Ghost stories

The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings

By Jan Harold Brunvand

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Urban legends--we've all repeated them. The Internet is full of them. This is the book that made the general public aware of this form of folklore. The culmination of twenty years of collection and research The Vanishing Hitchhiker remains a classic. Other books of urban legends by the same author include Curses! Broiled Again! , Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Book of Scary Urban Legends, and The Encyclopedia of Urban Legends.

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The Séance

By John Harwood

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Wraxford Hall, a decaying mansion in the English countryside, has a sinister reputation. Once, a family disappeared there. And now Constance Langton has inherited this dark place as well as the mysteries surrounding it. Having grown up in a house marked by the death of her sister, Constance is no stranger to mystery, secrets, and the dark magic around us. Her father was distant. Her mother was in perpetual morning for her lost child. In a desperate attempt to coax her mother back to health, Constance took her to a seance hoping she would find supernatural comfort. But tragic consequences followed, leaving her alone in the world-- alone with Wraxford Hall. Saddled with this questionable bequest, she must find the truth at the heart of all these disappearances, apparitions, betrayal, blackmail, and villainy, even if it costs her life. –Book Description
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The Infinite

By Douglas Clegg

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Harrow House, a place of nightmares and tragedy, is alive once again, desperate to wreck havoc upon a new group of victims. –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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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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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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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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The Ghost Writer

By John Harwood

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Timid, solitary librarian Gerard Freeman lives for just two things: his elusive pen pal Alice and a story he found hidden in his mothers drawer years ago. Written by his great-grandmother Viola, it hints at his mother's role in a sinister crime. And as he discovers more of Violas chilling tales, he realizes that they might hold the key to finding Alice and unveiling his family's mystery or will they bring him the untimely death they seem to foretell? –Catalog Summary
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Ghosts! Ghostly Tales from Folklore

By Alvin Schwartz

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Seven easy-to-read ghost stories based on traditional folk tales and legends from various countries. Suggested for ages 5-8. JBR Sch.
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