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Best Ghost Story Books You Should Enjoy

Here is a list of the best Ghost Story books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Ghost Story (2016)

 Best Ghost Story Books You Should EnjoyWhat was the worst thing you’ve ever done?   In the sleepy town of Milburn, New York, four old men gather to tell each other stories—some true, some made-up, all of them frightening. A simple pastime to divert themselves from their quiet lives.   But one story is coming back to haunt them and their small town. A tale of something they did long ago. A wicked mistake. A horrifying accident. And they are about to learn that no one can bury the past forever……
Author(s): Peter Straub

2. Ghost Story (Dresden Files) (2012)

 Best Ghost Story Books You Should EnjoyIn his life, Harry’s been shot, stabbed, sliced, beaten, burned, crushed, and tortured. And after someone puts a bullet through his chest and leaves him to die in the waters of Lake Michigan, things really start going downhill.Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save his friends and move on—a feat which would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows that roam Chicago, controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death.Now, the late Harry Dresden will have to…
Author(s): Jim Butcher

3. Country Stories of Ghosts and Bad Men (2015)

 Best Ghost Story Books You Should EnjoyWelcome to a place where wholesome farms hide family secrets, pastoral terrain serves as a sinister setting, and a cast of unusual and otherworldly characters play out a wide range of haunting tales. This is the imaginative world of Country Stories of Ghosts and Bad Men, a collection of short pieces penned by author Todd Curtis Narron, spanning the rural South, from the devastation of the Civil War to the bustling province of the 1980s. Here, you’ll meet a father whose grief over his fallen son drives him to incredible depths, you’ll experience the painful inequality suffered by particular social…
Author(s): Todd Curtis Narron , Blaire Narron, et al.

4. Japanese Ghost Stories (2019)

 Best Ghost Story Books You Should EnjoyIn this collection of classic ghost stories from Japan, beautiful princesses turn out to be frogs, paintings come alive, deadly spectral brides haunt the living, and a samurai delivers the baby of a Shinto goddess with mystical help. Here are all the phantoms and ghouls of Japanese folklore: “rokuro-kubi,” whose heads separate from their bodies at night; “jikininki,” or flesh-eating goblins; and terrifying faceless “mujina” who haunt lonely neighborhoods. Lafcadio Hearn, a master storyteller, drew on traditional Japanese folklore, infused with memories of his own haunted childhood in…
Author(s): Lafcadio Hearn, Paul Murray

5. True Ghost Stories for Kids: Fifty Spine-Tingling Ghostly Tales (2016)

 Best Ghost Story Books You Should EnjoyEveryone loves ghost stories but this book of true ghost stories is only for kids! Whether you’re huddled under the covers with a flashlight, camping out with your family or having a sleep-over with your friends you’ll get a shiver out of these spooky stories. True Ghost Stories for Kids, Fifty Spine-Tingling Ghostly Tales, is sure to give you goosebumps. These creepy tales include one about a haunted toy store, a stuffed animal that talks – and says things it shouldn’t say. There are stories about phantom ships, planes and buses and even one about angry birds – not the game – these…
Author(s): Barbara Smith

6. Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories (1984)

 Best Ghost Story Books You Should EnjoyWho better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl? Of the many permutations of the macabre or bizarre, Dahl was always especially fascinated by the classic ghost story. As he realtes in the erudite introduction to this volume, he read some 749 supernatural tales at the British Museum Library before selecting the 14 that comprise this anthology. “Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story,” Dahl writes. “It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts.” For this superbly…
Author(s): Roald Dahl

7. Campfire Stories for Kids: A Story Collection of Scary and Humorous Camp Fire Tales (2019)

 Best Ghost Story Books You Should EnjoyClassic campfire stories are those which have been passed down from generation to generation.This collection of twenty-one stories includes some urban legends, including the ghost of the bloody finger and the girl in the white dress. You’ll also find some new stories that will make you laugh out loud, or have you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering how it will end.Every one of these campfire stories and tales are great for: Laughter and being a little scared together are great way to bond together around the camp fire….
Author(s): Drake Quinn

8. True Ghost Stories: Real Police Ghost Stories: True Tales of the Paranormal as Told by Cops and Other Law Enforcement Officials (2017)

 Best Ghost Story Books You Should Enjoy“Police! Who goes there?” the cry goes out as a shaking torchlight illuminates a ghostly figure. The figure hangs for a moment then disappears and the officer is changed forever. Suddenly, a world that made sense has been turned upside down and the terrified family who first called the police remains uncomforted. This family is not alone though, for all over the world, police officers come in contact with the strange and the paranormal. If it were anyone else, we would dismiss these tales as falsehoods by most. But the people in these stories are not unreliable witnesses or fanciful con artists; they are the…
Author(s): Zachery Knowles

9. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World (2007)

 Best Ghost Story Books You Should EnjoyA National Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year It’s the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure-garbage removal, clean water, sewers-necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action-and ultimately solve the most pressing medical riddle of their time. In a triumph of multidisciplinary…
Author(s): Steven Johnson

10. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa (1999)

 Best Ghost Story Books You Should EnjoyIn the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million—all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation as a great humanitarian. Heroic efforts to expose these crimes eventually led to the first great human rights movement of the twentieth century, in which everyone from Mark Twain to the…
Author(s): Adam Hochschild

11. Took: A Ghost Story (2016)

 Best Ghost Story Books You Should Enjoy“Folks say Old Auntie takes a girl and keeps her fifty years—then lets her go and takes another one.”     Thirteen-year-old Daniel Anderson doesn’t believe Brody Mason’s crazy stories about the ghost witch who lives up on Brewster’s Hill with Bloody Bones, her man-eating razorback hog. He figures Brody’s probably just trying to scare him since he’s the new kid . . . a “stuck-up snot” from Connecticut. But Daniel’s seven-year-old sister Erica has become more and more withdrawn, talking to her lookalike doll. When she disappears into the…
Author(s): Mary Downing Hahn

Best Ghost Story Books You Should Enjoy

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some ghost story books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story

Author(s): Kate Summerscale
ID: 2751722, Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

Author(s): Gordon H. Chang
ID: 2366612, Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Year: 2019, Size: 28 Mb, Format: epub

Ghosts of Gold Mountain: the epic story of the Chinese who built the transcontinental railroad

Author(s): Central Pacific Railroad Company;Chang, Gordon H
ID: 2580077, Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt;HMH Books, Year: 2019, Size: 28 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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