10 Must-Read Ghost Stories

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Rooms by Lauren Oliver Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance. But the Walkers are not alone. Because prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls…

  Dark Matter January 1937. Clouds of war are gathering over a fogbound London. Twenty-eight year old Jack is poor, lonely and desperate to change his life. So when he’s offered the chance to be the wireless operator on an Arctic expedition, he jumps at it. Spirits are high as the ship leaves Norway: five men and eight huskies, crossing the Barents Sea by the light of the midnight sun. At last they reach the remote, uninhabited bay where they will camp for the next year. Gruhuken. But the Arctic summer is brief. And as night returns to claim the land, Jack feels a creeping unease…

Winter Ghosts March 1928. Freddie is on holiday in south west France. When his car crashes, he stumbles down from the mountains to a hotel in the nearest village, where  he meets a beautiful young woman called Marie. As the storm rages outside, she explains how war destroyed her home and her family. Marie’s story touches Freddie, but when he wakes the next morning, she has gone. Waiting for his car to be mended, he decides to explore the mountains where Marie’s family took refuge. But buried in the cave he finds a secret older and more shocking than anything he could have imagined…

  The Woman in BlackSet in Victorian England, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. Here, Kipps sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again. He also hears the terrifying sounds of adult and child passengers sinking into the quicksand on a pony and trap. Kipp resolves to spend the night at the house and fulfil his professional duty …

Ghost Story For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. They are about to learn what happens to those who think they can bury the past… …and get away with murder! Peter Straub’s classic ghost story has been called a work of “superb horror” by The Washington Post Book World that conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.

A Christmas Carol On Christmas Eve, Scrooge sits in his house with not a kind word for anyone. He just wants to be left alone until the “humbug” of Christmas is over. But four ghostly visitors—his former business partner, followed by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come— have other plans! These ghosts show Scrooge the error of his ways;  and by the time Christmas Day dawns, he is a changed person.

A Sudden Light In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. revor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own.

The Haunting of Hill House Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of psychic phenomena; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Luke, the adventurous future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past. As they begin to cope with chilling, even horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possibly know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering its powers… … and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

The Little Stranger In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to see a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the house is in decline. All around, the world is changing, and the family is struggling to adjust to a society with new values and rules. As Dr. Faraday becomes increasingly entwined in the Ayreses’ lives, signs of a more disturbing nature start to emerge, both within the family and in Hundreds Hall itself. And Faraday begins to wonder if they are all threatened by something more sinister than a dying way of life, something that could subsume them completely.

GhostwalkA Cambridge historian is found dead, floating down the river Cam, after researching a book about a series of suspicious circumstances surrounding Newton’s appointment as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1667. That year, two Fellows died by falling down staircases, apparently drunk; another died in a field, apparently drunk; a fourth was expelled. When Lydia Brooke steps in to finish the book, strange shows of light begin to play on the walls, and papers disappear only to reappear elsewhere. And when events escalate to murder, and Lydia’s rekindled romance appears increasingly implicated in the danger, the present becomes entangled with the seventeenth century, with Isaac Newton at the center of the mystery.


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