My List of Ghost Stories by Stacey Coverstone
I love ghost stories, especially this time of year, because I equate Halloween with spirits. As soon as October rolls around, I start reading all the ghost stories I can get my hands on. When deciding what to write about for this blog, I noticed there are a lot of lists of favorite books, movies, etc. on the internet. The ones I’ve seen for ghost stories and their authors usually list the classics: Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King, Wilkie Collins, and the like. That gave me an idea to create my own list of favorite ghost-themed stories that I’ve recently read and enjoyed. The twist here is that a few of these authors may be well known to most readers, but some may not be. They are all authors I’ve read on my Kindle (with the exception of one). I hope you’ll give some of these haunting mysteries and romances a try this Halloween season.
Hearts Through Time by Marie Higgins
A woman claiming to be a ghost from 1912 appears in a down and out lawyer’s office and begs for help in solving her murder. This is a sweet, clean time travel romance.
A Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynolds
A disfigured recluse finds comfort in tending her small southern town’s cemetery, where she hears the voices of those buried. A masterful tale not to be forgotten.
She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb (not an ebook)
A murdered 18th-century pioneer woman and a present-day escaped convict haunt the same Appalachian wilderness in this multilayered mystery.
Ghost on Black Mountain by Ann Hite
Told in the voices of five women whose lives are bound when a murder takes place in rural Depression-era North Carolina, this novel spans generations and conjures the best of Southern folklore—mystery, hoodoo, and spirits who won’t rest.
The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb
Set on a remote island in the Great Lakes, this is a haunting story of family secrets, ghosts, and strange things happening in a Victorian house.
More Than You Know by Beth Gutcheon
In a small town on the coast of Maine, an old woman begins her story: “Somebody said true love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen. I’ve seen both and I don’t know how to tell you which is worse.” An unforgettable novel that bridges two centuries, two intense love stories, and restless ghosts.
Cape Seduction by Anne Carter
In this mystery set at an abandoned California lighthouse, photojournalist Rebecca encounters the spirit of a once-promising Hollywood starlet, Darla, who mysteriously disappeared in 1948. Their two stories are told in alternating chapters, present and past, with Rebecca discovering a shocking 60-year-old secret.
And if these books aren’t enough to whet your ghostly appetite, several of my own novels, such as Secrets of Seacliff House, Big Sky, and A Haunted Twist of Fate include paranormal elements. I’ve also published Haunt: A Collection of Short Ghost Stories, in case you’re looking for some quick campfire-type stories. Please visit my website for blurbs and purchasing information.
Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Reading!
Night Owl Reviews Top Pick!
For the past twenty-seven years, Kayla Grayson’s mother has refused to discuss Kayla’s absent father or explain why the two of them have been alone in the world without relatives. A mysterious email sends Kayla to a Maryland beach town and her grandmother’s home, Seacliff House. There, Kayla hopes to discover who she is and why her past has been shrouded in mystery.
When Tanner Bishop discovers an old diary among his grandfather’s possessions, his interest is piqued. Some of the entries speak of Pearl, a young woman who abandoned her son and fled Maine for Maryland in 1958. The journalist in Tanner wants to know what became of Pearl once she found her way to Seacliff House. But as the woman’s great-grandson, he needs to know.
Kayla quickly learns the whereabouts of her father and meets her formidable grandmother, while Tanner investigates his own connection to Seacliff House. Through a mutual interest in searching out their roots, romance blossoms. But events that cannot be stopped are quickly set in motion—including murder and a ghost sighting—to reveal secrets of the past that threaten the couple’s hopeful future.
A burn victim meets the Good Samaritan who provided comfort in her time of need. A newlywed encounters a malevolent ghost who forces her to play a terrifying game of treasure hunt. And an innocent man is drawn into the mesmerizing song of a siren bent on revenging her murder. These and other stories are what you’ll find in this collection of modern short ghost stories.