Friday, October 30, 2015

Ten top haunted houses in fiction

Claire Barker is the author of Knitbone Pepper: Ghost Dog. One of her top ten haunted houses in fiction, as shared at the Guardian:
The graveyard in The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The graveyard is not strictly a haunted house but it’s definitely a haunted home. In the lexicon of horror, graveyards are usually no-go areas for the living, but the one in Gaiman’s book is an exception. Here baby Bod finds sanctuary beneath the wings of ghostly Mr and Mrs Owens after his family are brutally murdered. He grows up surrounded by its resident ghosts and ghouls within the protection of its boundaries. Darkly beguiling, this graveyard is a haunted home like no other.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Graveyard Book is among Jon Walter's ten top first lines in children's and teen books, Helen Grant's ten "best books with settings that are strikingly brought to life" and Nevada Barr's 6 favorite books.

Also see: The seven best haunted house books.

--Marshal Zeringue