Ghosts, Spirits, and Haunted Houses

Black Creek Crossing

By John Saul

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Angel Sullivan, a plain-looking 14-year-old who never fits in, gets a chance for a fresh start when her family moves into the plush community of Roundtree. Myra, her obsessively religious mother, and Marty, her lazy, alcoholic father, buy a house on Black Creek Crossing, even though the place is rumored to be haunted. Soon after they settle in, a black cat mysteriously appears out of thin air, smoke from a nonexistent fire fills the house and a girl's face appears in the darkness, reflected in a mirror. Meanwhile, Angel, with the help of another school outcast, Seth Baker, begins to investigate the history of the house. They discover an ancient book of spells that may have belonged to the house's original owners, members of a Salem-like community of witches, and the teens proceed to cast spells on the bullies who torment them. But the sinister forces inhabiting the house are just biding their time until they turn their malice on Angel and Seth. –From Publishers Weekly
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From the Dust Returned: A Family Remembrance

By Ray Bradbury

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"...he takes us to a most wondrous destination: into the heart of an Eternal Family. They have lived for centuries in a house of legend and mystery in upper Illinois -- and they are not like other midwesterners. Rarely encountered in daylight hours, their children are curious and wild; their old ones have survived since before the Sphinx first sank its paws deep in Egyptian sands. And some sleep in beds with lids. Now the house is being readied in anticipation of the gala homecoming that will gather together the farflung branches of this odd and remarkable family.

"In the past-midnight stillness can be detected the soft fluttering of Uncle Einars wings. From her realm of sleep, Cecy, the fairest and most special daughter, can feel the approach of many a welcome being -- shapeshifter, telepath, somnambulist, vampire -- as she flies high in the consciousness of bird and bat. But in the midst of eager anticipation, a sense of doom pervades. For the world is changing. And death, no stranger, will always shadow this most singular family..."

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Heart-Shaped Box

By Joe Hill

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Aging death-metal rock legend Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals...a used hangman's noose...a snuff film. But nothing he possesses is as unique or as dreadful as his latest purchase off the Internet: a one-of-a-kind curiosity that arrives at his door in a black heart-shaped box...a musty dead man's suit still inhabited by the spirit of its late owner. And now everywhere Judas Coyne goes, the old man is there—watching, waiting, dangling a razor blade on a chain from his bony hand. –Book Description
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House

By Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker

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Enter House - where you'll find yourself thrown into a killer's deadly game in which the only way to win is to lose...and the only way out is in. –Catalog Summary
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House of Echoes

By Barbara Erskine

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A woman unexpectedly inherits a beautiful English manor from the mother she never knew--a place where her two young brothers died many years ago. The locals whisper of a dire curse on both the house and her family, as eerie, inexplicable occurrences begin to threaten her own two sons. Now she is completely on her own to face a centuries-old malevolence--with the lives of those she holds dear hanging in the balance! –Catalog Summary
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Spirit Lost

By Nancy Thayer

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After Willy and her husband, John, move to Nantucket, the spirit of a woman appears and threatens their marriage.
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Superstition

By David Ambrose

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University psychologist Sam Towne has gathered a small group of volunteers to examine the power of the human mind, instructing the group to think up a fictitious spirit of a man named Adam, who would have lived and died over a century ago. As the group spends night after night trying to contact him through a ouija board, eventually Adam answers back and enters the physical world as a hostile spirit, and is determined to remain. When all attempts to terminate the ghost fail, a desperate struggle for survival escalates as each member of the original group falls victim to the heinous forces of the unknown. –Book Description
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The Birthing House

By Christopher Ransom

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Much to his wife's dismay, Conrad Harrison buys a large, old house in Wisconsin. After a few paranormal incidences in the new house, Conrad's wife returns to her life in California. His neighbor, Nadia claims to have been victimized by the eerie house and Conrad discovers a body hidden within his home's wall, they begin a terrifying investigation into the house's history. –Catalog Summary
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The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

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The four visitors at Hill House—some there for knowledge, others for adventure—are unaware that the old mansion will soon choose one of them to make its own. –Catalog Summary
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The House Next Door

By Anne Rivers Siddons

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Thirtysomething Colquitt and Walter Kennedy live in a charming, peaceful suburb of newly bustling Atlanta, Georgia. Life is made up of enjoyable work, long, lazy weekends, and the company of good neighbors. Then, to their shock, construction starts on the vacant lot next door, a wooded hillside they'd believed would always remain undeveloped. Disappointed by their diminished privacy, Colquitt and Walter soon realize something more is wrong with the house next door. Surely the house can't be "haunted," yet it seems to destroy the goodness of every person who comes to live in it, until the entire heart of this friendly neighborhood threatens to be torn apart. –Catalog Summary
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