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Best Haunting Books That Will Hook You

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Haunting books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics) (2006)

Best Haunting Books That Will Hook YouFirst published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But…
Author(s): Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller

2. The Halloween Haunting: A Cozy Mystery (A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery) (2019)

Best Haunting Books That Will Hook YouIf you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this cozy mystery series.In book 7, Tess and Brady are planning a haunted house fundraiser so they can expand the shelter to include a top of the art training facility as well as a permanent residence for hard to place animals. During the decorating party they find a skeleton – a real skeleton – hidden behind a false wall in the attic. They turn the skeleton over to Mike but once they do everything starts going wrong and Tess wonders if they haven’t somehow…
Author(s): Kathi Daley

3. Haunting Charlie: Witches of Palmetto Point (2017)

Best Haunting Books That Will Hook YouPraise for Haunting Charlie:”I just couldn’t put your book down!” ~Teresa A. “If I hadn’t had to get up early this morning, I would have stayed up last night until I finished it!” ~W.Landes.”Scary in all the best ways.” ~ Peggy H. All Charlie Payne wants is to lead a normal life and to be a good mom. But Charlie’s not normal. She’s from a long line of witches and she can see the dead. Susan Tate has inherited a beautiful old southern mansion on the coast. Unfortunately, the property came with a million necessary repairs. And ghosts. When Charlie meets Susan, the woman is…
Author(s): Wendy Wang

4. The Haunting of Ashburn House (2016)

Best Haunting Books That Will Hook YouThe ancient building has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Its owner, Edith, refused to let guests inside and rarely visited the nearby town.Following Edith’s death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property. Adrienne’s only possessions are a suitcase of luggage, twenty dollars, and her pet cat. Ashburn House is a lifeline she can’t afford to refuse.Adrienne doesn’t believe in ghosts, but it’s hard to ignore the unease that grows as she explores her new home. Strange messages have been etched into the wallpaper, an old grave is hidden…
Author(s): Darcy Coates

5. Grayson Manor Haunting (Addison Lockhart) (2013)

Best Haunting Books That Will Hook You"This book is like a great roller coaster. It takes you on a wild ride!" – Warren A. Lewis – Amazon Top Fiction Contributor    For Addison, it seems like she's finally found the house of her dreams, until the spirit of Roxanne Rafferty comes to call. Who is Roxanne, why is she haunting Grayson Manor, and how will Addison's connection reveal a secret to her own past that she thought no longer existed? If you enjoy a mystery with a supernatural twist, you'll enjoy this fast-paced, bestselling series written by a New York Times bestselling…
Author(s): Cheryl Bradshaw

6. The Haunting of Riley Watson (A Riveting Haunted House Mystery Series) (2019)

Best Haunting Books That Will Hook YouTrapped in a haunted ski lodge by the season’s worst snowstorm, Lucia deals with the consequences of a mysterious murder.When Lucia Star, a fake psychic and desperate for cash, takes a job at a ski lodge in the mountains of Vermont, she ends up in the middle of a real-life haunting. Soon, the ghosts are out in full force, and Lucia is stunned to discover she’s one of only two people who can communicate with them. Can Lucia give the spirits what they want?…
Author(s): Alexandria Clarke

7. The Haunting of Bechdel Mansion (A Riveting Haunted House Mystery Series) (2019)

Best Haunting Books That Will Hook YouA paranormal phenomenon, a mysterious curse, and an unsolved murder forty years in the making.A young couple move into their dream home only to find a dark presence lurking from within. For Curtis and Mary, the small town of Redwood, Indiana seems too good to be true. Everything is perfect, including the Victorian mansion they purchased at a great price. But they soon experience terrifying supernatural encounters tied to the deadly secrets of an unsolved mass murder. Can they solve the mystery in time? Or will they face the same doomed fate as the tenants who came…
Author(s): Roger Hayden

8. The Haunting (2017)

Best Haunting Books That Will Hook YouSebastian Carmichael is one of the world’s greatest concert pianists, but he feels a new life awaits him when the strain of performing becomes too much. A trip to the countryside sees him take on the challenge of a run down property in Lincolnshire, a disused bakery, and he can’t wait to get to grips with renovating the sadly neglected building. However, it seems he is not the only occupant and is forced to come to terms with his unwelcome guests. The past meets the present as he struggles to make his new found venture a success, particularly when he encounters a new love, the mysterious Briony….
Author(s): Raymond M Hall

9. Billy Whistler (The Bayou Hauntings) (2019)

Best Haunting Books That Will Hook YouOne night in 1880 a band of drunken vigilantes went down the Vermilion River, burned a town and committed horrific acts against its citizens. Their identities remain a secret to this day.TV investigator Landry Drake hears an odd voicemail – a girl’s cryptic plea for help that makes him want to know more. He visits a friendly little town in a rural Louisiana parish that’s full of people who seem to have something to hide.Landry finds danger everywhere as he uncovers a string of unsolved disappearances over many years. Teenaged girls vanish but three bodies turn up, each horribly mutilated in the same manner. Locals…
Author(s): Bill Thompson

10. The Inn at Holiday Bay: Haunting in the Hallway (2019)

Best Haunting Books That Will Hook YouA heartwarming cozy mystery series about losing everything, taking a chance, and starting again. After suffering a personal tragedy Abby Sullivan buys a huge old seaside mansion she has never even seen, packs up her life in San Francisco, and moves to Holiday Bay Maine, where she is adopted, quite against her will, by a huge Maine Coon Cat named Rufus, a drifter with her own tragic past named Georgia, and a giant dog with an inferiority complex named Ramos. What Abby thought she needed was alone time to heal. What she ended up with was, an inn she never knew she wanted, a cat she couldn’t seem to…
Author(s): Kathi Daley

11. The Coldwater Haunting (2019)

Best Haunting Books That Will Hook YouAn isolated house. Ghosts in the windows. Something climbing the stairs. During the day, he works on the mundane: septic system, plumbing, electrical wiring. But when the night comes and a deep darkness settles on the lonely property, a whole new set of troubles develop: scratching at the windows, the sound of footsteps on the stairs, shadowy figures in the yard. Threats. Attacks.Ron comes to realize the house is unsafe — not because of the physical problems, but because of the unseen. He needs to rid the building of whatever evil has taken hold, but there’s one huge obstacle: he doesn’t believe…
Author(s): Michael Richan

12. Forgotten Men (The Bayou Hauntings) (Volume 2) (2018)

Best Haunting Books That Will Hook YouThe once-famous Hotel Iberia was where society’s finest gathered in the days before 1859 when Victory, Louisiana became a ghost town. A building where people had laughed, dined and passed the time among friends became something dark, sinister and evil.The town was dead, so no one complained when the Victory Institution for the Criminally Insane opened in the old hotel. The state sent its problems to the Asylum — violent, disturbed men who entered the gates of hell and never came back.Hundreds died inside those walls before scandal closed the prison in 1907 and the corpses of those forgotten…
Author(s): Bill Thompson

The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwise have been 10 Scariest Non-Fiction Books Based on True-Life Hauntings. There’s nothing quite like a good horror story, but these chilling tales are all the more frightening because they are based on true-life events. The Haunting of Hill House is a 1959 gothic horror novel by American author Shirley Jackson. A finalist for the National Book Award and considered one of the best literary ghost stories published during the 20th century, it has been made into two feature films and a play, and is the basis of a Netflix series. Books shelved as haunting: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Handmaid’ Haunted is a 2005 novel by Chuck Palahniuk. The plot is a frame story for a series of 23 short stories, most preceded by a free verse poem. Each story is followed by a chapter of the main narrative, is told by a character in main narrative, and ties back into the main story in some way.

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The Horrors of Fox Hollow Farm: Unraveling the History & Hauntings of a Serial Killer’s Home

Author(s): Richard Estep; Robert Graves
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications, Year: 2019, Size: 6 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2405812

Celebrity Ghosts and Notorious Hauntings

Author(s): Marie D Jones
Publisher: Visible Ink Press, Year: 2019, Size: 76 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2405815

Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror

Author(s): Kinitra D. Brooks
Publisher: Rutgers University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2238373

Trail of Terror: The Black Monk of Pontefract, Cripple Creek Jail, Firehouse Phantom, and Other True Hauntings

Author(s): Richard Estep
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2281362

A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism

Author(s): Paul Hanebrink
Publisher: Belknap Press, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2289211

Haunted Selves, Haunting Places in English Literature and Culture: 1800–Present

Author(s): Julian Wolfreys
Publisher: Springer International Publishing,Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311943

Haunting hands : mobile media practices and loss

Author(s): Kathleen M. Cumiskey, Larissa Hjorth
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2077314

In Collaboration with British Literary Biography: Haunting Conversations

Author(s): Jane McVeigh
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2152820

Haunting Modernisms: Ghostly Aesthetics, Mourning, and Spectral Resistance Fantasies in Literary Modernism

Author(s): Matt Foley
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2153538

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really best-sellers according to USA Today, others are written 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 books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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