Title: The Ghost Seekers
Author: Devon Taylor
Series: The Soul Keepers #2
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 27th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
“A fantastic high-stakes adventure on a ghost ship sailing forever into eternity, where every soul is (literally) worth fighting for—what’s not to love?” —Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch and The Girl from the Well, on The Soul Keepers
There are worse things than death.
The Harbinger is lost, sunk to the bottom of an otherworldly sea. Every soul that ever died and was protected within its hold has been lost along with it. But at least that precious cargo is out of reach of the demon Urcena and her army of soul-devouring monsters.
The soul keepers are broken, scattered, and barely clinging to existence without their ship or any way to collect or protect the souls of the newly dead. If they are to have any hope of stopping Urcena’s horrifying plans to destroy the fragile balance between living and dead, they will first have to survive long enough to locate the ghost of one of their own, who sacrificed himself to save the rest of the crew.
Devon Taylor’s cinematic and pulse-pounding duology comes to a thunderous conclusion in The Ghost Seekers.
Top 10 Ghost Stories/Movies:
Coming up with a Top Ten list of anything for me is basically impossible. So when I was asked by Lisa Loves Literature to come up with my Top Ten ghost stories/movies my immediate reaction was, “Oh sh*t!” But once I got over my immediate panic, I realized that maybe it wouldn’t be so hard, especially if I split the list into five books and five movies. Easy peezy. Thinking back through all the years that I’ve sought out ghost stories and scary movies, I knew that there were plenty of viable candidates for my top favorites. Of course, there are probably (definitely) ghost stories and movies out there that I’ve never heard of or have never experienced that could be contenders for this list. If you know of some that belong here, let us know in the comments or hit up my website and shoot me an email -- I love a good rec. Without further yakkity-yak from me, I present (in no particular order) my Top Five Ghost Story Books and my Top Five Ghost Story Movies (fair warning -- there’s a lot of Stephen King down there):
1. The Shining by Stephen King
Classic. Nuff said. The sequel, Doctor Sleep, is also pretty amazing.
2. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
This one is arguably more of a zombie story than a ghost story. However, there is Mr. Victor Pascow to think about, who is one of the lighter (and stranger) components of a book that is extremely dark.
3. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Another classic that’s had a bit of a resurgence lately thanks to Netflix. In another interview this week, I talk about how an earlier Hollywood adaptation of this novel was a big influence on my concept of the ghost story. Even without the movie treatment, though, this book should be on anyone’s list of amazing, influential horror tales.
4. Bag of Bones (also) by Stephen King
This is probably one of King’s less mainstream novels, but it’s one of my all-time favorites. The supernatural elements in this book are so subtle and so haunting, and the rest of the book is a major heavy-hitter in terms of emotion. If you’re a King fan and you’ve never read this one, you should hop on it ASAP.
5. Hell House by Richard Matheson
Oh the things I could say about Richard Matheson. He’s an icon in speculative fiction and in literature in general. Hell House is one of my favorite Matheson stories because it’s another instance where the ghosts and the things that go bump in the night aren’t always just ethereal clouds of mist in the shadows. Read. It.
1. The Others
The big twist at the end of this movie (sorry, spoilers -- the movie’s, like, twenty years old, though, so...) was HUGE to me as a budding spec fiction writer. It completely flipped the script on what a ghost story was for me and how there are two perspectives to every tale, even the ones involving a haunting.
Another classic. Nuff said. The original, though. Not the remake.
This counts as a ghost story. Don’t @ me. It also counts as proof that ghost stories can be funny and scientific and heartwarming. And in this case, I’d take either the original or the remake, regardless of what trolls on the internet think about it.
4. Thirteen Ghosts
Here’s another example of how ghost stories can be presented with a lot of science incorporated into the plot. This movie in particular is not what I’d call a masterpiece (nor is it funny or heartwarming), but for young Devon, it was another fresh take on the concept of hauntings and how to establish “rules” in a paranormal situation.
5. The Sixth Sense
The big twist at the end of this movie (c’mon, don’t even pretend like you don’t know what happens) was...kind of the same as the twist at the end of The Others, now that I think about it. Not sure which movie came first, but whatever. It was no less inspiring and informative of how to write a ghost story that’s subtle, creepy, and emotional.
Like I said, hit me up if there’s anything that I missed that I should know about. Thanks for reading!