Looking for some ghostly reading as Halloween approaches? Check out these novels and shorts stories featuring ghosts. Some of the books contain traditional ghost stories; in others the authors use psychological hauntings as a motif. All are filled with spine-tingling suspense! Descriptions are provided by the publishers.
The Literary ghost : great contemporary ghost stories / edited and with an introduction by Larry Dark
A collection of non-traditional ghost stories, mostly from the past decade, by such authors as Fay Weldon, Nadine Gordimer, and Paul Bowles.
The boy who drew monsters : a novel / Keith Donohue
Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier,10-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire. His father, Tim, wanders the beach, frantically searching for a strange apparition running wild in the dunes. And the boy's only friend, Nick, becomes helplessly entangled in the eerie power of the drawings. While those around Jack Peter are haunted by what they think they see, only he knows the truth behind the frightful occurrences as the outside world encroaches upon them all
Grief cottage : a novel / Gail Godwin
The islanders call it "Grief Cottage," because a boy and his parents disappeared from it during a hurricane fifty years before. Their bodies were never found and the cottage has stood empty ever since. During his lonely hours while Aunt Charlotte is in her studio painting and keeping her demons at bay, Marcus visits the cottage daily, building up his courage by coming ever closer, even after the ghost of the boy who died seems to reveal himself. Full of curiosity and open to the unfamiliar and uncanny given the recent upending of his life, he courts the ghost boy, never certain whether the ghost is friendly or follows some sinister agenda.
The Mammoth book of modern ghost stories : great supernatural tales of the twentieth century / edited by Peter Haining
More than twenty-five modern masterpieces to chill the blood — from Martin Amis, P.G. Wodehouse, John Steinbeck, and Ian Rankin
Mapping the interior / Stephen Graham Jones
Blackfeet author Stephen Graham Jones brings readers a spine-tingling Native American horror novella. Walking through his own house at night, a fifteen-year-old thinks he sees another person stepping through a doorway. Instead of the people who could be there, his mother or his brother, the figure reminds him of his long-gone father, who died mysteriously before his family left the reservation. When he follows it he discovers his house is bigger and deeper than he knew. The house is the kind of wrong place where you can lose yourself and find things you'd rather not have. Over the course of a few nights, the boy tries to map out his house in an effort that puts his little brother in the worst danger, and puts him in the position to save them . . . at terrible cost.
The big book of ghost stories / edited and with an introduction by Otto Penzler
A spirited Black Lizard anthology with over a thousand pages of haunted—and haunting—ghost tales. Includes eerie vintage ghost illustrations.
I remember you : a ghost story / Yrsa Sigurdardottir ; translated from the Icelandic by Philip Roughton
In this terrifying tale, three friends set to work renovating a rundown house in a remote, totally isolated location. But they soon realize they are not as alone as they thought. Something wants them to leave. Meanwhile, in a nearby town, a young doctor investigating the suicide of an elderly woman discovers that she was obsessed with his vanished son. When the two stories collide, the shocking truth becomes horribly clear.
Ghost stories and legends of Alameda, Berkeley, and Oakland / Karen Zimmerman
Alameda, Oakland, and Berkeley, California, don't have much in common at first glance until after dark. Visit with none-too-friendly ghosts of the Pardee Home Museum who, even now, still talk to visitors. Learn about the poltergeist in a medical office that levitates ashtrays and throws typewriters. Read about a threatening, smoky wraith that glides across the gym at the Alameda High School. To those of us who believe, ghosts are everywhere; these cities are no exception.