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Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, Contemporary Michigan Literature

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Edited by Keith Taylor and Laura Kasischke
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For Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them editors Keith Taylor and Laura Kasischke asked twelve celebrated Michigan writers to submit new stories on one subject: ghosts. The resulting collection is a satisfying mix of tales by some of the state’s most well-known and award-winning writers. Some of the pieces are true stories written by non-believers, while others are clearly fiction and can be funny, bittersweet, spooky, or sinister. All share Michigan as a setting, bringing history and a sense of place to the eerie collection.

Ghosts in these stories have a wide range of motivations and cause a variety of consequences. In some cases, they seem to dwell in one person’s consciousness, as in Steve Amick’s “Not Even Lions and Tigers,” and other times they demonstrate their presence with tangible evidence, as in Laura Hulthen Thomas’s “Bones on Bois Blanc.” Spirits sometimes appear in order to communicate something important to the living, as in James Hynes’s “Backseat Driver” and Lolita Hernandez’s “Making Bakes,” to change the course of events, as in Anne-Marie Oomen’s “Bitchathane,” or to cause characters to look inside themselves, as in Elizabeth Schmuhl’s “Belief.” The supernatural stories in Ghost Writers visit a mix of Michigan locations, from the urban, to the suburban, and rural. Authors find ghosts in family farmhouses, downtown Detroit streets, an abandoned northern Michigan lighthouse, gracious Grosse Pointe homes, a mid-Michigan apartment complex, and the crypt of a Polish priest in the small town of Cross Village.

Taylor and Kasischke have assembled a collection with a diverse mixture of settings, tones, and styles, ensuring that Ghost Writers will appeal to all readers of fiction, particularly those interested in the newest offerings from Michigan’s best fiction writers.

Contributors: Steve Amick, Nicholas Delbanco, Kelly Fordon, Lolita Hernandez, James Hynes, Laura Kasischke, Elizabeth Kostova, Anne-Marie Oomen, Eileen Pollack, Elizabeth Schmuhl, Keith Taylor, Laura Hulthen Thomas

Published by Wayne State University Press

All recent publications by Keith Taylor

  • The Ancient Murrelet
  • Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, Contemporary Michigan Literature
  • Marginalia for a Natural History
  • If the World Becomes So Bright
  • Kostas Karyotakis: Battered Guitars - Poems and Prose

All publications by Keith Taylor

2011, Marginalia for a Natural History, Black Lawrence Press. 2011, Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, co-edited with Laura Kasischke, Wayne State University Press (selected as a Michigan Notable Book of the Year for 2012). 2009, If the World Becomes So Bright, Wayne State University Press. 2006, Battered Guitars: Poetry and Prose of Kostas Karyotakis, co-translated with William W. Reader, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman, and Modern Greek Studies, The University of Birmingham. 2006, Guilty at the Rapture, Hanging Loose Press. 2002, What These Ithakas Mean: Readings in Cavafy, co-edited, Literary and Historical Archive (Athens). 2000, The Huron River: Voices from the Watershed, co-edited with John Knott, The University of Michigan Press.

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