Ghosts: A Few Favorite Ghost Novels and Ghost Story Collections

Here are some of my favourite supernatural stories.

Anything by F. G. Cottam: among the finest contemporary writers of ghostly horror fiction.  His books are terrifying: do not read when home alone on a Dark And Stormy Night!  Dark Echo, The House of Lost Souls, The Waiting Room, Brodmaw Bay, The Colony trilogy (The Going and The Rise is available free on Cottam’s website).  Suspenseful, ghostly tales!  It’s hard for me to pick a favourite, they’re all outstanding.  You will read and re-read these.

For a classic tale of post mortem retribution, Graham Masterton’s Ghost Music.  If you’ve ever wondered whether ghosts can come back to right wrongs, you’ll want to read this one!

Ghost Story by Peter Straub:  a scary and beautifully written book about a vengeful ghost.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James.  James is considered the father of the modern ghost story.  These are brilliant!

Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural is one of the best anthologies of classic ghost and horror stories.  A must for your library and bedside table (but not to be read on Dark And Stormy Nights!).  Everyone from Lovecraft to James, to E F Benson to Arthur Machen, Saki and Ambrose Bierce – the whole gang.  It’s like a Whitman’s Sampler for the reader with a sweet tooth for ghosts!

Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill.  Bad things happen when this apartment is taken!

The Woman in Black, The Mist in the Mirror, The Small Hand, and others by the prolific and always frightening Susan Hill.

Midwinter of the Spirit and many other books by the engaging writer Phil Rickman.

Haunted by James Herbert.  The film (1995 with Aidan Quinn and Kate Beckinsale, with John Gielgud) is beautifully done and quite scary!

The Shining by Stephen King. Still one of the most frightening of ghost stories, but also great as an allegory about addictive/needy/symbiotic behaviors and anger issues (I’ve written about it in earlier posts).

Rest in Fleece and Death Be Not Loud – my own two ghost story collections, which I have to mention, right?  They contain some eerie but funny ghost and horror stories (Zeroes Over Kansas and Youth Dew can be read in here my blog) and some just plain scary ones.

Which ghost stories (books and films) are your favorites?








23 thoughts on “Ghosts: A Few Favorite Ghost Novels and Ghost Story Collections

  1. Thanks for sharing the list! I’ll check some of them out. October is around the corner and I only read horror books for the occasion, so this is perfect. From this list, I’ve only read The Shining and Ghost Story. Both are a couple of my favorites as well.

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  2. Thanks for this list, Jan. I’ve always enjoyed a good ghost story. I’ve read a few books from Susan Hill recently and really enjoyed them. I’ll be sure to add some of these books to my ever growing ‘to be read’ pile! 😉

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