Stuck in the House? So Are These Protagonists

Spice up your home bound quarantine life by reading books about people trapped in scary houses. 

Spice up your housebound quarantine life by reading books about people trapped in scary houses. From haunting classics to eerie contemporary horror, this is what you want to read while housebound, especially if you’re entirely alone.

 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson

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Shirley Jackson is a titan of the genre, and I just had to put this book in particular, because even though the house itself isn’t super menacing, it’s a smart, scary read, for which I was not initially prepared. I read this digitally, so I never saw how extremely creepy the cover is. All I knew was that some guy said he thought Jane Austen was overrated and I should read this instead. I was so annoyed I did, and I felt like I was falling down a spiral staircase the entire time.

 

 

Crooked House, by Agatha Christie

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We’ve got everything, a sprawling mansion in the suburbs, the queen of mystery stories, a suspicious death. If ghosts are too rich for your blood right now, this is a great pick. Also if you’re like me and you’re too much of a coward to read a bunch of horror. I’m certainly not judging you. What if I want to sleep? What if there’s a NOISE?

 

 

THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT, BY MARIKO KOIKE

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Sharp turn, because this is contemporary, Japanese, and paranormal. This one is definitely horror, and this is the one if you want to be afraid AND you live in an apartment. It embraces the classic setup of a young family moving into a new home beside a graveyard, but don’t worry you know all the beats. Don’t risk this if you’re ever gonna have to go to your basement though.

 

 

WHITE IS FOR WITCHING, BY HELEN OYEYEMI

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We’ve finally got an evil house! Maybe. Read and find out. There’s certainly something going on here, though. A blend of gothic roots and modern style, it’s incongruous as apples growing in winter, and just as magical. The book starts with the death of the family’s mother, but it’s only the first loss in a house that chooses how it will treat people and who it will take.

 

 

THE 7 1/2 DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE, BY STUART TURTON

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Not only is Evelyn Hardcastle stuck in one night, she’s stuck in one house party, playing over and over again, and each time she dies. And over and over, Aiden Bishop tries to save her. But the night keeps going on, and what he’s up against is increasingly dark and incomprehensible. This is shooting to the top of my list, because it’s supposed to be compulsively readable, and I need that energy.

 

 

House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves: Mark Z. Danielewski: 8601401266464: Amazon.com: Books

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A house being bigger on the inside may feel like a rather mild paranormal trouble to a fan of hauntings, but the house’s vastness is far from the worst of its horrors. It has more depth than they hoped to find by far, and they may not be the house’s only occupants, even after the children go missing, their voices echoing in the walls and speaking of terrors not yet evident.

 

 

The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters

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A country doctor is called to a crumbling rural mansion. The family within is isolated, losing their way of life and their grasp on the world as it changes, distant and frightening. But there is something else in their house, something which will bind the fates of all involved until the bitter end. If your tastes lean toward historical fiction, this is the pick for you.

 

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