1. The Amityville Horror' by Jay Anson
No one's all together certain about the merits of the truthfulness of this book by Jay Anson. Still, this story about the haunting of a family and their Long Island home remains one of the most famous scary stories in American history.
2. The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James
Henry James' book about a governess who is tasked with the care of two peculiar children at a haunted estate is totally unsettling and perfect for the reader who enjoys a good spine shiver.
3. 'Ghosts: A Natural History: 500 Years of Searching for Proof' by Roger Clarke
This one's for the fan of digging deeper into the human psyche. Clarke's book dives right into the historical and sociological pool of people's fascination with ghosts. It's a true must-read for those who believe and those who beg to disagree.
4. 'Ring' by Koji Suzuki
We'll go through this one quickly because we're still tormented by the effects of seeing the horror movie that came back out in the early '00s: The Ring. This Japanese movie was the inspiration for that movie. Here's the jist of it: this really creepy little girl kills people after they watch a video tape.
5. 'Pedro Páramo' by Juan Rulfo
This short novel follows a young man named Juan Preciado on his journey to meet his father. At the arrival of his father's he discovers a literal ghost town. By that we mean it's a town populated by ghosts.
6. 'Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places' by Colin Dickey
Colin Dickey set out on a mission across the United States to demystify the most famous ghost stories haunting of our nation. His journey led him to the discover that some ghost stories were not so debunk-able.
7. 'The Icarus Girl' by Helen Oyeyemi
This one will deliver all of the creep factor those who love a good scare fest. Eght-year-old Jess travels to her mother's homeland, in Nigeria, for the first time, where she makes named TillyTilly. Over time though, the friendship manifests into something frightening and threatening.
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