I have never been to college but “Campfire” is the thing that would be on top of my “Things I have to do before I die” list, if I ever went to college. I mean what more do you want from life, if you have best of your friends sitting around you under the open sky full of stars with a campfire and some of the scariest stories.
This is sort of a dream for a lot of people and it was for me too, a month ago until I went on camping at Bhimtal. Trust me, it is much more exciting then I had thought. We went there and set the shelter and then cooked the food and then came the turn of sharing stories.
See, on these type of moments, you’ve 2 choices:
- Talk of things like “What life is?”, “Are we ever gonna be better than this?”, “Where are we leading to?”, “What is our purpose in life?”, etc.
- Share some spooky stories
We chose the later one.
Well, I’ve written much about my experience and now, let’s see 5 of the spookiest ghost storybooks:
The Ghost Notebooks
by Ben Dolnick
Pages: 256 pages
Nick and Hannah are having a few relationship problems and they are just tired of the city, tired of their apartment and basically, they are just tired of their lives. So to get some fresh air and change the scenery, they move to an old house in New York.
I’m not gonna spoil the fun, so just suppose that this is where the things start to go wrong.
It’ll make you think and come back to haunt you later on if you give it a proper chance, the kind of book that sinks into you over time.
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“Your own life is terrifying, but life is an unending astonishment.”
Letter from a Haunted Room
by Lisa Sewell
A short poem which creates such an aura of spookiness that neither the narrator nor the reader can escape from.
Voices in the Night
by Steven Millhauser
Pages: 304 pages
“A master storyteller. Voices in the Night offers 16 new stories with much to appreciate. He tackles tall tales, fairy tales, mermaids, and baseball . . . . Millhauser is frequently whimsical and often funny, but he tackles serious subjects. There’s a lot of death and finality swirling around Voices in the Night, but don’t let that scare you. Millhauser doesn’t tell readers what to think about these heavy themes; he just writes clever stories that make it impossible not to think about them. Unforgettable. Four stars.” —M. Scott Krause, Vegas Seven
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“We are happy to be here, where the sky has always seemed a little bluer, the leaves a little greener, than in other towns we know.”
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours
by Helen Oyeyemi
Pages: 352 pages
This book is a mix magical bag from Helen Oyeyemi that is filled with nine short stories and trust me, some of them are literally eerily good.
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“To you who eat a lot of rice because you are lonely
To you who sleep a lot because you are bored
To you who cry a lot because you are sad
I write this down.
Chew on your feelings that are cornered
Like you would chew on rice.
Anyway, life is something that you need to digest.
– Chunyang Hee
(“sorry” doesn’t sweeten her tea)”
by Carmen Maria Machado
A story of 1000 words of a haunted house based on what happens to the house and the couple living there.
What can be better than sitting by an open fire with the best of your friends on a winter evening? 😉
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