“The Martian Ghosts” (2009) is a fractured three-page short story in which the ghosts of dead Martians, presumably killed by the disease, spook the human settlers. The opening lines:
“I FOR ONE don’t believe it,” said the mother.Interestingly, the mother and her husband are accused of being “witches” and after their house is demolished, they are “cut into a thousand pieces and buried in a thousand towns.” “The Martian Ghosts” is the sixth of the "Other Martian Tales" but there is no indication as to when it was originally written.
“Come see for yourself, then,” said Eem, and ran.
Well, she waddled down to the cellar into sandy dark and moistness, along a corridor or two past some old prison cells, for their house had been founded on an ancient seaport gaol, and when she reached the end of the stone passage she threw her hands to her bosom and said “Ah!”
“Get us out of here!” cried the Ghost.
“Unlock the door!” shouted the second Ghost, paler than his mate.
The mother fled upstairs and vomited straight off….