It doesn’t matter whether or not you believe in the existence of ghosts and supernatural beings, you will likely freak out if you read or watch these famous ghost stories, especially if you’re alone!
- The Haunting of Hill House
Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ is one of the most well-read ghost stories that date back to 1959. The protagonist Dr. Montague is determined to prove that supernatural does exist and a mansion named Hill House is the haunted property he picks for his science experiment. This ghost tale has most people whimpering as it continues to unfold.
- The Brown Lady
One of the most popular ghost stories, The Brown Lady is seen in a picture that was taken at spooky Raynham Hall in Norfolk. She appears to be a lucid white figure adorning a long hooded robe and standing on an old staircase. The figure is called Brown Lady since it is mostly seen wearing a bulky brown dress.
- The Empty House
A ghost story need not always be complicated. Algernon Blackwood’s ‘The Empty House’ may not sound like the creepiest ghost story, but this trippy piece has the reader crumpling into a corner with its raw and distilled terror. The story revolves around two people who end up staying the night in a house that it is deemed to be haunted.
- The Shining
Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ is a ghost tale that revolves around an alcoholic who works as a caretaker at a hotel. What makes it a thrilling read is the way some malicious spirits threaten the caretaker. The book is successful in building a gradual sense of horror, something that King is well known for.
- The Signalman
Charles Dickens’ ‘The Signalman’ is a canny encounter involving two men, a rail signalman and the narrator. The signalman makes a confession while talking to the narrator and tells him about certain disturbing sights which he had seen and which he believes to be ghostly apparitions.
- The Berini Haunting
The haunting starts almost immediately once Joe Berini moves into his old ancestral home in New England with his wife and her two children (from the former marriage). A tiny girl appears as the first apparition. She speaks to Joe’s wife and calls herself ‘Serena’, a name that nobody in the family had heard before.
- The House by the Church
Joseph Sheridan’s The House by the Church has its setting in the Chapelizod Church near Dublin. This 1760s tale starts with the incidental discovery of an ancient skull in a churchyard. The discovery is related to several old and recent murders and the repercussions of these murders interfere with the complacent life of the small village and its dwellers.
- The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman is a ghost story that takes you back to the 17th century. A ship is doomed to get swallowed in the sea after the captain refuses to divert to safer water in the midst of a bad storm. The crew and passengers plead to the captain asking him to take safer routes, but he continues to reject the idea. The Flying Dutchman appears as a translucent figure or light at the sea, indicating doom.
- The Woman in Black
Kipps finds out that his former client’s home is haunted. The spirit of the woman who haunted the house is on a hunt to find something and someone she lost. Nobody can be saved from her horrifying wrath, not even children.
- A Warning to the Curious
M.R. James narrates the tale of Paxton. He is stalked by an invisible supernatural presence after unearthing a lost crown of Anglia.