Favorite Ghost Books

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A Blessing on the Moon - When Chaim Skibelski is killed along with the other Jewish citizens of a small Polish town, his story is just beginning. Now a ghost, Chaim wanders the countryside, often accompanied by his rabbi, who has turned into a crow. He visits his home, now occupied by a Polish family whose dying daughter is the only one who can see him. He meets a talkative head that belongs to the soldier who may have shot him. He visits a grand hotel that caters to the dead with mysterious comforts--and helps two eccentric holy men search for the fallen moon. This afterlife is a remarkable journey, a long way from a peaceful eternity...and this stunning novel is one of the most highly praised and honored literary efforts of the year.

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A Stir of Echos: Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life, until a chance event awakened psychic abilities he never knew he possessed. Now he's hearing the private thoughts of the people around him--and learning shocking secrets he never wanted to know. But as Tom's existence becomes a waking nightmare, greater jolts are in store when he becomes the unwilling recipient of a compelling message from beyond the grave!

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ADIRONDACK GHOSTS presents stories of legendary haunts, spirited resorts, restaurants and museums where the departed continue making their presence known.

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Adams Fall - It's an especially bleak and gray October at the College, and the brooding protagonist of Adams Fall finds himself under the classic strains of first semester senior year-a thesis to write, grad schools and fellowships to apply for, a future to ponder, and a girlfriend to elude. A full, but manageable load for any bright-eyed, self-starting English honors student.

But our protagonist resides in Adams House's reportedly haunted B-entry where he becomes eerily attuned to its dark, gothic strength, creaking floorboards, and shadowy stairwell and tunnels. And when he finds himself the object of the house's sinister attentions, his world quickly begins to unravel. As his grades and aspirations slip, so slips his mind...

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American Nightmares : The Haunted House Formula in American Popular Fiction: Bailey traces the haunted house tale from its origins in English gothic fiction to the paperback potboilers of the present, highlighting the unique significance of the house in the domestic, economic, and social ideologies of our nation. In the hands of the best gothic writers, Bailey concludes, the haunted house has become a powerful and profoundly subversive symbol of everything that has gone nightmarishly awry in the American Dream.

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Angels and Apparitions: The great southern mansions have their secrets and this book delves into the legacies of family and local lore. There is a great mix of miracle stories with angels and ghost stories from the antebellum South. All seem true and research is good.

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Banshees, Bugles and Belles : True Ghost Stories of Georgia: Here are true stories from folks who did not much believe in ghosts until they met one. Confederate heroes who search for Yankees, southern belles who inspire poetry, and a Native American chieftain who strolls silently through hospital corridors; playful ghosts, spiteful ghosts, and twisted souls who prowl the dark night in graveyards, schools, restaurants, and homes.

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The Bell Witch: Known throughout Tennessee as "Old Kate," the Bell Witch took up residence with John Bell's family in 1818. It was a cruel and noisy spirit, given to rapping and gnawing sounds before it found its voices.

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The Bell Witch : The Full Account - After more than two decades of exhaustive research, author Pat Fitzhugh for the first time shares everything - the legend of the Bell Witch, the history of the Bell family and Robertson County, common myths about the legend, biographies of those who figured prominently into the legend, and discussions about how he reaching his own conclusion about the origin and purpose of this maligned entity known as the "Bell Witch." Backed by detailed footnotes, thought-provoking endnotes, and illustrative charts, Fitzhugh presents not only the legend, but also his findings of historical fact in this 406-page literary work.

From cover to cover, readers will delve into the terrifying occurrences that tormented the John Bell family and altered their lives forever as author Pat Fitzhugh brings this epic tale of terror on the early-American frontier to life in the most comprehensive account written to date.

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Best Ghost Stories of J.S. Lefanu - Le Fanu is a Victorian writer who, along with Edgar A. Poe before him, invented the unity of mood and economy of means that characterizes the modern horror short story. Jack Sullivan, in Horror Literature, maintains that "Le Fanu was more revolutionary than Poe, for he began the process of dismantling the Gothic props and placing the supernatural tale in everyday settings." These quietly elegant tales include a female vampire who predates Dracula, a vicar troubled by a spectral monkey, a cruel hanging judge who gets his due and many other fine portents and hauntings.

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Classic Victorian & Edwardian Ghost Stories

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Chicago Haunts : Ghostly Lore of the Midwest

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The Cold, Cold Hand : More Stories of Ghosts and Haunts from the Appalachian Foothills - This is a collection of authentic ghost stories and legends that will send shivers up and down the spine. Gathered from those who lived in the Appalachian foothills for generations, The Cold, Cold Hand is a sequel to the popular Ghosts and Haunts from the Appalachian Foothills.

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Collected Ghost Stories

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Five Mile House - A modern day mystery haunted by a 19th Century ghost. Eleanor Bly haunts Five Mile House, looking for someone to tell her story to. Jumping from a window to her death in 1889, Eleanor's soul is at unrest until the truth is told about her life and death. She finally finds Leslie, one hundred years later. Leslie bears an uncanny resemblance to Eleanor and is sympathetic if only because of the ghost she carries around herself...
In a moment of temporary insanity, Leslie shoots and kills the suspected perpetrator of a hideous child murder. When evidence is inconclusive, Leslie enters a severe depression and is temporarily institutionalized. When she is released from the hospital, her husband, in an effort to change their environment, takes his family to a small New England town to work on a mysterious restoration project of Five Mile House. It doesn't take long for them to hear about Eleanor, a 19th century madwoman who murdered her seven children in Five Mile House. Leslie becomes obsessed with Eleanor's story, suspecting that the truth may be different from the accepted myth. Wellington, locally known for its coven of wiccan followers, has many secrets of its own.

The stories of both women are told in parallel narratives until they converge at the very end. As frightening as it is suspenseful, Five Mile House is a classic page-turner, a haunted house story and also the story about the lengths a mother will go to in order to protect her children.

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The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton - One might not expect a woman of Edith Wharton's literary stature to be a believer of ghost stories, much less be frightened by them, but as she admits in her postscript to this spine-tingling collection, "...till I was twenty-seven or -eight, I could not sleep in the room with a book containing a ghost story." Once her fear was overcome, however, she took to writing tales of the supernatural for publication in the magazines of the day. These eleven finely wrought pieces showcase her mastery of the traditional New England ghost story and her fascination with spirits, hauntings, and other supernatural phenomena. Called "flawlessly eerie" by Ms. magazine, this collection includes "Pomegranate Seed," "The Eyes," "All Souls'," "The Looking Glass," and "The Triumph of Night."

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Ghostly American Places: A ghostly guide to America's most fascinating haunted landmarks

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Ghosts of Gettysburg: Spirits and haunted places of the battlefi.

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Grange House - Blake, who has a doctorate in Victorian literature, has plundered all the best elements of her favored genre: ghostly apparitions, shameful secrets glinting in the moonlight, an intelligent heroine who resists the plot threatening to be imposed on her life--that is, the marriage plot.

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The Green Man - We turn with delight to any book by Kingsley Amis. His mixture of humor, sex and suspense mark THE GREEN MAN. This sophisticated ghost story takes place in an English medieval coaching inn that has been converted into a first class restaurant called the Green Man. One of its features is a ghost who remains with you long after the book is completed.

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Haunted Heartland: True, flesh-tingling stories of supernatural places.

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Haunted Hotels: The author, Robin Mead, stayed in each of the hotels, and many times in the "haunted" rooms, gathering information about the history of the lodgings and the habits of the ghosts. Robin Mead, a well-known travel writer whose authored twenty-six books, contributes regularly to more than fifty newspapers and magazines, and has homes both in London and the United States. Having extensively researched these hotels and inns, Mead leaves the thrill of meeting these translucent guests up to you

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Haunted Houses of California: A Ghostly Guide

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Haunted Places: The National Directory : Ghostly Abodes, Sacred Sites, Ufo Landings, and Other Supernatural Locations

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Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has unnerved readers since its original publication in 1959. A tale of subtle, psychological terror, it has earned its place as one of the significant haunted house stories of the ages.

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Hell House: For over twenty years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of almost unimaginable horror and depravity. Two previous expeditions to investigate its secrets met with disaster, the participants destroyed by murder, suicide, or insanity.

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Historic Haunted America: Eyewitness accounts of North American Hauntings

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The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories - The first major collection of new and classic haunted-house tales by masters of the form. Vengeful ghosts and kind ones, violent poltergeists and innocent shades, phantasmal victims and evil specters with intentions ranging from the horrific to the erotic - spirits of every sort haunt the houses in this anthology of tales by such distinguished writers as Joan Aiken, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, L. P. Hartley, James Herbert, M. R. James, Ruth Rendell, Hugh Walpole, and Fay Weldon. As the ghosts in these masterfully haunting tales invade residences as grand as country mansions or as disconcertingly familiar as a city apartment, they also very craftily seduce - and chill - the reader's soul.

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Nightshade : 20th Century Ghost Stories - A riveting collection of spectral chills and ghostly tales by twenty-seven masters of twentieth-century literature. The phantasms, shades, and specters in this volume of ghost stories by contemporary writers like Alison Lurie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Joyce Carol Oates, and William Trevor as well as such modern literary giants as Henry James, Isak Dinesen, Franz Kafka, and Rudyard Kipling write letters, carry lanterns, ride bicycles, patrol halls, run motorboats, rake leaves, and deliver mail. They also inhabit dolls and sticks of furniture. Some of them merely haunt houses, while others invade the darkest corners of the soul. Throughout this expertly edited collection, a companion to Robert Phillips's equally successful anthology, the very popular Omnibus of 20th Century Ghost Stories, writers as distinctive of their decade as Edith Wharton and Muriel Spark or the incomparable Max Beerbohm and the up-and-coming Max Eberts explore the literary possibilities of the classic ghost story to deliver taut suspense, psychological terror, and eerie mystery. The irresistible mix of chills and artistry, of terror and genius, make every tale in this volume worth the visit.

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The Unburied - The Unburied is a novel of the night, walking in the midst of those most spooky ghosts, the ones we call up in answer to our fears. In the end, Palliser is as brave and generous as his central character, assuring us that we can survive without all those phantoms

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Polly's Ghost : A Novel - In life, Polly Baymiller was the breezy, good-looking mother of three improbable sets of twins. She laughed easily, shrugged off the envy of other women, and seemed to want no life other than the one she was living. In death, however, Polly's disembodied spirit shuttles between longing and detachment--not missing her other children much, or even her husband, but aching to touch her last-born, Tip, the boy she died giving birth to, and whom she never held.

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Season of the Witch - Troy Taylor has done a good job of telling this legend and providing interesting insights into what might have caused the Bell Witch to come about.

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Tamsin - In his long-awaited return to full-length fiction, Peter S. Beagle has crafted a beautiful modern-day ghost story that confirms his status as one of the world's most original and emotionally rewarding storytellers. Tamsin is a young woman who died over 300 years ago. Jennifer is a young American, transplanted to England by her mother's remarriage. They are two lonely souls, on opposite sides of life and death--a boundary they are both about to cross...

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The Walk In - From the author: The Walk-In was born during the early nineties, when working as a journalist I was sent out to report on a haunted factory. During the ongoing interview with the leader of a group of ghost busters, comissioned to rid the premises of the unwanted guests, I was told a story about a man that wanted so badly to die, that he virtually left his body and was taken over by the soul of another. Although I took this story with a grain of salt, the idea intrigued me enough that I sat down and jotted out a story line, and before I knew it, The Walk-In was in progress. My plan was to write a novel that would, from page one, draw the reader in, and keep him/her hooked till the last page. I believe I have achieved this. There is action of some sort on every page. Certain scenes are extremely graphic, and because of this, I was confronted with numerous requests to tone down the content. It seems censorship is alive and well in the world of literature. I refused to change the content, believing that my audience would be mature enough to handle the nature of the narrative and dialogue, but I did make one consession. I agreed to place a warning on the cover stating that the book contains scenes of graphic sexual violence and is intended for mature audiences only. I think it was Stephen King who said "If you can't scare 'em, gross 'em out!" well, dear reader, I present you with the what may well be the scariest and grossest novel on the market today. But don't be fooled into thinking this is all it contains. There is love, humor, and the obligatory fight against enormous evil. So, until we meet again, just remember - IT'S ONLY A STORY - OR IS IT?

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Whispered from the Grave : An Anthology of Ghostly Tales - Quietly echoing in a cold graveyard's breeze, the moaning wails of the dead, whispered from the grave to mortal ears with tales of desires unfulfilled, of dark vengeance, of sorrow and forgiveness and love beyond the grave. Fourteen writers spin their most frightening stories of ghosts and hauntings, each a terrifying voice from beyond, whispered from the grave. Includes tales by Edo van Belkom, Sue Burke, P.D. Cacek, Dominick Cancilla, Margaret L. Carter, Don D'Ammassa, D.G.K. Goldberg, Barry Hoffman, Tina Jens, Nancy Kilpatrick, Kyle Marffin, Julie Anne Parks, Rick R. Reed and David Silva.

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