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Subject: Haunted houses
Date Posted: 8/14/2009 12:25 PM ET
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Hello. I know that there is a topic on this board asking for crumbling mansion books, but I'm in a major haunted house mood.  Any suggestions?

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 2:49 PM ET
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Oh I love haunted house stories! I've read several that I can think of:

Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is by far the best I've read. 

Hell House by Richard Matheson is also good

Burnt Offerings is a 1970's haunted house story.  I can't remember the author, but I do remember thinking that Shirley Jackson's Hill House was very similar to this book, but better.

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 5:31 PM ET
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but I'm in a major haunted house mood.  Any suggestions?

I suspect you'll get the same recommendations.

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 6:58 PM ET
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One of the best haunted house books I've read is Susie Moloney's The Dwelling.  There are copies in the system right now. :-)

Date Posted: 8/15/2009 12:49 AM ET
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Second vote for The Haunting of Hill House

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 6:01 PM ET
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The Dwelling sounds good. I am going to try it out. Thanks for the rec.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 7:34 PM ET
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Hell House by Robert Mattheson- creeeeepy.

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Date Posted: 9/4/2009 5:13 AM ET
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The Uninvited by Dorothy MacArdle

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Date Posted: 9/4/2009 8:09 PM ET
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Smoke and Mirrors by Tanya Huff is a somewhat lighter than usual haunted house story...however, it is the second book in a trilogy that is itself a sequel to her Blood series.

Date Posted: 9/5/2009 9:04 PM ET
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This might be more a haunted family story and I haven't read it yet: An American Haunting: The Bell Witch by Brent Monahan.  It's based on a true story and they made a movie out of it a couple of years ago.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 5:18 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/6/2009 8:42 PM ET
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The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons is a really good haunted house book set in  a modern subdivision in upper middle class suburbia.  It's extremely well written, and I strongly suggest it.

The Homebody by Orson Scott Card.  I just got it from PBS, DH and I read it and now I've re-posted it.  Not his usual sci fi, this is a true haunted house book with an interesting ending.

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Date Posted: 9/7/2009 7:58 AM ET
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I forgot about Homebody.  Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors, and that book is great.  His book Treasure Box might be one you'd like as well.

Subject: Haunted House books
Date Posted: 9/9/2009 2:11 PM ET
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I, also, would recommend The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, and Hell House by Richard Matheson. Hell House was the first "ghostie" book that really made my skin crawl.

 There is another book called Hell House, by  Alison Rattle and Allison Vale. I found it at a Barnes and Noble bargain shelf. It's really quite good - not only does it smell lovely (pretty shiny pages) but the stories are very good. They give a historical background to the location and legend(s), and then tell you the ghostie bit. A very good read.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 4:48 PM ET
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Was Shirley Jackson's, The Haunting of Hill House made into a movie? 

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 5:42 PM ET
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Was Shirley Jackson's, The Haunting of Hill House made into a movie? 

Yes. I know of 2 versions- one in 1963 and a remake in 1999. The remake was pretty terrible, IMO. There may be more.

Date Posted: 11/4/2009 6:08 PM ET
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Oh Man!  I saw a post above referring to The Bell Witch.  I read that one a few months ago. yikes freaky creepy!  More so because you KNOW it can happen.  (((( shudder ))))