Grave diggers, morticians-in-training, morgue employees, and more teens who are working — or interested in working in — the death business as seen in YA fiction.
What are the citizens of Gotham City reading?
31 Days of Halloween
There is perhaps nothing more frightening nor more intriguing than a haunted house—the idea that there is a well-defined and confined space where ghosts may be met, horrors experienced, but if you find yourself gettting too scared then all you have to do is step outside (or close the book for a moment). Of course, for the characters in fiction and film who venture into such haunted places, escape is rarely so easy or simple. Here are a few literary real estate listings for readers that prove home is where the haunt is.
- Shirley Jackson’s masterpiece The Haunting of Hill House is quite simply the great American horror novel and essential reading.
- Hell House by Richard Matheson recounts an ill-conceived trip to Belasco House by two mediums and a physicist, who attempt to establish the facts of life after death.
- Acclaimed author Lauren Oliver recently stopped by our store to sign copies of her new haunted house novel, Rooms.
- Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Elizabeth Gaskell contribute stories to The Haunted House, in which a party of friends descends on a purportedly haunted country retreat, searching for evidence of the supernatural; they agree to sequester themselves in their rooms for the Christmas holiday and reconvene on Twelfth Night later to share their stories of spectral encounters.
- The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson is a purportedly true story that has become one of America’s most famous haunting.
- Mark Z. Danielewski’s postmodern marvel House of Leaves is an unforgettable
readexperience about a family who discover their new home is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
- Finally, for those who would like to seek out a paranormal experience of their own, there is Dennis William Hauck’s terrifying tour guide Haunted Places: A National Directory.
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