a good ole fashion summer ghost story??

Does a summer ghost story exist? We usually want to read something fast and gripping while sitting on the beach sipping our tropical drinks. No, ghost stories or haunted houses must be for the winter when we are all cold and draped under multiple layers of blankets and cursing the blizzard outside.


I am just about to finish up with a project that has been years in the making. My head is about to explode! The thought of looking at a word processor for one more minute is going to make me scream! Now it’s time for a good ole fashion ghost story (or haunted house or small town in Scotland where the townfolk are harboring a dark secret). One of my absolutely favorites is Shirley Jackson’s, The Haunting of Hill HouseOn a side note, you can also read her fantastic short story, “The Lottery,” online here.

So, bring it on. Any suggestions?

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One of my favorite blogs is Multo (Ghost). “This is a blog about ghosts — literal, fictional, and metaphorical. It’s also a blog about whatever I want it to be about, so sometimes, the connection to ghosts may be a bit tenuous.”

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I know I can be a bit behind the times, but I finally setup a Facebook page. Hopefully, this can be another “follow” option if you don’t want to receive emails.


  1. Thanks for the link love 🙂

    I know I’m more into short stories than you are, but right now I’m on the tale end of The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales. Much of it is great, some of it (the early work) is deliciously bad. Hawthorne, Poe, Bierce, Faulkner, Welty, Angela Carter, Isabel Allende…. It’s been out since ’92, so it’s a good candidate for a used bookstore find.

    And I’ve never read it (though it’s on my list), but Rosemary’s Baby (the novel, that is) sounds like it might be a possibility.

    Now you’ve got me wanting to read Haunting of Hell House again.

  2. I’m out of NYC now, so my used bookshop options are limited but I will be on the look out. I think I know of a used shop in the general vicinity (argh, I’m so used to the big city life). I love me a good tale especially the Gothic type. So many skeletons in so many closets!

  3. For ghost stories you can’t beat MR James. He was the master of terror by implication, there are plenty of editions of his collected ghost stories about, also 2012 is his 150th birthday

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