Ghosts, Bog Bodies, and Ghouls
Trickster’s Treats #4: Coming, Buried or Not! is a charity anthology which raises funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The horror anthology is published by Things in the Well and was unleashed on the 26th of September this year.
I co-edited the anthology with the lovely Louise Zedda-Sampson and we were thrilled to compile a table of contents filled with plenty of monsters—some tried and true, some wildly inventive and scary.
In the final of three weekly creature-feature posts, let’s have a look at some of the wicked beasties that fill the pages of the anthology.
Ghosts are thought to be the souls of the dead which the living are able to sense or see. They can haunt places, objects or people.
Hungry ghosts are common in many Asian cultures. They are often described as a combination of rage and insatiable want, with swollen bellies and tiny, useless throats that don’t allow them to eat. They’re endlessly tormented by unfulfilled desires, forever ravenous in their search for the specific obsessions that plagued them when they were alive.
Stories and poems in Trickster’s Treats#4: Coming, Buried of Not! which feature ghosts:
“Digging up the Past” by Chris Mason
“There is No Such Thing as Dead” by Lucy Ann Fiorini
“Sleeping with the Dead” by Alicia Hilton
A bog body is a human corpse that has been mummified in a peat bog. The acidity in peat preserves the keratin in the body, keeping skin, hair, nails, and sometimes clothing in almost perfect condition. This preservation, however, reveals the often sinister circumstances of the victim’s death. Many bog bodies have shown evidence of human sacrifice.
Stories and poems in Trickster’s Treats#4: Coming, Buried of Not! which feature bog bodies and folks who have been buried but refuse to stay buried:
“In A Cave Wall” by Dominick Cancilla
“Requiem Aeternam” by Rebecca Pyne
“Bury My Heart, Somewhere Deep” by Ian Bain
“The Toddling” by Kurt Newton
“A Light from the Grave” by Aristo Couvaris
Arising from Arabic mythology, ghouls are thought to be a wicked class of jinn which haunt burial grounds and other abandoned places. They feed on dead bodies and children.
To kill a ghoul, strike it only once. Striking it again will revive it.
Stories in Trickster’s Treats #4: Coming, Buried or Not! which feature ghouls:
“The Box Born Wraith” by Kevin David Anderson
If you’ve enjoyed this creature-feature post, you can read more about the monsters in the Trickster’s Treats #4: Coming, Buried or Not! anthology in the previous blog posts: