Horror – Cursed, Haunted, Possessed!

Cursed, Haunted, Possessed!
Bliss House: A Novel
by Laura Benedict

After losing her husband in an explosion that also disfigured her daughter Ariel, Rainey Bliss Adams moves back to her family’s Virginia foothills home town and buys the elegant mansion that her ancestor built. Soon, the house’s reputation for violence and madness bears itself out, leading to a murder investigation, ghostly apparitions, and the revelation of a horrendous, long-suppressed secret. For more on the malevolent history of Bliss House, try the sequel, Charlotte’s Story, which takes place about a generation later.

This House is Haunted: A Novel
by John Boyne

In 1867 London, 21-year-old Eliza Caine’s father dies, and she must look for a means of income. Responding to an advertisement, she takes a job as a governess at Gaudlin Hall in Norfolk — but a mysterious power opposes her even before she gets there. Once she arrives, she finds that there are no parents and few or no servants, and her two charges are very odd children. Clearly, something is deeply wrong, and Eliza must discover the house’s evil secrets before it’s too late. With literary nods to gothic horror traditions, This House is Haunted provides a “subtle, satisfying tale of ghostly terror”(Publishers Weekly).

Horrorstör: A Novel
by Grady Hendrix

In Horrorstör, Orsk, the “all-American furniture superstore in Scandinavian drag,” serves its customers’ needs from cradle to grave. At Location #00108 in Cleveland, Ohio, a group of employees — sorry, “partners” — volunteer to spend an overnight shift investigating strange, possibly paranormal events inside the store. From dusk until dawn, a band of misfits — armed with nothing but the promise of double overtime — must attempt to survive until morning as they navigate the ever-creepier showroom floor while evading murderous specters. Intriguing but progressively more sinister illustrations of Orsk’s wares illustrate this solidly scary story.

The House of Small Shadows
by Adam Nevill

After therapy helped her overcome the trauma of being fired from her previous job, Catherine feels lucky to find employment appraising a hoard of rare puppets and dolls. However, she doesn’t feel lucky for long once she sees the collection. The dolls are pitifully realistic and the puppets scarily lifelike; moreover, the household servants warn Catherine off in no uncertain terms. The House of Small Shadows is so well-crafted that Booklist says readers might want to take the accursed tome “out back and bury it.” Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, this disturbing novel will draw admiring shudders from the most seasoned ghost story aficionado.

A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel
by Paul Tremblay

Television reality show producers are always looking for a new twist. How about a demon-possessed teenage girl and her otherwise normal suburban family? In A Head Full of Ghosts, a writer interviews the girl’s younger sister, Merry, 15 years after the television series ends. The interview releases Merry’s repressed memories of the events, and her recollections clash with the version depicted on the reality show. Reminiscent of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, and other classic tales of haunting and possession, this suspenseful novel “is a work of deviously subtle horror” (Publishers Weekly).

List created 4/19/16 – James Hartmann

Adapted from Nextreads.

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