Looking for a good, scary, absorbing thoroughly excellent ghost story

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Looking for a good, scary, absorbing thoroughly excellent ghost story

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Mar 16, 2013, 3:43pm

Love them. A while back I read The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. Loved it. Then I read The Woman in Black. I love anything set in England. Any suggestions? I find I want something RIGHT AWAY. Trolling Amazon.

Thanks in advance, if anyone answers.

Mar 28, 2013, 7:21am

Dear Dene,
I decided to reply to your post. Not because I have some new novels set in England, but because it seems that nobody is interested in this type of reading here. Why? However, although not set in England but in the Mediterranean, the stories that I found and that I proposed in my post, really belong to the classic English tradition of Walpole and his CASTLE OF OTRANTO, which was set in Apulia. If you're interested in this I will be happy if you decide to read it so that we could talk about it.

Mar 28, 2013, 5:46pm

Try exploring Susan Hill's other ghost stories. For me, nothing quite reaches the heights of Woman in Black, but they're always engaging - maybe start with The Man in the Picture (my second favourite).

I'm assuming you've already hit up all of M R James, but Dickens, Le Fanu and Elizabeth Gaskill are often overlooked. Bram Stoker's non-Dracula stuff is chilling too. You're mainly looking at short stories all round, due to the nature of the genre.

For something more modern, try Jeremy Dyson's The Haunted Book (though I don't care for his other stories, it felt to me like he really hit his stride here).

Mar 28, 2013, 6:47pm

I'm mostly into older, Victorian ghost stories, my favourite being The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, but a fairly recent book I enjoyed was Naomi's Room, which quite a few other LT members have liked. The ending is pretty stark although it's quite a chiller.

The following group is a lot more active and may have more suggestions:


Jun 28, 2013, 10:10am

I also love a good ghost story and prefer English settings. I'll keep an eye on this thread for suggestions.

Edited: Jun 28, 2013, 12:04pm

I think The ghosts of Sleath is pretty good (and it's set in England).

Aug 3, 2013, 4:19am

Couldn't agree more, The Little Stranger was excellent, also Naomi's Room. Jonathan Aycliffe is such a good writer. You might like to try The Vanishment,Whispers in the Dark and A Garden Lost in Time by the same author and with English settings. John Blackburn is also worth a read, although set in modern times, his Children of the Night, For Fear of Little Men and Our Lady of Pain are quite Scary.