Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Favorite Ghost Stories

It’s a “Hallowe’en Freebie” at Top Ten Tuesday, and one of the options was “Ghost” Stories, but I’m going to tweak it a little further and share my top ten favorite ghost – or just plain scary – stories from my five years of the Deal Me In short story reading challenge.

Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by our blogging friends over at The Broke and the Bookish.

Here we go! (Years refer to the year I read the story as part of Deal Me In; links are to my post about the story)

10. The Slype House” by A.C. Benson (2011)

9. Is Anybody There?” by Kim Newman (2012)

8. The Two Sams” by Glen Hirshberg (2014)

7. City of Dreams” by Richard Christian Matheson (2012)

6. The Howling Man” by Charles Beaumont (2013)

5.Beyond the Wall” by Ambrose Bierce (2014)

4. Don’t Look Now” by Daphne DuMaurier (2015)

3. Phantoms” by Steven Millhauser (2013)

2. The Willows” by Algernon Blackwood (2013)

1. Smee” by A.M. Burrage (2011) Still my favorite. I got goosebumps just remembering it as I typed this up(!)

Honorable Mentions? There were more than I dare list, but here are five:

“The Ash Tree” M.R. James (2011); “A Tree of Night” by Truman Capote (2012); “William Wilson” by Edgar Allan Poe (2012); “The Autopsy” by Michael Shea (2014); “Dial Tone” by Benjamin Percy (2015)

What about you?  Do we share any favorite ‘ghost’ stories?  How many of my ten have YOU read? Inquiring minds want to know… 🙂


  1. Paula Cappa said,

    October 27, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Excellent choices. I’ve never read Smee. You’ve inspired me, Jay.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jay said,

      October 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

      I hope you read it. Let me know what you think of it if you do. 🙂


    • Jay said,

      October 27, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Oh, and my post does have a link to an online copy of that story if you want to read it.


  2. October 27, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Ooh, I haven’t read any of these! I might have to come back later.

    My TTT


  3. christine danielle said,

    October 27, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Aw, no we don’t. 😦 Which sucks. But maybe it’s because of my lack of knowledge with ghost story books.

    Here’s mine I hope you check it out 🙂 MY TOP TEN TUESDAY


  4. October 27, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    …And now I have some fodder for next year’s Deal Me In! Or, this week’s reading. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jay said,

      October 27, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      I always like it when fellow bloggers refer to “next year’s Deal Me In” :-D. I’ve already started thinking about roster plans and it’s still two months away. I also just this morning realized that the last story I completed was #250 since I started this crazy journey. 🙂


  5. Amy said,

    October 28, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I’ve never read any of these stories, but they look quite interesting. Great list.


  6. October 29, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Most of these I don’t know… I’ll have to check them out!


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