This book is for writers and readers of ghost stories. Kathleen McGurl has sold dozens of short stories to women's magazines, and a high proportion of them were ghostly tales. This book contains twelve of her stories, most of which were previously published in women's magazines. Each one is used to spark off discussion topics which will help you think about what makes a successful ghost story for this market. Also included: - What are the main types of ghost story? - The essential rules for ghost stories - What is the enduring appeal of ghost stories? - Providing an alternative rational explanation - Ideas for new ghost stories And much more
Kathleen McGurl lives in Bournemouth with her husband and younger son, her elder son having flown the nest. She always wanted to write, and for many years was waiting until she had the time. Eventually she came to the bitter realisation no one would pay her for a year off work to write a book, so she sat down and started to write one anyway. Since then she has sold dozens of short stories to women's magazines. These days she is concentrating on longer fiction, and is currently trying to find an agent for her full-length time-slip novel, while also writing another in the same genre. She works full time in the IT industry and when she's not writing, she's often out running, slowly.