licorish, Winterson narrates this varied collection, relating tales of romance from beyond the grave, séances, hauntings, and ghost hunting gone wrong. Winterson’s and Licorish’s skillful narration enhances each story, capturing a panorama of horror, from quiet, creeping horror to the mundane horror of technology gone wrong. The stories are grouped into sections, each focused on a different type of horror, including stories inspired by devices, those connected to locations, and hauntings. The sections are clearly delineated, guiding listeners and signaling when the theme changes. Whether they’re believers or not, listeners will likely enjoy hearing about Winterson’s run-ins with the paranormal.
VERDICT Taking a cue from classic horror stories such as Poe’s works and Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, Winterson has crafted an unsettling and thoughtful collection sure to appeal to those seeking an atmospheric, chilling listen.
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