Title: The Ghost Variations
Author: Kevin Brockmeier
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Publication Date: 6 October 2020
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Supernatural/Short Story
Source: ARC via NetGalley
A spirit who appears in a law firm reliving the exact moment she lost her chance at love, a man haunted by the trees cut down to build his house, nefarious specters that snatch anyone who steps into the shadows in which they live, and parakeets that serve as mouthpieces for the dead--these are just a few of the characters Kevin Brockmeier presents in this extraordinary compendium of spectral emanations and their wildly various purposes in (after) life.
These tales are by turns playful, chilling, and philosophical, paying homage to the genre while audaciously subverting expectations. The ghosts in these pages are certain to haunt you well after you've closed the book.
The Ghost Variations was a fun, easy read. This collection features a wide range of story styles, from the humorous to the spooky, so there really is something for everyone. Naturally, certain tales appealed to me more than others, but overall I thought it was a cohesive selection and I liked the way the stories were grouped by theme. Definitely a great read for all the ghost fans out there, and a book that will entertain and make you think, rather than keep you up all night with the light on.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.