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.


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.