Classic Ghost Stories to Read this October
With Halloween only a matter of days away it’s time to share a few classic ghost stories to read before the end of October. ‘Ghost’ stories, for me, don’t always involve ghosts. Instead the stories I include involve a sense of dread and tension which has an element of ‘ghostliness’ to them.
First up is a classic Halloween read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This short novella can be read in an afternoon and follows the character of Ichabod Crane, a school teacher who moves to Sleepy Hollow, and hears the tales of the headless horsemen who plague the town. It’s a mystery, ghost story and horror, so pure Halloween read.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
A non-ghost ghost story example is And Then There Were None. This mystery is dripping with tension and what-ifs about whether or not there is a ghost as murders are happening in locked rooms. It’s brilliant, and one of Agatha Christie’s greatest works.
A ghost story I could never read – I’m too traumatised by the West End show – but this is a classic ghost story. The Woman in Black haunts Eel Marsh House for reasons that will soon become clear to Arthur Kipps, a solicitor sent to the house to deal with the recent death of the last resident. It’s terrifying.
And finally, the psychological horror story focuses on three characters sent to Hill House before experiencing a lot of unease and their worst nightmares. A slow burn that will leave you squirming.
What are your favourite classic ghost stories to read at Halloween? Let me know in the comments below.