I really surprised myself - I thought Dark Matter was fabulous, really intriguing and genuinely had me wondering and imagining what it would be like in that situation. Loved it, lots of atmosphere and suspense. Serious chill in the spine.
Unlike Greatcoat, which was as flat as a pancake!
I've never really explored the Ghost Story genre, only read the odd slightly ghostly story by accident in the past (eg. Lovely Bones), so please can anyone recommend anything else? I have Woman in White, Florence and Giles and White Lie on my Kindle for starters....
I liked dark matter too, and Woman in Black, have you tried M R James? an old writer but really good classic ghost stories (and you can usually get something by him free for Kindle if you want to try him out), I've also just downloaded (for free) the haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins and am enjoying it so far.
Can I be cheeky & ask if Dark Matter is at all sexually explicit ??
My DD is very keen to read it, she loves scary suspense stuff, but takes it in the right spirit so I'm not worried about her reading it from that POV, but she's still young, so I need to be careful otherwise - thanks
As far as I remember rockin, its not sexually explicit at all, - there is a suggestion of homosexual love towards the end but no sex. It's not gory or anything either - just very atmospheric and creepy. How old is she?
The Woman In White is superb - you're in for a treat!
I was really, really disappointed with 'Dark Matter.' I thought it was pretty boring and the homosexual hintings just felt like the writer desperately trying to be 'innovative' to me. It could have been great but it wasn't.
Then again, I detest 'The Woman In Black' too.
Hippy - How old is your dd? There's one called 'Century' which she might like: an old fashioned ghost story. And don't forget 'Tom's Midnight Garden' which is just gorgeous.
Some of you might like 'The Little Stranger' by Sarah Waters. I don't think she's a very good writer tbh, so it didn't really work for me, although I do think it's her most readable and least irritating one.
Brilliant - thank you all that sounds perfect for her
For those that ask - she's 10, but eating YA books up faster than I can keep up with & though I'm please she loves reading & doing so well, her taste in books is definitely older than she is & it's proving to be a bit of a nightmare as obviously not all are suitable - starting to wish there was some sort of rating system as there is with cinema
Ooo & thanks for the other suggestions too, I will look into those for her
James Herbert has written a few good ghost stories too, though I've found his earlier stuff to be better, I was a bit disappointed with Crickley Hall, though not read his latest one yet, but I do remember reading The Cottage which was spooky, disturbing, but quite lovely too
rockin - as she is a mature reader, she might enjoy some of the classics that are a bit creepy - I'm thinking Jane Eyre maybe, or some of the M R James stuff I recommended further upthread, or Wilkie Collins, Sherlock Holmes and things of that type? She would probably be fine with The Woman in Black and the other Susan Hill spooky stuff - AFAIK they don't have any bad language or sex in them (and they are short enough for you to have a flick through just in case!)
I wish curri she can be a PITA with her reading tastes, she refuses to read any of the classics at all, which would make my life so much easier, I have tried hard to get her interested, as I know they'd be okay for her content wise, but she says they are old fashioned & "stuffy" - kids eh!!
Thanks Seeker, I will bear that in mind, but she generally laps up scary stuff & I've not had that reaction from her since tiny, so I'm not too worried, I don't mind a bit of swearing, as she hears enough in the street, but is sensible & doesn't swear herself, tells others off if they do - haha - the odd sexual etc reference is okay, as she's not naive & old for her years generally, but Crickley Hall, which I had intended handing over to her as all through it was fine, up until the last couple of chapters when it suddenly got all hardcore S&M & peado