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Subject: Richard Matheson's Hell House- Recommended Haunted house books?
Date Posted: 5/30/2007 8:48 AM ET
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I just finished this novella yesterday and was struck by what an incredible piece of horror writing it truly was! I was absolutely riveted. I found it to really be one of the best haunted house books I've ever read, right up there with King's "The Shining" and Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House". I also enjoyed Anne River Siddons' "The House next Door"  Any other recommeded haunted house books?







Currently Reading: The Mailman by Bentley Little

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Date Posted: 5/30/2007 9:54 AM ET
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I also enjoyed Hell House and all the rest of the books you listed. Funny, I never thought about it, but I don't have many Haunted House books. I do have a book on my wish list about a Haunted House. The title is The Haunted Air by F. Paul Wilson. It's a repairman Jack novel. I've read most of Wilson's books and they're really good. Currently Reading: Guilty Pleasures, An Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Novel by Laurell K. Hamilton. Next on my list: Creepers by David Morrell
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Date Posted: 5/30/2007 1:55 PM ET
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OOOOOOOOOoo yeah Hell House WAS really good! I have that as a keeper:0)  I haven't really read many haunted house books.


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Date Posted: 5/31/2007 8:48 PM ET
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Some recommendations from my side: Ray Garton - The loveliest death L. W. Stevenson - A family possessed Shirley Jackson - The Haunting of Hill House Joyce Reardon - The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red Robert Curran, Lorraine Warren, Ed Warren - The Haunted: The True Story of One Family's Nightmare Constance Westbie, Harold Cameron - Night Stalks the Mansion: A True Story of One Family's Ghostly Adventure Annie Wilder - House Of Spirits & Whispers Richard Palmisano - Overshadows: An Investigation into a Terrifying Modern Canadian Haunting

Michael Paine - Stage fright Have fun. :)

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Date Posted: 6/5/2007 3:11 AM ET
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the black hope horror is true & good. There are a bunch I could recommend. I've traded most of my haunting type books away but I still have a couple on my shelf.  I am a big fan of true ghost stories & haunting type stuff. I've think my book about spontaneous human combustion is still on the shelf to swap also (it is brand new read once by me). 


Anything by Ed & Lorraine Warren is good also. I think I've traded all mine though....

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Date Posted: 7/9/2007 10:24 AM ET
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The Dwelling by Susie Moloney is quite good.  It's a novel in three parts about the different owners of a single house.  Made me glad I wasn't doing any house hunting. *g*  There are a couple of copies, both hardback and paperback, in the system, if you're interested. 

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Date Posted: 7/10/2007 1:00 AM ET
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I love ghost & haunted house stories too...The Dwelling sounds really good so I ordered it, thanks for the recommendation.  :-)

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Date Posted: 7/11/2007 3:40 PM ET
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Just a correction on Sleepy's list: It's The Loveliest Dead (not Death). I'll second that one, as well as The Dwelling by Susie Moloney. A couple more you could try: Haunted by James Herbert, The House That Jack Built by Graham Masterton.

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Date Posted: 7/23/2007 10:51 PM ET
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My favorite "haunted house" book is called "House of Leaves". It's not a typical haunted house novel though. It's very strange and hard to describe, but the basic plot line is that a family moves into a house which they find is MUCH bigger on the inside than the outside, and it's all consuming.
It's got a long waiting list on PBS, but I went and bought it for myself. It's pretty rad.
But be warned- the writing style is quite different.

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Date Posted: 7/26/2007 11:49 AM ET
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Yeah, House of Leaves is one of my favorites. It's great for people who like Lovecraft, Borges, that kind of thing.

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Date Posted: 5/31/2008 12:39 PM ET
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Sandy H. said :The Dwelling by Susie Moloney is quite good. I definately would have to agree with her.

I also enjoyed Haunted by Tamara Thorne and House of Pain by Sehera Giron.

I've had Hell House on my wishlist for what seems forever. B & N had one copy, but the cover was torn. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Maya mentioned The House That Jack Built by Graham Masterton. That, too was a very good book. (Which, by the way, happens to be on my shelf.) Another creepy but good read of a haunted house by Masterton is Prey.

The Tower by Simon Clark was pretty good if you can deal with all of the typos.

Duma Key by Stephen King was also excellent.

But of ALL of them, I think my favorite of these would have to be Haunted by Tamara Thorne.

I'll take more suggestions also. I love any kind of book that contains hauntings.

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