Thursday, October 1, 2009

Another old book of True Ghost Stories!

From Wikipedia: John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922), an American author and satirist, and the creator of modern Bangsian fantasy, the school of fantasy writing that sets the plot wholly or partially in the afterlife.

I found this little hardcover in a used-books shop and was taken by the color illustration on the black cover, as much as by the title. I knew nothing about this author (who was for some years the editor of Puck).

A bit of synchronicity here, because my new novel (which recently sold to a New York publisher and will be released in 2011) follows in the Bangsian tradition. That makes me a Bangsian.

I had no idea. I just thought I was writing in a fictional arena where I have done lots of research. Ghosts.

Oh, and that other arena. High school is as good a place as any to play dead for a few years.

Before I get too excited about finding Bangs's book as a named historical literary affirmation of my own work, I should point out that he also authored a book called The Idiot.

I might be working in that tradition, as well. Gulp.


Jm Diaz said...

Sweet. Where'd you come across the beaut?

Gordon Jerome said...

What a cool find. Kudos.

chirish said...

i found the bangs' ghost book online for free. thanks for the heads-up on the title. looks interesting.

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