I have been a lover of ghost stories and horror tales since my very early youth, when I fell in love with Edgar Allen Poe, and later, when my cousin Sherry introduced me to the classic trilogy of Stephen King's early work, Carrie, 'Salem's Lot, and The Shining, as a Christmas present. Still later, Peter Straub made an indelible impression with his masterpiece of the genre, Ghost Story.
It was only as an adult that I delved deeper into the genre, and discovered that I could still be frightened and disturbed by the likes of MR James, Henry James, Algernon Blackwood and Edith Wharton.
So it's with great delight that I direct your attention to this list of great ghost stories, complete with links to the stories themselves in many places, in the UK's Guardian. Compiled by the novelist Kate Mosse, this is a wonderful list, sure to get your Halloween celebrations off to a great start. Enjoy!