header image

Ghost Stories

ghosts True Ghost Stories

 

ghost story  More Dixie Ghosts: A Collection of Ghost Stories of the South. SC More

ghost

World Mysteries and True Ghost Tales. 133.1 Steve

 

ghost1Phantom Army of the Civil War. 133.1 Phan

 

ghost2Campfire Ghost Stories, by Jo Christensen, 398.25 Chris

 

ghost3Famous Ghost Stories: Legends and Lore, by Brian Haughton, 398.47 Haug

 

ghost4Haunted Heritage, by Michael Norman, 133.1 Norman

 

ghost5Haints, Witches and Boogers: Tales From Upper East Tennessee, by Charles Edwin Price, 133.1 Price

 

ghost6

Scary Stories Treasury, by Alvin Schwartz, J398.25 Schwartz

 

ghost7Ghost Stories of Georgia: True Tales of Ghostly Hauntings, by Chris Wangler, 398.2097 Wang

 

ghost8Ghosts and Goosebumps: Ghost stories, Tall Tales and superstitions from Alabama, 398.209761 Ghost

 

 

Classic Ghost Stories

 northangerNorthanger Abbey, by Jane Austen

It is the story of seventeen-year-old Catherine Morland, a passionate and headstrong young woman with a fondness for Gothic novels. Away from home for the first time to guide her, Catherine finds herself suddenly thrown into the adult world—a world bristling with possible intrigue, romance, and suspense.

turn screwThe Turn of the Screw, by Henry James

One of the world’s most famous ghost stories, the tale is told mostly through the journal of a governess and depicts her struggle to save her two young charges from the demonic influence of the eerie apparitions of two former servants in the household.

Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allen Poe

A visitor to a gloomy mansion finds a childhood friend dying under the spell of a family curse.

edithGhost Stories of Edith Wharton, by Edith Wharton

Traumatized by ghost stories in her youth, Pulitzer Prize winning author Edith Wharton (1862 -1937) channeled her fear and obsession into creating a series of spine-tingling tales filled with spirits beyond the grave and other supernatural phenomena. While claiming not to believe in ghosts, paradoxically she did confess that she was frightened of them. Wharton imbues this potent irrational and imaginative fear into her ghostly fiction to great effect. In this unique collection of finely wrought tales Wharton demonstrates her mastery of the ghost story genre. Amongst the many supernatural treats within these pages you will encounter a married farmer bewitched by a dead girl; a ghostly bell which saves a woman’s reputation; the weird spectral eyes which terrorize the midnight hours of an elderly aesthete; the haunted man who receives letters from his dead wife; and the frightening power of a doppelganger which foreshadows a terrible tragedy. Compelling, rich and strange, the ghost stories of Edith Wharton, like vintage wine, have matured and grown more potent with the passing years.

Contemporary Ghost Stories

aunt dimityAunt Dimity’s Death, by Nancy Atherton

Lori thought Aunt Dimity was just a character in a family bedtime story until a law firm summoned her to a reading of her relative’s last will and testament. Lori will inherit a sizeable estate–if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters tucked away at Dimity’s English country cottage.

nightstrangersThe Night Strangers, by Chris Bohjalian

In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts.  The home’s new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters. Together they hope to rebuild their lives there after Chip, an airline pilot, has to ditch his 70-seat regional jet in Lake Champlain after double engine failure. Unlike the Miracle on the Hudson, however, most of the passengers aboard Flight 1611 die on impact or drown. The body count? Thirty-nine – a coincidence not lost on Chip when he discovers the number of bolts in that basement door. Meanwhile, Emily finds herself wondering about the women in this sparsely populated White Mountain village – self-proclaimed herbalists – and their interest in her fifth-grade daughters. Are the women mad? Or is it her husband, in the wake of the tragedy, whose grip on sanity has become desperately tenuous?

house

This House is Haunted, by John Boyne

1867. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night. When she finally arrives, shaken, at the hall she is greeted by the two children in her care, Isabella and Eustace. Eliza realises that if she and the children are to survive its violent attentions, she must first uncover the hall’s long-buried secrets and confront the demons of its past.

them bones Them Bones, by Carolyn Haines

Broke, unmarried, haunted by the nagging ghost of great-great-grandmother’s nanny, and about to lose the family plantation, Sarah Booth is in no condition to fall in love and investigate a murder, but she finds herself doing both.

heartHeart Shaped Box, by Joe Hill

Middle-aged rock star Judas Coyne collects morbid curios for fun, so doesn’t think twice about buying a suit advertised at an online auction site as haunted by its dead owner’s ghost. Only after it arrives does Judas discover that the suit belonged to Craddock McDermott, the stepfather of one of Coyne’s discarded groupies, and that the old man’s ghost is a malignant spirit determined to kill Judas in revenge for his stepdaughter’s suicide.

womaninblackWoman in Black, by Susan Hill

The chilling tale of a menacing specter haunting a small English town. Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford–a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway–to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House.  The routine business trip he anticipated quickly takes a horrifying turn when he finds himself haunted by a series of mysterious sounds and images–a rocking chair in a deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child’s scream in the fog, and, most terrifying of all, a ghostly woman dressed all in black.

hauntingThe Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson

The four visitors at Hill House– some there for knowledge, others for adventure– are unaware that the old mansion will soon choose one of them to make its own.

 beatingBeating Heart: A Ghost Story, by A.M. Jenkins

Following his parents’ divorce, seventeen-year-old Evan moves with his mother and sister into an old house where the spirit of a teenager who died there awakens and mistakes him for her long-departed lover.

Name

The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson

Rory, of Bénouville, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

womenWomen and Ghosts, by Alison Lurie

In these nine utterly delightful tales, Alison Lurie, one of America’s wittiest and most literate novelists, writes of women haunted by ghosts both literal and metaphorical. An irresistible blend of realism, satire, and fantasy, each story is amusing, lightly spooky, and entirely satisfying.

ammieAmmie, Come Home, by Barbara Michaels

 For the guests at Ruth Bennet’s fashionable Georgetown home, the seance was just a playful diversion . . .until Ruth’s niece Sara spoke in a deep guttural voice not her own . . . and the game became frighteningly real.

belovedBeloved, by Toni Morrison

 Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

lovelyLovely Bones, by Alice Sebold

The story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her — her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling.

 ghost storyGhost Story, by Peter Straub

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. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past, and get away with murder.

houseThe House on Tradd Street, by Karen White

 Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she’s going to have to accept it. An old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog, and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets. Enter Jack Trenholm, a gorgeous writer obsessed with unsolved mysteries. He has reason to believe that diamonds from the Confederate Treasury are hidden in the house. So he turns the charm on with Melanie, only to discover he’s the smitten one… It turns out Jack’s search has caught the attention of a malevolent ghost. Now, Jack and Melanie must unravel a mystery of passion, heartbreak, and even murder.

Leave a Reply