I’m longing to read a novel about a haunted house. Lots of ghosts, and at least be reasonably scary. More than one ghost would be nice. I don’t care if your recommendation is for a book intended for adults or is YA.
I suppose I should offer some already-read examples to demonstrate my idea of scary, though. These aren’t all haunted houses, but they should help give the idea.
Not Remotely Scary to me:
[li]The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters[/li][li]House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski[/li][li]The Turn of the Screw by Henry James[/li][li]Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker[/li][/ul]
Adequately Scary to me:
[li]The Shining by Stephen King (I liked Doctor Sleep too, but it wasn’t scary)[/li][li]The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub[/li][li]Bird Box by Josh Malerman[/li][li]If You Could See Me Now by Peter Straub[/li][li]A Winter Haunting by Dan Simmons (totally rips off If You Could See Me Now but at least it was scary)[/li][li]Neverland by Douglas Clegg [/li][li]Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill[/li][li]The The Devouring trilogy by Simon Holt[/li][li]The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy by Carrie Ryan[/li][/ul]
I checked out my Goodreads list and came up with a few more. I rated all of these 3 stars. This House is Haunted by John Boyne The Elementals, by Michael McDowell Rooms, by Lauren Oliver. Not scary, but I still think it fits.
I’m currently reading It, by Stephen King, and it might fit your bill. There is one particularly scary house the protagonists keep ending up in, at 29 Neibolt Street, but mainly it’s more of a haunted-sewer situation.