What are the best folk horror and mystery books?

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    #1Harvest Home

    Harvest Home

    Harvest Home is a gothic novel written by Thomas Tryon. Published in 1973, Harvest Home focuses on the village of Cornwall Coombe and centers on the characters of Ned and Beth Constantine.

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    Gilberto Alvarado
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This was an interesting book, but the thrills and chills are kind of subdued and the story plods along with the good bits being a bit too few and far between. Ultimately, the payoff at the end just wasn't worth it and I felt the story was less than it could have been. "
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    #2The Bone Forest

    The Bone Forest

    The Bone Forest is a collection of short stories by Robert Holdstock. Originally published in 1991, it offers eight stories set in a mystical wood. The Bone Forest is a part of the Mythago Wood series.

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    Kyle Ellis
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I really liked this book. I think this is probably the best answer for this genre."
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    #3Ancient Echoes

    Ancient Echoes

    Ancient Echoes is a science fiction fantasy novel written by Robert Holdstock. Published in 1997 by Roc, Ancient Echoes focuses on the adventures of Jack Chetwin, a man who has the ability to see the parallel world.

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    Bella Zhang
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This looks like an excellent read, with horror and surrealism that provides an intriguing mystery. Not to mention the cover art is great, but as we all know, the cover does not make the book. The writer definitely likes to lean toward the weird side of things, so if you're into that with a mix of horror and mystery, this is a great pick."
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    #4The Whispering Knights

    The Whispering Knights

    The Whispering Knights is a science fiction fantasy novel written by Penelope Lively. Published in 1971, The Whispering Knights focuses on the tale of three friends who accidentally called up something dark and evil from the past.

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    Brenda Contreras
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "One of the best folk horror and mystery books that I have read is The Whispering Knights. It's a great book written by Penelope Lively. I love a good book that I can settle in and read and it keeps me entertained and this one did just that. "
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    #5Collected Ghost Stories

    Collected Ghost Stories

    Collected Ghost Stories is a speculative fiction written by M. R. James. Originally published in 1931, this includes the books Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories and The Haunted Dolls' House and Other Ghost Stories.

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    James Spencer
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Decent solution, Although the book is about ghosts and may not fully satisfy someone looking into horror and mystery, But overall a decent solution, Book seems to have great reviews backing it up and I think that the topic creator would overall be satisfied. "
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    #6Mythago Wood

    Mythago Wood

    Mythago Wood is a fantasy novel by Robert Holdstock. Originally published in 1984, Mythago Wood is set in the Ryhope Wood, a primeval forest in Britain. It is a part of the Mythago Wood series and won the World Fantasy Award in 1984.

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    Han Lin
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "If you're like me, you're sick of generic fantasy settings. That's why I love this book so much. The setting is drawn from old folktales and myths, and not just the popular Disney ones. The author weaves together old stories in ways you would never expect, and uses the mythical setting to make a great point about the role of stories in our everyday lives. I recommend having a good cup of tea nearby as you read."
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    #7The House on the Borderland

    The House on the Borderland

    The House on the Borderland is a fantasy novel by William Hope Hodgson. Originally published in 1908, The House on the Borderland focuses on the story of a man residing in an ancient and crumbling state.

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    Betty Su
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "There are some enjoyable moments in this book: chilling scenes and haunting imagery. The rest, however, is boring and plods along without resolution. "
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    #8The Face In The Frost

    The Face In The Frost
    Face in the Frost is a fantasy classic written by John Bellairs. Originally published in 1969, Face in the Frost follows the adventures of Prospero and Roger Bacon.
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    Raquel de los Santos
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Read the two 1st pages and you will be hooked. One of my all-time favorite books. I read it when it first came out and have loved it ever since. Witty and charming but also has scenes that send a chill down your back. This was first published as an adult novel and has appeal for both adults and young adults who can appreciate the literary references and whimsy."
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    #9The Old Gods Waken

    The Old Gods Waken
    The Old Gods Waken is a fantasy novel by Manly Wade Wellman. Originally published in 1979, The Old Gods Waken follows the story of Luke and Creed Forshay who live near the Wolter Mountain.
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    Ralph Oliver
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The Old Gods Waken is the best folk horror and mystery books I have read this year. I love horror, mystery, and mythology, so this book checked all the boxes and was a great read!"
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    #10The White People and Other Weird Stories

    The White People and Other Weird Stories

    The White People and Other Weird Stories is a speculative fantasy novel written by Arthur Machen. Edited by S. T. Joshi and with the foreword provided by Guillermo del Toro, it was published in 1904.

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    Julia Green
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "It's fitting that Guillermo Del Toro wrote the foreword - so if you like him this would be a great book for you. I am sometimes in the mood for this and sometimes not so it really just depends. Sometimes it's just weird and not interesting to me."
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    #11The Great God Pan

    The Great God Pan
    The Great God Pan is a classic horror novel by Arthur Machen, first published in 1890. It tells the story of a surgeon, Dr. Raymond, who conducted an experimental operation on a woman's brain so that she may see the spiritual world.
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    Ankita Chauhan
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This book is a classic and it's definitely in the folk horror genre. I like this one for the topic. It has good reviews and is a classic horror novel."
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    #12Don't Call 630-296-7536

    Don't Call 630-296-7536

    Don't Call 630-296-7536 is a thrilling horror and suspense novel for young adults written by Christopher Bloodworth. it was released in April 2016. It is about a call that triggers a deadly scary game.

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    Abhinav Chavan
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This wasn't the best folk horror/mystery book that I've read. I felt the plot was pretty dull and the characters were too one dimensional for my tastes."

Summary

Best What are the best folk horror and mystery books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Harvest HomeBooks 45 Paid
2The Bone ForestBooks 40 Paid
3Ancient EchoesBooks 40 Paid
4The Whispering KnightsBooks 38 Paid
5Collected Ghost StoriesBooks 35 Paid
6Mythago WoodBooks 33 Paid
7The House on the BorderlandBooks 32 Paid
8The Face In The FrostBooks 28 Paid
9The Old Gods WakenBooks 27 Paid
10The White People and Other Weird StoriesBooks 25 Paid
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