Even the most sceptical can be seduced by it. The mood and resonance, the sounds, scents and tense awareness that here is a place where anything could happen. Perfection can be eerie.
There is a fine balance between the psychological and the spectral. Ghost writing must involve a blurring between reality and madness or projection.
I firmly believe in tying up narrative strands, so while every human story must be followed to its conclusion, the reader must be left plot-satisfied but intentionally uneasy, the paranormal at play in the margins. And so it took only a small shift to see that I could take this one step further.
What has always appealed to me is the modern gothic, the unsettling and even the unsavoury in literature. Above all, ghost writing is about atmosphere. Yet we still seem to desire less definable hauntings in the form of the gothic, vampiric and ghostly. He is always at one remove: The conventions of traditional ghost stories are there to play with, and, for the modern writer, there is pleasure to be had in hidden rooms, with resistant houses and barely heard sounds.
As Roald Dahl boldly claimed: Tropes can be ignored or upended, and chilling child patterings and mysterious stains are an enticing part of what Henry James called "the strange and sinister embroidered on the very type of the normal and easy".
How does one write for an audience that is cynical, yet still wishes to be terrified? The ghosts should not be visible — at least not in any straightforward way.
France leads the way, with its hit supernatural series Les Revenantswhile ghost writer Marc Levy is now the most read living French writer in the world. So there is a necessary ambivalence. Ghost writing is in many ways the opposite of crime or detective fiction, whose worlds are more logical than real life — you find out who did it — whereas the supernatural can have no straightforward point of revelation to work towards.
Endings can be a problem. This is an era conversant with extreme horror and increasingly successful crime genres, with console games that scatter images of blood on the screen. Form is an issue.Teachers TV: KS2 Persuasive Writing In this Key Stage 2 literacy ‘Lesson Starters’, suitable for Yearseach of the five short video clips provides a stimulus for pupils to employ Teachers TV/5(4).
ghost story” and in 10 minutes put together a short ghost story.
This should be no more than words in total and must included the four words you’ve chosen. Different genres – mystery, ghost, fantasy (KS1 & KS2 resources) Reading and writing worksheets for exploring different genres.
The Ghostly Shed. WARNING: This shed contains material which may be unsuitable for pupils in primary schools.
Teachers should watch the films in full before using them at their discretion with their pupils. Get help writing Ghostly Narratives with the DADWAVERS APP.
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