Emily Mandel

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“We should go, Charlie,” she’d said. “We’re a mile from the road.” But Charlie gave no sign of having heard her. “Come on,” Kirsten had said, “we can take it with us,” gesturing to the tea set, which had been set up with improbable precision on a miniature table. Charlie still said nothing. She was staring at the tea set as if in a trance. August called their names from downstairs, and all at once Kirsten had the impression that someone was watching them from a corner of the room, but except for Kirsten and Charlie, the room was empty. Most of the furniture in the nursery was gone, nothing ...more
Emily Mandel
When I do events for Station Eleven, this is the passage that I get the most questions about. I understand why it comes up so often. It’s kind of out of step with the rest of the book, isn’t it? You’re reading a post-apocalyptic novel, and then all of a sudden there’s this weird little ghost story in the final stretch. I have several answers for why this passage is here, but the most relevant one, I think, is that I just really wanted to write a ghost story. I’ve always loved ghost stories and seek them out whenever possible, which sometimes backfires on me. (Pro tip: you don’t really want to read the creepypasta Reddit when you’re alone in a hotel room at night.) In my new novel, The Glass Hotel, there are so many ghosts that one of my questions for my agent, when I sent her an early draft a year or two ago, was “Are there too many ghosts?” She said no, so I kept them all in.
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Jenn
Jenn
Have you ever read through No Sleep on Reddit? Those are great stories too. Also not to be read alone at night!
Silvia
Silvia
It adds to the eerieness of the whole experience. The world practically died. Survival means raiding the houses of dead people. There's a lot to be eerie about the whole situation, and I think that…
Stacey
Stacey
There is an amazing movie called Haunted (1995, Aidan Quinn, Kate Beckinsale, Sir John Gielgud) you will not regret having made the effort to get your hands on. A seriously creepy story, brilliantly…
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