Christopher Philippo

Goodreads Author


Born
Troy, New York, The United States
Genre

Member Since
August 2014


A historical society's website of merely 10 pages was turned by Christopher Philippo into an encyclopedic one of over 750 spanning the 17th-20th centuries. His research about forgotten 19th C. suffragist Caroline Gilkey Rogers secured a grant for a historical marker placed near her former home. He has helped with gravestone conservation in municipal, family, Catholic & Jewish cemeteries of the 18th-20th centuries in New York's Capital District, work recognized in newspaper articles & podcasts & visible from Google Satellite. He wrote the entry on Mad Love (1935) for Horror 101: The A List Of Horror Films and Monster Movies & most recently edited the The Valancourt Book of ​Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories: Volume Four. ...more

Popular Answered Questions

Christopher Philippo I'd started collecting some Christmas ghost stories over a decade ago. As with many people, the line in "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" had…moreI'd started collecting some Christmas ghost stories over a decade ago. As with many people, the line in "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" had gotten me wondering about the tradition.

Aside from purchasing The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens, edited by Peter Haining, (back in 2008) I hadn't bought any Christmas ghost story anthologies until last year. When I would look for such ghost stories over the years, I'd mainly try finding them in old magazines and newspapers. A lot of the research I do, regardless of topic, involves searching periodicals.

In 2019, reading the first volume of The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories, I returned to thinking about that song and wondered if there were any other Christmas songs referencing ghosts. Not many! A number of very old Christmas carols do make mention of ghosts or other dark themes, but are rarely sung today. I did, however, find a number of Christmas ghost poems, including ones that made that their major theme rather than a mere reference in one line.

Noticing that Valancourt Books had published Victorian Christmas ghost story anthologies three years in a row, each with a different editor, but then stopped with volume three in 2018, I put out an initial feeler and then a formal proposal. The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories Volume Four developed from there, with some changes in direction suggested by the publishers.(less)
Average rating: 3.91 · 23 ratings · 6 reviews · 2 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Valancourt Book of ​Vic...

3.91 avg rating — 23 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
Distant LECN Fields: An Ear...

by
0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating

* Note: these are all the books on Goodreads for this author. To add more, click here.

The Ghost of the Old Year (1909)

Frank Lebby Stanton (1857-1927) had been poet laureate of Georgia, and wrote a considerable amount of dreadful dialect poetry—including Christmas poems. Some of his poems featured ghosts, as here - a poem that is NOT in dialect, thankfully. New Year's ghost stories don't seem to have been especially common, but there were some. Both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day fall within the Twelve Days of Read more of this blog post »
 •  0 comments  •  flag
Share on Twitter
Published on December 31, 2020 18:46 Tags: new-year-ghost

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Christopher’s Recent Updates

Christopher Philippo answered Goodreads's question: Christopher Philippo
I'd started collecting some Christmas ghost stories over a decade ago. As with many people, the line in "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" had gotten me wondering about the tradition.

Aside from purchasing The Complete Ghost Stories of Charles See Full Answer
Christopher Philippo is accepting questions on their profile page.
" Sounds familiar, like something I might have read between 1979 and 1985 or so. I was thinking possibly one of Alfred Slote's books, maybe Clone Catche ...more "
Christopher Philippo rated a book it was amazing
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
Rate this book
Clear rating
Christopher Philippo rated a book it was amazing
Oulipo Compendium by Alastair Brotchie
Rate this book
Clear rating
Christopher Philippo rated a book it was amazing
The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Other Essays by Richard Hofstadter
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of Christopher's books…
108 Horror Aficionados — 17226 members — last activity 1 minute ago
If you love horror literature, movies, and culture, you're in the right place. Whether it's vampires, werewolves, zombies, serial killers, plagues, or ...more
185 What's the Name of That Book??? — 67959 members — last activity 1 hour, 3 min ago
Can't remember the title of a book you read? Come search our bookshelves. If you don’t find it there, post a description on our UNSOLVED message board ...more



No comments have been added yet.