Haunted House Books

anna dressed in bloodAuthor Neil Gaiman has a fantastic idea – celebrate Halloween by giving someone a scary book. Genius! I find haunted house stories particularly creepy so some recommendations:

House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. Not just a book but a piece of art with its different fonts and colors, even die cut pages which make a beautiful dressing for an intensely creepy story A door appears behind a closet but in this unnerving story, it most certainly doesn’t lead somewhere good, like Narnia.

Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. An isolated house, reputed to be haunted, is the scene for this unnerving story. A paranormal researcher gathers  a group to investigate the house’s tragic history. Unexplainable incidents occur and as the reader you’re never quite sure if they’re proof of a haunting or one of the characters slowly losing her hold on reality.

Turn of the Screw by Henry James. A young governess, looks after two orphaned children in an isolated mansion. Odd, disquieting events happen – the result of ghosts or proof that the governess is slipping into insanity?

Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. Set in postwar Britain, a doctor becomes entangled with a family living in a centuries old mansion. Their way of life is changing with the coming of the modern world but what is it really that ties them to the house? Atmospheric and chilling.

Anna Dressed in Blood  by Kendare Blake. Cas, hunts and kills ghosts. When he hears about the ghost of a young woman who attacks people, he has to investigate. Cas discovers Anna, a spirit so full of rage that she kills anyone entering her house. But there’s more to Anna than just a thirst for vengeance as Cas discovers when he tries to investigate her murder.

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