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Twang Mon 30-Dec-13 22:17:00

Does anyone have any good recommendations for proper scary ghost stories? I'm talking about old-fashioned spooky ones as opposed to horror stories. I am a fan of M R James if that helps!

BeerTricksPotter Mon 30-Dec-13 22:27:12

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Beechview Tue 31-Dec-13 12:13:27

I quite enjoyed the following

and I've got this to read on recommendation

ChillieJeanie Tue 31-Dec-13 15:15:02

If you haven't read The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, you really must. And MR James was brilliant.

TheBunsOfPanettone Tue 31-Dec-13 19:59:00

There is a very scary ghost story (at least I thought so when I read it a long while ago!) in a Gerald Durrell collection called The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium. I must track it down and re-read it one of these days.

YY to The Woman in Black!

LordEmsworth Tue 31-Dec-13 20:09:27

I really like Jonathan Aycliffe. He is a bit horror-ific but really creates the atmosphere...

Twang Wed 01-Jan-14 10:50:05

Thanks for the suggestions, will give them a try! And yes, I loved The Woman in Black! !

drudgewithagrudge Wed 01-Jan-14 15:26:14

I can recommend The Virago Book of Ghost Stories. There are some spinechilling goodies in it. Not to be read at night.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Fri 03-Jan-14 14:17:24

Also the Penguin Book of Ghost Stories, some good/scary ones in there.

Caitlin17 Fri 03-Jan-14 17:45:48

The Virago collections, there are 2 and The Oxford collections . One is the Oxford book of Victorian ghost stories and the other The Oxford Book of English Ghost stories.

Edith Nesbit wrote some terrific ghost stories and there are also the Benson brothers A C and E F.

Edith Wharton wrote very subtle ghost stories, some of which are just a bit too subtle.

Peter Straub's Ghost Story isn't actually a ghost story but is very scary.

nobodysbaby Thu 23-Jan-14 20:54:09

Adam Nevill is brilliant. Also second Ramsey Campbell,try Alone With the Horrors or Told by the Dead.

Dapplegrey Thu 23-Jan-14 20:58:19

Hmmm...... I think The Monkey's Paw by W.W.Jacobs very spooky, though I'm not sure if it's a ghost story or a horror story.

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Thu 23-Jan-14 21:00:10

Try Phil Rickman, spine tingling stuff that's incredibly well written. He has a long standing series based on a female deliverance priest (exercist)

The first book is The Wine of Angels. He makes orchards really really spooky. grin

BringBackBod Sat 25-Jan-14 15:52:03

Sheridan Le Fanu. A selection of short stories written in 1872, called In a Glass Darkly.
I would recommend it.

spabbygirl Mon 27-Jan-14 19:03:02

I loved 'The Ghost House,' by Helen Phifer. loads of my friends did too. Its got a fab old house, some really spooky spooks, murder and just a smidgen of romance. It moved me and I couldn't forget it for a few weeks. It isn't horror, I don't like that, more like a contemporary ghost story that M R James would have approved of.


SarahAndFuckTheResolutions Mon 27-Jan-14 19:32:25

Not ghost stories as such (not all of them anyway) but Robert Shearman has written some good collections of short stories that just feel 'wrong'.

If you have read Joe Hill's 20th Century Ghosts and liked it then you will probably like the RS collections. Tiny Deaths is my favourite.

Suzietwo Sun 09-Feb-14 17:53:48

Guy de Maupassant wrote some cracking short horror stories

jimjamspam Tue 11-Feb-14 12:16:49

Three Winter Ghosts:
Only 99p on kindle atm

The Girl on the Landing

Aliama Tue 11-Feb-14 19:13:18

The little Stranger, by Sarah Waters (try affinity, as well)
Dark Matter, by Michelle Paver (highly recommend)
Heart Shaped Box, by Joe Hill

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