- Colin Dickey: Ghost stories fill a timeless need, even in digital age
- In American culture, ghosts help living deal with tragedies and loss
Colin Dickey is the co-editor (with Joanna Ebenstein) of "The Morbid Anatomy Anthology." He is also a member of the Order of the Good Death, a collective of artists, writers, and death industry professionals interested in improving the Western world's relationship with mortality. He is the author of "Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)Do we still need ghosts? The short answer is: yes. In a digital age, where science and logic rules, where all the information we need is at our fingertips, you might think ghost stories would have gradually died out by now. But it turns out I've found just the opposite.