Ghosts, Spirits, and Haunted Houses

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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The Shining

By Stephen King

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This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel's past are revealed, and the hotel itself attempts to claim the very souls of the Torrence family. –Catalog Summary
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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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