Ghostwise: A Book of Midnight Stories


223 pages
ISBN 0-921556-66-7
DDC C813'.9873308054





Reviewed by Steve Pitt

Steve Pitt is a Toronto-based freelance writer and an award-winning journalist. He has written many young adult and children's books, including Day of the Flying Fox: The True Story of World War II Pilot Charley Fox.


A young woman who promised to watch over a corpse all night ends up on a
terrifying cross-country jaunt when the body decides to go for a walk. A
young Newfoundland seal hunter becomes lost on the ice, only to be
confronted at midnight by a mysterious shrouded stranger. A dead man
sits up on his own funeral pyre to glare down at a mischievous boy who
spit a berry at him. A tinker’s wife discovers that her husband is the
official piper for a party of Scottish pixies. An impatient farmer ends
up with egg on his face after he takes a shortcut over a haunted hill in
rural Japan.

Contributor and editor Dan Yashinsky has compiled three dozen horror
tales from around the world. Ghost ships, creaking floors, imps,
wraiths, and phantasms stalk every page. These are the kind of stories
that are meant to be read aloud to a hushed audience, preferably by the
light of a roaring campfire or in a darkened room lit only by a candle.
Warning: some of these stories may actually scare readers/listeners who
are used to mushier fare. But those who like a little creeping of the
flesh or a tingle in their spine will enjoy Ghostwise. Highly


Yashinsky, Dan., “Ghostwise: A Book of Midnight Stories,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 18, 2024,