Top Ten Tuesday: Short Ghost Stories Everyone Should Read

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Sheets in a tree that were arranged to look like a ghost floating up in the branches.These freebie posts are so much fun!

Today I’m going to be sharing ten short ghost stories from around the world that everyone should read. Click on their titles to read them for free.

1. Hover” by Samantha Mabry 

Sometimes ghosts are more annoying than they are frightening.

2. Ngozi Ugegbe Nwa” by Dare Segun Falowo 

This is the perfect thing to read for anyone who likes antiquing or a good bargain.

3. Who Will Clean Our Spirits When We’re Gone?” by Tlotlo Tsamaase 

I was picturing spirits taking bubble baths when I read this title. Spoiler alert: that’s not exactly what the narrator had in mind.

4. Live Through This” by Nadia Bulkin

This was one of the most creative approaches to helping a spirit find peace in the afterlife that I’ve ever read about.

5. Joss Papers for Porcelain Ghosts” by Eliza Chan 

Are hauntings less scary if you know the person who is now a ghost?

6. “Therein Lies a Soul” by Osahon Ize-Iyamu 

Sometimes spirits become celebrities. This shows how a spirit might react to such an odd response from the living.

7. The Muse of Palm House” by Tobi Ogundiran 

Would you fall in love in with a ghost? I should warn my readers that this is rooted firmly in the horror genre, not in the romance one.

8. Emergent” by Rob Costello 

A haunting from the perspective of a dead person who acknowledges they’re dead but absolutely refuses to be referred to as a ghost.

9. The House Wins in the End” by L. Chan 

Imagine the typical plot from a haunted house story:

  • A new family moves into an old, abandoned home
  • Someone notices the first paranormal act
  • More paranormal acts follow
  • The family attempts to help the spirit(s) find peace
  • If it works, they stay at the home. If it doesn’t, they generally either die at the hands of the ghosts or move away.

This is about what happens to a haunted house after that basic plot has already played out.

10. The Stories We Tell About Ghosts” by A.C. Wise 

Two words: ghost hunters.



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94 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Short Ghost Stories Everyone Should Read

  1. Great list! I love a ghost story, I’ll definitely have to check these out.

  2. Oh, you should read “The Ghost of Fifth Avenue” by Nancy Bilyeau. I think you’ll like it. It is a novella.

  3. I haven’t heard of any of these but I’m going to look up several now. I love ghost stories! Thanks for this.

  4. Wow, every last one is new to me I’ll have to check some out.

  5. Ooh, fun list! Thanks for the links.

  6. Ghost stories creep me out! I don’t think I could read any of these. 🙁

  7. Great take on the freebie! I wish that I wasn’t a total chicken but I am and there’s nothing that would make me click on any of these links 😂 I’m sort of OK with gore and psychological horrors but anything ghosty or paranormal and I’m out! Haha

  8. Love your list! These are all new to me, but I’ll be bookmarking this for sure. Have you ever read any of Edith Wharton’s ghost stories? I have a collection of those, but haven’t read them yet. 🙂

  9. Cool list! I haven’t heard of any of these, but I do love a good ghost story!

  10. Ooh I love a good ghost story, I’ll have to check these out!

  11. Oh great topic! This would be good for readers to get into ghost stories.

  12. Great idea for a list this week, and I love have links to all these stories so I can check them out:-)

  13. What a wonderful posts and thanks for the lost. I love horror as you well know 🙂

  14. OOO Ghost stories. These look like ones that will keep you shivering at night.

  15. This is a fun list! I don’t usually read ghost stories….the last two I read were The Beautiful Strangers and The Clockmakers Daughter.

  16. Great list!


  17. Ooh! I don’t often read books that might freak me out [I’m a huge pussy, tbh], but.. I saved this post so I can maybe come back to it if I someday find myself in need of something creepy after all! 🙂

  18. Interesting list! I love ghost stories, but I rarely read short stories. This might just be a good time to try them. I’ll have to check these out.

    Happy TTT!


  19. Oooh hello! I’ll be bookmarking this list to scare myself silly come the autumn 🙂

  20. Thanks for sharing such a lovely, spooky post!

  21. Perhaps this is why I’ve never been a fan of ghost stories…I’ve never read any of these! Perhaps I should give a few of them a try.

  22. May I suggest “The Canterville Ghost” by Oscar Wilde. It is funny actually.

  23. What a great topic! Although, I’m not the biggest fan of anything scary/horror. LOL! I’m the biggest chicken.

  24. Love this list! I’ve been leaning to shorter stories at the moment so this is perfect!

  25. OOh nice topic! I love a good creepy story! Will have to check these out!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

  26. Looks like I have some ghost stories to read during this time. Thanks so much for the recommendations!

  27. These are all new to me! Thanks for sharing.

  28. Ohh, I do love a good ghost story. I don’t tend to read short stories, but these sound intriguing. Great list!

  29. Great list! I love a good ghost story.

  30. Thanks for sharing these! I love a good ghost story. 😀

  31. Who can’t use a little more spookiness in their life? I love what you did with the freebie, and the fact that they’re free to read is fantastic! I’ll definitely have to check some of these out.

  32. Ooh this kind of stuff freaks me out 🙂 but I like the look of Live thru This and a couple of others as well. Interesting new takes are always good!

  33. I don’t think I’ve heard of any of these, but I love that you put links to read them! I’m bookmarking this post so I can go back and get them all. Thanks so much for sharing and also for commenting on my Top 10 on Lisa Loves Literature!

  34. Looks like I’ve got some reading to do!

  35. verushka

    Oh wow, thank you for this list and these links! Short Stories are such a great way to get into a genre — especially if the genre isn’t your usual cup of tea like for me and ghost stories!

  36. Thank you for visiting my TTT.
    As I said there, I probably wouldn’t choose ghost stories per se but I have come across some that I quite enjoyed. I will have to look at your list a little more closely, especially since we seem to have a similar reading taste.

    Happy Reading.

  37. I love me some ghost stories and these sounds awesome. I love that they are short stories! I’m going to have to read some of these later today!

  38. This is a fun theme you’ve chosen. I love ghost stories. I’ve read “Joss Papers” and will check out some of the others!

  39. A nice list. It’s not my cup of tea. Thank you for reading my post.

    Have a great Wednesday!

  40. Oh, I love ghost stories. I need to check these out. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  41. Gonna save this list for October! 🙂

  42. I was picturing spirits taking bubble baths when I read this title. Spoiler alert: that’s not exactly what the narrator had in mind. -This really made me laugh. XD I’m not that into anything paranormal anymore so I probably won’t read any of these, but I like your comments under each one!

  43. I usually only read ghost stories in the fall around Halloween but all of these are new to me, so I’ll have to make a note to check them out then. 🙂

  44. These all sound really cool! I’ll have to add them to my list 🙂

  45. What a great theme! I don’t really read standalone short stories, well, I don’t really read ghost stories either… but I’ve bookmarked these for the future. I definitely need to expand my reading horizons. These will be fun when I need a small bite of something. Thanks, Lydia!

  46. Great list! I’ll have to write these titles down to read around Halloween!

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