There's a ghostly gothic revival afoot! Yes, it seems we like nothing more than a good old-fashioned scary story, with family curses, gloomy manor houses and ghostly goings on, so grab your nightgown and prepare to hide under the covers as we embark on a tour of our favourite spooky stories, set in an age when superstition and seances were forces to be reckoned with.
The Drowning Pool by Syd Moore
A stunning reinvention of the classic ghost
story and an exploration of a 19th-century Essex witch hunt. Relocated
to a coastal town, widowed teacher Sarah Grey is slowly rebuilding her
life, along with her young son Alfie. But after an inadvertent seance
one drunken night, her world is shaken when she starts to experience
frightening visions and soon comes to realise that she is the victim of a
terrifying haunting by her 19th century namesake ...
The Small Hand by Susan Hill
From the bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN BLACK
comes an exceptional chilling tale! Late one summers evening,
antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow is returning from a client visit when
he takes a wrong turn. He stumbles across a derelict Edwardian house,
and compelled by curiosity, approaches the door. Standing before the
entrance, he feels the unmistakable sensation of a small cold hand
creeping into his own ...
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
A true ghost story which will chill, terrify and
haunt you and a perfect read for the dark cold nights! 1937 and
28-year-old Londoner Jack gets the chance to join an expedition to the
Norwegian Arctic. The expedition arrives in the uninhabited wilderness,
but as the Arctic night falls and the sun sets for winter, Jack feels a
creeping unease. One by one, his companions are forced to leave. He
faces a stark choice. Go or stay alone - but he's not alone, as
something walks in the dark ...
The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore
In the winter of 1952, Isabel Carey moves to the
East Riding of Yorkshire with her GP husband Philip. With Philip
spending long hours on call, Isabel finds herself isolated and lonely.
Woken by intense cold one night, she discovers an old RA greatcoat
hidden in the back of a cupboard. Sleeping under it for warmth, she
starts to dream, and not long afterwards, she's startled by a knock at
her window ...
Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday
A ghost story, a psychological thriller and a
tale of love rediscovered, from the author of SALMON FISHING IN THE
YEMEN. Michael and Elizabeth have been married for ten uneventful years.
But when they visit a friends country house, Michael is drawn to a
painting on the landing, where in the background he sees the figure of a
girl, but the next morning, the girl is not there. A truly astonishing
take on what appears on the surface to be the onset of mental illness
but turns out to be something far darker ...
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
From the bestselling author of THE SHADOW OF
THE WIND, comes a haunting story of a ghostly ship and an age-old curse.
1943 and war sweeps across Europe, Max Carver's father moves his family
away from the city, to an old wooden house on the coast. But as soon as
they arrive, strange things begin to happen. As Max delves into the
past, he encounters the terrifying story of the Prince of Mist, a
sinister shadow who emerges from the night to settle old scores, then
disappears with the first mists of dawn ...
Affinity by Sarah Waters
Sarah Waters' eerie and utterly compelling ghost story
set in a smog-bound Victorian London. Margaret Prior decides to become a
Lady Visitor at Millbank prison, intent on pursuing 'good work' deeds
by helping the less fortunate, but she soon becomes ensnared by the
spiritualist prisoner Selina Dawes, and finds herself dabbling in a
twilight world of seances, shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly
passions. A ghost story with a twist in the tale ...
Sweet Heart by Peter James
When Charley and her husband Tom decide to buy
Elmwood Mill, a dilapidated 15th-century mill house in Sussex, they
think they've found their ideal home. But Charley has a strange sense of
deja vu, and when strange things start happening she begins to doubt
her sanity. Haunted by memories which become increasingly vivid and
terrifying, Charley becomes desperate and is persuaded to undergo
hypnosis - but in searching deep into her past, she unwitting opens a
Pandora's box of evil, and now the terror is free ...
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