Five Favorite Haunting Reads

Haunting Reads.png

As Halloween draws near and I continue to read some darker titles, I thought it might be fun to share five of my favorite horror/ghost stories. I am always drawn to darker tales of the unknown and fascinated with the possibilities of the paranormal. I enjoy nothing more than a good excuse to dim the lights and curl up with a spooky read. I truly live to torture myself.

devilThe Devil Crept In
By Ania Ahlborn

goodreads-badge-add-plus

Synopsis:

Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen…the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.

Scare factor: Untitled design (1)Untitled design (1)Untitled design (1)Untitled design (1)

The Devil Crept In works its way into your psych as you slowly try to unravel what is happening within Ahlborn’s clever use of narration. The end result is an accumulation of mystery and the unexpected that leaves you shocked and disturbed. 

 

19581Ghost Story
By Peter Straub

goodreads-badge-add-plus

Synopsis:

In life, not every sin goes unpunished.

GHOST STORY

For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past — and get away with murder.

Scare Factor:Untitled design (1) Untitled design (1)Untitled design (1)Untitled design (1)

Quite possibly one of the most haunting tales I have ever experienced, Ghost Story set the bar in the genre and seems to define the supernatural. But there is a lot more happening beneath the surface of this complex, beautifully written story that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Things are not what they seem.

 

11588The Shining
By Stephen King

goodreads-badge-add-plus

Synopsis:

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Scare Factor: Untitled design (1)Untitled design (1)Untitled design (1)Untitled design (1)Untitled design (1)

The Shining is an annual read for me. An atmospheric story of the possible and seemingly impossible that utterly terrifies me. The elements of isolation, paranormal and a psychotic breakdown come together to deliver a truly psychological and unsettling experience. Room 237 still  haunts my nightmares.

 

womaninblackThe Woman in Black
By Susan Hill

goodreads-badge-add-plus

Synopsis:

Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again; he also hears the terrifying sounds on the marsh.

Despite Kipps’s experiences he resolves to spend the night at the house and fulfil his professional duty. It is this night at Eel Marsh House that contains the greatest horror for Kipps. Kipps later discovers the reasons behind the hauntings at Eel Marsh House. The book ends with the woman in black exacting a final, terrible revenge.

Scare Factor: Untitled design (1)Untitled design (1)Untitled design (1)

While not as terrifying as some ghost stories, The Woman in Black still warrants a spot among my favorites. Told with an air of authenticity and almost poetic prose that transports the reader back to the 19th century, brilliant narration offers one of the most chilling tales of revenge I have encountered. Recommend reading with the lights out!

 

lettherightoneinLet The Right One In
By John Ajvide Lindvist

goodreads-badge-add-plus

Synopsis:

It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last—revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.

But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door—a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night….

Scare Factor: Untitled design (1)Untitled design (1)Untitled design (1)Untitled design (1)

Let The Right One In creeps me out. This is a prime example of vampires written horrifyingly well. A slow burn read that crawled under my skin and remained there long after I completed the last page. It is worth noting the original film does not disappoint (but I still favor the book).

What’s on your October reading List?

Do you enjoy picking up a few ghost stories and darker reads? Have you read any of the above? I would love to know which stories managed to haunt you the most. Leave a few of your favorites in the comments!

Connect With Me: FacebookTwitterTumblr and Instagram

 

53 thoughts on “Five Favorite Haunting Reads

    1. Let the Right One In is definitely a creepy read! I have a review, but opted not to link them for the post. Maybe I should have? I wanted to keep it light though. I totally understand about not being a huge fan of the scarier stories. I am not sure why I have always been a sucker for them 😉

      Liked by 1 person

        1. I get that. The paranormal aspect is definitely interesting but horror can be hit or miss for me depending on how it is done. These authors happen to be some of my faves ❤ Do you have a favorite paranormal book you recommend?

          Like

          1. I’ve enjoyed books by J.R Rain like the Vampire For Hire series and the Jim Knighthorse books , The Witches of Doyle by Kirsten Weiss and her Riga Hayworth paranormal detective series. I also read The Heretic by Joseph Nassise, it mixed the Knights Templar (which fascinate me) with necromancy. I’ve enjoyed books by Melissa Haag – her Judgement series and India R Adams – books like Wolf & Me and Rain. The last book with a strong paranormal themes was Divinity And The Python by Bonnie Randall – a romantic suspense but great if you are into the Tarot.

            Liked by 1 person

  1. Danielle!!! those ghosts are so friggin cute! haha! but The Devil Crept In scares the bejesus outta me, can’t do it. I really want to read a Stephen King novel but The Shining would keep me up all night so I’m giving Sleeping Beauties a go lol. This list really is spooktastic! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

          1. sounds good to me & as for Koontz, i outgrew his books way too early *covers eyes in shame* I was the kid in 4th & 6th grade reading grown up adult books I had no business reading. I was obsessed with Koontz & Grisham smh lol. I think I went overboard with those 2 and now I can’t get into their books 😦

            Liked by 1 person

  2. The Shining is a wonderful book and movie too, though of course, the book is better. As is The Woman in Black, it’s not really ‘scary’ but it’s very atmospheric and a great read, quality film too.😀

    Haven’t read Let The Right One In but really like the film, the original subtitled version is far better than the Yanky remake, I think anyway, there’s just something about it that feels right whereas the remake is more commercial.

    Haven’t read the other books so can’t comment on them.😂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I enjoyed the Shining film and was quite shocked to read of King’s disappointment in it. But I am a Kubrick fan 😉 Agree about The Woman in Black also. It is all about the atmosphere. I think Let The Right One In is single handedly the best vampire book I have ever encounter. Prefer the original film also as mentioned 🙂 Ghost Story is a classic. The film is rather dated though so maybe pass.. although I like old films. And as far as Ania’s work, I recommend any of it. She is bloody brilliant!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Ooo for once I’ve read most of the above 😛 ‘The Shining’ was the first ‘grown up’ book I ever read. My grandad handed it to me when I was 12 and said “Here, you might like this!”. I was a little traumatized afterwards but I still loved it. I keep seeing it in the bookstore and I really want to buy it and reread it 12 years on, see how my reaction to it changes!
    I’m pretty sure I’ve told you the tale about my reading of ‘The Woman in Black’ ;P It’s been years since I read ‘Let the right one in’, but I really enjoyed that too. The copy I read was actually my nan’s but she claimed she couldn’t read it because it was translated and “you can tell”…I got a free book out of it so I can’t complain 😛
    Great choices!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That is so odd about noting translation issues in “Let the Right One In”. I am not sure I ever would have known it was translated without knowing the origins. It read very smoothly I thought 🙂 Yeah, the Shining haha. I think I was actually the same age. I was forbidden to read King and snuck this from the library and hid it (along with Amittyville) under my mattress each night until I finished it. Nightmares galore haha.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I thought so too. I wouldn’t have been able to notice! My nan is very picky when it comes to books, though. It’s not really a book I could imagine her reading anyway 😛
        Haha that’s pretty badass, to be fair 😛 I can see why you were forbidden from reading King, though. Some scenes in books are a bit…erm…intense!
        I’m reading the Amityville Horror at the moment, incidentally. I was hoping to have a review up by Halloween but I’m a bit behind schedule. I think what makes it scarier is that it’s based on ‘true’ events!

        Liked by 1 person

        1. I am fascinated with Amityville. I have read the book and many articles. Not to mentioned watched countless documentaries. I am also a huge fan of Lorraine Warren (the demonologist) who explored the events afterward. My mother has driven past the home a few times, as we lived not too far away when I was very small. It is interesting to say the least 😉 I hope you are enjoying it!

          Liked by 1 person

          1. It’s fascinating, isn’t it? Did the events that apparently plagued the house start after Ronald DeFeo killed his family, or were the entities behind it the cause? Also, don’t the current owners claim that nothing has ever happened to them in the house? It’s something I’d definitely like to read more on.
            That’s so awesome that you used to live near the house! Was there much local hype about it or did people try to play it down? I know that kind of attention can have a negative impact upon places.

            Like

  4. Amazing post! I love how everyone’s gushing over their scary reads this October (it warms my Halloween-y heart!) and to see so many interesting titles showcased 🙂
    I haven’t read any of these but I’ve heard about them enough to know they are positively terrifying!
    Also, I absolutely adore the Scare Factor and the little ghosts ❤ They fit in super well with the theme ^^

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I love the movie of Ghost Story. It has Fred Astaire in it. I want to read Dr. Sleep and someone told me that if you have watched The Shining it isn’t necessary to read it first. I am going to give that theory a try sometime. I also still need to read Let the Right One In! 👻

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I really enjoyed the film for Ghost Story as well! I was stoked to find it on demand after I read the book. I am a sucker for the classics 😉

      I think you could certainly pick up Dr Sleep after having watched the film adaptation of the Shining, but I would not personally recommend it. The book gives you a bit more of the family history which I feel plays into Danny’s story (Dr. Sleep) much more. Plus, the Shining is one of King’s finest so it is a shame to miss it 😉 Dr Sleep is a great read though! I could not put it down 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Excellent list! I still remember your review for some of these and I still plan on checking them out some day, especially those last 3 books hahah I might have to look into those first 2 though! Ghost Story sounds amazing!! They all sound perfect for this time of the year, or whenever I’m in the mood for scary stuff too!! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Well, the Shining remains a classic, of course 🙂 but if it was my way, I would include more of Stephen King into such lists 😀 actually… make it mostly Stephen King? LOL
    I know it’s not haunting, but it’s the same theme – I have read Library At Mount Char lately and LOVED IT. You should look it up. I was so completely blown away by that book! It’s like Neil Gaiman + Stephen King. Totally amazing!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Love this post!! And your scare factor!! Honestly, this has reminded me I need to read the Shining, Let the Right One in and Woman in Black… when I’m not being such a chicken 😉 And I definitely want to check out the devil crept in and ghost story too!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s