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Recommendations for a good haunted house story please.

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TheWoodenSpoonOfMischief Fri 11-Mar-16 17:17:58

I do enjoy a good story about hauntings.
Ones that I've read are
Naomi's room
The little stranger
Bag of bones
This house is haunted.

Any other good ones out there?

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Quogwinkle Fri 11-Mar-16 18:29:33

Have you read The Woman in Black by Susan Hill?

DH loves a good ghost story - The Secrets of Crickley Hall was one he really enjoyed.

TheWoodenSpoonOfMischief Fri 11-Mar-16 18:46:54

Oh yes sorry - I've read woman in black too.
I've seen Secrets of Crickley Hall but not read it. Thanks.

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tripfiction Sat 12-Mar-16 18:17:08

Try Peter James - The House on Cold Hill (we were lucky enough to get an author interview + review on this link:

AnneSansTete Sat 12-Mar-16 18:24:48

Have you read Dark Matter? Not a haunted house but a proper terrifying ghost story.

LazyCake Tue 15-Mar-16 00:57:07

I have enjoyed the Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories. Quite a few of the stories are set in spooky old houses!

theforceisbroken Wed 16-Mar-16 16:38:19

Is Dark Matter the one set in the antarctic? If so, I completely second that -- one of the few books that I saved for the bus, rather than reading it in bed, with the dark....

lorelei9 Wed 16-Mar-16 18:46:25

Ghosts generally or house in particular?

Neil Spring, The Ghost Hunters - set in Borley Rectory, nothing like the TV adaptation (though that was good in a different way)

Jonathan Aycliffe, Silence of Ghosts

Susan Hill, the small hand, the man in the picture

For shorter ones, Louise Welsh - a face at the window

Tales from the dead of night

lorelei9 Wed 16-Mar-16 18:48:11

Forgot to say, currently reading The Haunting of Hill House, if it's good, I will report back.

TheHiphopopotamus Sun 20-Mar-16 10:07:13

I second the Johnathan Aycliffe books, anything by him in fact. They're good, solid, traditional ghost stories.

Also, one of my favourite ghost /haunted house books is The House of Lost Souls by FG Cottam. Seriously creepy.

cdtaylornats Sun 20-Mar-16 11:43:01

Jonathan Strouds series Lockwood & Co. should amuse you.

TheWoodenSpoonOfMischief Sun 20-Mar-16 12:50:30

Thanks everyone. They all sound really good.

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Hygge Thu 24-Mar-16 07:19:19

I'll second the FG Cottam recommendation and suggest The Waiting Room by the same author.

It's on a similar theme but set around an abandoned railway station on private land, with the family who own the land becoming concerned and afraid about the odd lights, noises and WW2 songs they hear coming from it.

I like all of FG Cottam's books actually, he has a kind of old fashioned style about his writing that just adds to the creepiness of his stories.

I enjoyed Dark Echo (about a haunted/cursed boat), The Lazarus Prophecy, and The Magdalena Curse too. He's definitely an author worth looking up if you haven't read his books already.

I'd also suggest Last Days by Adam Nevill, which is about a small TV production company trying to make a documentary about a cult which had some fame in the sixties, but the ex-members are either too afraid to talk or they die soon afterwards, often claiming to have been visited by 'old friends' from the cult first. These old friends are people who died years earlier in a suicide pact. It's not exactly a haunted house book, but they do have to visit the houses the cult owned and occupied, and there are some very creepy moments in all of these houses, so I think you might like it.

He also wrote The Ritual, which is about a group of hikers in Sweden, who get lost and realise something is stalking them through the woods. There are quite a few 'Blair Witch' type moments and it's quite atmospheric. He's written a couple of others, including one set in the home of a famous taxidermist, with lots of scenes with dolls and stuffed creatures, but personally I didn't like it or the other one, which I think was set in a haunted apartment. He's a kind of all or nothing author for me, I either love the book and can't put it down, or I hate it and can't finish it.

I like The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons. It's not a typical haunted house book but there's something wrong with the house that affects everyone who lives in or near it.

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