Ghost Stories

Scary tales and eerie presences.

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 fine tale — complete with fog, a hidden past, 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

James’s classic tales — in which, often, a scholarly sort stumbles into uncanny encounters while puttering about a library or country house — are splendidly elegant, chilling, and creepy; they’re top-notch entertainments for a winter’s evening. This is the first of two volumes of the master’s complete ghost stories.

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.


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.