11 Nail Biting Books About Haunted Houses
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Haunted House Books That Will Terrify You
Who doesn't love a well-crafted ghost story? A story that has you guessing until the very end, that has you on the edge of your seat. These 11 books about haunted houses will fulfill all your ghostly requirements!
There's something about the paranormal that's a lot of fun to read. Of course, ghost movies are fun to watch too, but reading ghost stories can be even eerier because it allows your imagination go wild!
Between a few haunting classic novels and some incredible modern ones, these 11 books will give you plenty of goosebumps, especially if you choose to read them before bed.
1. The Belles of Desire, Mississippi: The Ghosts of Summerleigh by M.L. Bullock
Jerica Poole's life has fallen apart after her daughter's death and a messy diverse in The Belles of Desire, Mississippi by M.L. Bullock. Harper Belle Hayes' last wish is Harper to take over Summerleigh, the old Belle family homestead. Jerica heads to her friend's old hometown of Desire, Mississippi and ends up in the middle of a 75-year-old mystery and the disappearance of Jeopardy Belle. But the Belles still inhabit Summerleigh and they're reluctant to let Jerica ever leave.
2. The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates
Edith, owner of the Ashburn House, tried to keep people from going inside. But after she dies, her only living relative inherits the mysterious house and, down on her luck, Adrienne sees the Ashburn House as her salvation. While she doesn't think ghosts are real, it doesn't take long for her to notice that something about the house is just wrong. Messages etched into wallpaper. A strange grave hidden in the woods behind the house. Portraits that watch her. As Adrienne begins uncovering the house's secrets, she finds she may be become Ashburn's next victim.
3. Gnarled Hollow by Charlotte Greene
After getting laid off from her job as an English professor in Charlotte Greene's Gnarled Hollow, Emily Murray is presented with an incredible opportunity: to "work and study inside Gnarled Hollow, the former estate of one of her favorite authors." While Emily doesn't believe in ghosts, it's immediately apparent something is off about the estate. Doors begin closing on their own, rooms go missing, and, disturbingly, so does time. Emily is joined by other scholars who are all determined to uncover torrid history of Gnarled Hollow even if it threatens their lives.
4. Kill Creek by Scott Thomas
In Scott Thomas' Kill Creek, the Finch House stands abandoned, forgotten in the Kansas countryside. Something inside the house has been waiting for someone to step inside the house again and will soon get its wish. Best-selling horror author Sam McGarver, along with three other "masters of the macabre," receive an invitation to spend Halloween night in the Finch House. The publicity stunt quickly turns into a fight for their lives as the entity living in the Finch House wants nothing more than to "make them a part of the bloody legacy of Kill Creek."
5. Callie: The Bayou Hauntings by Bill Thompson
Callie Pilantro inherits the abandoned Arceneaux family home, Beau Rivage, from her grandmother. Located deep in the bayous of Louisiana, Callie, down on her luck, heads to the mansion. Right away, strange things begin to happen. A child appears and disappears inside Beau Rivage and Callie finds and old family graveyard behind the home. As Callie starts to gain a grasp on what's going on, someone - or something - seems determined to keep her from uncovering the house's secrets.
6. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a haunted house classic. It may even be the haunted house classic. In the novel, occult scholar Dr. Montague wishes to find evidence of poltergeists and invites three people to Hill House. These people include his "lighthearted assistant," Theodora; a "friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with" ghosts named Eleanor; and Luke, who will someday inherit the home. While the house does indeed seem spooky, it begins "gathering its powers--and soon it will choose one of them to make its own."
7. The Vanishing by Wendy Webb
The Vanishing by Wendy Webb is about Julia Bishop, a woman who wishes to start over after her recently deceased husband left her impoverished thanks to a Ponzi scheme. A stranger offers her the job of a lifetime: become caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, a horror writer Julia has always loved. And who the world thinks is dead. It doesn't take long for Julia to find her new job is too-good-to-be-true. She dives into why Amaris suddenly gave up her career and disappeared and discovers a connection to her own family tree, making her wonder why she was really asked to come to Havenwood.
8. The Shining by Stephen King
You've probably seen the movie, but have you read the book? Stephen King's The Shining is a haunted house must-read! Technically it's about a hotel, but close enough. Jack Torrance gets a new job at the off-season caretaker at the Overlook Hotel, giving him the perfect chance for a fresh start. It will allow him to reconnect with his wife and son and even work on his writing during his downtime. As winter sets in, the hotel feels more remote than ever. Young Danny Torrance is "the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook," a hotel determined to keep them.
9. By the Dark of Her Eyes by Cameron MacElvee
After the death of her son and husband in a freak accident, Brenna Taylor decides to relocate to a property her husband owned on the other side of the country. It's her chance to start over. The house is "a decrepit century-old home sitting among two hundred acres of dead citrus trees" and Brenna's presence awakens a dormant evil living on the property. A contractor Brenna hired to help with the property, Alejandra Santana, helps Brenna uncover the land's violent history, including a massacre of migrant farm workers whose spirits seek revenge. The evil force that imprisons them wants nothing more than to add Brenna to its collection.
10. The Widow's Home by Carol Goodman
Jess and Clare Martin decide to move to the Hudson River Valley to start over, taking a caretaker's job at their old college professor's crumbling estate, Riven House. Jess' debut novel in his twenties took the world by storm, but he hasn't published since then Clare's own dreams of writing have been crushed over the years. She hopes Hudson Valley will over them the inspiration they need. However, there's more to Riven House than they first thought. Clare hears babies crying in the night and sees figures in the fog. Researching the house's history, she discovers a dark past that points to one thing: Clare is next.
11. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
In Susan Hill's The Woman in Black, London solicitor Arthur Kipps gets sent to Crythin Gifford, a foggy town set in the salt marshes, to settle the affairs of Alice Drablow. Her home, Eel Marsh House, is at the end of an eerie causeway, but Kipps is in the dark about Eel Marsh's tragic past. His trip takes a horrifying turn when he ends up in the middle of unexplainable circumstances: a child screaming in the fog, a chair rocking in a nursery, the sounds of a pony, and a woman dressed in black.
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