Haunted Houses in Literature


October 27, 2015 by Laird

Adrian Van Young has written a brief survey of haunted houses in literature over at Electric Lit. The piece takes a look at work by Sarah waters, Michael Rowe, Victor LaValle, and others.

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3 thoughts on “Haunted Houses in Literature

  1. Jonathan Sprague says:

    Thanks for the link, Mr. Barron. I view your excellent work as primarily depicting haunted exteriors — forests, the wild, the wilderness– as opposed to haunted interiors (haunted houses). Still, what haunted house book/story has most impressed you as a reader and author. Again, thanks for the link.

  2. Laird says:

    The Haunting of Hill House and The Shining. John Langan’s House of Windows is excellent. The film SAUNA might qualify–it has terrifying moments in any event.

    • MJ Mahoney says:

      Hi Mr Barron, cheers for sharing that link. The Haunting of Hill House is definitely high on my list too — it has such a weird authenticity about it that I have to wonder if Shirley Jackson ever lived in a haunted house herself. It’s like when Dashiell Hammett wrote of dark houses or Le Carre wrote of the cold war, you just know that they’ve seen it first hand. I often get that same intangible feeling of “genuineness” when I read one of your stories too, particularly those set in the wilderness. Perhaps it’s easier to buy into an author’s tale when you know a little of their background, but it’s still a great talent to confer feelings upon a reader, rather than stark information. MJ

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