Page Turners: Supernatural stories for the spooky season

Great ghost stories for October reading from the Oak Bay Library

October page turners from the Oak Bay library.

Joy Huebert

Oak Bay Library

What better time of year to read a ghost story than October? Here’s a list for adults and older readers that includes both fiction and non-fiction.

The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories: great supernatural tales of the twentieth century, edited by Peter Haining – More than 25 modern masterpieces to chill the blood – from Martin Amis, P.G. Wodehouse, John Steinbeck and Ian Rankin.

The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters – This tale is set in an old house where disturbing signs point to a supernatural presence.

The Dark: New Ghost Stories, by Ellen Datlow – Enjoy an array of all-new, original ghost stories for the shivering delight of readers who are ready to be frightened.

The Big Book of Canadian Ghost Stories, by John Robert Colombo – Here are 150 tales of Canada’s haunted houses, ghosts and poltergeists, weird visions of the past and improbable visions of the future, and assurances that there is life after death.

Native Ghost Stories, by Darren Zenko – Intriguing stories from the First Nations oral tradition of ghosts, nature spirits and the underworld.

Ghost Stories and Mysterious Creatures of British Columbia, by Barbara Smith – Read about ghost ships, phantom carriages and the legends behind Ogopogo and Cadborosaurus.

Favourite Ghost Stories from the Tours of the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria, by Danda Humphreys – Learn about the ghosts who haunt among us.

Charles Dickens’ Christmas Ghost Stories, by Charles Dickens – Shudder with Scrooge at the ghosts of past, present and future and enjoy three other lesser known Christmas ghost stories.

Silence for the Dead, The Haunting of Maddy Clare and The Other Side of Midnight, by Simone St. James – Amazing, exciting supernatural murder mysteries set in the 1920s. Unputdownable!

Joy Huebert is a Public Services Librarian with the Oak Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library. She writes here twice a month on recommended reads for adults, children and youth.