There is something innately fascinating and disturbing about ghosts. Ghosts and ghost stories have long been popular in American society, and ghost stories have existed since ancient times. Many of us have our own ghost stories or experiences we share with others. There are even people who hunt for ghosts, some even on TV.
It could be that part of what makes them so terrifying is that they are unseen beings watching you and sometimes able to interact with objects around them. Part of the horror could come from the stories of possession that come from both a religious history and past ghost stories. Ghosts as evil spirits and haunting sinister figures are one of the most iconic parts of the horror genre.
As such, this week of Horror in October, we’re all about ghost stories. Be ready to be thrilled by these hauntingly terrifying tales. Special mention to Kill Creek, which is set in Kansas.
DB 95051 The siren and the specter by Jonathan Janz
David Caine, celebrated skeptic of the supernatural, is invited to spend a month at Alexander House, the most haunted house in Virginia. David himself is haunted by a moment in his own past when he turned away from the woman he loved. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2018.
DB 99512 Home before dark by Riley Sager
Maggie Holt returns to the house made famous by her father's bestselling horror memoir. Is the place really haunted by evil forces, as her father claimed? Or are there more earthbound and dangerous secrets hidden within its walls? Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.
DB 102752 The lost village by Camilla Sten
Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt obsesses over the history of "The Lost Village" and the residents who suddenly vanished. When her small crew begins filming in the remote mining town, terrifying events unfold. Translated from the 2019 Swedish edition. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
DB 84238 Fellside by M. R. Carey
Addict Jess Moulson wakes in the hospital with no memory of the fire she started while high on heroin, scarring her own face and killing Alex, a boy who lived upstairs. She lands in Fellside, a prison on the Yorkshire Moors, where Alex's ghost visits. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
DB 86712 Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The town of Black Spring, New York, has been dealing with a curse for centuries. Residents have high-tech ways to cope, including an app to log sightings of the town's ghost, Katherine. Now a group of bored teens could ruin everything. Strong language and some violence. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
DB 90276 Kill Creek by Scott Thomas
The Finch House has sat deserted in the Kansas countryside for decades, known as one of the country's most famous haunted houses. Sam Carver and three other horror writers agree to stay the night, but what began as a publicity stunt leads to a fight for their lives. Explicti descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
DB 64088 Heart-shaped box by Joe Hill
Middle-aged rock star Judas Coyne collects morbid curios. He buys a haunted suit online and discovers that it belonged to Craddock McDermott, the deceased stepfather of one of Coyne's groupies. Over time, both Coyne's own motives and those of McDermott's ghost are revealed. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2007.
DB 86030 Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay
One night, after sneaking into the Borderland State Park with his friends, teenager Tommy Sanderson disappears. Devastated, his mother believes that she sees Tommy's ghost and receives pages that seem to be torn from Tommy's diary. Violence and some strong language. 2016.