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At this year’s Dragon Con (my first!), I attended a panel on supernatural fiction and stories that included Cherie Priest.  Priest is the author of many a fine novel, but I’m partial to Family Plot (an architectural salvage company tackles a haunted house) and Wings to the Kingdom (modern-day tale in which the Civil War ghosts at the Chickamauga battlefield are disturbed by something larger and more menacing).   I’ve only just started Maplecroft (reportedly a Lovecraftian take on Lizzie Borden), but it looks to be a lot of fun as well.

During this panel, Priest made an interesting comment about ghost stories: when someone is telling you their own ghost story, it usually just kind of peters out because it doesn’t have a “punchline” or satisfactory resolution.  It’s usually something along the lines of “so, um, yeah, that’s something that happened to me.”

That’s something that stayed in my mind as I listened to the stories that have been released so far on Snap Judgment Presents: SpookedSnap Judgment is a storytelling podcast hosted by Glynn Washington.  During its early days, it (like any storytelling podcast) struggled to get out from beneath the monolithic shadow of This American Life.  Since then, it’s become its own equally satisfying listen.

The Spooked offshoot offers ghost stories.  In the parent show’s tradition, these are supposedly true stories and for the most part, they avoid the unsatisfying endings that Priest talked about.  These are almost without fail well-told, professionally presented ghost stories, often with background sound effects that add to the creepiness.  Ghost children, haunted dolls, curses, strange desert goings-on, road trips that go over the border to places not on the map.  You could argue that these are all tropes that we’ve read or heard many times, but the best stories here have unique twists or elements that make them great fun to listen to.  I will say that one story struck me as almost too tight and well-constructed; it almost felt like an audio dramatization of a Twilight Zone episode, it was so perfect.  Maybe it’s true; maybe it’s not.  The narrator’s delivery drips with convincing sincerity, though, and wherever the truth lies, it’s a good ‘un.

Give the series a listen if you’re looking for some spooky stories this (or really, any) month.

Link to the Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked site with episodes:





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