Haunted Book List

October 18, 2019

Halloween is around the corner, a perfect night to explore an unsettling and flat-out scary read. This is a list with some of the best thrilling, chilling and haunted Books to read this Halloween!

Turn on all the lights and curl up with one of these spooky stories!!!

1 The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

Oscar Wilde | Short Stories Classics

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The Canterville Ghost is a popular 1887 novella by Oscar Wilde, widely adapted for the screen and stage. “The Canterville Ghost” is a parody featuring a dramatic spirit named Sir Simon and the United States minister (ambassador) to the Court of St. James's, Hiram B. Otis. Mr. Otis travels to England with his family and moves into a haunted country house. Lord Canterville, the previous owner of the house, warns Mr. Otis that the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville has haunted it ever since he killed his wife, Eleonore, three centuries before. But Mr. Otis dismisses the ghost story as bunk and disregards Lord Canterville’s warnings. When the Otises learn that the house is indeed haunted, they succeed in victimizing the ghost and in disregarding age-old British traditions. What emerges is...

2 The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

Gaston Leroux | Horror Classics

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A disfigures musical genius haunts the catacombs under the Paris Opera and terrifies the community until he falls in love with Christine, a budding young singer.

3 The Haunted Bookshop

The Haunted Bookshop

Christopher Morley | Fiction Classics

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The classic book, The Haunted Bookshop, by Christopher Morley.

4 A House of Haunted People

A House of Haunted People

Alan Combes | Horror-Gothic

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The title story, itself a novella about a strange house in my village, leads into a collection of modern ghost stories in unusual, often cosmopolitan settings. 'Mia' is about putting down a much-loved dog. 'Going to the match' is about a supernatural presence amid the crowd. 'The make of sticks' concerns a mysterious character who is mistaken for a good Samaritan. 'Overcoat' tells of a haunted garment. 'Dr Singh' is the worst kind of doctor; one who ignores his patients' pain. 'Ginny Spring' tells of a mysterious local pond...

5 The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain

The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain

Charles Dickens | Horror Classics

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After a spirit offers to rid Redlaw of his guilt over his past transgressions, he loses all memory of the painful events but continues to feel an unexplainable anger.

6 The Hilliard Haunting: A Novella

The Hilliard Haunting: A Novella

Scott Donnelly | Horror-Gothic

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The Watkins' house on Amity Road has a violent history. Once home to a witch named Raven, the land was the scene of several deaths - both mysterious and brutal. After decades of unexplained supernatural phenomenon, Raven has returned on Halloween to take revenge on the city that burned her alive.

7 The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel

Wilkie Collins | Mystery Classics

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The Westwick family experiences strange occurrences at the Palace Hotel where, unbeknownst to them, a murder took place years ago.

8 The Watertown Nightmare

The Watertown Nightmare

Corey Turner | Mystery

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Meet the Clarkson family who has been through a lot having gone through a paranormal event that nearly took their lives and also without knowing having it plastered on the internet and t.v. now they just want to leave their old life behind and start a new but the evil entities that haunted them seem to follow them where ever they go.

9 Jolimont Street Ghost

Jolimont Street Ghost

Jeremy Tyrrell | Horror-Gothic

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From the events this past autumn, I am compelled to relate my perilous trial. The supposition that darkness is merely the absence of light is both popular and false, as those who practice the occult can affirm. In the dark cellar of number thirteen Jolimont Street, a house the Professor had assumed benign, I unwittingly brought forth an ancient evil that first threatened our reputations, then our souls. This is the fourth book in the Paranormology Series.

10 The First Case

The First Case

Marie Tayse | Horror-Gothic

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Billy Colt doesn’t believe in the paranormal. While he accepts that some people have extraordinary abilities, any talk of the possibility that ghosts or demons may be responsible for the unexplainable events plaguing his family is totally absurd in his opinion. But when a horrific murder takes place, leaving even the local police at a loss, he is forced to rethink his beliefs. With the help of his brother and best friend, Billy begins an investigation of his own. What he eventually discovers will change his entire way of thinking and set the stage for what his life’s work will be.

11 And Next, Darkness

And Next, Darkness

David Dwan | Horror-Gothic

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A supernatural thriller revolving around a series of mysterious voices accidentally recorded on an old reel to reel tape recorder. Seemingly they are the voices of the dead, lost in limbo, reaching out through the darkness for someone to hear them, to help them find peace. The story follows one woman’s descend into the dark world of a reluctant serial killer as she endeavors to unlock the whereabouts of his victims through in-depth and potentially sanity shredding analysis of the tapes. And with that discovery she hopes to finally lay the tormented dead and her own dwindling sanity to rest.

12 For They Shall Inherit The Earth

For They Shall Inherit The Earth

Graeme Winton | Horror-Gothic

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The book can be read as the sequel to The Dark Key or as a standalone story. Thomson, a demon who has lived for millennia, escapes a dimensional prison and re-enters the Earth where he gathers power from dark souls. After a power overload he remembers who he is: Satan. Along with the Antichrist and other evil entities Thomson raises an army: the Dark Army, with a view to taking the planet. Standing in their way, however, is David and Matthew two half-human demons. With the two super powers, USA and Russia, about to clash the race is on to see who inherits the Earth in a modern-age play out of the Book of Revelation.

13 Author Of Pain: Minor Mayhem

Author Of Pain: Minor Mayhem

David Dwan | Horror-Gothic

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Someone was after career criminal Larry McCulloch, but for Larry that was nothing new. Down through the decades he had amassed a quite remarkable number of enemies on both sides of the law. But this time it was different. Almost overnight that list, which had at its height reached three figures, had now been reduced to just one. And it wasn’t someone; it was something that wanted him in the most terrible of ways. Some of the hardest, cruelest criminals in Europe had been scared off their pursuit of Larry. And all because of one double cross too many.

14 The Angel Maker

The Angel Maker

David Dwan | Horror-Gothic

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The Angel Maker is a supernatural horror novella: Welcome to sleepy little Widow’s Bay island, where nothing interesting ever happens, usually. In the midst of a violent storm which has cut off the island from the mainland, a young woman is found wandering in a near catatonic state with someone else’s blood on her. She has witnessed something horrific for sure, but the reality is far worse.

15 Rise Of The Fuglies

Rise Of The Fuglies

Bob Miller | Horror-Gothic

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Ignorance is building up along the east coast as we now live in a world of "Wolves and Sheep". Tweets and other media postings are stirring up some social media excitement in River Lake NJ as a potentially dangerous reclusive man known as "Dirty Bird" may be sitting on a winning power ball ticket worth millions. Why is Dirty Bird recruiting the "Fuglies" to come work for him? Who are the "Tenacious Wolves" and what does Dirty Bird have in store for them? Who really is Bob Miller and can he be trusted?

16 The Preternatural

The Preternatural

Daryl Hajek | Horror-Gothic

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A supernatural horror/paranormal thriller about a deaf family battling the unseen -- and unheard -- evil. Story is narrated from a deaf perspective.