In keeping with Halloween, October’s theme is “Haunting”. Now, you *could* load up with ghost stories, or you could suggest books that will haunt you long after you read them, good or bad. Horror books are always a prime favorite of this time of year, but maybe you want to include books in other genres that include traditional horror elements such as paranormal romances, urban fantasy, mysteries such as the Sookie Stackhouse series (now on HBO as the “True Blood” series!), and others. Some non-fiction horror can be found in today’s political climate if you’re in the US – market pro-Obama books to your conservatives and pro-McCain books to your liberals.  A definition of “haunt” from Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry:
1: haunt
Pronunciation: \ˈhȯnt, ˈhänt\
Function:verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French hanter, probably from Old Norse heimta to lead home, pull, claim, from heimr home
Date: 14th century

transitive verb
1 a: to visit often : frequent
b: to continually seek the company of
2 a: to have a disquieting or harmful effect on : trouble <problems we ignore now will come back to haunt us>
b: to recur constantly and spontaneously to <the tune haunted her>
c: to reappear continually in <a sense of tension that haunts his writing>
3: to visit or inhabit as a ghost

intransitive verb
1: to stay around or persist : linger
2: to appear habitually as a ghost

— haunt·er noun
— haunt·ing·ly \ˈhȯn-tiŋ-lē, ˈhän-\ adverb

  • Ghost Stories
    • Chicago Haunts by Ursula Bielski
    • The Dark: New Ghost Stories by Ellen Datlow
    • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell – YA
    • The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories by Michael Cox and R A Gilbert
    • Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories by Robert S Phillips
  • Horror with ghosts
    • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
    • Haunting of Cambria by Richard Taylor
    • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
    • The Taken by Sarah Pinborough
    • Dead Souls by Michael Laimo
    • Bag of Bones by Stephen King
  • Stories that haunt you
    • The Memory of Water by Karen White
    • The Complete Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman
    • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
    • Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
    • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
  • Stories that feature ghosts
    • Stardust of Yesterday by Lynn Kurland
    • The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
    • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – YA
    • Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
    • The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly
  • American politics
    • Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise by Barack Obama
    • Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life by John McCain
    • Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics by Joe Biden
    • Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska’s Political Establishment Upside Down by Kaylene Johnson
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