We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood.

Plot

Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.

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The Ghost of Molly Holt by Amy Cross

The Ghost of Molly Holt Amy Cross

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Bright morning sunlight streams down through gaps in the forest canopy, as two cars rumble closer along the dirt road.

Plot

When three teenagers set out to explore an abandoned house in the middle of a forest, they think they’ve found the location where the infamous Molly Holt video was filmed.

They’ve found much more than that…

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It by Stephen King

It Stephen King

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years – if it ever did end – began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boar made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.

Plot

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

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The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

The Opera ghost really existed.

Plot

Christine is a beautiful young singer at the Paris Opera. She is watched by the Opera’s ‘phantom’ – a mysterious masked figure who terrorises the Opera’s management and players. With the Phantom’s help, Christine rises to become the Opera’s star performer, but when the Phantom demands her heart in return, Christine is torn between gratitude and pity for her strange benefactor, and love for her childhood sweetheart, Raoul.

 

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Nocturnes by John Connolly

Nocturnes by John Connolly Cover

Overall Rating of the Anthology: 3.5 Stars★★★★☆

About

Nocturnes is a collection of short horror fiction by John Connolly. Reminiscent in style of the classic Victorian ghost stories, his are at the same time much darker. A collection full of monsters, ghosts and things that lurk in the shadows.

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The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

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Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

I had been making the rounds of the Sacrifice Poles the day we heard my brother had escaped.



Plot

Frank, no ordinary sixteen-year-old, lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village. Their life is, to say the least, unconventional. Frank’s mother abandoned them years ago: his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital; and his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperial scale. Frank has turned to strange acts of violence to vent his frustrations. In the bizarre daily rituals there is some solace. But when news comes of Eric’s escape from the hospital Frank has to prepare the ground for his brother’s inevitable return – an event that explodes the mysteries of the past and changes Frank utterly.

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Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Heart Shaped Box

Rating: 2 Stars ★★☆☆☆

Jude had a private collection.



About

Judas Coyne has a collection of occult artifacts, murderer’s art and even a snuff movie. When he finds a ghost for sale online, he doesn’t hesitate.

Soon, a dead man’s suit arrives in a heart-shaped box and the ghost of the man with him. A ghost that is determined to make Jude and everyone who helps him pay and drag him to death in the most horrible way possible.

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