October is in full swing, so it’s time for pumpkins, candy corn, and, most importantly ghost stories. We know you’re aware of the classics (Stephen King! Edgar Allan Poe! R. L. Stine!) so we’ve compiled a list of some haunted tales you might not have read yet, but are sure to spook. Browse the list and share your favorites with us on our Facebook page!
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
“Chilling….A powerful story of childhood friendship and sisterhood….Dark and compelling.” —BookPage
Jennifer McMahon is the New York Times bestselling author of the truly terrifying The Winter People, and her latest novel, The Night Sister does not disappoint. The story follows two sets of sisters whose lives are entwined with the Tower Motel, a once-thriving attraction in rural Vermont. Atmospheric, gripping, and full of suspense, The Night Sister probes the bond between sisters and the peril of keeping secrets.
“An excellent ghost story…magnificently eerie…compulsive reading.” —Evening Standard (London)
Susan Hill’s classic ghost story was made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe a few years ago, but don’t be fooled into thinking a book can’t frighten you like a film can. The Woman in Black tells the hair-raising story of a menacing specter haunting a remote country house in England. Psychologically terrifying and deliciously eerie, this novella is quick read that is sure to keep you from sleep long after you’ve finished reading.
“A treat to read.” —Daily Mail (London)
From the author of the excellent Pride and Prejudice-inspired Longbourn, The Telling is a ghost story of the most unusual kind. Thrilling and sometimes chilling, the novel tells the tale of two women, separated by almost two centuries, grappling with change. Although the horror of this novel is not as vivid as others on the list, this book will certainly haunt you.
Originally published in 1945, made into a movie in 1947, and later adapted as a television sitcom in 1968, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is not your average ghost story. Chronicling the relationship between a young widow and the ghost of a handsome sea captain, this charming and romantic tale explores how love can develop without boundaries, both in this life and beyond.
“Intense and savagely beautiful….The magic of this suburban-gothic literary thriller is the scale on which it’s done—small and absolutely terrifying.”—Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander
This modern retelling of Hamlet is a first-rate ghost story and coming-of-age tale wrapped up into a single book. Rosaura has always been told that her father shot himself, and she believed it until the day her father’s ghost appeared with warnings that her stepfather, Claude, cannot be trusted. Eerie and moving, you’ll root for Rosaura as she faces the truth behind the losses and the lies that have torn her life apart.
“Dark and deeply disturbing. Trust me—this tense and frightening piece of horror is not for kids—or for the faint of heart. I’m still shuddering.” —R. L. Stine
Deftly weaving together two complex and compelling narrators, S. L. Grey builds an intimate and chilling novel of a disintegrating marriage in the wake of a very real trauma. The Apartment is a terrifying and tour-de-force of horror, psychological thrills, and haunting suspense.