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Old 04-07-2010, 07:22 PM   #1
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Haunted house stories

At the moment I feel like reading a good haunted house novel, the problem is that I can't find any that appeals to me as ebook (my wishlist for pbooks, however has grown in the last hour of searching).

I think I've read (or dismissed) most classic haunted house stories; Shirley Jackson, MR James, William Hope Hodgson, Poe, etc.

I like the old fashion type stories but I also like full blown horror and true ghost stories or "based on true events" type novels or those set in hospitals/mental asylums. In my search I dismissed most I found because they have (half) naked people on the cover and those types of story lines I'm not insterested in.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-10-2010, 05:20 PM   #2
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Hell House by Richard Matheson
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
The Shining by Steven King
Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker
The House by Bentley Little
The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddon
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:50 PM   #3
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Thanks!

Some of them I've already read but are worth a reread. The other are added to my wishlist.

I like House of Leaves, took me a while to finish, but I don't think it will be a very hard/impossible novel to convert to ebook!
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I haven't read it, but was recently very impressed by another by the same author: "Hideaway Hospital Murders" by Robert Burton Robinson. This is creative commons, available on manybooks. I'm assuming it's set in a hospital from the title! Have it on my long TBR list.
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:29 PM   #5
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This is probably too mild for you, but who knows? (it's more a character drama with a haunting): "The little stranger" by Sarah Waters.
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A classic of that genre would of course be Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw". You should certainly read that.
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:17 PM   #7
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This is probably too mild for you, but who knows? (it's more a character drama with a haunting): "The little stranger" by Sarah Waters.
Thanks, it looks interesting so I put it on my wishlist. Mild doesn't mean I won't like it. I find that mixed-genre books are often very interesting and a lot of the times I like them better than many gory horror novels.

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A classic of that genre would of course be Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw". You should certainly read that.
I read it in secondary school but I didn't really get the end iirc. I've been planning to dig the pbook out and reread it, but I've got so many new and unread books on my TBR list at the moment that I haven't gotten to it yet.

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Old 04-12-2010, 09:55 PM   #8
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You might look at Joe Hill's book 20th Century Ghosts
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A classic of that genre would of course be Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw". You should certainly read that.
You can find it at Project Gutenberg.

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http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/209
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I don't need to read about haunted houses... I've already lived in one...

OK, so it wasn't haunted by evil spirits, just a nice old lady in a wheelchair... She looked out for my kids, while we were there... My daughter talked about her the most.

When I first sensed her there, I just mentioned to the kids, that she was there to look after us... They were never afraid of her.

Several people died, when they tore the house down a few years later..
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I would recommend you very good anthology of Victorian novels, "Not only Holmes" but, unfortunately, it's in Russian. http://www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id...&img=1 # pages
Nevertheless, in the content lists there are such authors as Mrs. Henry Wood, Grant Allen, KL Pirkis, Israel Zangwill, Arturm Morrison, Fergus Hume, LT Meade and Robert Eustace, Mary F. Wilkins, FM Scheele, Robert W. Chambers, Melville Davisson Post, M. McDonnell Bodkin, Guy Boothby, E.U. Hornung, Clarence Rook, Victor L. Whitechurch, Baroness Orczy, Jacques Fatrell, R. Austin Freeman, WH Hodgson, Arthur B. Reeve, Ernest Bramah, Anna Katherine Green.

Would like to read in the original (too).
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I would recommend you very good anthology of Victorian novels, "Not only Holmes" but, unfortunately, it's in Russian. http://www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id...&img=1 # pages
I love Victorian horrors! Mostly because of the atmosphere created in those novels. So I'm certainly going to see if I can find works by those authors when I have time.
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I love Victorian horrors! Mostly because of the atmosphere created in those novels. So I'm certainly going to see if I can find works by those authors when I have time.
Very well understand you)) Hope that soon this book to be translated into English. It's worth it.

Now I can offer you the article of this author. He was not only the sherlockian, but also ripperologist.

http://www.casebook.org/suspects/vassily.html

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I don't need to read about haunted houses... I've already lived in one...

OK, so it wasn't haunted by evil spirits, just a nice old lady in a wheelchair... She looked out for my kids, while we were there... My daughter talked about her the most.

When I first sensed her there, I just mentioned to the kids, that she was there to look after us... They were never afraid of her.

Several people died, when they tore the house down a few years later..
What a splendid story! I'm just envious. You can add something else?
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Yes... In the main bedroom there was a button she could press, which would start a red light in the kitchen blinking (on/off). The light came on randomly.. We had it checked out, but it wasn't even connected anymore.

She spent most of her time with my daughter... My son never noticed her, but my gsd x, Schaefer, was very unsettled in the beginning... Then even he started to accept the fact, that we were living with a ghost, but he did prefer to be outside.

We only lived in the house for 6 months, before it got demolished. It was on a 2 acres block, and developers wanted to build unit on it.
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