10 Haunting Books for Halloween

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Now that September is here, it’s getting closer to Halloween. I thought it might be fun to share a list of haunting books for Halloween. Most of these are nonfiction stories of paranormal experiences. These kinds of stories fascinate me, but these books are definitely not for everyone. I just wanted to mention that they are books for adults. I’ll do a halloween books for preschoolers post very soon and click here if you are looking for Halloween books for toddlers. I have read a few of the books on the list. Some of them are entertaining while others are scary and possibly disturbing in parts, but isn’t that the whole point? If you are interested in the paranormal, these books are for you.

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Haunted: The Incredible True Story of a Canadian Family’s Experience Living in a Haunted House
by Dorah L. Williams

The thing I liked most about this book was that even though it was about paranormal experiences, I did not find it that scary or negative. There was nothing evil about it. The home owners found a way to coexist with the ghosts and figure out why they they were there. This doesn’t happen in a lot of the paranormal stories I’ve read.

It was an irrational decision. Despite having just moved into a beautiful new house, the Williams family gave in to an odd, overwhelming desire to purchase and move into a Victorian home they had come upon by chance. They were curious, of course, as to why the house had, in the past, such a high vacancy rate – no one ever seemed to live in it for a long period of time. But that curiosity didn’t last long, because shortly after moving in, strange things began to happen. It became abundantly clear that the home’s past owners all had a reason for leaving: fear. The Williams’ new home was haunted. At first, the family tried telling themselves there were logical explanations for the strange things they all were witnessing. But before long they came to accept the fact that they were sharing their home with ghosts. Haunted is the Williams family’s story from the point of view of the mother, Dorah. Through her chilling reminiscences, we witness the all-too-real goings-on in the house. And we join the family as they seek a way to bring an end to the paranormal events that were occurring with ever more frequency and intensity, and learn why the events began in the first place.

Book with ghost coming out of its pages.

Paranormal Intruder: The True Story of A Family Living in Fear
by Caroline Michell

An innocent family finds itself completely helpless against the sudden onset of paranormal activity in their quiet rural home. A knife embedded in a kitchen cupboard, crockery smashed by invisible hands, and blood-chilling growls emit from thin air. Caroline and her husband Neil search for answers as they try to protect their family from the unseen entity that seems determined to rip them apart. The biggest question looms over them like a dark cloud … who is going to help us?

There are emergency services for many things, but not of this nature. It might be easier to believe temporary insanity, if not for the vast amount of witnesses. Police, fire services, mediums, priests and investigators all become embroiled in the mystery. The family struggles to cope, and Caroline grows concerned for her husband’s failing health as he withdraws from the world. However, the entity has only just begun. Paranormal Intruder is the true story of one family’s brave fight against an invisible entity. Described as one of the best-documented cases of paranormal activity, this book will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.

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The Uninvited: The True Story of the Union Screaming House
by Steven A. LaChance

If you’ve ever seen the show, A Haunting, this story was featured in one of the episodes. The events in the book were a little different than shown on tv. I’m not sure about the stuff about actual demons, but it was an interesting read.

What kind of evil lives at the Union Screaming House?

In this true and terrifying firsthand account, Steven LaChance reveals how he and his three children were driven from their Union, Missouri, home by demonic attackers.

LaChance chronicles how the house’s relentless supernatural predators infest those around them. He consults paranormal investigators, psychics, and priests, but the demonic attacks—screams, growls, putrid odors, invisible shoves, bites, and other physical violations—only grow worse. The entities clearly demonstrate their wrath and power: killing family pets, sexually assaulting individuals, even causing two people to be institutionalized.

The demons’ next target is the current homeowner, Helen. When the entities take possession and urge Helen toward murder and madness, LaChance must engage in a hair-raising battle for her soul.

Graves End: A True Story
by Elaine Mercado

You leave us alone; we’ll leave you alone.

When Elaine Mercado and her first husband bought their home in Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1982, they had no idea that they and their two young daughters were embarking on a thirteen-year nightmare.

Within a few days of moving in, Elaine and her older daughter began to experience the sensation of being watched. Then came scratching noises and weird smells, followed by voices whispering, maniacal laughter, shadowy figures scurrying along baseboards, and small balls of light bouncing along the ceilings. From the beginning of the haunting, “suffocating dreams” were experienced by everyone except the younger daughter. These eventually accelerated to physical aggression directed at Elaine and both the girls.

This book is the true story of how one family tried to cope with living in a haunted house. It also describes how, with the help of parapsychologist Dr. Hans Holzer and medium Marisa Anderson, the family discovered the tragic and heartbreaking secrets buried in the house at Grave’s End.

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The Sallie House Haunting: A True Story
by Debra Lyn Pickman

This was another story featured on A Haunting. I haven’t read this book yet, so don’t know how it compares to the episode.
This is the firsthand account of what Tony and Debra Pickman and their newborn son Taylor experienced in the now notorious Sallie House, from the day they moved in to the turn-of-the-century haunted house until they finally fled in terror. The story of the Sallie House and the fire-starting ghost girl who haunted it has sparked endless rumors and theories of murder, cover-ups, racism, and abuse. But the Pickmans know the real story because they lived it—and barely made it out alive.

Now, for the first time, Tony and Debra reveal untold stories from their ordeal. They describe Sallie’s seemingly protective fascination with their baby, and tell what it was like to live with menacing entities that scratched, bit, and terrorized their family. Along with historical research, the Pickmans share personal photographs and journal entries from their time spent living in the nightmare house that still haunts them today.

The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren
by Gerald Brittle

I was on the fence about reading this book because like I said, I’m not sure about demons. It sounds so out of this world to me and that’s what a lot of this book was about, but I gave it a chance. While I thought the book was good as it showed the hoghlights of the carreers of Ed and Lorraine Warren, there were parts that were disturbing. Some of it was just crazy stuff that you don’t know how it could even happen. These are their most extraordinary cases. With books like these, you just have to read and then decide for yourself what you believe.

Ed and Lorraine Warren are considered America’s foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With thousands of investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses and how it can happen to you. Don’t miss the Warrens in the blockbuster films, “The Conjuring,” “The Nun,” and “Annabelle Comes Home” in theaters now. In The Demonologist, the Warrens discuss many of their most famous cases including the ones that are the basis for the films “Annabelle” and “The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist.” If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can’t put down. Now includes exclusive photographic documentation of phenomena in progress. Other titles by Ed & Lorraine Warren include Graveyard, Ghost Hunters, The Haunted, In a Dark Place, Werewolf, and Satan’s Harvest.

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Haunted Healthcare: Medical Professionals and Patients Share their Encounters with the Paranormal
by Richard Estep

This book looks interesting and is free on Kindle Unlimited, so I want to check it out. This is a collection of short stories based on the paranormal experiences of medical professionals.
Many of those who have chosen the medical profession are no stranger to the paranormal. Ghosts walk the hallways of hospitals both old and new, haunting the wards and operating rooms.

Join Richard Estep, paramedic, paranormal investigator, and cast members of TV’s “Haunted Case Files” and “Haunted Hospitals,” as he talks to EMTs, nurses, medical professionals, and patients alike, documenting their most intense and chilling encounters with ghosts and spirits.

Dare YOU walk the hallways of some of the world’s most haunted medical facilities? Welcome to the world of Haunted Healthcare…

Supposedly Haunted: A True Life Experiences of a Paranormal Investigator
by E. E. Bensen

This is another book I found on Kindle Unlimited. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m including it because it’s from the perspective of an investigator.

A paranormal investigator details his search for proof of an afterlife through the exploration of supposedly haunted locations. He discusses what brought him into the paranormal research field, describes real life supernatural events witnessed firsthand during his numerous investigations, and also provides an opinion of what all of it might be. Experiencing paranormal phenomena has a way of changing one’s perspective. Locations include Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Preston Castle, The Washoe Club, The Stanley Hotel, Old Tooele Hospital (Asylum 49), Farrar Elementary School, and more!

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Spookiest Objects: Discover the World’s Most Haunted Objects
by Terrence Zepke

So far, all the books have been about haunted houses or other locations, but according to some, objects can be haunted too. This looks like an interesting read.
Did you know that objects can be haunted the same way a place can be haunted?
If you don’t believe that’s possible, these stories will likely change your mind.

*The Royal Chairs of Belcourt violently eject those who try to sit in them.

*Annabelle is one scary doll! The true (and terrifying) story about what happened to the owner and the resulting investigation led by a team of renowned paranormal experts was documented in a movie released by a Hollywood studio.

*Anna’s Wedding Dress often swings wildly inside a sealed display case. Investigations have been conducted but no rational explanation has ever been discovered.

*The world’s biggest diamond was donated to a museum. Find out why the owner felt he had no choice but to give this stone to a museum rather than sell it for a huge sum of money.
*The characters in the painting, The Hands Resist Him have been captured on film crawling out of the painting late at night!

…and much more!

Learn why all the objects discussed in this book have been destroyed, hidden, or locked up so that no one can ever come into contact with them ever again.

Ghost girl in haunted house

Ghost Crimes: Based on Actual Paranormal Cases
by Allen Gare

Here is another paranormal read that looks interesting that you can find for free on Kindle Unlimited.
As heard on “Coast to Coast with George Noory”.
Paranormal activity isn’t limited to missing household items, strange knocking on the walls and glimpses of transparent images out of the corner of our eyes. Sometimes, the activity is aggressive, harmful and even fatal. Thanks to paranormal investigators, psychics and mediums and people willing to openly share their experiences, our awareness of other-worldly beings has expanded. Over the years, law enforcement personnel have experienced their share of paranormal encounters but weren’t always willing to face potential ridicule at their admission. Today, the occurrence of the unnatural is so prevalent that official police cases have a designated code to define a crime’s paranormal element.
Ghost Crimes chronicles of the crime investigations of Detective Burke. Residing in central Florida, Burke is driven by his sworn duty to protect the innocent, especially children. A possession case in June of 1996 finds him face-to-face with the paranormal world. He struggles to make sense of the unbelievable event and many more to come.

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A Haunted Love Story: The Ghosts of the Allen House
by Mark Spencer

I’ll wrap this list up with another story that was featured on A Haunting. It’s amazing what you can find in an old house.
When Mark Spencer and his family moved into the beautiful old Allen House in Monticello, Arkansas, they were aware of its notorious reputation for being haunted. According to local lore, the troubled spirit of society belle Ladell Allen, who had mysteriously committed suicide in the master bedroom in 1948, still roamed the grand historic mansion. Yet, Mark remained skeptical—until he and his family began encountering faceless phantoms, a doppelganger spirit, and other paranormal phenomena. Ensuing ghost investigations offered convincing evidence that six spirits, including Ladell, inhabited their home. But the most shocking event occurred the day Mark followed a strange urge to explore the attic and found, crammed under a floorboard, secret love letters that touchingly depict Ladell Allen’s forbidden, heart-searing romance—and shed light on her tragic end.

Do you have any favorite scary stories? Either fiction or nonfiction. Let me know in the comments. Happy reading!

4 thoughts on “10 Haunting Books for Halloween

  1. Jo | My Anxious Life

    Some great recommendations here! Horror is my favourite genre, I can’t get enough of scary films, books, TV…. I don’t get much time to read at the minute with two young kids but might have to make a better effort to pick one of these up this Autumn

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