Haunted Houses

It’s week 4 in our themed month of spooky book recommendations–Vampires and Witches and Zombies, Oh My!–this week we’ll explore some haunted houses.

Top 3 Haunted House Novels:

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson The story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting;’ Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers–and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem, Meddling Kids subverts teen detective archetypes like the Hardy Boys, the Famous Five, and Scooby-Doo, and delivers an exuberant and wickedly entertaining celebration of horror, love, friendship, and many-tentacled, interdimensional demon spawn. (A haunted house is just one facet of this nostalgic wonder.)

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix After strange things start happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, three employees volunteer to work an overnight shift to investigate, but what they discover is more horrifying than they could have imagined. (Not quite a haunted house but a haunted Ikea-type furniture store.)

We’ll finish up next week with zombies!

Ghost Stories & Possession Novels

Over the course of October, and our 5 weeks of themed reader’s advisory–Witches and Vampires and Zombies, Oh My!–I have lots of “spooky” reads to recommend, however this week’s novels are just plain scary. Beware gentle reader!

Top 3 Ghost Stories & Possession Novels:

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill Middle-aged rock star Judas Coyne collects morbid curios for fun, so doesn’t think twice about buying a suit advertised at an online auction site as haunted by its dead owner’s ghost. Only after it arrives does Judas discover that the suit belonged to Craddock McDermott, the stepfather of one of Coyne’s discarded groupies, and that the old man’s ghost is a malignant spirit determined to kill Judas in revenge for his stepdaughter’s suicide. 

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix 1988. Charleston, South Carolina. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act–different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries–and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty A young girl becomes possessed by the devil and causes several violent deaths before she can be cured.

Next week we’ll showcase some titles you can really sink your teeth into. *hint, hint*