LONG-DEAD English teachers are appearing to their terrified former pupils to make them read the To Kill A Mockingbird sequel.
The ghostly manifestations finish with a request for an essay on the book’s symbolism for next Thursday that counts toward a final grade.
Joanna Kramer of Walsall said: “I was reading the new Stephen King, because after I left school I found that some books are fun and enjoyable, when the cover slammed shut on my fingers.
“The translucent, skeletal thin figure of Mr Wells from A-level loomed into my vision, telling me to buy the new Harper Lee and to stop chewing because only cows chew.
“I tried to bluff my way through a book report, but I said the main character was Holden Caulfield. Now I spend each sleepless night in hellish torment, analysing the portrayal of Maycomb’s black community in my own blood.”
Retail manager Stephen Malley said: “My old teacher Mrs Armstrong, who must have been dead for 30 years, appeared to me in broad daylight, her pallid face that of a recently disinterred corpse.
“She tried to make small talk but quickly moved on to the reason she’d risen from the grave, to force me to read Go Set A Watchman.”
Mrs Armstrong said: “He only left school 13 years ago, and I’m 39.
“Still, if it gets him reading.”