Four spooky haunted house books to read this weekend


The haunted house subgenre is perfect to read over the weekend. It’s like going on a weekend trip, but with creepy results. So come with me to see which book you might want to read this weekend, that is if you dare!

It’s no secret with the success of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House that haunted house stories are back in popularity. Even before that show, there were The Conjuring films and before that Paranormal Activity. So while haunted house movies/TV are coming back, ghost books have always been there waiting to be read.

So since people are craving ghost stories, I’ve created a list of books that you can probably finish one (or two) in a weekend (all of these books are under 500 pages).

1) “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson 

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There are two movies based on Jackson’s novel and it’s the inspiration for the Netflix show! “The Haunting of Hill House” sees fragile Eleanor (you can’t help but feel sorry for her because her family had her beat down) go to Dr. Montague and Hill House. It’s considered one of the greatest 20th century ghost stories out there.

2) “Hell House” by Richard Matheson 

In my humble opinion, Richard Matheson’s “Hell House” is another essential haunted house book. Published in 1971 (years after Shirley Jackson’s masterpiece), the novel is about a dying millionaire who wants four people to investigate the possibility of life after death. The Belasco House is one place you don’t want to vacation on a weekend trip. In 1973 there was a movie made based on the novel called “The Legend of Hell House.”

3) “The House” by Bentley Little 

Bentley Little is one of my favorite horror writers. His books are always disturbing. He does like to push the envelope. “The House” finds five people connected by the sinister houses that they grew up in.

4) “Haunted: The Incredible True Story of a Canadian Family’s Experience Living in a Haunted House” by Dorah Williams 

I love reading true ghost stories and I think that Dorah Williams and her family’s story is the perfect read for this list. So if you like to read true ghost stories this one is for you!

If you are looking for something to do after binging The Haunting of Hill, go and read one of these four books during the weekend.

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So what’s your favorite haunted house book? Will you be reading any of these books this weekend before Halloween? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section!