Favourite Ghost Stories

There’s a chill in the air, the nights are drawing in and the scent of pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING is drifting over to you on the breeze. Halloween is FINALLY here and we thought it only right to share with you some of our favourite ghost stories.

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

This is the story of a bear-hearted girl…

Frances Hardinge’s triumphant follow-up to the incredible The Lie Tree takes us to Puritan England and to a girl called Makepeace, a courageous girl with a mysterious past. Every night she has to defend herself from the ghosts that try to possess her but then a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard and suddenly there is a ghost inside her. A creepy, richly imagined and utterly brilliant story from master wordsmith Frances Hardinge. Prepare yourselves!

Say Her Name by Juno Dawson

Quite possibly one of the most frightening books I have ever read. Say Her Name is a retelling of the Bloody Mary myth. A Halloween dare at Bobbie’s spooky boarding school to summon legendary ghost ‘Bloody Mary’ is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. But then things start to get a bit weird, messages are being left on mirrors and it becomes all too clear that they have awakened Mary and she is out for revenge. It’s utterly gripping and terrifying and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Definitely one to read during daylight hours only. And you’ll be avoiding mirrors for some time after as well, FYI, and baths…

The Woman In Black by Susan Hill

This is possibly one of my favourite ghost stories ever! Just thinking about it sends a chill down my spine. Having been utterly traumatised by the play (which is brilliant, btw, big recommend!), I knew I had to read the book to get the full effect of Susan Hill’s story. The Woman In Black tells the story of Arthur Kipps who, when he was a junior solicitor, was summoned to a small market town on the north east coast of England to attend the funeral of Alice Drablow where he encounters the woman in black. Thrilling, dark and for goodness sake don’t read it at night! Unless you’re, like, really hardcore, in which case, be my guest.

Death & Co by D.J. McCune

Telling a tale a little different to the others on this list would be Death & Co by D.J. McCune. This tells the story of a boy called Adam who is a Luman, someone who escorts the dead from life into light and helping them pass on. But this is not the life Adam wants, one of ghosts and travelling to the Hinterland, he just wants to go to school and fall in love and be normal. It’s clever and a little bit different, still very much ghostly but with its own set of rules and mythology that keep the pages turning long into the night! It's an adventure story at its heart with a contemporary romance sitting alongside it. It's also a lot less spookier than the books preceding it on this list so one that is definitely for the faint hearted! 

Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan

It feels worth mentioning that not all ghost stories have to be spooky (#NotAllGhostStories) and in Marly’s Ghost we have one that is actually a little bit romantic. Set around Valentine’s Day, Marly’s Ghost puts a modern twist on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. After Ben’s girlfriend, Marly, dies, he doesn’t exactly feel like celebrating Valentine’s Day and the sight of other couples all loved up makes him bitter. Then Marly comes to him as a ghost and takes him on a journey through Valentines past, present and future and, just like in the classic novel, what he sees will leave him forever changed. In trademark David Levithan style this will hit you right in the feels and have you feeling all sorts of loved up. So if you're not in the mood for being spooked, perhaps curl up with this one instead!

So those our some of my personal faves! What are yours? What will you be reading this Halloween? Let us know over at @MyKindaBook on twitter!