Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays: A Ghostly Duo

I'm reading ghost stories this week. I've started my reading for the R.I.P. IV Challenge. Finished off The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill (review will be up later this week), and now I'm enjoying The Woman in Black by the same author. This snippet comes from page 61 of The Woman in Black:
"Now, however, as I stared at her, stared until my eyes ached in their sockets, stared in surprise and bewilderment at her presence, now I saw that her face did wear an expression. It was one of what I can only describe – and the words seem hopelessly inadequate to express what I saw – as a desperate, yearning malevolence; it was as though she were searching for something she wanted, needed – must have, more than life itself, and which had been taken from her."
Wow – desperate, yearning malevolence sounds very promising, doesn't it? In a ghost story, I mean. Both these books are creepy but stylish tales of the supernatural, and remind me very much of the master of the genre, M.R. James. And The Woman in Black has an even more familiar feel about it; I'm wondering if it might have been made into a film or TV show I've seen. Have to check into that. But right now, I'm getting right back to that desperate malevolence!



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizB17 at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or participate yourself, head on over to her blog. And these are the rules: Grab your current read; Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title of the book that you're getting your "teaser" from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given! Please avoid spoilers!

12 comments:

  1. Excellent teaser! Mine is here: http://rundpinne.blogspot.com/2009/09/footsteps-in-dark-teaser-tuesdays.html

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  2. Now that is wonderfully dark - good teaser!

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  3. That is a GREAT teaser -- it certainly has me intrigued!

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  4. Loved your teaser this week. I know Halloween is creeping up because I find myself being drawn to ghosts, goblins, vampires, and witches latley.

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  5. Sounds like some good reads, will have to check them out, as I might like to read them as well! Great teaser.www.thesocialfrog.com

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  6. I like spooky stories but don't read them as I'm still too "impressionable" and would stay wide awake for fear of the dark! Nice tease!

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  7. Spooky teaser! Sometimes my eyes feel like that after marathon reading.

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  8. That's a great teaser! I love a good ghost story.

    My teaser is here.

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  9. I agree, "yearning malevolence" sounds great - just wish the author hadn't wrote "the words seem hopelessly inadequate to express what I saw", because for me that kind of disclaimer always draws attention to the writer and away from the story, no matter how it is used in a story.

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