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message 1: by Turtle (new)

Turtle (demigod50) I love ghost stories! But I'm new to them. I'd like some collection recommendations. I've read Road Dahl's collection and absolutely loved it! My favorite story is Harry. I need something that's appropriate, so Teen/YA. Nothing SUPER SUPER scary, but something that gives you chills. Thank you in advance!!! ;)


message 2: by Kate (new)

Kate Farrell | 2316 comments Mod
The Ghost of Opalina by Peggy Bacon is an amusing read from the 1960s. It may be younger than young adult.

A couple of my favourite ghost books are The River at Green Knowe and The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston. Again, they might be at the younger edge of young adult.

Some of Stephen King's books would be appropriate for Teen/YA. Some get pretty gory with sexual overtones, so you have to vet them first. One of them is The Talisman. It's been a long time since I read it, but I think it fits your category.


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inaword (ReaderOfThings) | 83 comments Ghostly Tales of Love and Revenge
Haunted Animals: True Ghost Stories
Haunted Teachers: True Ghost Stories

I think these might be aimed more at a younger audience, but they've always entertained me no matter how old I was (and Ghostly Tales can be really creepy at times).


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Nairabell | 76 comments How about Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) by Kendare Blake? It's a little gory (not really graphic just moments that make you go ewwwww) at times but definitely a YA.


message 5: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (kftate) | 11 comments How about Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle or The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley? I enjoyed them both.


message 6: by Erika (new)

Erika (Escilas) | 42 comments I'm a real fan of the "The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles" saga.
Here's the first book of the series:
Revenge of the Witch


message 7: by Natalie (new)

Natalie | 149 comments I got an ARC of Picture the Dead that I haven't yet read, but sounds intriguing.


message 8: by Kim (new)

Kim I haven't read it, but I have been told The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde is very good. Perhaps a book shop or library could advise what age group it is for. Also Edgar Allen Poe might be appropriate too. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill is very good and might also be ok.


message 9: by Eden (new)

Eden (Tsalagi_Writer) | 26 comments Half-Minute Horrors is pretty good. Recently I read The Chilling Hour: Tales of the Real and Unreal and really liked the stories in it.


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message 11: by Andria (last edited Nov 30, 2012 07:31AM) (new)

Andria (airdna) | 2030 comments Mod
The Ghost of Graylock

Bad Girls Don't Die (has sequels)

oh, wait, those are novels. I just realized you were asking for collections of stories....

How about Here There Be Ghosts

Cat in Glass and Other Tales of the Unnatural

Gothic!: Ten Original Dark Tales


message 12: by Deborah (new)

Deborah | 177 comments One of my favorite ghost story is Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story

I will also second The Woman in Black I've started reading more of Susan Hill's books because of this.


message 13: by Lobstergirl, sniffing Sharpies (new)

Lobstergirl | 20731 comments Mod
Kim wrote: "I haven't read it, but I have been told The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde is very good. Perhaps a book shop or library could advise what age group it is for. Also Edgar Allen Poe might be appro..."

The Canterville Ghost is appropriate for older children and adults. I don't think there's anything super scary in it, but there's a level of literary sophistication and allusion that would go over the heads of kids younger than 10-12. And probably over the heads of kids older than that too. It's as much a comical story as a ghost story.


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Amanda (krystalamanda) | 23 comments Wait Till Helen Comes A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
also i really recommend you read the "Wicked Dead" series by Stefan Petrucha (might be spelling his last name wrong)


message 15: by Cathy (last edited Feb 06, 2013 04:12PM) (new)

Cathy | 107 comments Anthologies can be really fun for that, and a good way to find more authors you might like:

Hauntings Tales of the Supernatural by Henry Mazzeo

Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted Houseful Nine Cool Stories About Haunted Houses and Ghosts for Boys and Girls by Alfred Hitchcock

I second Wait Till Helen Comes, plus everything else by Mary Downing Hahn.

Also, my own childhood favorite (plenty spooky, well-written enough for young adult) : The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt, #1) by John Bellairs

These are newer stories, all with a haunted-house theme, pretty shivery:

Haunted Houses


message 17: by Carly (new)

Carly Nicholas (Zombie_Girl) | 21 comments Check out the mamoth book of ghost stories, they publish a lot of anthologies, that are worth reading. The woman in black is supposed to be good as well.


message 18: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Rector | 6 comments I really enjoyed Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror. This is a three book series. Very spooky, but geared more towards Older children/young adults.


message 19: by Feliks (last edited Mar 14, 2013 07:45AM) (new)

Feliks (Dzerzhinsky) I don't know how to recommend a Young Adult book to anyone. To me, if you can read at all, why not read the most robust novels you can get your hands on? Why go for some kind of 'light read'? In 3rd grade I was carrying around Joseph Wambaugh paperbacks. Do young adult novels only feature teenage characters? Something like that?


message 20: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M.R. James is one I discovered during a college course on the supernatural in literature. Genuinely creepy stuff and very well written.


message 21: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Love | 725 comments Manley Wade Wellman's stories about Silver John are excellent and have just the right level of creepiness. Some of them are ghost stories, others feature supernatural beings of one form or another. They've been republished recently in a book called Who Fears the Devil? They're also in an older paperback called John the Balladeer.


message 22: by Lobstergirl, sniffing Sharpies (last edited Mar 15, 2013 07:49PM) (new)

Lobstergirl | 20731 comments Mod
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (Modern Library Giant)



A high quality anthology of scary tales.

This was given to me by my parents when I was about 12. Therefore, perfectly suited for YA, or adults.


message 23: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Harry | 34 comments The woman in white by Peter Straub. The woman in black by Susan Hill. No pun intended. A Youth book, but really good, Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown.


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