What are the best haunted house books?

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    #1The 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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    Melissa Baker
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "A very scary and chilling haunted house story. I'm a fan of this genre and have read several, and many fail to understand that it's about the suspense and the idea of fear, not about describing everything in details. Monsters are a lot scarier if you never see them. This book, while not a masterpiece, keeps the tension throughout and provides for plenty of scares and anxiety (in a good way). I would say any fans of the genre would do well to pick it up."
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    #2The Hellbound Heart

    The Hellbound Heart

    The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker is a horror fiction novel published in 1986. This book tells the story of Frank Cotton as he searches for a puzzle box rumored to hold the ultimate carnal pleasure from an extradimensional world.


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    Ricardo Andrade
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "I believe this solution is a legitimate one. However, I would have liked it to go more in depth about the story. I wanted to know about haunted houses, but this solution describes the book generally but there is no mention of a haunted house."
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    #3Quiet Houses

    Quiet Houses

    This book collects seven different stories about the investigations carried out by Richard Nakata, a ghost hunter whose investigations will become clearer as we keep reading each story. Even though they can be read as standalone tales, reading the whole stories in order will help you build a bigger and clearer picture about what's going on in those houses. 


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    Sandra Henderson
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This book had an interesting and different structure. I thought it was new and interesting, though I like to read a single unified story more than I like reading separate stories."
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    #4This House is Haunted

    This House is Haunted
    As soon as Eliza Caine arrived in Norfolk, strange things started to happen to her. Things got even worse when she arrived at the house she was meant to take care of: many things with no rational explanation happened, and she only needed to spend one night there to realize she will have to take care of Isabella and Eustace, as well as herself. 


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    Benjamin Richards
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "I thought this book was OK. It was kind of predictable especially the end. The books was developing well until the last few chapters and then it seemed to fizzle out. The story was developing well, but I'm kind of disappointed with the ending."
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    #5House 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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    Marie Robinson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book no doubt sounds very creepy!"
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    #6The Figure In the Shadows

    The Figure In the Shadows
    The Figure In the Shadows by John Bellairs is a classic fantasy and mystery novel published in 1975. This book tells the story of Lewis and his lucky coin that holds dark and evil secrets within.

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    Marco Antonio Anaya
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "The Figure In The Shadows is one of my all-time favorite horror books. I can't say it's necessarily about a haunted house, if that's what you're looking for, but more about an evil coin. The storytelling here is top notch for the time it was released, and it still holds up today."
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    #7A Stir of Echoes

    A Stir of Echoes

    A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson is a horror fiction novel originally published in 1958 by the J.B Lippincott & Co. This book has a film adaptation using the same title and it was released in 1999 by director David Koepp.


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    Brittany Moreno
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "A Stir of Echoes is sure to please if you're looking for something to scare you out of your pants. Although it was originally published in the late 50's, it will still send chills up your spine. There's even a movie version, but be sure to read the book first (the books are always better!)"
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    #8The 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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    Henry Larson
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "I read about half of The Little Stranger and I had to put it down. I thought the premise was hokey, the delivery flat, and everything about the book just uninteresting."
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    #9The House Next Door

    The House Next Door
    Colquitt and Walter Kennedy were having a peaceful live in their house in Atlanta, until construction started in the vacant lot next door. They feared their intimacy would be diminished, but that was nothing compared with what was about to happen to everyone who dared getting inside the house, or those living near it. 


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    Robert Shaw
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "I was unimpressed with this book. I like a good haunted-house mystery, but this was just boring. I could predict every plot "twist" and every event like I had already read it. In fact, I felt like I had already read it - that's how generic and uninspired it really is. Look, give this one a pass - there's really nothing new or interesting here."
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    #10We Have Always Lived in the Castle

    We Have Always Lived in the Castle
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a chilling novel about a hideous (and possibly murderous) family living in the depths of a creepy estate. A struggle arises when a family member visited their humble abode.

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    Bruce Edwards
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "Very spooky book. After reading it I had a very hard time sleeping for a while."
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    #11Ghost 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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    Scott Medina
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "While Ghost Story is a scary book, it isn't a story about a haunted house. Rather, it is a story about four men telling each other frightening stories, but one of the stories from the past is haunting them."
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    #12The Amityville Horror

    The Amityville Horror

    The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson is a horror fiction novel published in 1977. This book is about a family who recently moved into a new house with a murderous past and a series of haunting events started to happen to them.


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    Nathan Sanchez
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This book did not disappoint! Was very well written and the story sucked me in from sentence to sentence."
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    #13The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story

    The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story

    The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story is modern gothic novel written by Susan Hill. First published in 1983, it is the first book in the The Woman in Black series.


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    James Hart
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Written in a style of a late nineteenth century novel, this proves to make the story more unnecessarily complicated and hard to read than it should. It is very gothic and dark, and not a bad tale if you can trudge through it. Much much better than the movie! "
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    #14Haunting of Gad's Hall

    Haunting of Gad's Hall

    Haunting of Gad's Hall is a historical fiction novel written by Norah Lofts. This book was first published in 1979 and it was reprinted by Isis Large Print in March 2010.


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    May Ren
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This was a creepy read for me. I found myself getting really unsettled when I read it. It has that great retro 80's horror vibe that I love to explore in books. The historical elements are always one of my favorites with Lofts books."
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    #15The House at Sunset

    The House at Sunset

    The House at Sunset is a historical fiction novel written by Norah Lofts. This book was first published in 1962 and it was reprinted by Tree of Life Publishing in March 2014.


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    Zhou Lai
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "The House at Sunset is the third in a trilogy of novels by Norah Lofts about the inhabitants of a country house in Suffolk from the late fourteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. Covering the period from 1740 to 1956, it traces the lives of its characters through the Georgian and Victorian eras and into the modern age. Written with Lofts' customary attention to historical detail, it follows their fortunes as history moves inexorably towards the post-War period and the accession of Elizabeth II, so different from the fourteenth century when serf Martin Reed first built the House."
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    #16The Town House

    The Town House

    The Town House is a historical fiction novel written by Norah Lofts. This book was first published in June 1940 and it was reprinted by Tree of Life Publishing in 2013. It was followed by The House at Old Vine in 1961.


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    Daniel Washington
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "It was in the first week of October in the year 1391 that I first came face to face with the man who owned me... the man whose lightest word was to us, his villeins, weightier than the King's law or the edicts of our Holy Father.."
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    #17Hell 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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    Benjamin Knight
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "I was NOT a fan of Hell House. The author, Matheson, seems to have lazily ripped off a number of other famous scary titles, including "Heck House" and "Hell Airbnb." I was hoping to far more scared, but instead I found myself laughing at the plot and absurd characterization. "


Best What are the best haunted house books
1The Haunting of Hill House Books 29 Paid
2The Hellbound HeartBooks 26 Paid
3Quiet HousesBooks 24 Paid
4This House is HauntedBooks 23 Paid
5House of LeavesBooks 18 Paid
6The Figure In the ShadowsBooks 17 Paid
7A Stir of EchoesBooks 15 Paid
8The Little StrangerBooks 15 Paid
9The House Next DoorBooks 12 Paid
10We Have Always Lived in the CastleBooks 12 Paid

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