Richard Matheson’s “Hell House” has helped to shape the horror genre and pave the way for other original and interesting stories. Matheson is a great start for anyone looking for a great horror novel, but his isn’t the only one out there. Here are some more great reads I really enjoyed and hope you do, too:
Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates
From the Publisher: Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan…and also the most infamous spot to commit suicide in the world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming, haunting deep in the ancient woods.
When bad weather prevents a group of friends from climbing neighboring Mt. Fuji, they decide to spend the night camping in Aokigahara. But they get more than they bargained for when one of them is found hanged in the morning—and they realize there might be some truth to the legends after all.
Following a group of well-written characters, you’ll go deep into one of the world’s most infamous forests. Prepare for a good scare! Loved this!
Callie by Bill Thompson
From the Publisher: “Deep in the bayous of southern Louisiana, an ancient mansion called Beau Rivage sits empty and abandoned. Arceneaux family members built the house and lived there for two hundred years. The house is inherited by Callie Pilantro, a down-on-her-luck granddaughter of Juliet Arceneaux, its most recent owner who died there a few months ago.
Strange things begin to unravel as a mysterious child appears and disappears at will inside the house, Callie finds a family graveyard in the woods that creates more questions than answers, and she discovers that even the walls of the mansion hold long-forgotten secrets.
Confronted by strange events she doesn’t understand and a little girl who speaks in riddles, Callie struggles to find the secrets of Beau Rivage even as someone is determined to keep her from learning them.
The Bayou Hauntings-Callie will keep readers guessing as they follow the new owner of the Civil War plantation home until everything comes into focus one eerie night. Will it be too late for Callie?
Yes, haunted mansions are a staple in the horror genre but this book is a unique take, trust me. It was well-developed with memorable characters and a plot that kept me guessing until the end!
Titanic by ID Johnson
From the Publisher: You can’t outrun your past, not even aboard the Ship of Dreams….
Meg never dreamt she would find herself aboard Titanic, dressed in the borrowed clothes of her lady-in-waiting, hiding from her family, running from her haunting past. Now that she finally has the opportunity to escape it all, she realizes the man she has been engaged to for three years is also aboard the ship. Their marriage was arranged by their fathers long ago, and since they’ve always had the Atlantic Ocean between them, Meg is able to continue her charade. However, if Charlie discovers her true identity, she will end up breaking his heart all over again. And the more time Meg spends with Charlie, the more she realizes she’s made a terrible mistake; she never should have ran away from him to begin with.
Will Meg find a way to reveal her true identity without destroying their blossoming relationship, or will her last chance at true love end up in the abyss?
From haunted mansions to the infamous “unsinkable” ship, “Titanic” is a creative story that married haunting and history beautifully! A great read!
Grayson Manor Haunting by Cheryl Bradshaw
From the Publisher: “When Addison Lockhart inherits Grayson Manor after her mother’s untimely death, she unlocks a secret that’s been kept hidden for over fifty years.
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?
Extremely well-written and entertaining, this haunted tale will keep you engaged from the very first page. This author is one of my favorites. As usual with all of her books, these characters’ stories are interesting and stayed with me long after I finish the book.
House of Dead Trees by Joseph Duncan
From the Publisher: When paranormal investigators Allen Mandel, Jane Rivers and Billy Kasch are invited to film the infamous Forester House for their popular cable television show Ghost Scouts, they think they’ve scored the coup of the season.
Forester House is reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in the country. For 130 years it has hosted tragedy, madness, perversion and murder, and now the Ghost Scouts team is spending the night.
The Ghost Scouts are no strangers to bizarre phenomena: glowing mists, mysterious voices and things that go bump in the night…
But Forester House is no ordinary haunting…
To me, what makes this a standout is how it gets in your head. This book doesn’t rely on gore; it’s a well-done psychological thrill ride that kept me turning the pages!
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