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Haunted Houses and Things That Go Bump in the Night

Posted about 3 years ago by Meg Raymond

As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler (please, let it get cooler!) I want to spend even more time nested in at home reading.  It’s October, so I want to read darker, scarier, books.  Maybe books about … ghosts.  Or haunted houses.  I live in a little house built in the 1940s.  The previous owner died in the house, but I’ve never seen (or felt) a ghostly presence.  Which is, actually, quite a relief.  I prefer my hauntings to be found between the pages of a book!

Enter these haunted houses … if you dare.  Fiction sure to make you jump at any creak or strange noise in the night.  Check out the booklist Haunted Houses.




These books are not yet published, but we’re waiting with delicious anticipation:
Shadow House by Anna Downes (April 2022)
Under Lock and Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian (March 2022)
Resting Place by Camilla Sten (March 2022)


Maybe you don’t love haunted houses.  Or fiction.  Maybe you want true ghostly tales.  Try some of these nonfiction titles:

Ghost Dogs of the South by Randy Russell
A book about the magical relationship between people and dogs that can defy death and return from the grave.

Ghost Hunters:  William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death by Deborah Blum
At the end of the 19th century, James (brother of Henry) embarked on a determined, lifelong pursuit of scientific evidence of the existence of ghosts.

Ghostland: an American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey
Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places.

Ghosts: a Natural History: 500 Years of Searching for Proof by Roger Clarke
Describes the history of ghost-hunting and searching for proof of spectres, spirits and ghosts.

Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth about the Other Side by James Van Praagh
Perhaps the human fascination with the supernatural stems from the fact that most of us, at some point in our lives, have experienced something we couldn’t quite explain. 

Haunted Richmond: the Shadows of Shockoe by Scott Bergman
Historic, haunted, chilling tales of the town of Richmond, told by one of Virginia’s most respected paranormal investigators.

Haunted Richmond, Virginia and Haunted Richmond II by Pamela K. Kinney
Richmond is chock-full of haunted places.  These interesting and scary stories will transport you beyond, to a Richmond that most mortals never see.

Haunted Virginia: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Old Dominion by L. B. Taylor
Just one of the many books by Taylor blending Virginia history with truly ghostly tales.

A History of Ghosts: the True Story of Seances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters by Peter H. Aykroyd
Aykroyd spent his childhood watching his family’s parlor séances through the crack of a basement door. Here…he tells the strange and delightful story that inspired his son, Dan, to make the mega-hit, Ghostbusters.

Life with the Afterlife: 13 Truths I Learned About Ghosts by Amy Bruni
Bruni, a paranormal investigator, has spent years studying the otherworldly. She that recognizing that ghosts are people can help us move from fear to empathy for them.

Spooky South: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore by S. E. Schlosser
Pull up a chair or gather ’round the campfire and get ready for thirty-eight creepy tales of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences.

The following titles are eBooks available from Hoopla. You will need your Richmond Public library card to access Hoopla .  Don’t have a library card?  Find out how to get one here.

Haunted Clark County, Virginia by Michael D. Hess   

Haunted House by Virginia Loh-Hagan

Haunted Virginia Beach by Alpheus J. Chewning

Haunts of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Highlands by Joe Tennis 

Virginia Legends & Lore by Charles A. Mills


Ghosts and haunted houses not to your liking?  Check out the RPL Readers page for more suggestions.  Or, if you’d prefer a hand-crafted, “bespoke” book suggestion list, try The Bookologist service.  You will need an RPL library card to access.  Don’t have one?  Find out how to get one here.


Meg Raymond

If I'm not librarianing, or chasing one of my plethora of dogs around the yard, I probably have my nose buried in a book. I like all kinds of books. Regency romances - love 'em. Gory police procedurals - yes, ma'am. Historical fiction - please, and thank you. Heavy "literary" titles - shhhh, I may not have actually finished some of those! Off-beat, warped, slightly askew books - oh, yes, indeedy. Violent supernatural fantasy - why not? Chick lit, hen lit, lad lit - yeah, yeah, yeah. What have you read? Need a suggestion, or ten? Get hand-crafted suggestions with The Bookologist

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