Guestbook: Ghost Stories

Guestbook: Ghost Stories

What haunts us? What can?t we let go of? A tennis prodigy collapses after his wins, crediting them to an invisible, not entirely benevolent presence, until one day he vanishes. A series of ghosts appear at their former bedsides, some distraught, some fascinated, to witness their unfamiliar occupants. A woman returns from a visit to Alcatraz with an uncomfortable feeling. T What haunts us? What can?t we let go of? A tennis prodigy collapses after his wins, crediting them to an invisible, n...

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Title:Guestbook: Ghost Stories
Author:Leanne Shapton
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:Guestbook: Ghost Stories
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:303 pages pages

Guestbook: Ghost Stories Reviews

  • karen
    Apr 05, 2019
    BOO! this book had been on my radar ever since i?d seen it pop up, prior to its release, on a few different horror-focused book lists. since i am always on the lookout for off-kilter horror, i snatched it up the week it came out and was instantly struck by what a beautiful, th...
  • Mark Popham
    Jul 19, 2019
    I have a habit of reading just as much of a book review as makes me interested in the book before closing it, so I was completely unprepared for what Guest Book: Ghost Stories actually was. There are, as the embossed but uncolored print on the cover promises, "ghost stories" in the mos...
  • Kirsten
    Jun 03, 2019
    This book is definitely worth reading. It's a sort of combination of short stories and art exhibit. Shapton's photos (which give the feeling of found photography) are combined with brief notes that often hint at darker doings. Frequently the feeling is of reading the photo insert withi...
  • Brian
    Jun 07, 2019
    This was such a weird and interesting book that I admit that I didn't completely get. The title, Guest Book appears in letters on the cover..but if you tilt the book slightly, you will see the letters Ghost Stories appear. The book is written in a most unique manner. It is told through...
  • Judy Ann
    Mar 16, 2019
    I was disapointed in this book because I do like ghost and paranormal stories. . It is mostly photographs, very little writing in depth. I would have enjoyed it more if the stories had been written from beginning to end. As an example if I went into a bookstore looking for books. I wou...
  • Kelsey
    Mar 27, 2019
    "Ghosts. Not ghost stories" -- a perfect line for a haunting book. What one might think is a book about ghost stories, it's really an exploration of the ghosts in every day life. That loneliness and haunted feeling a person can have, almost unexplainable. Filled with moments of lush wr...
  • Jillian Doherty
    Jul 02, 2018
    A fascinating collection of stories, some paranormal, some ghostly, some whimsically haunting. The brilliant layouts, photos, and illustrations bring each piece to life. This is a collection you will want to hold in your hand and explore with reflective (reading it digitally still ...
  • Sian Lile-Pastore
    Apr 21, 2019
    Weird, strange and eerie. Beautiful book ...
  • Drew
    Mar 23, 2019
    5+ out of 5. Surprisingly frightening, full of imagination-stoking fragments or tales that light up the darker corners of your mind for just long enough to wonder if you're really alone there. Some of the more traditional stories have their own strengths -- a tennis prodigy whose u...
  • Alex
    Jul 02, 2019
    The thought of ghost stories has me anticipating M.R. James, so there was a distinct sense of vertigo when I started reading this collection. This feels more like a poetry collection than a story collection, as the prose tends to end rather than conclude. I found the story ?Billy Byr...
  • Krista
    Apr 01, 2019
    I was home, visiting my parents for the weekend with my daughter, Alice. My parents were happy to see her and gave Alice toys to play with that I'd never seen before ? old dolls and plastic baskets. When I asked where they had come from, my father said they had found them in the free...
  • Timothy Deer
    Apr 25, 2019
    This is the weirdest book I?ve ever encountered and I think I might have hallucinated the whole thing, including the fact that Martha Stewart told me to read it. Couldn?t put it down but maybe that was sleep paralysis in waking form. An extra star for how the book smelled. ...
  • Joe M
    Jul 27, 2019
    Reading Leanne Shapton's "Guestbook," I kept thinking about one of the more memorable opening credits sequences I've seen in a film lately, during James Wan's "Insidious." As the movie opens, the titles slowly pan through a series of black and white photographs taken in a large house. ...
  • Vikki VanSickle
    Mar 23, 2019
    A thought-provoking visual delight that contemplates the many ways that people or places can be haunted. Something meaty to ponder and dwell over on a lazy afternoon. ...
  • Callum McAllister
    Apr 09, 2019
    Leanne shapton: a legend ...
  • Chris Haak
    Mar 25, 2019
    Strange, dark and wonderful! ...
  • Danielle Bonanno
    Jul 08, 2019
    This book is shockingly terrifying, and I can?t put my finger on exactly why. ...
  • Rebecca
    Apr 27, 2019
    Maybe this makes me lowbrow but putting words to pictures in mostly nonsensical ways doesn't make for great literature or even a fairly interesting read. I am amazed about the positive hype in the reviews for this book. I do think this author is a brilliant artist though. The ability t...
  • Zoe
    Feb 19, 2019
    A haunting, shimmering treat. Weighs heavy on the heart. ...
  • Jane Night
    Apr 24, 2019
    I am not leaving a star rating because I couldnt finish this book. I recieved it from a goodreads giveaway and am grateful the publisher sent it to me. Unfortunately I found this book super confusing. It did have lovely pictures but I def was completely lost with rest of it. ...
  • Erika Schoeps
    May 18, 2019
    Disclosure: I won an advance reading copy of this title in a Goodreads giveaway. The issue with museums as a novel-loving person is that you rely on the captions. Enjoyment is tempered by a lack of context. I say this in the third person because I'm confident I'm not the only perso...
  • Enid Wray
    May 04, 2019
    Well that was interesting! From start to finish - beginning with the cover itself - this book is high conceptual art. It?s like visiting a whole bunch of hip contemporary art gallery installations in the comfort of your own home. These are not stories - and certainly not ?ghost ...
  • Leslie
    Mar 06, 2019
    Many thanks to Penguin Random House for the ARC. This is one of the strangest books I've read in a long time. I picked it up thinking WTF?? and then couldn't put it down. I don't think the blurb does the book justice, but then again, I can't think of a way to adequately describe the...
  • Alyssa Staples
    Apr 22, 2019
    Haunting, beautiful, minimal, innovative, quietly terrifying. Utilizes text, photography and artwork to provide small glimpses into the lives (and afterlives?) of people, places, and things. Enjoyed every page of this book and will be reading again. ...
  • Joe
    Apr 21, 2019
    A half-written, half-illustrated-with-drawings-and-photos art book that succeeds best when linear (the story of tennis pro Billy Wilmington being haunted by his imaginary friend Walter - so creepy) and less so when it?s illustrations accompanied by vague lines of description (I know ...
  • Shannon
    Aug 14, 2019
    I never thought I would finish a 300+ book in an hour and a half! Guestbook: Ghost Stories is a disjointed collection of 'stories' that barely graze the edge of what a ghost story is. I was also left feeling confused as to why it was also titled 'Guestbook' as this was nothing of...
  • Ingrid Contreras
    Apr 27, 2019
    I cannot love this book enough. It?s an art piece. Compulsive, moving, and oh yes, haunting. ...
  • Delany Holcomb
    Jan 01, 2019
    As a printmaker, historian, and bookseller, this book brought together everything I enjoy and adore and fit inside the binding of a book. This work flows like a museum and is curated so carefully with its stories that it performs for itself. An enchanting read! ...
  • James Beggarly
    Jan 18, 2019
    Such a curious book of non-traditional ghost stories, told with drawings, pictures and sparse writing. If you can enter the spirit of how the work is presented, you can find many rich rewards. ...
  • Rhiannon Watkins
    Mar 17, 2019
    I won an ARC copy of this book in a giveaway. All opinions are my own. 2.75-3* This book was very... strange. I went into it expecting something along the lines of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark but that isn't what it is in the least. It might just be because I'm not used t...