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Halloween Books: 7 'Flashlight Worthy' Novels Featuring Spooky Houses (PHOTOS)

Posted: 10/25/10 09:40 AM ET

Here at Flashlight Worthy Headquarters we've sifted through our dusty archives of 404 lists of book recommendations for some Halloween-appropriate book lists. The first that reared its spooky head is this list of Books Set in Creepy Houses.

Anna Claire Vollers, who wrote the list, had this to say:

Abandoned buildings, locked doors and underground passageways: they just beg for an amateur sleuth to investigate. Ever since I first read Harriet the Spy in elementary school, I've been captivated by the idea of uncovering what's hidden. You never know what you'll find: cobwebs, dead bodies, spare relatives... and it must be noted here that all the best houses, suffused as they are with evil, burn to the ground in the end. It's a universal truth.

This book list could be pages long, but below are some of my favorites, the perfect books to read on a dark and stormy night, as you're huddled under your blankets (with a flashlight, of course), clutching your book in a white-knuckled grip.

Oh, and while we here at Flashlight Worthy haven't read all the books on the list below, when it comes to the creepiest house ever encountered in a book? We agree that it has to be this book from Stephen King.

"Rebecca" by Daphne Du Maurier
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Manderley is second-in-command in the creepy house triumvirate. It is a place suffocated by the memory of its first mistress, Rebecca de Winter, whom everyone assumed was nothing short of perfect. The newly-married, inexperienced second Mrs. de Winter gradually unravels the mystery surrounding Rebecca's death even as she tries in vain to emulate her in life. The malevolent housekeeper Mrs. Danvers constantly interrupts her snooping, and Mrs. de Winter's moody husband does little to help as the life they've built at Manderley spirals out of control.
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This Haunted House
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