With Halloween just around the corner, we enjoy nothing more than curling up with a good, hair-raising ghost story or two. While you’ve likely read a terrifying tale or two by master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe, did you know that such literary legends as Edith Wharton (author of The Age of Innocence) also wrote ghost stories? We also suggest you sample the wares of two of England’s most celebrated ghost-story writers, M.R. James and E.F. Benson.
Here are some of our very favorite spooky yarns, spun by some of our favorite writers. Warning: May cause sleeplessness, hyper-awareness of strange noises and hiding under the covers.