Narrating and listening to ghost stories is always an experience — the tone, the story, the setting and most importantly, the people reacting to it. And if you are someone who gets spooked easily but still look forward to a nerve-chilling experience, look no further than Captain Young’s Ghost: Ghostly Tales from the Indian Hills.
Vintage master storyteller Ruskin Bond is in his elements when he writes about his encounters with the ghosts and spirits in the hills of northern India. The spirits in his book are lonely creatures who are usually looking out for company amongst the living. The titular captain is the spirit of the British captain, who returns to the town he founded. Back home, he rues the lack of Irish whiskey! Then, there is a little boy, long dead, but he continues to guide passers-by on treacherous mountain routes. There is also the story of a heartbroken young girl from long ago, who seduces young men with her song, and then there is the spirit of another girl who longs for a family and some friends.
Like all his books, Bond sticks to a rather fluid and easy language in Captain Young’s Ghost as well. Since it’s a collection of short stories, you can start reading any tale that interests you. Captain Young’s Ghost is rather a perfect companion on long winter nights. If you are visiting the hills, pause for a bit. There might be a ghost waiting to share their story with you! It’s a perfect read if you like subtle horror stories and if you want to narrate them to your friends, well, it’s bound to be a spirited encounter.