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Initial post: 10 Dec 2012, 15:37:53 GMT
Starlight (Vintage Classics)

I love a good ghost story and I recently read Starlight by Stella Gibbons loved it and found elements surprisingly creepy. Does anyone one know of any other less well known but really good/literary horror/supernatural stories?

All suggestions welcome


Posted on 10 Dec 2012, 15:54:29 GMT
Lauren G says:
If you are interested in horror/supernatural stories, you probably have already read Edgar Allen Poe but they really are classics. "Woman in Black" by Susan Hill is always good for a more modern ghostly scare, even if you know what's going to happen.

I read Henry James' "Turn of the Screw" which was quite enjoyable as well - the style of prose is not quite my cup of tea but the story is chilling.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2012, 15:56:54 GMT
Damaskcat says:
M R James, H P Lovecraft, Sheridan Le Fanu . . . . Classic ghost stories which cost very little and are even free in some editions.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2012, 16:01:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Dec 2012, 16:04:57 GMT
K says:
It's been mentioned a lot on here lately, with the BBC adaption, but The Secret of Crickley Hall really got me the first time I read it. Definitely a ghost story.

I've also recently been quite into Richard Matheson, the spooky ghost ones. Hell House is good.

For under appreciated, I can also recommend Edgar Allen Poe. Pretty much anything that isn't The Raven is genuinely quite disturbing, if a bit old fashioned.

Edited to add - it's not exactly under appreciated or unknown, but Stephen King's Duma Key has some twisty ghost experiences in it, a little different from his shock 'em horror types.

Posted on 10 Dec 2012, 16:04:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Dec 2012, 16:06:54 GMT
Berzelius says:
I don't know if you should really call him less well known, but M R James is well worthwhile searching out for ghost stories. Definitely literary, he was the provost of Kings College, Cambridge. A number of his stories have been dramatised for TV and one, Casting the Runes, was made into a film, Night of the Demon, many years ago. Also, they may well be out of copyright and hence available free, I don't really know.

Posted on 10 Dec 2012, 16:24:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Dec 2012, 16:24:41 GMT
Shaz E says:
Search for Wordsworth Mystery and Supernatural and it will list loads of gothic Victorian and Edwardian Horror stories, Ghost Stories and Mysteries. MR James and Sheridan Le Fanu are two of my favourites too but others include Edith Wharton, Oliver Onions, Edith Nesbit and Amelia B Edwards. Far better than Woman in Black is Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Some of them are available on Kindle but the paperbacks are only a couple of pounds.

Posted on 10 Dec 2012, 16:27:07 GMT
Thanks for all the suggestions so far, but have read most of them and am a huge fan of M R James hadn't thought to search for the wordsworth books though, thanks for that!

Posted on 10 Dec 2012, 16:34:58 GMT
Berzelius says:
A horror story that is not as well known as it should be is The House On The Borderland by William Hope Hodgson - it's a bit over a century old now, but it has worn well. And has Arthur Machen been mentioned yet?

Posted on 10 Dec 2012, 16:40:35 GMT
Simon Ghent says:
I was just about to suggest Arthur Machen. And I'd second The House On The Borderland.

We are getting more into Lovecraft territory here than ghost stories, but if you like an old scary story (MR James) I'm sure you'd like Lovecraft. His complete works is just a couple of quid.

Posted on 10 Dec 2012, 19:07:39 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Dec 2012, 19:08:02 GMT
Berzelius says:
I recently bought "The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack: 40 Modern and Classic Lovecraftian Stories". A bit of a mixed bag but at 49p who can complain! It contains Henry Kuttner's "The Graveyard Rats" which is probably worth 49p on its own.

Posted on 10 Dec 2012, 19:11:37 GMT
Ohh might try that one, also will be checking out Arthur Machen. Can't go wrong for 49p

Posted on 10 Dec 2012, 19:20:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Dec 2012, 20:34:39 GMT
Some others I've enjoyed myself have been
Naomi's Room
The House Next Door
both more modern but excellently creepy.

Posted on 10 Dec 2012, 19:25:33 GMT
R. Chetwynd-Hayes; the "Clavering Grange" stories are creepy and the "Psychic Detective" ones are quite humourous in parts but have some scary moments. Not in Kindle last time I looked but I keep hoping! Here's one:-
The Haunted Grange
Also, some of Clark Ashton Smith's stories are Lovecraftian horror, and his "Averoine" stories are good. His complete works have just been republished in 5 (I think) volumes. Don't like his SF stories though, very dated! And some people don't like his rather mannered prose!
The Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith: The End Of The Story: 1

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2012, 22:11:20 GMT
Berzelius says:
Re Clarke Ashton Smith, there's a few of his stories in the book I mentioned above. To give you a taste of his style, let me quote:

"Far, far below in the blackness, a phosphorescent glimmer played to and fro like noctilucae on an underworld ocean. A slow, fetid wind blew upon him; and he heard the weird sighing of waters about the sunken cliffs: waters that had ebbed through untold cycles, during the planet's desiccation."

I've got to admit that I find a little of him goes a long way.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2012, 23:25:22 GMT
Yes, I can only take so much of him at a time! I'm up to vol. 3 of the complete works and some of them just have a sort of horrible fascination, I don't normally need a dictionary for weeks on end but with his works I seem to need it for about every tenth word...Still, I'd rather read him than some of the barely literate drivel which passes for writing by certain "authors" who had better remain nameless!

Posted on 11 Dec 2012, 13:16:29 GMT
Simon Ghent says:
This just appeared on my recommended list - The Corn Maiden: And Other Nightmares - short ghost stories. Only 99p.

Not a recommendation, I've not read it, but might be worth a punt?

Posted on 11 Dec 2012, 13:59:50 GMT
Fran says:
Carnacki, the Ghost Finder

Posted on 11 Dec 2012, 15:17:01 GMT
pixie says:
Ghosts: The Complete Series (All 8 Books) This is free today, maybe interesting?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2012, 15:51:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Dec 2012, 15:52:22 GMT
LML says:
@Fran - I was about to recommend this (Carnacki the Ghost Finder), I thought it was great! The Yellow Wallpaper isn't strictly a ghost story but is very creepy. It's available from Project Gutenberg for free, I think.

edited to include title.

Posted on 11 Dec 2012, 22:47:27 GMT
Blimey this discussion is costing me money, I bought loads of the suggestions!!! But Keep em coming!
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