No campfire is complete without a story to accompany the flickering flames and burnt marshmallows. For centuries travellers have told tales to keep their spirits up, their companions entertained and to leave everyone with something to think about before they turn in for the night. And if you’re travelling with one of those sadistic types who like to tell a creepy tale to complement the owl hoots and animal calls, then the whole evening can take on an eerie and quite exciting atmosphere. Whether you are traveling in a used RV or not doesn’t matter.
And if you fancy yourself as a storyteller, why not purchase some spooky tales to keep family and friends looking over their shoulders? Here’s a small collection of books that feature short stories that you can either read and memorize or thrill your audience straight from the printed page/ebook screen and read aloud:
Haunted Houses: The Greatest Stories ed. Martin H. Greenberg (MJF Books, Aug 1997) Anthology of 16 stories by authors including H.P. Lovecraft, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Bloch, and Edward Bryant. There are some great stories in this collection by some famous authors of the supernatural. In fact I heartily recommend this as a great all-round anthology with stories from many ages and a good range of subjects.
20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (Gollancz (Sep 2008) A fantastic collection of short stories, first released in Britain and finally available in the US. Joe is the son of Stephen King, but don’t think he’s a carbon copy of his father. His writing is unique and clever and fun and although reads differently to King, is just as good in terms of quality.
The Dark: New Ghost Stories ed. Ellen Datlow (Tor Books Aug 2004) Lastly we have a collection of brand new short ghost stories by modern writers. As with all anthologies, there are stronger stories than others, but they are all interesting, varied in theme, utterly unique and, of course, very creepy!