There's nothing like a collection of ghost stories for late-night reading, and Static Movement's Something Dark in the Doorway: A Haunted Anthology certainly fits the bill. But, as editor Greg Miller noted in his introduction, stories about hauntings can take many forms: "While reviewing the submissions ... I simply didn't anticipate the extraordinary variety of ways in which the word [haunt] can be interpreted." Here you will find stories of people haunted not only by ghosts, but by other supernatural creatures as well as human emotions, regret, and worry.
My story, "DWF," is the first of the 22 stories in this volume, and it was written in the classic ghost story style (e.g., M.R. James, Arthur Machen), with a decidedly modern slant. It was first published in the Delaware magazine Out & About (October 1996), and won First Place in its "Fright Fiction" contest.
Other stories I enjoyed in this anthology include:
- "Haunted by the Self" by A.J. French—a study in ego and paranoia that is provocative and tests the imagination
- "The Door of Gingercove Hotel" by Joshua Brown—a haunted hotel tale with a Lovecraftian flavor
- "An Apple for Teacher" by Anthony Cowin—about a teacher and one of her problematic students, and fruit trees
- "The Patience Factor" by Rick McQuiston—sometimes patience isn't golden
- "My Ghost" by Gregory Miller—a poignant story about how childhood memories can be haunting
- "The Doll Keeper" by Mason Kuldinow—a story involving a sea monster and a bizarre "collection" beneath the sea
- "Mirror, Mirror" by Bruce Harris—sometimes even reflections can prove to be "haunting"
If you enjoy horror stories, especially those involving hauntings in various forms, you're sure to find stories in this anthology that you'll enjoy!