So, what’s your story? I have yet to meet anyone who does not have a paranormal tale to relate—something either experienced personally or vicariously through that infamous “friend of a friend.” Despite individual degrees of belief, there is a plethora of media featuring unexplainable events—providing evidence that we are still fascinated by eerie tales. Just an inkling of threats to ourselves or our private zones never fails to elicit interest and strong emotion.

For this month’s blog, I thought I would focus on books containing “haunted” houses or workplaces. It is just a mere sampling of what’s available. My list below includes some classics, contemporary tales, short-form fiction, and parodies. There is even a “nonfiction” book that will instruct you in becoming a DIY ghost hunter. You may want to hide under a blanket and read one of these by flashlight to enhance the ambience.

The Classics

The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

The Haunting of Hill HouseThe Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The ShiningThe Shining by Stephen King
Hell HouseHell House by Richard Matheson


The Little StrangerThe Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Mexican Gothic
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
This House is HauntedThis House is Haunted by John Boyne
The House Next DoorThe House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons


HorrorstorHorrorstor by Grady Hendrix
John Dies at the EndJohn Dies at the End by David Wong


GhostlyGhostly, curated and illustrated by Audrey Niffenegger


Is Your House HauntedIs Your House Haunted? by Debi Chestnut

October's Featured Reviews

House of LeavesHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
The InvitedThe Invited by Jennifer McMahon
If this topic appeals, you should definitely sign up for our Zoom event, scheduled for October 14 from 7:00pm-8:00pm!

Recent Readings

I have recently just finished reading The Accomplice by Lisa Lutz and Megan Abbot's latest: The Turnout. I also really enjoyed listening to the audiobook version of Golden State by Ben H. Winters.

Right now, I am in the middle of The Maidens by Alex Michaelides, and I am listening to Moo by Jane Smiley.

As you cuddle up with a creepy read, let me know what you chose ( and we can share in the scare! As always, I truly appreciate your suggestions and feedback, and I hope to hear from you.

Until next time: Be safe, be well and be well-read!


So, who am I, anyway? I am a resident of West Groton, with a husband, 4 teenaged children and a Samoyed puppy-all of whom are systematically destroying our house. I am currently working part time at the Groton Public Library and in a former life I was employed as a Director or PR/Marketing at a high-tech consulting firm. My BA is in Psychology, but most of my time was spent in college earning a Concentration on the Novel. That is all to say that I make no claims at being an expert of any kind and my thoughts, opinions and mistakes are solely my own. I am just a person whose passion for books has continued to grow from the moment I was first able to grip and gnaw on them, and I have been devouring them ever since.

Oct 08, 2021 / Joelle M Egan