I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
8/3/2019: Favorite Ghostly Tales
I love ghost stories, but they have to be just ghost stories - no veering into psychological horror, or slasher type stories. My imagination is too impressionable and I value my sleep and the ability to stay home alone without sedation. For this reason, my ghost story collection is small.
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde has made several lists already. I used to faithfully watch the US adaptation (b/c it was the only one aired in my area), and when I finally read the book I was bowled over by the hilarity; the tv adaptation focused on the ghost's redemption, and in doing so, short-changed the viewers. As almost always, the book is better.
The Haunted Grange Of Goresthorpe by Arthur Conan Doyle is one of the first stories he ever wrote, and Holmes 'aficionados' consider it an amateur effort. Horsefeathers. It's delightfully spooky and creepy, especially given its short length.
The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James, and all the other books I've listed by her, are the only ghost stories I've read by a current author. I love her writing; she writes a tale that is spooky and a little hair-raising in the best old-fashioned sense. For me, her books are just scary enough to make me wonder if I'll sleep that night, but not so scary that I actually can't. There's an element of romance to most of them, but I don't care, because the ghosts get center stage.
Now I must check St. James' website... surely it must be time for a new book?