My Favorite Ghost Stories!

Looking for a book that sends shivers tingling across your skin and keeps you awake at night? Here’s a list of my favorite ghost stories and creepy novels. These haunted page-turners are perfect for this time of year. They will provide great fodder for October book club discussion too. Mwahahahaha!

Help for the Haunted

Help for the Haunted by John Searles, twists and turns throughout this dark tale.

Sylvie Mason’s parents are a bit unusual. They drive demonic possessions from innocent people for a living, which doesn’t make Sylvie or her sister very popular at school. When her parents are murdered in a church, Sylvie must face the past and the truth about that fateful night, even if she risks her life to reveal her family’s secrets.

Leaving Time

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult may surprise you.

When Jenna Metcalf makes enough babysitting money, she hires a washed up private investigator and a psychic to help search for her mother, who disappeared on the night of a tragic accident. The three of them pour over her mother’s journals to find her.

This isn’t a scary book but one that may change your mind about the supernatural. I’ll never look at elephants the same way again. They are better at mourning than humans.

Heart-Shaped Box

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill.

This one is classic creepy!

When musician and collector of strange objects, Judas Coyne purchases a so-called haunted, heart-shaped box online, he opens it up and discovers an old musty suit. Little does he know that a ghost is released into his world. In order for Judas to end the haunting and stop the killing, he must discover the ghost’s evil past while facing his own.

Joe Hill is a chip off his dad, Stephen King’s, chilling block of ice-cold terror.

I read the last few chapters in my kitchen…with the lights on…during the day…

Ghostwalk the book

Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott weaves history with fiction in a brilliant way.

The story starts with the death of a Cambridge historian who had been researching Sir Isaac Newton and his experiments in alchemy. When Lydia Brooke offers to finish the historian’s book, she discovers a cover-up regarding Newton’s college admission. It may have gotten the historian murdered. As she comes closer to solving a conspiracy, she becomes a target while haunted by Newton and ghosts from Cambridge’s past.

The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold haunts on several levels.

The story opens with Susie Salmon narrating as a ghost. She takes us on a journey of how she was brutally murdered, what happens to her family after her death, and finally reveals the fate of her killer.

The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.

A Gothic haunting perfect for October reads. Dr. Faraday is called upon to help a war veteran at the Ayres’s crumbling estate after he has a horrific premonition. Even when the premonition comes true and there is a traumatic event during a dinner party, Dr. Faraday still doesn’t believe in ghosts or premonitions. As Faraday becomes entwined in the Ayres family, he will have to face his past while the Ayres’s struggle to face a growing threat both supernatural and human.

You can skip the book and watch the movie. It’s super creepy too!

I hope you enjoy these October haunted reads. If you would prefer to watch some classic psychological thriller movies, here’s a list of 21 to make your heart pound…

What is your favorite ghost story? I’m always looking for good books to read. Do you have a haunted collection?

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      1. Count Floyd (Joe Flaherty) is the chain-smoking host of a horrible late-night scary movie show on the fictional television network, SCTV.

        SCTV was a Canadian version of SNL, started by John Candy, Eugene Levy, Harold Ramis, Andrea martin, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and few others.
        It was unabashedly Canadian.
        It was glorious.


  1. Read Lovely Bones a while ago but not done any of the others. Not a massive fan of scary books though as I’m a huge wimp and get easily spooked. Not a great idea to read them before bed for me.


    1. I love to be on the edge of my seat while reading a page-turner, but I can’t handle tons of violence. I didn’t include It by Stephen King for that reason. I tried but couldn’t read it. Tooooo scary!!!!!


  2. I watched the Lovely Bones movie and it left me so haunted that I have not been able to read the book. I will have to check out Joe Hill. I love a good mystery, especially one that keeps you on your seat and not wanting to put it down. Happy Reading – Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂


    1. Thanks Renee!
      Creepy movie, for sure.
      Joe Hill’s Horns was pretty violent but the tension wasn’t as tight as Heart-shaped Box. HSB was less violent but, oh, man, it seriously had my heart pounding. I wonder how his new book falls between tension and violence… I think the expectation that something terrible will happen is a lot more tense than when something terrible happens.


  3. My favorite quietly creepy book is Slade House by David Mitchell, although I also like The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which isn’t so creepy as it is mind-bending. I’ve not read any of the books you list, so thank you. They all look great.


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