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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories to Be Read With the Door Locked

This came highly recommended. I can only imagine how scary these stories are if the master of suspense picked them out.

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Shirley Jackson: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

The spookiness factor of this book slowly creeps up on you. The story of an eccentric girl named Merricat (she may or may not be a witch) who lives with her doting sister and dotty uncle after their parents were poisoned to death will get under your skin. Did you read Shirley Jackson's short story The Lottery in high school? Yeah. Same eerie writer.

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V.C. Andrews: Flowers in the Attic

Incest, child abuse, attic imprisonment — Flowers in the Attic was the book none of us was supposed to read as kids and yet all of us got our hands on. How did that happen, exactly?

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Muriel Spark's Ghost Stories

The author of the classic The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie spins some truly spooky tales. I recommend that you read Portobello Road while in the company of others. You don't want to read this book alone.

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Shirley Jackson: The Haunting of Hill House

Yes, it's SJ again! What can I say? The woman knows how to spin a yarn. In this book (superior to the movie by far), psychics and mediums have been invited to see if they can communicate with a ghost that has long been suspected of haunting the grounds . . .

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Yellow Wallpaper

In The Yellow Wallpaper, a woman who seems to have a case of the hysteria is ordered to take a "rest cure" inside a room with yellow wallpaper. Her husband John, a doctor, comes in to see her now and then but realizes her prognosis is not positive. By the time she truly loses it and begins making friends with her wallpaper...your goosebumps will have goosebumps and you will feel as trapped in the story as she feels in the room.

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Ira Levin: Rosemary's Baby

"Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them. But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late!"

The pacing, characters, dialogue, and mix of old world witches in modern-day Manhattan — people aren't kidding when they say this is a masterpiece. If you loved the movie, read this book.

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Stephen King: The Trilogy

Carrie. Salem's Lot. The Shining. This should keep you busy!

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Edward Gorey: The Haunted Looking Glass

Ghost stories chosen and illustrated by master of the macabre, Edward Gorey. Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens and Henry James's spooky tales are accompanied by Gorey's inimitable illustrations.

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Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems

What Halloween would be complete without Edgar Allan Poe? Even the book is black and orange!

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