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Silent Companions Book Cover

Halloween Hauntings

31 October 2018

Scare yourself silly with a spooky story from the Calibre Library this Halloween!

One book that’s causing a stir amongst TV fans is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. According to posts on Twitter, the ten-part Netflix adaptation is causing a spate of fainting and general terror in many viewers - not a response we were aware of when we added it to the Calibre Library back in 2013. Perhaps our members are made of sterner stuff!

Another much-talked about book is The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell, described by some as a Victorian supernatural thriller. The story begins as newly widowed Elsie is sent to her late-husband’s dilapidated country estate for the duration of her pregnancy…

Look below for a mixture of old and new ghostly tales - several by well-known authors who have had success writing in other genres too. Try them, if you dare…

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver (10163)

Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories (12317)

The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins (12148)

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (9832)

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell (12563)

Sweet Heart by Peter James (12058)

The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse (10162)

You can find even more suggestions of terrible tales in this October’s Calibre email newsletter, which you can read or listen to here.