My favourite ghost stories

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Shining

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.”

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Have you read any of these ghostly stories? What’s your favourite ghost story?

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