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Subject: Ghost Story suggestions please!
Date Posted: 9/25/2007 12:14 PM ET
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I would love to read some ghost stories during the month of October, and I am looking for eerie, and maybe just a bit touching stories. I don't care for blood or gory tales, just give me spirits or ghosts.

I really enjoyed Nora Robert's trilogy about a ghost. Does anyone have some suggestions on something similar?


Date Posted: 9/25/2007 3:02 PM ET
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Doesn't anybody read ghost stories anymore?

Date Posted: 9/25/2007 6:43 PM ET
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Since you like Nora Roberts, how about Midnight Bayou?

Also, on page 2 there's a recent thread on this subject.

ETA: Barbara Michaels wrote Ammie Come Home and House of Dark Shadows. They're gentle, but spooky, according to my wife. I'm sorry, but for some reason my computer won't let me do links today.

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Date Posted: 9/25/2007 7:17 PM ET
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I just read The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield last month and it was really good.

Date Posted: 9/25/2007 9:22 PM ET
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Thanks so much everyone! I found some more books to read in October! : )

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 7:01 AM ET
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I just started A Good and Happy Child, which has a ghost.  Also, The Ghost Writer is a good and strange book.

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 7:05 AM ET
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Ghost Walk or The Presence by Heather Graham

The Taken by Sarah Pinborough

A little more horror - a lot of John Saul's books

The Keeper by Sarah Langan

The Dwelling by Susie Moloney

Haunted by James Herbert


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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 2:47 PM ET
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I recommend The Haunting of L. by Howard Norman, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, and Beloved by Toni Morrison.  I read a couple others recently that were decent:  The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman and Inamorata by Joseph Gangemi.

Date Posted: 10/1/2007 4:28 PM ET
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Nora Roberts In the Garden triology:  Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, and Red Lily in that order.......yes, they are romance books but include a nice touching ghost story...........they get quite intriquing and its hard to put the last book down until you finish it..........not bloody and gory but frightening enough for me!

Date Posted: 10/2/2007 10:34 AM ET
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I really enjoyed Stitches in Time by Barbara Michaels. It's about an antique quilt that carries a curse. I read the book in 2001 and still think about the story from time to time. Hmmm... maybe I should read it again!



Date Posted: 10/2/2007 8:36 PM ET
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Shirley, I just got Stitches in Time yesterday! I can't wait to read it!!

Date Posted: 10/2/2007 9:32 PM ET
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Angelica by Arthur Phillips, Turn of the Screw by Henry James, and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.


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Date Posted: 10/3/2007 10:34 AM ET
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Theresa, good choice with Stitches in Time. Just curious ... how did find out about the book?

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 11:43 AM ET
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I was browsing around, and saw it in another thread, so I ordered it right away. I like spooky, but not gory stuff! : )

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 12:37 PM ET
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Some of the older Barbara Michaels were ghosty.  Now they did get a bit predictable (bumbling dog, bumbling guy) but I always liked them.  Ammie Come Home is really spooky and I didn't like it so much but I expect it's one of the better ones. 

ETA:  For anyone who doesn't know, Barbara Michaels and Elizabeth Peters are the same person.  I found out at the orthodontist's office (many years ago) when both my library books had the same woman's photo on them!  I was crushed - she couldn't write as many books as 2 people!

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Date Posted: 10/3/2007 4:18 PM ET
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I agree with Tangiemoffs suggestion of "Blessing on the Moon" by Joseph Skibbel,(second link on her posting) very poignant!

I own this book and plan to reread for ref to a story I am developing. I.B. Singer occasionally deals in hauntings also, another good spooky one I read recently is "The Keep" by Jennifer Egan, great for Halloween, you may not think so at first but keep at it.

Of course there is always Poe, Hawthorne and Lovecraft but how about Shirley Jackson or Henry James ( Turn of the Screw) Or another is the McSweeneys Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories : all kinds of really good writers who write spooky and creepy stories! Great for this time of year.

Enjot being haunted!

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