Thursday, February 16, 2023

Seven of the best, creepiest old houses in fiction

M. E. Hilliard is a librarian who started out in retail merchandising. After twelve years of mergers, consolidations, and moves around the country, she went to graduate school and got a Master of Library Science degree.

Originally from the Connecticut shoreline, she has never lost her love of quaint small towns, big cities, and fashion, so she indulges that in her writing. ‍

A life-long lover of mystery fiction, Hilliard currently lives and works in Florida.

Her new novel is Three Can Keep a Secret.

At CrimeReads Hilliard tagged seven favorite creepy old houses in fiction, including:
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

A stranger in your house is scary, a stranger writing in your diary is terrifying. But that’s what Clare Cassidy, gothic lit professor, finds just after one of her colleagues is murdered. Clare teaches in an old mansion left to her university by the author of a famous ghost story, and his dead wife has been seen roaming the halls. Detective Harbinder Kaur, a former student who has herself experienced a spectral presence in the building, is called in to investigate the murder. Griffiths provides a murder mystery and a ghost story within a ghost story in an eerie gothic setting.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue