Fiction Ghost Books

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson wrote The Haunting of Hill House in 1959. It is brilliant, but don't take my word for it. In Danse Macabre, Stephen King lists it as one of the finest horror novels of the late 20th Century. According to the Wall Street Journal, it is "widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written."

The story centers around Doctor Montague, a scientist who hopes to find scientific evidence that the supernatural exists. To do so, he has rented the notoriously haunted Hill House for the summer and invited several guests who have a history of paranormal experiences. Only two, Eleanor and Theodora, accept. Also staying at the house is a young man named Luke, who will eventually inherit the house. The book documents the four people's paranormal experiences in the house. The book has been adapted to film twice, in 1963 and in 1999, under the title The Haunting.

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Although The Lovely Bones is not exactly about ghosts, it is about the afterlife. In the first chapter, fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon is raped, murdered and dismembered by her neighbor. The rest of the book, which is narrated by Susie, tells the story of what happens after the vicious crime. This is Sebold's first novel and the first of her books to be made into a movie, which was released in December 2009.

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Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

Second Glance has a great opening line, "Ross Wakeman succeeded the first time he killed himself, but not the second or the third. However, Ross is not a ghost in this book, he is a ghost hunter. A profession he chose in hopes to reconnect with the fiancé he lost eight years earlier. However, the plot of the novel actually centers around a land deal and a cold case murder from the 1930s.

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Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box is about a man who purchases a ghost over the Internet, which happens to arrive in a heart-shaped box. Although he thinks it is just a novelty, he soon learns (much to his dismay) that he has bought the real thing.

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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

This is Audrey Niffenegger's second book, the first being the celebrated Time Traveler's Wife. Her second novel is about two American girls who move into their aunt's apartment after she passes away. The apartment happens to be right next to a cemetery and haunted by the aunt's ghost.

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