Spooky books recommendations please

(43 Posts)
Beechview Sat 20-Jul-13 18:10:01

I've decided to join in with the kids library challenge to get me back into reading (too much time spent online sad)

I don't mind horror but I love a good spooky ghost story.

Any ideas?

greenhill Sat 20-Jul-13 18:24:53

M R James is the best ghost story writer; he does a very dry, creeping horror in ordinary situations.

perplexedpirate Sat 20-Jul-13 18:25:12

I loved Dark Matter by Michelle Paver and The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.
V interested in others recommendations, I love a ghost story.

greenhill Sat 20-Jul-13 18:47:10

YY to The Little Stranger too. It was quick to read, hard to put down and really atmospheric.

devilinside Sat 20-Jul-13 18:53:16

Jonathon Aycliffe is good too

Beechview Sat 20-Jul-13 19:41:23

I've read The Little Stranger and liked it. I've read a couple of Jonathan Aycliffe and liked them. Will see what else he has.
Dark Matter looks good.

Beechview Sat 20-Jul-13 19:43:42

I actually have an MR James short stories book or at least hes one of the contributors. Will have a hunt for that.

BringBackBod Sat 20-Jul-13 20:46:31

362 Belisle st by Susie Moloney.
It centres around a house that's up for sale, and the experiences of various buyers of the property.
The house never stays occupied for long.
It's a very spooky read.

perplexedpirate Sun 21-Jul-13 09:45:59

I do life MR James, and I'll get 362 Belisle Street on the kindle today.
Any more? Bumpity bump!

Beechview Sun 21-Jul-13 12:24:11

To anyone else who's interested - Naomi's Room is a really good Jonathon Aycliffe.

Here's a link to Goodreads popular ghost stories. Looks like some good ones there smile


MerlinFromCamelot Sun 21-Jul-13 13:38:14

Ghost stories of an antiquary part 1 & 2 are free on kindle. Have not read them yet but as a freebee thought worth mentioning.

bottleofbeer Thu 25-Jul-13 00:08:16

Dark Matter did nothing for me.

Just as something seems to be happening....it peters out to the end.

Naomi's Room is very good.

Try the Jack Nightingale series. Probably the best supernatural out now. For extra entertainment read the author's (Stephen Leather) reviews on Amazon. He properly kicks off at bad reviews. It makes me want to hate his books but they're just too good grin

Oh and there's one in Asda/Tesco now called The Sleep Room which I enjoyed.

Phil Rickman is excellent, slow creeping spookiness.

Do not read the birthing room. It starts scary. And ends shit!

Phil Rickman writes brilliant supernatural detective books with great humour, much scariness and wonderfully written female characters.

Mrsrobertduvall Fri 26-Jul-13 20:05:49

I have just bought 3 Jonathan Aycliffe books on the recommendation of this thread grin

Beechview Fri 26-Jul-13 20:19:03

Which ones did you get Mrsrobertduvall?

I got
362 Belisle st
Stephen Leather Cursed (free on kindle but only 91 pages)
Apple Tree Yard Louise Doughty which is a thriller recommended on another thread.

That should start me off!

PicklePants Fri 26-Jul-13 20:25:46

I was going to recommend The Little Stranger but I see others have beaten me to it, so my suggestion is The Woman In Black - very creepy indeed. But I am a complete wuss when it comes to ghost stories!

Lovemynailstoday Fri 26-Jul-13 20:33:43

There's another thread about Rosemary's Baby (Ira Levin). I have just romped through it in two days. Marvellous. The first horror book to be set in "normal" everday life which makes it all the spookier.

I just read one called "Dust" by Arthur Slade and it was very atmospheric and creepy - a little bit reminiscent of some of Stephen King's stuff, but by no means a "rip off" iyswim.
I also got one called "Turtle Boy" by Kealan Burke that I couldn't even finish because I was too scared blush - I think there are sequels to it too, but I am too much of a wuss - it was really scary!

Mrsrobertduvall Sun 28-Jul-13 09:11:57

Just finished Naomi's room...very good.
Have started the Vanishment by same author but am finding it a bit
Have also got Whispers in the Dark to read.

Mrsrobertduvall Sun 28-Jul-13 09:12:12

Bit samey

Beechview Sun 28-Jul-13 12:22:13

Mrsrobertduvall that was quick!

I just need to finish 11.22.63 by Stephen King then I'll start 362 Belisle st (have been reading 11.22.63 for about 6 months! I'm so slow these days)

Beechview Sun 28-Jul-13 12:26:55

The Turtle Boy recommended by PombearwithanOFRS is free on kindle!
Have got it.

Beechview Sun 28-Jul-13 12:27:59

Or mentioned as being v scary rather than recommended grin

greenhill Sun 28-Jul-13 13:47:50

Thanks, I've downloaded Turtle Boy. smile

This M R James download is 34 p on Amazon and contains 30 stories.


Mrsrobertduvall Sun 28-Jul-13 14:03:10

It's a very short book!
Does anyone want it?
Am happy to post if you pm me.

I was going to say! grin I don't think recommended is quite right - the first few chapters scared the poo out of me, and I never have finished it - I think there are sequels to it too, if anyone does finish and enjoy it - if they aren't out yet then the author is writing them iirc...

runawaysimba Mon 29-Jul-13 01:55:05

I loved "Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffenegger; really spooky. Great ending, too.

Galaxymum Tue 30-Jul-13 14:21:15

I just read Time's Echo by Pamela Hartshorne. This is a timeslip novel and I found it quite spooky with some powerful haunting scenes. It's set in modern and Elizabethan York with a strong story and the timeslip is very psychological. A great read.

marilynmonroe Sun 11-Aug-13 11:15:20

I've just finished dolly by Susan hill. Very ghostly. And short.

greenhill Sun 11-Aug-13 13:30:04

If anyone has a spare hour to listen to an afternoon play, try Wilkie Collin's The Haunted Hotel on iPlayer.

60 minutes ironing passed very quickly.

spex11 Tue 13-Aug-13 21:09:13

This one's spooky in a very believable kinda way which makes it more scary! Good story too

Beechview Mon 26-Aug-13 17:08:09

Pombear you are such a wuss smile Turtle boy was not scary.

Greenhill I really wanted to listen to that play but its not on iplayer anymore sad

I picked up This House is Haunted by John Boyne when we were in the library. I don't normally get books for myself from the library as I always end up paying huge fines (thank goodness the kids books fines are low) but this was just sitting on the shelf so I picked it up. It looks good.

greenhill Mon 26-Aug-13 17:15:51

Don't forget you can renew your library books online beechview I tend to do this when I take mine out.

Nothing seems to stay very long on iPlayer, I find it quite frustrating for that reason.

racingheart Mon 26-Aug-13 22:16:38

Also Beyond black by Hilary Mantel which is spooky in a different way but very believable if you like ghost stories.

SugarMouse1 Thu 19-Sep-13 17:26:41

The Edgar Allan Poe stories

DuchessofMalfi Thu 19-Sep-13 18:08:50

DH loves reading spooky ghost stories. He's reading Florence and Giles at the moment, which he says is getting very creepy.

JonesH Fri 20-Sep-13 09:45:38

The Shining, a classic.

SecretSpi Fri 20-Sep-13 18:17:03

I enjoyed The Seance by John Harwood. More a Victorian mystery than a ghost story as such but very atmospheric and quite spooky.

curlew Fri 20-Sep-13 18:22:21

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver.
Scared the bejesus out of me.....

ScarerAndFuck Mon 30-Sep-13 17:38:27

I liked Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill. A faded rock star buys a ghost on the internet and very quickly regrets it.

The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons is one of my favourites. It's not a ghost story as such but it has some very creepy happenings when a new house is built on a vacant lot.

Bag of Bones by Stephen King is a good ghost story, although the first time I read it I didn't think so. I was wrong though, it's very good.

M0naLisa Sat 05-Oct-13 08:17:25

362 belisle st isn't available on kindle :-(
Going to look at some of those Jonathon aycliffe books now

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