Julie over at Contractually Obligated to Like Books and I went to see The Spirit Play last night, which is a lovely play about the 19th century Spiritualist movement in America. It's set in Illinois (repreSENT) and concerns a medium, her "brother", and a respectable group of people holding a seance. She, her brother (read: actually husband) and sister, who plays a ghost during the seances, use the standard tricks of the time to make money off people looking for connection with the dead, but then Jane (the medium) starts getting real communications from the spirit world.
It was pretty kickass. And obviously seasonally appropriate.
Which brings me to my question: Any favorite ghost stories/novels? I checked out Affinity from the library last night, because I'm a big ol' Sarah Waters fan, but I mean, I haven't even really read any Poe. So my knowledge of ghosty things is lacking, to say the least. And no, I haven't read any Wilkie Collins. I know, I KNOW, but I haven't. Yet.
"Oh, is that your Bible? Would you read something from it?"
"'God bless us, every one!'"
"I knew Dickens must have lifted it from somewhere."