What are the best ghost novels of all time?

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    #1Ghost Story

    Ghost Story

    Ghost Story is a mystery-thriller book written by Peter Straub which centers on four old men who gather together to tell each other frightening stories, however, one of the stories wherein they did something in the past is haunting them. 


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    #2The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is written by Stephen King is about a young boy with psychic powers struggling to hold his own against the forces of evil which are driving his father insane in an isolated hotel. 


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    Angela Woods
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Shining is regarded as one of Stephen King's most frightening works. Although it doesn't deal with ghosts in the traditional sense, the terrifying spirits inhabiting the father of the story make it worth the mention. The characters are realistic and complex, and the story is all together horrifying."
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    #3Bag of Bones

    Bag of Bones

    Bag of Bones is a suspense novel written by Stephen King. It was first published in 1998 by Pocketbooks under ISBN: 067102423X. It won the British Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Award for Novel, and August Derleth Award


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    Michelle Butler
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I don't know that I would call Bag of Bones by Stephen King one of the best ghost novels of all time. It does certainly have an involving story and there's definitely ghosts. It's a little meandering, which King tends to do, but actually it ended up being more tragic than scary."
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    Beloved is a multi-award-winning historical fiction novel written by Nobel laureate for literature, Toni Morrison. It was first published in 1987 and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988.


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    Ruth Patel
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I feel changed after reading this book. So complex, so painful, so painfully beautiful, such life in the telling of this story. As a Black queer womyn, I have grown tired of the handling slavery narrative. Of the laziness of its use and overuse as a point of reference. But what Morrison does so well is bring life to the complexities of Black life and love in the face of the worst part of American history. I would even go as far to say, it goes beyond the political. It circles down to the smallest particles of her characters' lives and inner self-talk/workings. I don't even know if this review will capture all that I think and feel and see after reading this book."
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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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    Judy Berry
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "The older the book the more amazing it is. I like how these guys didn't have media blasting them with rehashed junk. It's all original and still relevant today."
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    #6House of Leaves

    House of Leaves

    House of Leaves is a book by Mark Danielewski that tells the story of Johnny Truant. He is an assistant of a tattoo artist who found a notebook of a dead man. What it contains are recorded videotaped that contain interviews. 


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    Kathy Gutierrez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "House of Leaves is a fantastic ghost novel. It follows Johnny Truant and his journey finding the notebook of a dead man. I could not stop reading this book once I picked it up. I was kept on the edge of my seat with every page. The plot is refreshing and exactly what I look for in a ghost novel."
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    #7The Woman in White

    The Woman in White

    The Woman in White is a classic mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This 19th-century fiction book is first published in 1859. The novel tells the story of an art teacher who meets a mysterious woman dressed in white.


    Tejas Dasgupta
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a classic book, full of suspense and thrills. However, it isn't specifically centered around ghosts as far as i can tell. This book was a great read, but it didn't quite give me exactly what i was looking for. "
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    #8Odd Thomas

    Odd Thomas

    Odd Thomas, a fictional young hero, thinks of himself as an ordinary short order cook. But he has supernatural abilities which make him understand the dead. Dean Koontz's thriller novel will uncover Odd's sixth sense.


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    Michael Munoz
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Ghost novels have been around for a long time. Odd Thomas by Koontz is a popular hit."
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    #9The Little Stranger

    The Little Stranger
    One summer day, Dr. Faraday is called to see a patient at Hundreds Hall, a Georgian house that is in terrible shape. There are only three persons living there, despite being huge, and Dr. Faraday will soon discover that they are dealing with something much more powerful than the course of time. 


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    Diane Hansen
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Stephen King warned the reader that this book will give you sleepless nights. After reading The Little Stranger, I was afraid to go to sleep. This gothic ghost novel is one of the best books that I have ever read. It has elements of romance, suspense, and I got a good old-fashioned scare to boot! A horror masterpiece!"
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    Neil Gaiman's Coraline is about a little girl who found another dimension, and in it, she saw her family and friends, but they had buttons for eyes. Realizing the dangers, Coraline must use her wits to save not only herself but the others as well.


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    #11Hell House

    Hell House
    Hell House by Richard Matheson narrates the incidents experienced by the four professionals who got hired to investigate the most haunted mansion called the "Belaco House".

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    Donna Delgado
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I wouldn't say this is the best ghost novel, but it's pretty good. The setting in Maine lends to the dreary and unsettling atmosphere, with all the old buildings. If you like psychological thrills, there were plenty here to keep you engaged."
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    #12The Graveyard Book

    The Graveyard Book

    The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is a tale about a boy raised by ghosts in a cemetery. This 2008 novel is the only book to win both the Newberry medal and Carnegie medal, along with Hugo Award and Locus Award.


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    Peter Ward
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I love ghost novels and was looking for ones of the best of all time. I found out about The Graveyard Book. It's a book by Neil Gaiman that tells the story of a boy raised by ghosts at a cemetery. I just love the story. The characters are awesome and it's a really heartwarming and interesting tale. My book club is reading it now, since I told them I love it so much. Really recommended!"
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    #13Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary is a horror novel by Stephen King, which centers on the Creed family, who moves into a house in the Maine countryside and soon they find out that the woods near the house are much darker than they seem.


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    Bertha Cano
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Don’t miss the classic tale from King of Horror and #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, described by Publishers Weekly as “the most frightening novel Stephen King has ever written.” When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son—and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat. But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth—more terrifying than death itself...and hideously more powerful. The Creeds are going to learn that sometimes dead is better."
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    #14The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House
    Published in 1959, this book narrates the story of Hill House, a haunted mansion that it is said to have held many supernatural encounters. One day, Dr. John Montague, decided to find out for good what was going on in that house, and with three other people decided to stay a night there, with terrible consequences for all of them. 

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    Gerald Spencer
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "The Haunting of Hill House helped me with the need of intrigue. IT is a highly fascinating book and enjoyable read. It is has many twists and turns along the way."
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    #15Books of Blood

    Books of Blood

    Books of Blood is a book by Clive Barker that tells the story of a family who lives in what so-called "highways" by the paranormal experts. They will help the family with their paranormal problems. 


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    #16Echoes From The Mist

    Echoes From The Mist
    Echoes From The Mist is a sequel book to Cobb Island also written by Blayne Cooper herself published in December 2006 . Echoes From The Mist is a fantasy and paranormal book with a touch of lesbian fiction. 

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    Joyce Riley
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Echoes From The Mist is definitely spooky--I loved the scares scattered throughout the novel. Integrating lesbian relationships was an interesting touch that drew me in even more. This was a very atmospheric read, which introduces some novel twists on more classic paranormal and fantasy elements."
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    #17The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

    The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
    The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall is a standalone young adult paranormal novel written by Katie Alender which centers on Delia living in the new house that was previously used as an asylum and now has trapped her. 

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    Julie Carter
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book is a great choice for mystery and horror lovers in the teen genre. Perfect for a teen, this story contains a unique set of plots and twists. An excellent choice for the adolescent horror/mystery reader in your life. This book is sure to keep them on the edge of their seat. "
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    #18The Collected Ghost Stories of Oliver Onions

    The Collected Ghost Stories of Oliver Onions

    The Collected Ghost Stories of Oliver Onions is a speculative fiction written by Oliver Onions. Originally published in 1935, this book features a collection of ghost stories.


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    Diane Hall
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a pretty big book, but The Collected Ghost Stories of Oliver Onions is a fascinating read nonetheless. Ghost stories is something my family really enjoys, and we read at least a few out of here at least once a week just to keep each other on our toes!"
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    #19The Ghost of Carmen Miranda

    The Ghost of Carmen Miranda
    The Ghost of Carmen Miranda: and Other Spooky Gay and Lesbian Tales is a delightful collection of LGBT-themed ghost stories presented in an anthology  edited by Scott Brassart.

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    Julia Castañeda
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This is a book about LGBT ghost stories. It is an obscure title with few reviews. I would probably read it but I wouldn't put it on a list of best ghost novels of all time. "
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    #20Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New

    Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New

    Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural is a collection of short stories about the supernatural and the paranormal. Originally published in 1985, it was edited by Marvin Kaye and Saralee Kaye.


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    Terry Gonzalez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    " Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New is the best collection of several short paranormal stories I have ever read. The difference between this book and some other collections is that these stories are unique and it does not seem as though you are reading similar stories over again. This book is great and I recommend it for all!"
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    #21Whispering Pines

    Whispering Pines
    Whispering Pines is an LGBT-themed adult fiction book that conflates horror, ghost stories, and other paranormal  activities in the light of lesbian characters. This book is written by Mavis Applewater.

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    Brenda Schneider
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "When did the LGBT community become so enthralled with ghosts? This is yet another boring telling tale of morons who will believe anything."
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    #22The Mystery of Grace

    The Mystery of Grace

    The Mystery of Grace is an urban fantasy paranormal fiction book written by Charles de Lint. This book is about Altagracia Quintero and John Burns's story. It is first published in 2009 by Tor Books. 


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    Chirag Verma
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "On the Day of the Dead, the Solona Music Hall is jumping. That's where Altagracia Quintero meets John Burns, just two weeks too late. Altagracia – her friends call her Grace – has a tattoo of Nuestra Señora de Altagracia on her shoulder, she's got a Ford Motor Company tattoo running down her leg, and she has grease worked so deep into her hands that it'll never wash out. Grace works at Sanchez Motorworks, customizing hot rods. Finding the line in a classic car is her calling. Now Grace has to find the line in her own life. A few blocks around the Alverson Arms is all her world -- from the little grocery store where she buys beans, tamales, and cigarettes (“cigarettes can kill you,” they tell her, but she smokes them anyway) to the record shop, to the library where Henry, a black man confined to a wheelchair, researches the mystery of life in death – but she’s got unfinished business keeping her close to home. Grace loves John, and John loves her, and that would be wonderful, except that John, like Grace, has unfinished business – he’s haunted by the childhood death of his younger brother. He's never stopped feeling responsible. Like Grace in her way, John is an artist, and before their relationship can find its resolution, the two of them will have to teach each other about life and love, about hot rods and Elvis Presley, and about why it's necessary to let some things go."
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    #23The Ghost Bride

    The Ghost Bride
    The Ghost Bride is a historical fantasy novel by Yangsze Choo. Set in 19th-century China, it tells the story of Li Lian, who gets an offer to become the ghost bride of a rich family's dead son through a spirit marriage.


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    Betty Hanson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book was really engaging. I enjoyed the twists and turns. It wasn't the best ghost novel ever, but it was one of the top 10 that's for sure. "
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    #24Halifax Haunts: Exploring the City's Spookiest Spaces

    Halifax Haunts: Exploring the City's Spookiest Spaces
    Halifax Haunts: Exploring the City's Spookiest Spaces is a book about the paranormal written by Steve Vernon. Originally published in 2009, this book features the horrowing history behind Halifax.

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    Edward Hicks
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Ghost novels give me the best chills. They make me think of looking behind me as I'm reading. If that doesn't bring shivers down your spine then nothing will. What I'm interested in though is the best ghost novels of all time. What has made people forehead perspire due to fear just for reading? I would love to know. I think this book recommendation will point me in the right direction. "


Best What are the best ghost novels of all time
1Ghost StoryBooks 33 Paid
2The ShiningBooks 30 Paid
3Bag of BonesBooks 29 Paid
4BelovedBooks 25 Paid
5Collected Ghost StoriesBooks 25 Paid
6House of LeavesBooks 24 Paid
7The Woman in White Books 20 Free
8Odd ThomasBooks 14 Paid
9The Little StrangerBooks 14 Paid
10CoralineBooks 12 Paid

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