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Creepy winter book inspiration please!

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MummRaaa Tue 10-Nov-15 21:56:07

Just finished The Ice Twins and am getting withdrawal symptoms - would love suggestions for similar please. I do love a good thriller/ghost story as the nights draw in. Some of my other favourites:

The Little Stranger
Fingersmith
Gone Girl
The Secret History
Midnight in Peking (okay technically non fiction)
Before I Go To Sleep

Any suggestions much appreciated, thanks!

DuchessofMalfi Wed 11-Nov-15 03:38:33

Two ghost/creepy stories for you -

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

tripfiction Wed 11-Nov-15 11:59:17

You can try Snowblind by Christopher Golden set in a very snowy New England.... a bit of winter chill and ghosts...

angemorange Wed 11-Nov-15 12:13:16

Loved The Winter Ghosts!

Also liked The Taxidermist's daughter - Kate Mosse.

TheWoodenSpoonOfMischief Wed 11-Nov-15 14:48:30

This House is Haunted by John Boyne was a creepy book.

mamadoc Wed 11-Nov-15 14:55:11

I like a lot of those books too.
Dark Matter is very good but be warned I found it terrifying and I don't think I am easily scared.
It's not gory just really, really creepy

hackmum Wed 11-Nov-15 16:36:39

Slade House - the new David Mitchell.

The Woman in White - absolute perfection for this time of year.

guest2013 Wed 18-Nov-15 11:00:29

I'm currently reading Harbour by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It's brilliant. He also wrote Let the Right One In which is very good (and creepy, if you like vampires) too.

I hated 'Harbour' but really liked, 'Let the Right One In.'

Hygge Thu 19-Nov-15 15:32:58

The Ritual by Adam Nevill. It's about a group of men hiking in the ancient forests of Sweden.

One of them is injured and they go off track, get lost, and slowly become aware that something is stalking them through the trees.

He has a book called Last Days as well, about a weird suicide cult being investigated by a TV documentary maker, who realises that the survivors are still being visited by those who died.

I love John Ajvide Lindqvist, really liked Harbour, there's a book of short stories as well, Let The Old Dreams Die, that's quite good. Odd, creepy stories.

Dunlurking Thu 19-Nov-15 16:02:05

I've just downloaded The Loney £2.99 on kindle - shortlisted for Costa debut novel prize this week. Think it's supposed to be gothic horror crosed with literary fiction. Would welcome some other readers to compare notes with on here afterwards if I make it through to the end

www.amazon.co.uk/The-Loney-Costa-Shortlisted-2015-ebook/dp/B00TONP6UI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

Hygge Thu 19-Nov-15 17:44:13

Thank you for sharing that Dunlurking, I've been watching and waiting for a price drop on that one. I've bought it now.

I'll compare notes once I've read it if you like smile

Dunlurking Thu 19-Nov-15 18:35:30

You're welcome Hygge. Shall we start a thread when we're done?

Hygge Thu 19-Nov-15 18:59:18

Yes, that would be good. I'm looking forward to starting it now.

Cedar03 Fri 20-Nov-15 10:22:05

M R James ghost stories are good.

Dunlurking Fri 20-Nov-15 10:39:01

You can get the M R James stories free on kindle as well - this one and part 2 have his famous ones www.amazon.co.uk/Ghost-Stories-Antiquary-Montague-Rhodes-ebook/dp/B0082T46NS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1448015708&sr=1-1&keywords=ghost+stories+of+an+antiquary

whippetwoman Fri 20-Nov-15 11:18:41

The Kate Mosse books are all Kindle daily deals today and are 1.99. There's a couple of winter ghost-type books there (I'm not a fan though, I have to say).

Also just picked up The Loney for my Kindle too!

tripfiction Fri 20-Nov-15 14:21:36

Just thought of another creepy winter read: The Silent Land by Graham Joyce, set in the Pyrenees, plenty of "Winter" feel there!! www.tripfiction.com/books/the-silent-land/

MrsUltra Fri 20-Nov-15 15:02:04

oooh, thanks for all these - now downloaded to the kindle! I was always a paperback girl, until my old kindle broke and I got a paperwhite, now I actually prefer reading on the kindle to reading a paperback.
(btw Love the b/w old film 'Night of the Demon' from an MR James story, and always wrap up Xmas pressies while watching it - well worth spending a rainy Sunday afternoon in December on it grin).

JoanGalt Fri 20-Nov-15 15:06:05

Another vote for the Woman in White.

It's so creepy and clever.

Hygge Fri 20-Nov-15 15:06:57

I liked The Silent Land tripfiction, I thought it was very good.

JesusInTheCabbageVan Fri 20-Nov-15 17:49:58

I came on to say Dark Matter too! Had to put it down in the evening for being too creepy, and that really does not happen to me often. Ever, in fact.

LumpySpacedPrincess Fri 20-Nov-15 20:06:46

Anything by Phil Rickman is great at this time of year.

Hygge Fri 20-Nov-15 20:37:00

Lumpy I am working my way through his Merrily Watkins books at the moment.

The first one wasn't his best, but they have been improving as I've gone on. I'm on number five (I think) at the moment. The Lamp of the Wicked. But I'm going to take a break when I've finished it to read The Loney.

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