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Kirk’s Ghosts

Russell Kirk may not be beach reading, but his fiction is still perfect for summer–once the sun has set and you’re looking for a scary tale of the supernatural. I wrote about Kirk’s ghost stories earlier this year for NRO, on the occasion of Canada’s Ash-Tree Press issuing the first of two volumes collecting all of Kirk’s short fiction. Many NRO readers purchased copies. Well, the second book is now out. It’s called What Shadow We Pursue and, from what I can gather, it’s not available from any source except Ash-Tree. The print run is limited, so if you’re interested be sure to order quickly. And, in case you need a slight nudge, here’s what John Pelan says in his introduction to the new book: “Kirk can perhaps lay claim to being the greatest American author of ghost stories in the last century.”

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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