Count Magnus and Other Ghost StoriesRead about another book on the list.
by M. R. James
The classic short fiction of M. R. James -- in which scholarly sorts stumble into uncanny encounters while puttering about libraries or country houses or libraries in country houses -- is splendidly elegant, chilling, and creepy; top-notch entertainment for an autumn evening. This is the first of two volumes of the master's complete ghost stories. You can find the second volume here -- if you dare.
Also see: Kate Mosse's top 10 ghost stories, Peter Washington's top ten ghost stories, and Brad Leithauser's five best ghost stories.