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10 Most Terrifying Ghost Stories and Paranormal Novels

Reader beware: These eerie tales of cursed houses and restless souls are guaranteed to terrify.

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1. “The Minister’s Black Veil” from Twice Told Tales, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Twice-Told Tales

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

2. “The Fall of the House of Usher” from Tales of Mystery and Imagination, by Edgar Allan Poe

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Tales of Mystery and Imagination

By Edgar Allan Poe

3. “The Dream Woman,” by Wilkie Collins from The Haunted Looking Glass, edited by Edward Gorey

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The Haunted Looking Glass

By Wilkie Collins

4. The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson

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The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

5. The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James

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The Turn of the Screw

By Henry James

6. The Shining, by Stephen King

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The Shining

By Stephen King

7. “The Lake” from The October Country, by Ray Bradbury

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The October Country

By Ray Bradbury

8. “Cold as Clay” from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

By Alvin Schwartz

9. House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski

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House of Leaves

By Mark Z. Danielewski

10. “The Pink House” from Ghostly, by Rebecca Curtis

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Ghostly

By Rebecca Curtis