Since Halloween is coming up this week… how could I resist doing an If You Like about ghost stories? As you know, I’m rather devoted to the genre. (They go so well with a rainy afternoon and a hot cup of tea.) Some of these on this list are old friends, while others are new discoveries.
If you like ghost stories, you’ll probably like….
— John Boyne’s This House is Haunted, a classic, Victorian-set ghost story about a governess who finds that her new post is somewhat more than expected;
— Susan Hill’s incredibly creepy The Woman in Black, also in the classic tradition;
— John Harwood’s The Ghost Writer, a twisty, turny, literary ghost story with a bit of the modern and a bit of the late Victorian;
— Shirley Jackson’s classic The Haunting of Hill House (is it a ghost? or is it a mental breakdown?);
— Susanna Kearsley’s The Shadowy Horses, which has a ghost component to it (this is something of a friendly ghost);
Do you have any good ghost stories to recommend? There’s a new Simone St. James, Silence for the Dead, coming out in April, but anything to tide me over until then would be much appreciated….
Happy Halloween, all!