They're not horror stories, but each of these books has whispers of the supernatural... just enough to make reading them in the dark an enticing thrill. I've read them all at least twice; they're definite favorites. Don't be scared!
  1. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
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    This book has so many things I love: International travel, diary entries, secrets, romance, and the legend of Vlad the Impaler... all told with literary style and a few jolts of genuine surprise.
  2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
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    You've seen the movies, but have you read the epistolary classic that started it all? It's shockingly compelling.
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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    A sweet romance/magical mystery but with just the right amount of edge. Delightful and fantastical without being ridiculous. I read it in one swoop during a trans-Atlantic flight and was almost sad when the plan landed because I didn't want the story to end.
  4. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Rad Bradbury
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    Deliciously spine-tingling, I think of it any time the fall wind rustles the leaves outside my window.
  5. The Raven, Annabelle Lee, Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
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    I once made my family sit in the closet with me while I read Annabelle Lee aloud by flashlight. I cannot get enough of Poe's gleefully morose point of view and facility with the rhythm of language.
  6. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
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    This sort of coming-of-age story is super creepy and disturbing, but I couldn't stop reading because I had to know what would happen. As much as I dreaded knowing what would happen.
  7. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
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    The most uncomfortable short story ever, but so good so good so good.
  8. Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan
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    I read this when I was about 15 and still remember every detail. A perfectly spooky tale set in a boarding school that's more than it seems.
  9. She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb
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    Eerie southern-fried gothic with memorable. Vivid characters. You can hear the creaky chairs on the porch and the wind whistling through the holler.