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Horror is a genre that seems to transcend any season. It doesn’t always have to be Halloween for one to get a good scare. Here are 11 books with fictional ghosts that are promised to keep you up at night. They are frightful delights! Get some insight on the widely loved genre by one of its most popular authors, Stephen King, in the video above!
1. Help For The Haunted by John Searles
Help For Haunted is a book by author John Searles. It tells the story of two girls who are haunted by their ghost hunter parents’ murders.
2. Joyland by Stephen King
Joyland by Stephen King is a truly awesome book. It tells the story of an eerie carnival that is an ideal setting for Twisty the Clown to terrorize his victims.
3. Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Asylum is a photo-illustrated novel by Madeleine Roux. It follows sixteen year old Dan Crawford as he embarks on an academic trip to New Hampshire College. An outcast at school, Dan’s hopes of expanding his social circle are hastily interrupted by the maddening story behind his college dorm. If you loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, this one will equally thrill you. You can check out the Asylum series below:
Prequel: Escape From Asylum
Novella (Book 1.5): The Scarletts
Book Two: Sanctum
Novella (Book 2.5): The Bone Artists
Book Three: Catacomb
4. The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
The snow won’t be the only thing giving you goosebumps as you read this chilling novel about two characters who are struggling with the aftermath of World War One. As they form a connection that catches them both surprise, their prominent and historical role in a town held dear to them is brought to light.
5. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Old-fashioned, with a striking gothic beauty graceful weaved in, The Little Stranger is unlike any horror novel you have ever encountered.
6. The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood and Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud
The world has suddenly been invaded by a widespread breakout of malevolent and deadly ghosts. A talented team of psychic kids must stop them. The Lockwood and Co. series is a mystical world that may remind readers of Harry Potter with a paranormal twist. A wonderful series for fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
Lockwood and Co. Series:
Book 1.5: The Dagger in the Desk (available for Kindle only)
Book Two: The Whispering Skull
Book Three: The Hollow Boy
Book Four is expected to be released sometime this year!
7. All The Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
Two kids perform their own ghostly prank at their grandmother’s Vermont Inn. They soon find out that their tricks are just “treats” compared to the real ghosts that surround them.
8. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Dark Matter has been called a total mind-bending thriller by those who have traveled its pages. A haunting tale that you won’t be able to get off your mind.
9. This House Is Haunted by John Boyne
The title says it all! This House Is Haunted tells the story of a young woman who goes to work at Gaudin Hall. What she encounters is a ruthless entity that is on a mission to keep her prisoner. You may recognize the author as having written the devastatingly moving The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
10. Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake
Anna Dressed in Blood is the first book in the Anna series by Kendare Blake. The story follows Cas Lockwood, a young ghost-killer following in the tradition of his famous ghost-hunter father and grandfather. Ghosts have sensed their deaths at the mere presence of Cas, though when he encounters Anna, it will be the most turbulent ghost expedition of his life. If you can’t get enough of Anna and Cas’ adventures, check out the sequel, Girl of Nightmares.
Happy scaring! Are you biting your nails in fear yet?
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