13 Books About Ghosts To Get You In The Spirit Of The Halloween Season

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'Tis the season to dim the lights, cuddle up with a steaming mug of apple cider, and settle in to your favorite armchair with a terrifying book about ghosts in hand. There's no better time of the year to indulge the supernatural believer within you: the days are shorter than ever, plunging us all into darkness earlier and earlier with each passing day; the weather is just on the cusp of cold, leaving us all perpetually afflicted by goosebumps; and the creepiest holiday of all, Halloween, is approaching, reminding us that sometimes the dead walk among us. The mood is festive but grim, celebratory but disquieting, vibrant but menacing.

In other words, it's the perfect time to feed your fear and crack open a novel that will have you tingling with anticipation, fear, and suspicion. These 13 books — by authors like Shirley Jackson, Joe Hill, and Neil Gaiman — are a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and that diabolically uncertain category publishers like to label as "based on a true story." Some are children's novels; others are most definitely not recommended for kids (and only the bravest of adults). Read on, if you dare:

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