Ghosts: The Book List

“It’s behind you!”

There’s something about a good ghost story that really gets the old heart beating. I think the fact we secretly want ghosts to exist has a great deal to do with this. Whether or not you concur, one thing we can all agree on is that there is, has, and I’m sure will continue to be some great ghost stories out there.

As usual with my lists these are all books that I own, so I apologise if some of your favourites aren’t included. My choices encompass everything from the classics to the more modern interpretation of the theme. I hope you enjoy.


The Woman In White


If you’re going to do a job, you might as well do it right. This story is synonymous with the genre, the age of the tale doing nothing to diminish its fear factor. (Enhancing it ifย anything.)

The Hungry Ghosts


Both brutal and haunting, this book will leave a lasting impression.

The Small Hand


I love Susan Hill’s books. She is one of only a few authors renowned for different genres. If you read this short story, you will soon see why.

The Lovely Bones


If a chilling death can be written up in a beautiful fashion, then this does.

Ghosts By Gaslight


I almost put this in yesterday’s list as it is a Steampunk compilation. However, the essence of the stories are ghosts, and they are good stories at that.

The Canterville Ghost


Another classic that interweaves a ghost story with romance. Wilde is always superb and this is no less than any of his other works.



I loved this book as it’s a true chiller. One of those you just suddenly get and think, ‘Geez!’ Plus, I like Japanese stuff.

The Woman In Black


One of few the books I’ve read that inspired me to immediately start writing something because of it. One day, I’ll finish the many thousands of pages I have already written of ‘A Shadow Over Darkmoor’ and I shall thank Susan Hill when I do. (My favourite on this list.)

The Turn Of The Screw


If there’s a ghost list, then this has to be on it. Another story that only grows creepier as it ages. I reckon this story is so scaryย that although there are several movie versions, they will never capture the chilling essence of it. And it’s short, too. No excuses not to read it.



Poe, the master of the macabre, puts his own flourish on the ghost genre with this tale of a ย dead wife. This story used to be very well read but seems to be less so these days. Don’t be put off by the old style narrative, it’s very good.

I hope you all enjoyed this dissection of the spooky side of life, or is it death? If you even read one of these and enjoy it, then my compilation has been well worth my time.

Thanks for reading


Richard M. Ankers, author of The Eternals Trilogy

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23 thoughts on “Ghosts: The Book List

  1. A lovely list, as usual. I think, with Poe, the style in which he expresses is what is scary, at least that is what I conclude from asking a lot of people who do not like his work or to read it (we have a few stuff as school assignments and these people barely managed to skim through it). They feel as though, in his words, an essay on a carton of milk would sound too scary ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. Ghost stories, one has to believe in them. We read about the two young princes who were murdered in the Tower of London, who put in the occasional appearance or even Anne Boleyn who takes a stroll. I am fascinated by ghosts.

  3. Most people know of The Canterville Ghost and watched film on it. And the Woman in Black is quite terrifying as well. It was one of the best ghost story ever written. I know there are a few other brilliant authors out there who wrote spine chilling ghost stories as well. I am still learning to write on ghost stories and I have always love ghostly books. Not all of it, for I am quite picky when it comes to ghost stories or books.

    Have you ever read ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ from Shirley Jackson? Oh, my goodness! It felt creepy enough to make you think something stands in the corner of your bedroom while reading it. You should give it a try.

    And there is from the Master Horror Author, Stephen King, called ‘Salem’s Lot’ – that had had me and I couldn’t sleep the whole night because of it. Yeah, funny me, really.

    And the one makes me paranoid is ‘The House of Leaves’ written by Mark Z. Danielewski. I have never seen a book like this one as there are those strange artistic images in it too. It has mazes in it and you got to read directly an image of a dark alley, stairs and rooms … You got to check this one out, Richard. The best!

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