I became aware of “Pay the Ghost” when Tim Lebbon posted a link to it on Twitter. I’ve been so distracted the last few weeks that I wasn’t aware of the Nicholas Cage movie coming out next weekend that’s based on it.
The premise is a man’s daughter disappears shortly after asking him if they pay the ghost while they’re taking a walk on Halloween. He has no idea what she means by that question, but he’s going to find out.
I’ll not say more about the story because it is after all a short story. It’s dark and creepy, and it has a bite at the end. I read it yesterday afternoon while I was waiting on my son to finish an after school activity. The chill it gave me was a nice relief from the nearly 100 degree heat.
I’ve not read much Lebbon, but what I have read has been good. I’ve read a couple of shorter pieces set in his world of Noreela and intend to read more.
Here’s a clip of the movie. Obviously there are some changes, but it looks like they kept the core of the story intact.