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What are some of your favorite ghost books/series?
As October sneaks in bringing cooler temps, long shadows and a surge in all things paranormal, I find myself reaching for ghostly reads. What is it about a good ghost book that keeps me coming back for more? I always appreciate a good scare, and I love books that keep me on the edge of my seat.
I have compiled a list of ghostly reads that have given me the chills over the years and made me hesitant to turn out the lights. I don't know how I read many of those books while I was single and then turned in for the night!
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Here is my list of great ghostly books (click on covers for details):
I couldn't do a list of ghost books without including a few by Stephen King. King always manages to deliver a terrific, character driven book that will make you shudder. It is hard to pick a favorite, but if you pressed me, I would say IT.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Was one fantastic read. It was a scary good book, with a little bit of a twist. It delivers terrifying ghosts scenes, and it is heartbreaking. If you still have not read this one, do it!
This series has been on a hiatus while Ms. Stevens dealt with some personal tragedy, but I hear the next book is forthcoming. This is a fantastic series set down in the South with frightening ghosts and graveyards. What I love about the book is the information and detail on graveyards and cemetery restoration. I can't wait for more.
Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper Series by J.L. Bryan
I have become and an avid fan of this series over the last year. This is a series for all of you who love those real life ghost hunter shows. It features a female ghost hunter in haunted Savannah, searching out ghosts and uncovering their history. I love the history and all the scientific gadgets and gizmos in this series.
If you haven't experienced the brilliance of Ms Winters yet, drop everything and read one of these books. Both are set during 1918 when World War I was coming to an end, and while the Spanish Flu ravaged the country killing thousands. I love that both books sneaked in a paranormal twist when you weren't expecting it.
Shutter by Courtney Alameda
This was Ms. Alameda's debut novel. It features a group of teenage ghost hunters who have ties to the famed Van Helsing line. This is a book with plenty of ghosts, demons, and it ties in with Dracula. Loved this one!
The Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones
This is a series for those who like their ghost books on the lighter side. Charley Davidson is the grim reaper. She sees ghosts, and it is her job to help them cross over. Charley is always in a passel of trouble, and her boyfriend happens to be none other than Reyes Farrow, the son of Satan. This is a perennial favorite series of mine. Read it!
Finally, I have to close out my list with one of my all time favorites:
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
I fell in love with this story as a young girl, and it is the one I continue to reach for as each Halloween season creeps in. There is just something about the hapless Ichabod Crane confronting the demonic ghost of the Headless Horseman that draws me in. I love it! (You can get a Kindle copy for $.99).
If you have never read it, do it.
So there you have my list of favorite ghostly reads. I would love to hear your picks.
Next week's TMST question:
What are your favorite Vampire books?
Watch for Something Wicked Rises starting October 19th!