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Subject: What are the best ghost/hauntings stories?
Date Posted: 8/17/2008 3:40 PM ET
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I've read most of the classics, The Turn of the Screw, Hell House, The Haunting of Hill House etc.  What other ones are good?  I also really enjoy anthologies of ghost stories.

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 4:22 PM ET
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I enjoyed Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box.
Date Posted: 8/17/2008 4:55 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/17/2008 8:25 PM ET
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Noel Hynd - Ghosts

Tamara Thorne - Haunted

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 11:31 PM ET
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Tamsin-Peter S. Beagle

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The Dwelling by Susie Moloney

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 1:51 AM ET
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Ghost Story - Peter Straub

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Date Posted: 8/19/2008 4:06 AM ET
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Chris (Manny) just recommended this to me:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780312150617-The+Bell+Witch+An+American+Haunting+Being+the+Eye+Witness+Account+of+Richard+Powell+Concerning+the+Bell+Witch+Haunting+of+Robertson+County+Tennessee+18171821

 

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 8:03 AM ET
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The Bell Witch was made into a movie starring Donald  Sutherland and Sissy Spacek, I think the title was An American Haunting.

I would recommend Angelica, it has a Henry James feel to it.



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multiple posts arrghh



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 multiple posts arrghh



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Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:11 AM ET
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Thanks guys!  I read Angelica and Heart-Shaped Box is on my holds list at the library, the others I'll have to check out.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 6:56 AM ET
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If you liked "Turn of the Screw," you might enjoy Edith Wharton's collected ghost stories. F. Marion Crawford (a great and prolific writer whom no one reads anymore) also wrote some excellent ghost stories, including the classic "The Upper Berth," which you can read online here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/22246/22246-h/22246-h.htm I love ghost stories but have to be careful about reading them -- the scene in "The Haunting of Hill House" where she found she'd been holding hands with some uncanny creature kept me up a couple of nights!
Date Posted: 8/23/2008 12:38 PM ET
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I loved Glen Hirshberg's Amerian Morons (short stories)--not quite ghost stories, really, but you might like the vibe.  Also, Edith Wharton has some ghost stories; "Afterward," if I remember correctly, is my favorite.  Oh, and Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes is another non-ghost story with the same creepy feel as a good ghost story.  I reread it recently and was struck by a couple sexist points that I hadn't caught onto as a kid, but I still liked it overall.

I just reread and noticed that the poster above also recommended Wharton--so there are two points in her favor!

Date Posted: 8/23/2008 12:49 PM ET
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Just a P.S.: After posting, I remembered that at least one story in American Morons is a true ghost story (meaning, has actual ghosts in it).  And now I've creeped myself out just thinking about it again--there was a reason I had buried it in my memory!

Another one, though not a personal recommendation (yet):  I'm currently awaiting Mysteries of Winterhurn by Joyce Carol Oates from ILL, after having seen a recommendation of it somewhere.

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 12:37 AM ET
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I just finished a pretty cool one - you definitely have to pay attention - it is "The Ghost Writer" by John Harwood, and it's on my shelf.

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 12:46 AM ET
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Have you read anything by Ann Rule's daughter? Ann is a true crime writer.  I believe her name is Lindsey Rule, but you can go to annrules.com and she'll have info about her daughter's books there. She writes about ghost stories.

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 3:13 PM ET
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Another good one is Green Tea and Other Stories by J. Sheridan LeFanu...though I believe that there are various collections of his stories under numerous titles.

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Man, I suck at this.  I just spilled water on the Penguin book of American Supernatural Tales, and it was the only one available!  I did the same thing a few weeks ago with The Animal Lover's Book of Beastly Murder.  Seems like I can't read a creepy anthology without water-damaging it.  Now I just have to wish for them again...

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 5:00 PM ET
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although this is somewhat of a childrens book  john belliaires The Mummy the Will and the Crypt one of my favorites by him, a johnny dixon story i think.



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Date Posted: 8/27/2008 3:26 AM ET
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Have you read "The Woman in Black" by Susan Hill? It's fabulous! (I love ghost stories, myself.)

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Heather Graham's Ghost Walk

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Picked up Heart-Shaped Box at the library, and I am loving it so far, very creepy!

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Date Posted: 8/30/2008 10:02 PM ET
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Dorothy Macardle's 1940's ghost story / mystery is my favorite. Hard to find (and take care not to get the screenplay version) but really well written. If you've seen the 1944 movie with Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey you'll know the twist, but the book has many sub-plots they dropped from the film. Her follow ups The Unforseen and Dark Enchantment aren't as good.

Also recommended, and equally rare, are two of Michael McDowell''s supernatural tales of the south:  Cold Moon Over babylon and (especially) The Essentials. I also enjoyed (besides a number of others mentioned in this stream already) Peregrine's Rest by Jennifer Gostin.



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I'm reading Glen Hirshberg's The Two Sams (short stories) right now.  The third story, "Mr. Dark's Carnival," was incredibly scary.  Unfortunately, I read it right before bed.



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