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Subject: scariest ghost fiction ever?
Date Posted: 7/9/2010 12:35 PM ET
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I need some idea's for books to read! I love a good ghost story but haven't read anything that gives me chills...Any suggestions?? Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/9/2010 2:11 PM ET
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john saul books

Date Posted: 7/9/2010 2:21 PM ET
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The Dwelling by Susie Moloney. One of the best ghost/haunted house stories I've read in years.  There's always that oldie but goodie, Ghost Story by Peter Straub, if you haven't read it already. 

Date Posted: 7/9/2010 6:42 PM ET
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I have tons of John Saul books! He's pretty good!  I just requested the other titles Sandy I can't wait to get them! Thanks for the suggestions!

Date Posted: 7/9/2010 10:14 PM ET
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You're welcome. :-) 

Date Posted: 7/9/2010 11:18 PM ET
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Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 9:29 AM ET
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I'll go along with both Ghost Story & Heart Shaped Box.  Also two older books come to mind...  Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasko (one of the best haunted house stories I've ever read)  & Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House.  If you haven't seen the movies, both Hell House and Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson are scary, scary.

Date Posted: 7/13/2010 12:51 AM ET
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The most horrifying ghost novel I ever read is "Echo of a Curse" by R.R. Ryan.

It's deeply disturbing. I would reccomend that no one read this book alone at night.

Date Posted: 7/13/2010 4:44 PM ET
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Judith Hawkes :  'Julian's House'

It is eerie and spooky, but not violant or gross.  Just disturbing in a detached sort of way.  I loved it because it is scary, but very subtle.

Richard Matheson : 'Hell House'

That was one scary story that gave me nightmares, even after I was finished with it.



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Date Posted: 7/24/2010 10:23 AM ET
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thanks for all the suggestions! I just read The Prison by R. Patrick Gates.  It was ok.  I couldn't get into Ghost Story at all I was bored to tears lol...I will be reading Heart Shaped Box next.  Will look into those other suggestions as well!

Subject: Good Book
Date Posted: 8/10/2010 1:42 PM ET
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Ghosts By Noel Hynd this is a must read i got rid of my copy and months latter couldn't get the book out of my mind so i reorder it and now its on my save self.Robin

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 2:53 AM ET
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I just finished Uninvited: The Union Screaming House by Steven LaChance. Its supposed to be true but  it was so good and creepy that I thought I had to tell you about it. I'm really happy I read it.

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 8:05 AM ET
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The House That Jack Built and Prey by Graham Masterton, also Ghost by Noel Hynds.

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 7:36 PM ET
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I read the House That Jack Built and it was pretty good.  I just finished Prey by Graham Masterson and just put it on my bookshelf.  I love stories about creepy old houses.

Date Posted: 2/14/2011 3:39 PM ET
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Graham Masterson is wonderful. Try Mirror.

I liked Clive Barker's Coldheart Canyon, too. (set in an old Hollywood mansion...perfect if you like old movies!)

Date Posted: 3/27/2011 11:51 PM ET
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Depends on what type...I like a good ghost story with great atmosphere, but absolutely detest the gory-axe-murdering-demon-spirit types.  Keeping this in mind I recommend:

Any collection  of stories by M.R.James, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill,  and there are a couple  good ones by Barbara Michaels- Here I Stay and Ammie Come Home (it has been a few years since I read these, so they may not have dated well)

And in direct contrast to what I wrote above (I don't have any claim to be consisten t!) The Shining by Stephen King, of course, and I enjoyed the Noel Hynde book as well.

Subject: My favorites
Date Posted: 7/23/2011 6:38 PM ET
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Two of Michael McDowell's novels count in the scary category:  "The Elementals" and "Cold Moon Over Babylon."

My all time favorite is Dorothy MacArdle's "The Uninvited." Not really very scary, but very well written and interesting both as a haunted house tale and an English mystery.

Also favorites: The Haunting of Hill House (Jackson), Woman in Black (Hill) , Hell House (Matheson)