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… 🙂