The best books about ghosts, demons, and the supernatural

Steven Ramirez Author Of The Girl in the Mirror: A Sarah Greene Supernatural Mystery
By Steven Ramirez

The Books I Picked & Why

Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic

Why this book?

Sometimes, stories of horror and madness escalate too quickly, subjecting the reader to a dizzying intensity that’s difficult to sustain without resulting in boredom. That’s not the case with this novel. When you read Mexican Gothic, fix yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate. Wrap yourself in your favorite blanket and prepare to experience a deliciously original tale—a deathless dream of family gloom.


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The Little Stranger

By Sarah Waters

The Little Stranger

Why this book?

I was expecting a ghost story. But making my way through Dr. Faraday’s narrative as he told of a house taking a terrible toll on the family living there, I came to appreciate the author’s approach. If you’re in the mood for a wonderfully written novel about a stately home infested with an evil you cannot quite put a name to, then, by all means, grab the book.


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The Curse She Wore

By Jordan Dane

The Curse She Wore

Why this book?

What I love best about this novel is how adept the author is at combining the traditional elements of a serial killer story with those of supernatural tales such as Peter Straub’s terrifying Ghost Story. And trust me, the combination works. If you’re in the mood to be scared, then touched by the tortured yet loyal and loving Trinity LeDoux, I suggest you stop what you’re doing and acquire The Curse She Wore.


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Cades Cove: The Curse of Allie Mae (Cades Cove Series Book One)

By Aiden James

Cades Cove: The Curse of Allie Mae (Cades Cove Series Book One)

Why this book?

This kind of story has been told countless times. In lesser hands, it might have been trite. But the author has taken great pains to create a rich world of Appalachian and Native American folklore that lends an incredible depth to the haunting tale of a young Tennessee girl wronged in another century. If you enjoy novels that harken back to an earlier, less civilized time in America and feature nail-biting scenes of supernatural horror, then I suggest you read Cades Cove: The Curse of Allie Mae.


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From Away

By Phoef Sutton

From Away

Why this book?

The way the author describes Sammy’s state of mind as he tells the story—accompanied often by wry, even side-splitting observations—drew me into this strange family, wanting more than anything to learn how they would extricate themselves from their collective morass. If you like ghost stories that are fresh and modern and feature plenty of humor, then I highly recommend From Away.


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