I am about to start editing a book of ghost stories. The best ghost story ever written, at least in my opinion, is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I think Dickens may be one of the best writers who ever lived. It amazes me that every now and then someone tries and changes the story. They fail. If it is the best ghost story, changing it simply makes it into a feeble retelling that pales to the original. Case in point: the bird in the poultry shop was not a turkey; it was a goose. Turkeys are an American bird that were transported to Europe. The first report of turkeys being consumed in England were in 1573, so it is possible the poulterer had a turkey. However, the original Dickens story had the bird as a goose, a traditional holiday meal in English homes of the day. Next, Mrs Cratchit will be serving french fries.
But others will inevitably try and retell the story in some feeble attempt to do so. I don't know if I've seen every TV version of this story, but I've seen a bunch of them.
Of course, my anthology would not include this marvelous story as it is a collection of tales about haunted hotels. I'm teaming up with Julie Campbell to do a collection of ghost stories set in haunted hotels. Since Ebenezer didn't rent out his home, it really would not qualify. It'll be interesting to see what people come up with.. I wish Dickens could contribute, but I doubt he's going to return from the dead to write a new story for me. I hope they're set in some place good and not the local airport inn right off the interstate. Time will tell.
I've actually worked at two haunted hotels and have shared a few aspects of this on this blog. Most recently I retold about a boy and the black ghost in the elevator at the hotel I worked at in Colorado. I've also mentioned the one in Wyoming. Anyway, we shall see what type of stories come in. We don't know what kind of business Scrooge and Marley were in. The story never actually says. I doubt they were innkeepers. Too bad. Having someone like Jacob Marley with chains rattling to ward off people from smoking in non smoking rooms would be awesome.