In honor of Halloween, children’s book author Mary Downing Hahn is my latest podcast victim. She writes ghost stories, mainly for pre-teens–she specializes in what her publicist calls the “not-too-scary story.” I’m currently reading With Till Helen Comes to my kids. It’s a satisfyingly creepy tale of a family that moves to the country and discovers an old graveyard nearby. Weirdness ensues. Her latest title, The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall, is the kind of book M.R. James would write if he were a 21st-century children’s author. (Need a primer on M.R. James? Go here.)
Normally, my NRO podcasts are posted on Tuesdays, so this one’s a bonus. We have a tradition of posting an extra one for Halloween. Last year, it was Otto Penzler on vampires.
Next week’s podcast: There will be two! On Monday, look for a bonus Between the Covers on the Boston Tea Party. On Tuesday–Election Day–we’ll feature P.J. O’Rourke on his new book, Don’t Vote: It Just Encourages the Bastards.