This week’s Tell Me Something Tuesday asks “What are some of your favourite ghost story books?” There is nothing more perfect than a ghost story at this time of year, as the dark nights are coming and Halloween is fast approaching.
Here are 5 ghost stories to creep you out this holiday season.
A Christmas Carol
Perhaps an odd choice for Halloween, but I love the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come and the lessons they teach Scrooge. It’s a perfect story if you want a ghost story without the creepiness.
The Haunting of Hill House
I recently finished this novel. It’s such a classic haunted house story, and is a need-to-read as the forerunner of tropes like writing on the wall, running from unseen forces and loud, inexplicable banging.
The Monkey’s Paw
This is one of my favourite ghostly short stories, and at well over 100 years old it’s another classic. It tells the story of a couple whose son dies in the war after they are given a mummified monkey’s paw. The couple has three wishes from the paw, but of course their wishes don’t go the way they think.
The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black is a creepy story about a lawyer who is sent to sort out his client’s finances after she dies. It has the essential elements of a ghostly “woman in black”, haunted house and tragic ending. Perfect for Halloween evening.
You can’t have a horror book list without a Stephen King novel, and this is one of my favourites. It’s about a family who move into a haunted hotel, and their son starts seeing visions as he possesses “the shining.”
Have you read any of these ghostly stories? What’s your favourite ghost story?