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Christopher Golden

Five Haunted House Novels You May Not Have Read

I love a great haunted house novel, even if sometimes the haunting is by a demon rather than a ghost. I suppose that’s a “possessed house” novel instead, but let’s not split hairs. Then there are the haunted object stories, like King’s Christine (a car) or Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box (a suit of clothes). In my new novel, Dead Ringers, I weave together a crazy quilt of those elements, including a demon in a basement, a room full of haunted mirrors, and ghosts with agendas. But when they’re done right, the straight-up haunted house novel is one of the most beautiful, elegant, and terrifying subgenres in literature. If you like this sort of thing, even a little, odds are you have already read the big three—Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, Stephen King’s The Shining, and Richard Matheson’s Hell House. Maybe you’ve even read The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson, which purported to be a true story. But here are Five Haunted House Books You Probably Haven’t Read, and should…for better or worse.

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