Oct. 27th, 2004

resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Beta noire (art by Jessie Willcox Smith))
Can someone recommend a good book about ghost stories and/or dark fantasy? Not a book of those stories, but a book about them -- their history, why we read them, what they do.

I've already read Stephen King's Danse Macabre, and it wasn't terribly helpful. What I'm after is something like Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment, but specifically focused on the scary and the horrific.

Or, barring that, what do you think those stories are for?

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