Spooky Stories

20th century ghosts

20th century ghosts

by Hill, Joe

A compilation of short fiction includes the tales of Imogene, the legendary ghost of the Rosebud theater, and Francis, an unhappy, hopeless human turned giant locust seeking revenge on his Nevada hometown.

Aura

Aura

by Fuentes, Carlos

Perfect literary work that is sufficient and definitive. In this short novel, the famous Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes embodies in a marvelous way the myth and the plot, the search, the encounter and the separation, life and death. Hugo Montero, the historian, reads a classified ad that makes him relive the story of the dead and, without knowing it, makes him find again his own life story.

Bruce Coville's Book of monsters : tales to give you the creeps

Bruce Coville's Book of monsters : tales to give you the creeps

Twelve creepy stories and one poem about chills and thrills.

Creepy pair of underwear!

Creepy pair of underwear!

by Reynolds, Aaron

Jasper Rabbit is NOT a little bunny anymore. He's not afraid of the dark, and he's definitely not afraid of something as silly as underwear. But when the lights go out, suddenly his new big rabbit underwear glows in the dark. A ghoulish, greenish glow. If Jasper didn't know any better he'd say his undies were a little, well, creepy. Jasper's not scared obviously, he's just done with creepy underwear. But after trying everything to get rid of them, they keep coming back!

Dracula : the graphic novel

Dracula : the graphic novel

by Cobley, Jason

The classic gothic horror story, presented in a totally engaging way through the immensley powerful illustrations, while staying true to the original prose novel by utilising authentic text and dialogue.

Edgar Allan Poe : classic stories.

Edgar Allan Poe : classic stories.

by Poe, Edgar Allen

Edgar Allan Poe was a master of the tale of psychological horror and the author of what is considered the first modern detective story. This anthology gathers more than 20 of Poe's groundbreaking tales of the macabre, among them The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Fall of the House of Usher. It also includes his trilogy of stories featuring detective C. Auguste Dupin: The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Rôget, and The Purloined Letter

Hocus pocus

Hocus pocus

After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

Interview with the vampire

Interview with the vampire

by Rice, Anne

We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks--as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead.

Mexican gothic

Mexican gothic

by Moreno-Garcia, Silvia

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemi Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She's not sure what she will find--her cousin's husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemi knows little about the region. Noemi is also an unlikely rescuer: She's a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she's also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin's new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemi; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi's dreams with visions of blood and doom. Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family's youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemi, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family's past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family's once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemi digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children

Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children

by Riggs, Ransom

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow--impossible though it seems--they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Practical magic

Practical magic

by Hoffman, Alice

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. And Gillian and Sally endured that fate as well: As children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared, even into adulthood, brought them back--almost as if by magic...

Scary stories to tell in the dark

Scary stories to tell in the dark

by Schwartz, Alvin

The iconic anthology series of horror tales is now a feature film! This paperback edition features cover artwork from the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark motion picture.

The Sun Down Motel

The Sun Down Motel

by St. James, Simone

Upstate NY, 1982. Viv Delaney knows something isn't right at the Sun Down motel, where she works as a night clerk, and she's determined find out what. Upstate NY, 2017. Carly Kirk has always been fascinated by her aunt Viv who disappeared from the Sun Down before Carly was born. Using a small inheritance from when her mom dies, Carly leaves college to figure out what happened to her aunt thirty-five years ago. Soon, Carly is mirroring her aunt's life, working as the night clerk at the motel, where a haunting presence still lingers and a possible serial killer stalks the night desk

The best of H.P. Lovecraft : bloodcurdling tales of horror and the macabre

The best of H.P. Lovecraft : bloodcurdling tales of horror and the macabre

by Lovecraft, H. P.

Joyce Carol Oates compared Lovecraft to Edgar Allan Poe and wrote that he had "an incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horrorfiction."

The burning girls : a novel

The burning girls : a novel

by Tudor, C. J.

A dark history lingers in Chapel Croft. Five hundred years ago, Protestant martyrs were betrayed--then burned. Thirty years ago, two teenage girls disappeared without a trace. And a few weeks ago, the vicar of the local parish hanged himself in the nave of the church. Reverend Jack Brooks, a single parent with a fourteen-year-old daughter and a heavy conscience, arrives in the village hoping for a fresh start. Instead, Jack finds a town rife with conspiracies and secrets, and is greeted with a strange welcome package: an exorcism kit and a note that warns, "But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed and hidden that will not be known." The more Jack and daughter, Flo, explore the town and get to know its strange denizens, the deeper they are drawn into the age-old rifts, mysteries, and suspicions. And when Flo begins to see specters of girls ablaze, it becomes apparent there are ghosts here that refuse to be laid to rest. Uncovering the truth can be deadly in a village with a bloody past, where everyone has something to hide and no one trusts an outsider.

The doll-master and other tales of terror

The doll-master and other tales of terror

by Oates, Joyce Carol

From one of our most important contemporary writers, The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror is a bold, haunting collection of six stories.

The exorcist

The exorcist

by Blatty, William Peter

Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist is now a major television series on FOX. It remains one of the most controversial novels ever written and went on to become a literary phenomenon: It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one. Inspired by a true story of a child’s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying.

The final girl support group

The final girl support group

by Hendrix, Grady

A fast-paced, thrilling horror novel that follows a group of heroines to die for, from the brilliant New York Times bestselling author of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires. In horror movies, the final girl is the one who's left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious, a victim and a hero. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her? Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she's not alone. For more than a decade she's been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette's worst fears are realized--someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again. But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife...they will never, ever give up

The graveyard book

The graveyard book

by Gaiman, Neil

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

The haunting of Hill House

The haunting of Hill House

by Jackson, Shirley

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a 'haunting'; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers - and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

The legend of Sleepy Hollow and other tales

The legend of Sleepy Hollow and other tales

by Irving, Washington

From Rip Van Winkle and The Adventure of the German Student, to The Devil and Tom Walker and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this anthology gathers thirteen of the best macabre stories of Washington Irving. Blending sly humour with supernatural thrills, these tales evoke the colourful landscapes of Irving's Hudson Valley hometown and are among the most beloved and reread of all American fiction.

The monster of Elendhaven

The monster of Elendhaven

by Giesbrecht, Jennifer

Debut author Jennifer Giesbrecht paints a darkly compelling fantasy of revenge in The Monster of Elendhaven, a dark fantasy about murder, a monster, and the magician who loves both.The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. A monster who cannot die. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster's heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning. These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they have to burn the world to do it.

The once and future witches

The once and future witches

by Harrow, Alix E.

In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in Alix E. Harrow's powerful novel of magic and the suffragette movement. In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box. But when the Eastwood sisters -- James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna -- join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote -- and perhaps not even to live -- the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive. There's no such thing as witches. But there will be

The shining

The shining

by King, Stephen

Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

The turn of the screw : authoritative text, contexts, criticism

The turn of the screw : authoritative text, contexts, criticism

by James, Henry

Presents the nineteenth-century short story in which a governess believes her two charges, ten-year-old Miles and eight-year-old Flora, are being haunted by the ghosts of former servants, and includes notes, a history of the novel, selections from James' letters and other writings, and critical essays.

The witches

The witches

by Dahl, Roald

Meet a hero, a wise old grandmother, and the most gruesome, grotesque gang of witches imaginable!

Universal harvester

Universal harvester

by Darnielle, John

Jeremy works at the Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa in the late 1990s, and he has a problem-- someone is altering the video tapes, inserting poorly lit home video scenes which are odd, sometimes violent, and deeply disquieting. There are recognizable landmarks from just outside of town. As Jeremy investigates, he becomes part of an impossible search for something someone once lost-- and would do anything to regain.

Welcome to dead house

Welcome to dead house

by Stine, R. L.

11-year-old Josh and 12-year-old Amanda just moved into the oldest and weirdest house on the block--the two siblings think it might even be haunted! But of course, their parents don't believe them. You'll get used to it, they say. Go out and make some new friends.
But the creepy kids are not like anyone Josh and Amanda have ever met before. And when they take a shortcut through the cemetery one night, Josh and Amanda learn why.

When things get dark : stories inspired by Shirley Jackson

When things get dark : stories inspired by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson is a seminal writer of horror and mystery fiction, whose legacy resonates globally today. Chilling, human, poignant and strange, her stories have inspired a generation of writers and readers.

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