As All Hallow’s Eve approaches each year, I read a lot of ghostly fiction (just finished “The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories,” which has a ton of short stories that aren’t found in many other anthologies – highly recommended).
What’s your favorite ghost story (short story, novella or novel)? I’m interested in ghosts, mind you; vampires, nameless and/or unnameable horrors from the depths of space and time, ax- or chainsaw-wielding murderers and their ilk can stay in the shadows for now.
If I had to choose one (and I guess I do, since I’m asking you to do the same) is probably “The Beckoning Fair One” by Oliver Onions. It has a general sense of unease throughout its text, with some really, really chilling moments – nothing leaps out of closets or clangs chains together, which makes it all the more successful, in my view.