The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Creepy, atmospheric, unsettling fun… What more can you say?
The Ghost Writer by John Harwood. Many people disliked this novel. I was captivated by it, however. A young man finds a series of ghost stories written by his great-grandmother. The stories serve as stories within a story. The ghostly narratives are interwoven with his family history, and the main character sets out to solve the riddle of his past. Similar in many ways to Henry James, this is a classy, gothic read.
Speaking of Henry James, I can’t believe I forgot Turn of the Screw. I first read this in high school for my 10th grade English class. I still get a chill from the finale.
Another favorite of mine is Skull Session by Daniel Hecht. This was advertised as a neurological thriller when it came out, and that is a fit description. Mysterious events, family secrets, and psychological horror. Full disclosure: The main character has Tourette Syndrome – I was drawn to this since I also have TS. The author did a great job portraying the condition.
Clearly some additional works will be occurring to me as time goes on.