Ghost Stories

Tales of terror just in time for Halloween.


The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story

By Susan Hill

Set on an English moor in the not-too-distant yet suitably murky past, this chilling tale — complete with fog, a long-buried secret, and, of course, a haunted house — follows a young solicitor who comes from London to attend the funeral and settle the estate of Mrs. Alice Drablow. What he doesn’t know…well, you get the picture.


Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories

By M. R. James

The classic short fiction of M. R. James — in which scholarly sorts stumble into uncanny encounters while puttering about libraries or country houses or libraries in country houses — is splendidly elegant, chilling, and creepy; top-notch entertainment for an autumn evening. This is the first of two volumes of the master’s complete ghost stories. You can find the second volume here — if you dare.


The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton

By Edith Wharton

“Till I was twenty-seven or -eight,” the great novelist of manners and social forces once wrote, “I could not sleep in the room with a book containing a ghost story.” She conquered her fear long enough to write some unforgettable examples of the genre herself, as this eerie and artful collection of eleven stories proves.


In a Glass Darkly

By Sheridan Le Fanu

The Dublin-born Le Fanu (1814-1873) remains among the most accomplished and influential ghost story writers of all time. This spine-tingling volume presents five cases of Dr. Hesselius, a “metaphysical” doctor drawn to patients teetering on the perilous border between the hallucinatory and the supernatural.


Topper

By Thorne Smith

In this madcap 1920s comedy, the ghosts are George and Marion Kerby, a merry couple who remain irrepressible even after their death in a car accident. Haunting the automobile they died in, they do their spirited best to rescue its new owner, bank manager Cosmo Topper, from the boring predictability of his straitlaced life.