Sunday, November 26, 2017

YA Tales of Unnatural Death

John Gordon's short collection, The Burning Baby and Other Ghosts (1992), contains five tales of various ghosts and unnatural deaths. The title story is the best in the book, about a glowing baby that appears in the bonfire that secretly hold the corpse of a murdered pregnant girl. The second story, "Under the Ice," is about a dead body sometimes seen under the ice where some young boys go skating. The remaining three tales get silly"The Eels" about a haunting be eels after an old woman's grand-daughter is killed.  "The Key" and "Death Wish" are overly complicated and not very rewarding. The vibrancy of the first tale sets a standard unrivaled by any other tale in the book. 

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