Ghost towns may be created when land is expropriated by a government, and residents are required to relocate. I could hear them giggling, and making spooky sounds, as Reaper — whose real name was Matt — held a torch under his chin and told some stupid ghost story.
I could barely hold on to it with one hand.
The dog lost my scent and gave a frightening howl, which temporarily paralysed my hearing. The blood was pumping frantically throughout my body. Dimes fall from their palms to pay for the candies they eat on the way home.
Shadows scuttled behind crooked grave-stones.
Lindsey Baker, author of Ghost Towns of Texas, defines a ghost town as "a town for which the reason for being no longer exists".