It’s Halloween this weekend, but not quite the sociable Halloween to which we’ve become accustomed. The midst of a pandemic is arguably not quite the time for the hordes of pre-teen witches and zombies to be roaming the streets seeking bags of Maltesers from strangers’ homes.
Social distancing can’t stop storytelling, though. And on Halloween that means ghost stories. A good ghost story teases our sense of what is possible and what awaits us. It zeroes in on our fear of change. A lot of them are set in the past, where our sense of what is possible is slightly blurred. A lot of them touch on guilt and grief. All of them touch on a sense that rationality is not enough to explain our