A Spine-Tingling Reading List of Haunted House Novels

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I thought this list might be of interest. I personally wouldn’t classify The Little Stranger as spine chilling, but as I mentioned on my review, “You Should Have Left” was quiet good!

Would love to try Elementals and The Stopped Heart on this list.

Have you read any of those?

Claire Fuller

Creepy house at dusk with lights lit
Photo by Ján Jakub Naništa on Unsplash
This article was first published on Electric Lit.

I grew up reading ghost stories — M.R. James, Edgar Allan Poe — and loved watching the ghost story dramas that were on television every Christmas. I’ve always enjoyed being frightened, to feel that surge of adrenaline when I’m doing no more than curling up on my sofa or in my bed. It’s a natural high without any serious consequences.

Haunted house stories bring that feeling of uncertainty or terror home. If you’re indoors when you’re reading a novel with a haunted house at its center, the room you’re in, its uncurtained windows and dark corners, will still be there when you put the book down, and so the thrill continues. And your own house doesn’t have to be a gothic mansion with turrets and secret staircases to be scary. Ordinary houses and apartments all have their own peculiarities…

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