Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story #BookReview #ChristmasHorror @shani_struthers

Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story

I’m a big fan of audiobooks and The Psychic Surveys series from Shani Struthers, so I was delighted when I won an Audible copy of Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story!

About the Book

What do you do when a whole town is haunted? 

In 1899, in the North Yorkshire market town of Thorpe Morton, a tragedy occurred; 59 people died at the market hall whilst celebrating Christmas Eve, many of them children. One hundred years on and the spirits of the deceased are restless still, ‘haunting’ the community, refusing to let them forget. 

In 1999, psychic investigators Theo Lawson and Ness Patterson are called in to help, sensing immediately on arrival how weighed down the town is. Quickly they discover there’s no safe haven. The past taints everything. 

Hurtling towards the anniversary as well as a new millennium, their aim is to move the spirits on, to cleanse the atmosphere so everyone – the living and the dead – can start again. But the spirits prove resistant and soon Theo and Ness are caught up in battle, fighting against something that knows their deepest fears and can twist them in the most dangerous of ways. 

They’ll need all their courage to succeed and the help of a little girl too – a spirit who didn’t die at the hall, who shouldn’t even be there…

Best Listened To

Eve: A Christmas Ghost is best listened to while lounging on the couch late on Christmas Night with some mulled wine or hot port.

Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story

My Thoughts on the Audiobook

This is a prequel to the Psychic Surveys series, told from Theo’s point of view. I love Ruby, the main character in the the Psychic Surveys series, but fierce Theo is my favourite. I loved getting more of an insight into her story and that of fellow psychic Ness.

The tale begins in mid-December in a town devoid of any Christmas spirit. Thorpe Morton is a place where everyone is haunted by ghosts and the town’s tragic past.

Theo and Ness soon find that they are dealing with more than a simple haunting, resulting in some terrifying scenes.

I loved the growing relationship between Theo and Ness. The contrast between Theo’s  strong personality and Ness’ quiet reserved nature worked brilliantly.

This is not only a ghost story, but also a mystery. The ending was sad, but also heartwarming. Like the other Psychic Survey books, this is about friendship and trust overcoming darkness.

The narrator’s accent added to the essence of this book. Her rich, warm accent suited the tale perfectly.

Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story is a Christmas horror with a heart.

Buy the Book

To purchase the audiobook, click here.

To purchase the e-book, click here.

About the Author

Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story

Born and bred in Brighton, Shani is the author of several paranormal books, some set in and around her hometown, others further afield, in the world’s most haunted locations to be exact!

To find out more about Shani click here.

#ChristmasBookBloggersTag

THE CHRISTMAS BOOK BLOGGERS TAG

I love books and I love Christmas (as much as Halloween!) so I had to do this tag!  Thanks to Trish over at Between my Lines for the inspiration! I’m not tagging anyone specific, but I’d love if some of you joined in with #ChristmasBookBloggersTag.

CHRISTMAS BOOK BLOGGERS TAG

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SCENE IN A BOOK?

I cheated and picked two moments, each as sweet as the other.

My first pick is from Anne of Green Gables when Anne receives her very first Christmas present in true ‘Anne with an E’ style.

“Merry Christmas, Marilla! Merry Christmas, Matthew! Isn’t it a lovely Christmas? I’m so glad it’s white. Any other kind of Christmas doesn’t seem real, does it? I don’t like green Christmases. They’re not green — they’re just nasty faded browns and grays. What makes people call them green? Why — why — Matthew, is that for me? Oh, Matthew!”

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My second pick is the scene of Harry’s first Christmas at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It gets me every time.

After a meal of turkey sandwiches, crumpets, trifle, and Christmas cake, everyone felt too full and sleepy to do much before bed except sit and watch Percy chase Fred and George all over Gryffindor tower because they’d stolen his prefect badge

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DO YOU HAVE ANY CHRISTMAS BOOK TRADITIONS?

I love to read a special book by the Christmas tree lights. I have ever since I read one of my Mallory Towers books by the twinkling lights as a child. Last week I read Carmel Harrington’s Every Time A Bell Rings and re-reading that may become a Christmas book tradition!

DO YOU PREFER TO GET PRESENTS OF BOOK VOUCHERS OR BOOKS?

I love both! I just love anything bookish. 😁

DO YOU GIVE BOOKS AS PRESENTS?

Yes, I have been known to.  I’m a book pusher 😉

WHAT BOOKISH ITEM IS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS WISHLIST?

Mmm.. I have really wanted a nice collector’s edition of Anne of Green Gables or The Stand for a long time now.

WHAT 3 BOOKS WOULD YOU LOVE SANTA TO HAVE IN HIS SACK FOR YOU?

I’d love a surprise!

FAKE CHRISTMAS TREE OR REAL CHRISTMAS TREE?

A nice, full 7 ft fake tree, accompanied by pine-cone smelling candles. 🎄 🎄

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

Spending time me with family and friends, Christmas has always been a big deal in my family and I love it! Also, my annual Christmas Eve date with my husband in our local pub. Five years ago, we had our first official date there on Christmas Eve and we return to the scene of the crime every year. 😁

WHAT CHRISTMAS BOOK WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?

An oldie, but a goodie – A Christmas Carol. Classic Dickens and it encapsulates the true meaning of Christmas.

 

WHAT DISH ON YOUR CHRISTMAS MENU ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO?

I love it all!!! But I’m a sucker for all the yummy vegetables and selection of potatoes! Roasties, mash and croquettes are a must!

WHEN DO YOU OPEN YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS?

Christmas morning! I love unwrapping presents in my Christmas pyjamas by the tree.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG?

White Christmas by Bing Crosby, we grew up to Bing blaring in our house and car and I love all his Christmas songs. But, the most special Christmas song to me is Fairytale of New York by The Pogues. It was my Nan’s favourite song, it’s bittersweet hearing it but it’s played so much that she’s never out of our thoughts at Christmas time. 💖

ARE YOU DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS?

No, it was all I wanted as a child, but it’s not half as romantic now that I drive! We had a lovely White Christmas a good few years ago. It was okay to drive in, we had snowball fights and it was so pretty. Unfortunately, the same year my sister was in Australia. She was crying down the phone and it wasn’t the same without her.

TALK TO NOELLE (THE CHRISTMAS BRIDE) : LET ME KNOW SOME OF YOUR ANSWERS.  EITHER IN THE COMMENTS, OR LINK ME TO YOUR OWN BLOG POST.

Special 📢 Announcement – 11TH HOUR CLEANING from Exit 44 Entertainment

11th Hour Cleaning

I have a very special announcement on the blog! I’m thrilled to introduce you to an exciting new horror movie, 11TH HOUR CLEANING!

What is 11th Hour Cleaning?

11th Hour Cleaning is an upcoming supernatural film with a very unusual premise. The film tells the story of a group of crime scene cleaners that struggle to escape a murder house after becoming trapped by an ancient Nordic demon that is hell bent on driving them insane. I love the sound of this!

I was thrilled when the writer /director Ty Leisher contacted me with the press release for 11th Hour Cleaning. The film features a lot of mythology and part of the demon is inspired by the Badb, from Irish mythology.

Badb, among with Ana and Macha make up the trilogy of The Morris and or Morrigu. Badb an Irish goddess of war. Her cries were heard at the start of battles and for this reason she is identified with the bean-sidhe or Banshee, a signal of impending death. I find this whole subject fascinating, especially after attending a talk on the subject  from Dr. Bernie McCarthy of West Cork College. I can’t wait to see how this plays out in 11th Hour Cleaning!

The Inspiration Behind Eleventh Hour Cleaning

“As a kid, my parents were    foreclosed home cleaners    until one day, we walked into  a house where a murder occurred.”    Writer/Director, Ty Leisher    said, “Since that day I’ve dreamed of telling this horrific story in the most    psychologically twisted way    possible.”

About 11TH HOUR CLEANING

11TH HOUR CLEANING is a debut supernatural    horror    film from Exit 44 Entertainment. 11TH HOUR CLEANING

11TH    HOUR CLEANING is  the directorial feature debut of Ty Leisher, who penned the script  with the help of coproducers    Ed Morrone (White    Collar, The Fugitive Chronicles)  11TH HOUR CLEANING  who costars, and editor    Eric Brodeur (Filly Brown,   Exeter), who will also lend    his hand in the editing bay.  The creative team behind the    camera includes special effects makeup artist Melanie    Young (Scream: The TV    Series,    Sacrament)      cinematographer Vince    Taroc, and production    designer Kim Brunner (The  New Adventures of Peter &    Wendy). Casting will be   announced on November 28,   2017. Filming is set to commence on December 9,  2017, in the director’s    hometown of El Segundo, CA.

11TH    HOUR    CLEANING  marks the second    collaboration for  the Exit    44  Entertainment team.    Their previous short film,    Stranded, is available to    watch here:     https://youtu.be/I3irqcOG3Og

If Stranded is anything to go by, 11TH HOUR CLEANING promises to be impactful, interesting and chilling. I cannot wait to see it!

11TH HOUR CLEANING

Closer to the release date in September/ October 2018, I might even have some cast or crew interviews for you all so keep your eyes peeled!

 

#MovieReview: The Faith Community

The Faith Community

When I was asked to review The Faith Community, I was ecstatic! I love horror movies, so this was a dream come true for me! I’d like to thank Robert from Vicious Apple Productions for the opportunity.

About the Movie

A group of religious students drive into the remote wilderness to spend time with a religious sect and strengthen their bond with God. The three unsuspecting students film everything to document their experience, but soon find themselves in the dark underbelly of a twisted religious cult with questionable motives. This found footage film and horror movie will test even the most devout faith.

My Thoughts on the Movie

Religion in horror freaks the hell out of me and there is something inherently creepy about religious fanatics! So I had high hopes for this after watching the trailer! This found footage film, though lower budget than a lot of the horror films in the market, was better than most of the horror films I’ve watched in the past couple of years. Mainstream horror can be stale at times, so this was a refreshing change.

From the opening scene, tension built steadily. When the three religious students arrive at the bible camp in the woods, the viewer is immediately aware that there is something not right. The interviews with the members of the cult build the unease and drama. The viewer in to the world of the egotistical ‘Messenger.’ The intensity of the movie increases as the real horror unfolds rapidly.

The downside to this movie for me was the camera work, but this is my issue with found footage films in general. The footage seemed raw and unedited, but maybe this was purposeful.

This was a chilling movie and there were some  scarily realistic scenes. The acting was good, except for one or two slightly over the top moments. Olive Palmer playing Michael was excellent.

There is no background music to this movie, which increased the authenticity. And although it doesn’t have a glossy finish or any added bells and whistles, I quite enjoyed it and found some scenes very freaky.  For a first time director with a low budget, Faith Johnson did a good job, and I look forward to the next film she’s involved in. This was original and different to the norm, so it’s a thumbs up from me.

To find out more about the Faith Community movie, click here.

To watch now on  Amazon or PPOV Horror, click here.

#Badtime Stories – A brilliant book project for kids & adults

 

Bedtime is a bad time for Jacob and Jacob but nightmares are the least of their worries.

Badtime Stories contains 50 bite-sized tales of gothic fantasy, chillingly illustrated throughout by Carl Pugh. The stories feature twins called Jacob and Jacob as they do their best to stay awake or escape their room in a world where shadows have a life of their own and clowns live in the wardrobes. There are peculiar characters such as Nurse Mariam, a gardener called Cloister, a babysitter called Balthazar, an order of nuns known as the Also Sisters, and a father made entirely of ash who lives in an urn. Try as they might, the twins’ efforts are thwarted by some strange new terror and sleep always wins.

Dom Conlon and Carl Pugh have been working together for over 20 years as a creative team producing brand strategy for video games including Resident Evil, Dead Rising, and Devil May Cry. Their fertile imaginations have fed upon the world around them and grown to the point where Badtime Stories began to take on a life of its own. Though short, each story is packed with detail hinting at a wider, stranger world in which anything can happen – however surreal.

The book is for children and adults wanting something deliciously dark but never gruesome or disturbing and always with a wicked sense of humour. It is in the tradition of fairy tales from a time when children could go walking in forests, talk to woodcutters and even have their thumbs cut off. There are pledge levels ranging from the book to individual portraiture and special editions and your support is vital.

To support Badtime Stories click here.

#Halloween #BookReview Ghosts of Manor House by Matt Powers

Ghosts of Manor House

As many of you will already know, I’m a lover of grand ghost  stories in haunted houses, so I was delighted when Matt asked me to review Ghosts of Manor House. Even the name is delightfully creepy.

A mother will sacrifice anything for her children. A husband will risk everything to save his wife. Manor House will take them all.

Best Read

Ghosts of Manor House is best read by flickering candlelight while drinking a steaming cup of tea.

 

My Thoughts on the Ghosts of Manor House

Edmund and Mary, along with their daughter Stephanie find their lives at a standstill after the loss of their son, Tommy. Mary receives an invitation to mysterious Manor House,  where Edmund will work on his novel and the family will repair their relationships. It’s clear from the beginning that the whole family, but especially Mary are desperately grieving, adding another dark dimension to the story.

Edmund goes to Manor House ahead of his family to work on his writing, but all is not as it seems. Manor House has a dark history, that slowly reveals itself to Edmund through his writing, which reminded me of The Shining.  Mr. Travers, the giant oak tree overshadowing the grand house and gardens is a firm part of the house’s disturbing history. I loved the way Mr. Travers was treated as a character and a key element of the story.

Along with the surreal, creepy going-ons in Manor House, the historical back story adds an extra layer of horror to the tale. The book reaches a shocking climax when Edmund finds out exactly what Manor House is hiding.

The only little negative is that it could have been a teeny,  bit creeper,  but then I am probably de-sensitised by the amount of horror I read and watch!  I really enjoyed this book and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of Matt’s work.

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If you’re looking for a creepy, surreal Halloween read, definitely check it out!

To purchase Ghosts of Manor House click here.

About the Author

Ghosts of Manor House
Matt is the author and creator of Ghosts of Manor House and Senior Producer at Zynga. Computers and video games have been a part of his life since he was young. As a child, he always played video games and when he was ten, his Dad told him that he should try making his own. And so he taught himself to program and create games on the computer. He majored in Computer Science and enjoys working with a team of creative people. Matt has a passion for books and finds writing to be a great way to release his inner creativity.

Matt lives and works in the busy and vibrant metropolis of San Francisco where he is surrounded by extraordinary views of the ocean. He loves how the city is filled with a variety of people and activities – there is always something to do and new to see. In addition to San Francisco, Matt spends a lot of time in Grass Valley with friends and family where he can escape the concrete jungle for the relative calm of this gold mining sierra town. This is where the characters and story of Ghosts came to life.

He loves to write because he can use his wacky and twisted imagination to create interesting characters that he brings to life on paper. Matt’s writing process with Ghosts started with a concept, “write a creepy haunted house story.” Ideas became scenes, which became characters that created a story. Matt made a deal with Manor House to tell its tale and so he did, but at what price?

To learn more about Matt Powers and Ghosts of Manor House Visit:

Twitter and Instagram: @ghostsofmanorhouse

Website: www.ghostsofmanorhouse.com

The History of Halloween

Today in the spirit of Halloween ? ,  I have a special guest post from author Ashley Franz Holman.

The complete history of Halloween is a complicated one.

The modern, secular version is ironic, as the progression from superstition, Roman traditions, Celtic holiday, Christianity, and then finally to commercialism has given Halloween an interesting flavor.

 
Those familiar with Ovid may know of Feralia, which was a Roman holiday commemorating the dead and is often cited as an influence on what would become Halloween.
What is interesting about Feralia standing out as a primary influence is that most cultures have had similar traditions regarding death and the remembrance of ancestors.
Samhain, the Celtic and Pagan tradition is often considered to be the largest influence on the modern holiday.
It took place during the fall. There were monsters and demons that showed themselves only on that day. It was a magical time.
While the modern traditions for Halloween are mostly secular in nature, it was the Catholic church’s decision to create an alternative to Samhain with All Saints/Souls Day.
Over the centuries, bits of all of the world’s traditions found a place to mix in the melting pot that was America.
By the early 1900s, something resembling Trick or Treating started to catch steam. There was a lull during the sugar rationing of the Second World War, but once the Americans returned from fighting Halloween was one of the traditions that made the country feel normal again.

There’s something very human about the tradition of Halloween. Our obsessions with death, our desires to be remembered. Fear of monsters and the unknown.

Check out more of Ashley’s writing here on Ashley’s website.

Check out Vice and Virtues, a Horror anthology presented by Ashley on Amazon. The perfect ? Halloween read ?!

 

The Lodgers 2017 ? ?

Anyone who knows me, will know I have a fondness for a gothic tale, whether in book or movie form.

When I heard that there was a gothic ghost story being filmed in Loftus Hall, I was intrigued. Loftus Hall is a genuinely spooky spot and the perfect location for a ? ghost story.

The trailer looks deliciously creepy! I’m dying to see this movie filmed in Ireland’s most haunted house. The film will go on general release in early 2018.

What are your thoughts? Will you be going to see The Lodgers? ????

Purple Pumpkin Patch ? – Halloween & Fairytale Jewellery

When I received a package from The Purple Pumpkin Patch, I was absolutely thrilled! Thanks so much to Pumpkin Patch creator Elaine !

I received not only one, but two pairs of the cutest Halloween earrings I’ve ever seen! I love Halloween so much that I will wear these all year round! Also my main character in my book is a witch, so the little witch earrings will definitely come in handy!

The Purple Pumpkin Patch features Irish handmade jewellery inspired by nature and fairytales. There are also seasonal pieces made, particularly for Halloween and Christmas. Jewellery includes charm bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces. Custom orders can be facilitated.

As well as jewellery, handmade floral crowns and slides are also available. These can be custom made for festivals, weddings and other occasions. The owner can make matching sets for adults and children and the children’s bracelet  has the option of coming with a small bottle of fairy dust!!

To visit the Pumpkin Patch Etsy store click here.

Prices start at just €5 and all Halloween earrings are €5! I am a massive Halloween ? fan and a massive Disney fan, so I love all the pieces in the Purple Pumpkin Patch Etsy store.

Below are some of my favourite picks!

My first picks are the Beauty and the Beast inspired silver enchanted rose ring and the charm bracelet. Who  could resist?

Silver Rose Ring
Beauty and the Beast inspired charm bracelet

Up next is another Disney inspired piece. Tinkerbell has always been one of my favourite Disney character so this caught my eye immediately.

 

Tinkerbelle-inspired-necklace

For the ? unicorn fans, there is this gorgeous necklace.

? Unicorn necklace

The Pumpkin Patch can make lots of different custom charm bracelets, but my pick had to be the Halloween charm bracelet.

Halloween ? charm bracelet

To see more of the cute and reasonable pieces visit The Purple Pumpkin Patch Etsy store.

 

The Corpse Bride’s Recommended Reads for Halloween ?

My favourite time of the year is approaching – Halloween!  ?

Here are  my Halloween reading recommendations. These are the books that have scared or thrilled me over the years!

Winterbay Abbey by John Bladek and Davonna Juroe

This is a creepy, atmospheric, old style ghost story with a sad, haunting ending. Will, an architect, goes to the historic Winterbay Abbey to design a grand restoration, but Will and his wife soon fall foul of the abbey’s curse.

The in Woman Black By Susan Hill

This gothic tale is well known as being one of the scariest books in the past few years and it lives up to its reputation. Arthur Kipps goes to the isolated Edel Marsh House to sort out the affairs of the late Alice Drablow. A chilling and brilliant ghost story.

 The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand is not only one of my favourite horror novels, but also my favourite book. It’s an epic,  apocalyptic tale of good versus evil. The horror only begins when a deadly influenza spreads rapidly across the world.

Heart – Shaped Box by Joe Hill

This is a modern, original ghost story from Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill. Scary and gory and further proof that you should not buy ghosts on the Internet! Rock star Judge buys a ghost to add to his occult collection, with horrific results.

IT by Stephen King

IT does not need much of an introduction with the current release of the movie version. The book will always be superior – over 1000 pages of pure horror in the town of Derry at the hands of an ancient evil and the terrifying Pennywise the clown.  ? .The characters, settings, atmosphere and scenes are perfect.

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill

This was recommended to me by David at Blue Balloon and it is excellent. This is wicked, twisted, surreal horror – a child killer, Christmasland and a Mother trying to save her son.

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

I first read this as a very young teenager and I’ve read a dozen times since. The vampire tale of the beautiful Louis and the enigmatic Lestat is bloody, mesmerising and stunning.

Naomi’s Room by Jonathan Aycliffe

This had been the only book  that I’ve ever had to leave to one side before finishing because it scared me so much. A particular gruesome, ghostly scene would not leave my head. Charles’ daughter goes missing Christmas Eve and is later found murdered. This is is only the start of the terror for Charles and Laura.  A ghost story and a mystery.

The Ghosts of Sleath by James Herbert

All of James Herbert’s Ash series are excellent, but I picked this one for the list. Psychic David Ash goes to investigate a town full of hauntings. This had lots of gruesome imagery, along with heart.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula, the father of all vampires and written by an Irish man. The tale of Jonathan Harker, Count Dracula and Mena is eloquent, timeless and scary. I think I need to re-read this one soon!

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

This is the first YA book on the list. Creepy little dolls, a windswept location, oijua boards, deaths and a tortured teen make for a brilliant YA horror.

Dark Matter by Michelle Pavar

I listened to Dark Matter in audiobook form and it entranced me. An Artic expedition results in Jack being stranded in a rough, artic Winter alone, but he’s not alone. Haunting, tense and gripping throughout.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Dead House is also a YA addition. A psychological, gory and original tale told from a variety of sources, including police interviews, video footage and the diary of Kaitlyn and Carly, a girl with multiple personalities.

House on Haunted Hill by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson has a fantastic way of twisting the readers emotions and confusing them.  A classic tale of terror when a group of strangers go to Hill House to take part in a study. The reader is unsure whether this is a a real haunted house or the manifestations of one of the main character Eleanor’s mind.

Zom-B Series by Darren Shan

Zom-B series is a twelve book series, with an extra novella. I read the whole series of a period of months and when it finished, I was devastated to say goodbye to B Smith and the other characters like Mr. Dowling. Zombie filled and action packed, this also highlights more political themes like racism. I devoured this like warm brains.

The Fog by James Herbert

The Fog is a brilliant,  demented and grotesque book.  When the fog invades a small village in England and rapidly spreads, it drives people insane and makes them act on their most depraved and horrific instincts.

Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories – edited by Doug Murano and Alexander Ward

This anthology from Crystal Lake Publishing re-kindled my love of the short story. Each story is unique, beautiful but also horrible. A mixture of poems and stories to entrance and disgust.

 

Turner by Karl Drinkwater

I knew that I’d love Turner from the moment I saw the bloody chainsaw on the cover.
I loved the isolated Welsh setting and the atmosphere of the village, reminded me of Summerville Island from The Wicker Man.  Three strangers fight for their lives on an isolated Welsh island where the locals are not welcoming.

Hannah by Shaun Horton

When Eli, Naomi and their two children return from a camping trip, strange occurrences start in their house and family pet Hannah starts acting viciously and strangely. I’m terrified of dogs, so this canine horror scared the beejaysus out of me.

The Beast House by Richard Laymon

In true Laymon style, this is gory, twisted, sexually charged and action packed. Thanks to my old library in Dungarvan, I discovered Laymon. Tourists come to visit the infamous Beast House, where multiple murders have occurred and get more than they bargain for.

The Silence of Ghosts by Jonathan Aycliffe

Dominic, a wounded former soldier,is sent to the countryside with partially deaf sister Octavia during the blitz. This has eerie scenes, an atmospheric creepy location and a sense of dread throughout.

This House is Haunted by John Boyne

By now, you can probably tell that I’m a fan of the classic ghost story. ? Governess Eliza arrives at Gaudlin Hall.  Abandoned children, unexplained occurrences and terrifying experiences await her.

 

Lockwood and Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

This book is aimed at teens and is the perfect mix of scary and humourous. This is the first in the series where the team of courageous Lucy, the enigmatic Lockwood and Georges,  first start investigating hauntings across London. Hugely entertaining!

Ring by Koji Suzuki

This is the book that spawned the Ringu and Ring films. Again,  the first in a series, this story of a videotape that kills you seven days after you watch it is a tense and creepy horror.

The Ghosts of Magnificent Children by Caroline Busher

Though for younger readers, this book had to make the list, everyone knows that children love ghost stories! It was haunting and gripped me until the bittersweet ending. Four magnificent and gifted children are taken to Badblood’s circus, where a dark fate awaits them. 100 years later, their ghosts appear the Irish coast, where they befriend Rua, who must help them.

The Dead House by Billy O’Callaghan

Billy O’Callaghan’s first novel is a beautifully written ghost story. Set in the wilds of West Cork, a group of friends visited artist Maggie and try out a ouija board. Maggie unravels emotionally and artistically as the real, unseen terror unfolds. The clever, perfectly eeerie ending to this book will stay with the reader for long after the last last page.

Darkmere by Helen Maslin

Darkmere is a ghost story told in dual timelines by modern day Kate and nineteenth century young bride Elinor  and their experiences at Darkmere Castle. This a fun,  YA horror with a mix of romance, ghosts and mystery.

The Demon Road Trilogy by Derek Landy

When Amber turns sixteen, she finds out that she’s not the boring girl she thought, she’s also a beautiful red-horned demon. This is an epic rollercoaster of a journey as Amber and Milo travel across America to try to escape Amber’s parents. A brilliant trilogy featuring demonic bikers, vampires, undead serial killers and awesome characters

Zombie Girl Saga by Alessia Giacomi

This is the second atypical zombie series on the list. Eve Brenner goes on an archaeological dig with friends Akex and Cam, and is bitten by something that causes her to become a thinking zombie. This series was full of great action sequences and friendship, it reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Hell House by Richard Matheson

It’s a very long time since I read this, but I can still remember the opening chapters and our introduction to the ominous Belasco House or Hell House. Four people are hired by a millionaire to enter the house and investigate the paranormal phenomena. Chilling and psychological, another classic ghost story.

The Haunting of Highdown Hall by Shani Struthers

This is a recent read for me and the Psychic surveys series is entertaining and scary. The series follows Ruby’s psychic investigations agency as they try to help trapped spirits. Each book has a great story at the heart and feisty characters.

The Other Side of the Wall by Andrea Mara

This is the only real thriller on the list. I had to add this as it’s the only book in a long time to really freak me out! One scene had me hiding under the covers and listening for noises downstairs.  Sylvia looks out her bedroom window at night and sees a child face down in the pond next door, she races into her neighbour’s garden. But the pond is empty, and no-one is answering the door…

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Vicious, strange, heartbreaking and bloody, a vampire novel unlike any other. Loner Oskar is befriended by new neighbour, the strange Eli, who never leaves the apartment during the day. The real horror in this unfolds as Oskar is horribly bullied. Utterly brilliant and disturbing.

Mr. Sparks by Danny Weston

Ventriloquist dummies have scared me ever since I came across Mr. Slappy in Goosebumps! Mr. Sparks is an even creepier character! After Owen’s father goes missing in the war and his Mother has a breakdown, he is left with his cruel aunt in her boarding house. Mr. Sparks shows him a way out, but soon it becomes  apparent that Mr. Sparks is not as friendly as he first seems. A tense, gripping and scary YA horror.

I’ve finally come to the end of my list! Have you ready any of these? What books really scared you?

Have a wicked Halloween! ? ? ?