Books about hauntings
It isn't always easy to classify a ghost story, especially with someone like David Almond, for instance, who writes on many levels. That's really why I use the word 'hauntings' - in case it is possible to be haunted without a ghost.
If you like a straightforward ghost story, there are plenty of good ones to choose from. Not all ghost stories are scary. If you are a younger reader you might like to meet the Children of Green Knowe. They're really fun. Or if you like tingles up your spine, try something else.
Missing person hunt bumps into much bigger, sinister, deadly epidemic, end-of-the-world scenario. Seriously disturbing.
Haunted house. Or is it Michael himself who is being haunted?
Short stories of terror collected within a long story of terror. And quite surprisingly horrid.
Lockwood & Co prove themselves to be the best psychic investigations agency in London...eventually, maybe.
A world with no adults...just children, some with superpowers. How long will they last?
Kids who converse with ghosts on a regular basis need Professional Help, right? But will Milrose Munce survive to tell the tale?
Martin Lewis, next in line of a long line of Martin Lewis's, who have all perished in the bell tower of the church at Midwinter Lucie. Can our Martin find out why...and prevent his own death?
Locked away for no reason. Stripped of name, shaved of hair, dressed in grey. Little Fearless fights against the injustice for herself and all the other girls who aren't so brave.
Frankenstein-flavour murder mystery in Victorian smog-bound London, with a touch of the mad scientist thrown in.
A transformation tale of separation, isolation and despair. Bit more than your average teenage angst.
To be an apprenticespook Thomas Ward has to leave his old life behind him. And he has to sharpen up his wits too. But he's already well-equipped, being the seventh son of a seventh son...
There's no love lost between Rob and his sister. But Rob finds, rather to his surprise, that he'll go to a lot of trouble to get her back. Magic and mystery.
Sam thinks he's helping the strange young girl, but he's helping himself too.
Shipwrecked and alone amongst savages, Kit learns that the opposite of despair is hope.
Flora, living in Borneo, finds there is more to life than being frightened of spiders and snakes . . . and some things you just needn't fear at all.
'Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?' Lirael's destiny is not what she wanted, or expected.
The final conflict between the sorceress Gudrun and her son Kari. Can he develop his skills and match her power and still stay off the road to evil?
Gudrun has left the Jarlshold and returned to the land of the Snow-Walkers in the far north, beyond all natural knowledge. But she cannot leave Kari alone. She sends a rune-beast to fetch him, and doesn't care how many of the Jarl's people perish in the encounter.
A Viking mix of magic and superstition, courage and loyalty. A battle between Gudrun the sorceress, and Kari, the son who she disowned. Can Kari's powers possibly match those of his mother? And does he have to follow her evil path?
Gothic horror fantasy. Coraline's got a job on, saving her parents, and herself, from the witch.
The dead are seeking to free themselves and invade Earthsea.
It's that old conundrum - if the devil himself were to pop up and offer you a bit of help with your earthly problems, would you really want it?
'I am with you 'til you die'. Peony, the wretched slave girl, etches it into the dungeon wall, and finally, into McLennan's heart.
You would know better, wouldn't you, than to strike a bargain with Zamiel, the Demon Huntsman?
Sabriel must cross into Death to find her father. She can do it with the protection of Charter Magic and the tools of the necromancer, but it is dangerous . . .
The only person who takes any interest in Nova is the dishy Liam. Unfortunately, he's a ghost . . .
Adventures in the Underworld. Superhero bats, unlikely hero bats, deadly enemy bats. Fluffy beasties, human emotions.
Luke is in trouble. His father's dead, his mother would like to remarry, and he's in with the wrong sort at school. And that's just what's going on outside his head. Inside, there's a lot to master before his musical genius can really take off. Brilliant book!
Luke, weak and confused by his recent illness, is almost consumed by his own determination to survive and recover.
Wych-hunter Thaniel Fox is not sure what to make of the beautiful Alaizabel Cray when he finds her lost among the ghouls and ghasts of the Old Quarter.
He thinks he's an elf, but the Tribe don't want him. He's a liability. His fangs haven't grown. His voice is ugly. He's losing his sharp eyesight and hearing. Where can he go where he will be safe, and where does he belong?
Denny lives with guilt. But it isn't his own guilt, it's his father's. Every year the phone calls come, seeking to remind Denny's father of the tragedy which triggered the calls. This year, Denny wants it to be different . . .
Is Marnie an imaginary friend? Or is she real? Perhaps it doesn't really matter. Anna and Marnie share a wonderful friendship, but when Marnie has to leave, Anna finds she is better able to make new friends . . .
David's a killer, by accident. He's nervous now. Nervous of ghosts, nervous of his strange cousin and the limits that she might push him to. But most of all, he's nervous of himself. A terrifying read.
On holiday on a Greek island, Cassie becomes pre-occupied by the mythical harpies. Have they really come back to seduce the boys away, including her own brother, or is she just feeling left out of the action? And where is Ben anyway?
Injured in a hit-and-run accident, Kits learns more about her best friend than she ever knew before. She learns that her friend is in danger, and she knows that she is the only one who can help.
A harmless competition to tell the best tale. But nobody would want to judge this competition with the vindictive Mr Cink determined to win at any cost.
David roots around in the old service shafts of the flats where he lives, and disturbs something that would have been much better left alone.
You need a lot of luck to survive the accident of birth in the eighteenth century, especially if you are born into poverty, or illegitimate, or if your path crosses that of Otis Gardiner, Coram man, trader in babies, blackmail and despair . . .
Rilka sets out on a quest to catch a beguiler and to understand its nature. And in doing so she learns a lot about her own nature too.
When the last tiger left the circus his spirit stayed behind. Now, on the last day, when the very canvas of the tent is thin and frayed and starting to tear, who is strong and brave enough to lead the tiger back to the forest?
Laura doesn't believe that Gwendal is her long-lost brother. But what else could he be? He seems to have enemies, but he seems to have powerful friends too . . .
What could be worse than losing your dogs somewhere out on the moor? Finding them again nine years later . . .
Charlie has lost her best friend Max. He drowned at the mill pond. Or was he bewitched? And can she really fetch him back?
Jack Holborn stows away aboard the Charming Molly and falls into the hands of a pirate crew.
Do you think you can sell your soul to the Devil, and get away with it?
Keith dreams about a strange place, Quantoum. But when he seeks out the place and visits, his dream becomes a nightmare.
Is the house haunted? Or is Conan himself haunted? Should he try to discover what happened in this house, in his own family all those years ago?
Not so much why the whales came as what happened when they did come. Old Birdman of Bryher turns out to be not so much a mad old coot, but a stalwart of the community.
What is this thing in the garage? It's the weirdest angel I've ever come across. But can it work miracles?
Minty finds that the sundial in the grounds of the old house holds the key to time travel, but can she do any good deeds while she's hovering about in time and space?
Haunting, introspective book about a local community's roots and the effect of past events on the present inhabitants. Do they all see ghosts or are they just in tune with each other?
'Damaged' children escaping from the council home are cast ashore after a rough raft ride onto the oozing mud of The Middens. But who on earth is that living in the abandoned warehouse, and do they really dig up a saint out of the mud?
Bit of a cavort around a sparsely occupied valley whipping the locals up into a frenzy about a newly planned theme park and getting the local landowner (d. 1593) to help.