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Subject: looking for a good haunted house story
Date Posted: 5/10/2008 11:45 AM ET
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i did a search and i keep finding childrens books. yes they were all good back in the day but i'm looking for a good scary read - for an adult. i did an amazon hunt and also a hunt on here (there's no horror section) and can't seem to find what i'm looking for. so i turn to you. please recommend me a great horror book, a real page turner. thank you all!

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 12:23 PM ET
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What type have you read and liked so far?  I can make some suggestions, but knowing what you like will help out.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 2:50 PM ET
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i honestly haven't read a good book in a LONG time. right now i've been trying to read the Left Behind series but with my 8 month old it's taking me months just to get through book one. I've bought The Mist from King and hope to read it some day. I just want a good spooky story, nothing silly or raunchy or teenagery. just a good book. lol sorry i'm no help in what exactly i'm looking for but the last horror books i remember reading were the RL Stine books years ago, lol. oh and a few Kontz (spell?) novels in high school about 9 years ago.

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Date Posted: 5/10/2008 3:34 PM ET
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Hi Melissa,

I will suggest Ghosts by Noel Hynd. I thought it was very well written. JMO


Date Posted: 5/10/2008 5:19 PM ET
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Actually Melissa, that does help.  Not wanting anything too raunchy or teenagery helps rule out a bunch of authors.    You might try Ghost Story by Peter Straub.  The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson might be a good one for you as well.  The Loveliest Dead by Ray Garton might be a little more graphic in some parts, but I think overall it's a good one for you.  I was actually a bit spooked by it.  Some books by John Saul might be what you are looking for as well.  The Blackstone Chronicles is about a haunted asylum that infects the area, and I'm sure that there are other ghost stories he has done, although I'm blanking on names (Nathaniel?)  Perhaps someone more familiar with Saul can recommend?.  Although I have not read it yet, The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff is supposed to be a well done haunted house story as well.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 5:55 PM ET
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oh thanks so much for the great reply! i will have to check those out, they sound very promising! any more  titles come to mind please let me know =)

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 9:30 PM ET
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Well lets see, removing "raunchy" will leave out most of the good authors  like Bentley Little, Richard Laymone and the such.....lol


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Date Posted: 5/12/2008 1:13 PM ET
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Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco is a very scary haunted house story & there is a hardcopy available right now on PBS..

Hell House by Richard Matheson.

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 4:54 PM ET
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  • Haunted by Tamara Thorne
  • Nathaniel by John Saul
  • Prey by Graham Masterton
  • Duma Key by Stephen King
  • The Presence by Heather Graham
  • The Seance by Heather Graham
  • Beneath the Raven's Moon by Emily LaForts
  • The Resort by Bentley Little
  • The Dwelling by Susie Moloney
  • The Second Child by John Saul
  • The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff
  • Dark Dividing by Sarah Rayne
  • Black Creek Crossing by John Saul
  • The Prison by R. Patrick Gates
  • The Tower by Simon Clarke
  • House of Pain by Sephera Giron
  • Drawn to the Grave by Mary Ann Mitchell
  • Born Burning by Thomas Sullivan (more about a haunted chair)

Just to name a few. Hope this helps.


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Date Posted: 5/13/2008 10:15 AM ET
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Bag of Bones by Stepehn King is very good. If you can pass up a few foul letters!

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 10:04 AM ET
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wow thanks so much everyone! i have about 5 books now that's on the way. i can't wait to get into them =)

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 11:05 AM ET
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Heres an oldie but goodie, you might try The House Next Door by Anne River Siddons.

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 10:06 AM ET
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Goodness!  I am now down to my last credit due to all the great suggestions here!


Subject: The Shining
Date Posted: 5/16/2008 1:17 PM ET
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The best one I can think of is Stephen King's The Shining