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Staff Picks - Ghost Stories for Adults

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All items are shelved in the fiction section alphabetically by the author’s last name unless otherwise indicated.

Abigale Hall (MYSTERY)
by Lauren A. Forry
A vicious housekeeper, Mrs. Pollard, seems hell-bent on keeping the ghostly secrets of the house away from 2 sisters and forbids them from entering the surrounding town-and from the rumors that circulate about Abigale Hall.

Bag of Bones 
by Stephen King                               
Plagued by vivid nightmares of the summer house he had shared with his late wife, grieving widower Mike Noonan returns to his former Maine getaway, only to find a town in the grip of a ruthless millionaire & tormented by a series of ghostly visitations.       

The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts (MYSTERY)
by Lilian Braun   
When Mrs. Cobb heard unearthly noises in her farmhouse, she called Jim Qwilleran for help. But he was too late. It looked as if his kindly ex-housekeeper had been frightened to death--but by whom?     

A Christmas Carol and Other Stories
by Charles Dickens               

The Dead Path 
by  Stephen Irwin                                 
After the death of his wife, Nicholas Close becomes haunted by ghosts. Torn by guilt he becomes entangled in a disturbing series of disappearances and murders--both as a suspect and as the next victim of the malignant evil lurking in the heart of the woods.     

Death of a Ghost (MYSTERY)  
by M. C. Beaton
Spending a night at the reputedly haunted Castle Drim, Hamish Macbeth and his partner, Charlie Carter, discover a dead body and a smuggler's drop and become determined to unravel the strange mystery before more bodies turn up.     

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day                                         
by Seanan McGuire
After dying too soon, Jenna works to regain the years that were lost to her, while facing something that has come for the ghosts of New York.           

Dying Breath
by Heather Graham
Historian Vickie Preston, who saw a ghost for the first time as a teenage survivor of an attack by a serial killer, is recruited to aid the authorities in tracking down another killer with the assistance of the spirit of one of the victims.     

The End of Day
by Claire North
The enigmatic Charlie, a specter who travels everywhere and visits everyone marked for death, sends messages and makes profound, life-changing offers to those he meets.     

Ghost Hunter's Guide to Monterey and California's Central Coast (133.10979)
by Jeff Dwyer

Ghost Hunters : William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death (133.90903)
by Deborah Blum.   
Traces how the respected psychologist brother of Henry James set out to gather scientific data  proving the existence of ghosts at the end of the 19th century, forming the American Society for Psychical Research. 

Ghost on the Case
by Carolyn G. Hart
When a young woman is blackmailed into breaking into her wealthy employer's home to steal ransom money in exchange for her sister's life, the ghostly Bailey Ruth Raeburn follows heavenly orders to assist the distraught young woman and outmaneuver a brutal killer.         

Grief Cottage
by Gail Godwin
Living with his reclusive aunt after his mother's death, young Marcus befriends the ghost of a boy who was thought to have died with his parents during a hurricane fifty years earlier, but the boy seems to have a mysterious agenda.   

Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque
by Joyce Carol Oates               
Sixteen neo-gothic tales of horror, the grotesque, and the dark side of the human imagination focus on the themes of violence in American society and the exploitation of women and children.

Heart-Shaped Box 
by Joe Hill
Unscrupulous musician Judas Coyne is unable to resist purchasing a ghost over the Internet, which turns out to be the vengeful spirit of his late girlfriend's stepfather.           

Her Fearful Symmetry
by Audrey Niffenegger             
When Elspeth Noblin dies, she leaves everything to the 20-year-old American twin daughters of her own long-estranged twin, Edie. Valentina & Julia move into Elspeth's London flat and through a series of developing relationships a crisis develops that could pull the twins apart. 

I’ll Take You There
by Wally Lamb
Film scholar Felix Funicello from Wishin' and Hopin' is confronted by the ghost of a Hollywood silent film director who invites him to revisit scenes from his past and gain insights into the lives of three women who indelibly shaped his life.   

Johnny Angel
by Danielle Steel
Having lost her beloved son in a tragic car accident, Alice Peterson begins to experience encouraging visions of her son, which are also witnessed by the late boy's troubled nine-year-old brother.   

The Little Stranger
by Sarah Waters         
Hundreds Hall’s owners, mother, son and daughter struggle to keep pace with a changing society. But the Ayreses are haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life.       

Maybe This Time
by Jennifer Crusie   
Andie Miller's ex-husband asks her to become the guardian of two orphans who live in a haunted house. 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children   
by Ransom Riggs                         
After a family tragedy, Jacob explores an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there. 

Odd is on Our Side (741.5973) 
by Fred van Lente
While a California town prepares for its annual Halloween festivities, young Odd Thomas can't shake the feeling that goblins and ghouls aren't the only things on the prowl.  An illustrated graphic novel.                

Phantom Pains
by Mishell Baker
Millie and Caryl encounter the ghost of Millie's former partner, but when an agent of the Arcadia Project who is investigating the sighting is murdered, Millie informs the Project that real ghosts known as wraiths are plotting to destroy them all.   

The Possesions 
by Sara Murphy
A young woman who channels the dead for a living crosses a dangerous line when she falls in love with one of her clients, whose wife died under mysterious circumstances.

Quicker than the Eye   
by Ray Bradbury 
Short stories.       

Skeleton God (MYSTERY)
by Eliot Pattison
The constable of a remote Tibetan town investigates when the locals are terrified after a nun has seemingly been brutally attacked by ghosts in an ancient tomb.   

True Believer
by Nicholas Sparks                                   
Jeremy Marsh specializes in debunking the supernatural and has a real nose for the strange and unusual. A born skeptic, he travels to the small town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, determined to find the real cause behind the ghostly apparitions that appear in the town cemetery.

The Turn of the Screw 
by Henry James       
The story unfolds with the arrival of a new governess at a remote country estate. She has been hired by the uncle of two young orphans to take complete charge of the children’s lives and upbringing. Her first peaceful weeks are disturbed by the apparition of the ghosts of two evil servants who once served in the house.    

Twenties Girl
by Sophie Kinsella                               
When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Will this sparring duo ever find what they're after?   

What the Night Knows
by Dean Koontz                 
After Detective John Calvino receives a signed confession to a shocking crime from 14-year-old Billy Lucas, he feels that somehow Billy has come home with him, to his family. Then another killing spree happens.