Ghost Stories You Simply Must Read

Posted October 30, 2018 by Amber in Memes / 19 Comments


Almost everyone likes a thrill every once and a while.  While I don’t love horror novels, I do like ghost stories!  And sometimes, they come unexpected.  I’ve read a few books in the last couple years that I thought were going to be about witches or mermaids, but ended up being ghost stories!  Color me thrilled.

As Halloween is tomorrow, there’s still a little time for spooks and thrills!  If you’re keen for a ghost story, may I suggest nine of the ones I’ve read recently?  I enjoyed them all.



The Legend of Sleepy Hollow / Featuring the famous headless horseman!

The Graveyard Book / Where a little boy is raised by a graveyard.

Anna Dressed in Blood / The legend of a local ghost ends up joining the protagonist to find peace.

The Wicked Deep / Three sister ghosts, labelled witches, seek revenge from a town.


The Prince of Mist / Siblings try to free the spirit of the little boy who drowned in their home.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark / This one speaks for itself!  Classic scary stories from my childhood.

Monstrous Beauty / A girl is haunted by the ghost of her ancestor.

The Lovely Bones / A teen girl is murdered, and we see the world move on through her eyes.

The Name of the Star / The protagonist uses her ability to see ghosts to help stop a killer.



Do you enjoy ghost stories?

Do you believe in ghosts?

What are your Halloween plans?

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19 responses to “Ghost Stories You Simply Must Read

  1. sleepy hallow I might have read a long time ago but I forgotten about it. the graveyard book is one of the first neil gaiman book I have read and I really like that one. the lovely bones is pretty decent but I hate the ending.

    I don’t like to read horror but sometimes I like a good ghost story as long as it’s not too scary.

    have a lovely day.

    • Amber

      The ending of The Lovely Bones is really sad. 🙁 I agree with you that ghost stories are usually good because they aren’t quite as scary… or murdery and violent?

    • Amber

      The Name of the Star is the only Maureen Johnson book I’ve read, and I’ve really got to read more. Did you read the sequel? How did it hold up?

    • Amber

      The actually released a new edition with different, less grotesque illustrations! I agree though – most people were more creeped out by the illustrations than the stories.

    • Amber

      Neil Gaiman is really hit or miss for me, depending on the book, but I LOVED The Graveyard Book, and so shamefully recommend it to everyone. 🙂

  2. These are lovely. I haven’t read some but I thought Anna Dressed in Blood was really refreshing. The Lovely Bones was interesting too, sad though.