• mrose

Recommended Reading: Teen Fiction - Ghost Stories

Updated: Jun 15

Ghost stories predate the written word. We have evidence of ghost stories in ancient times through the oral traditions and folklore of many different cultures. Knowing this, I think it's safe to say that ghost stories are an integral part of human history. But why? I'd venture to say that the belief in a human soul, separate from the human body, is the primary reason for the popularity of ghost stories. But could something else be a major contributing factor?

Girl with a skull shadow lit by a yellow flame candle

I find it interesting, as well, that ghost stories can be so different - there are so many different ways ghosts have been represented in stories and sightings over many, many years. Poltergeists, formless energy, white spots, fully formed shadows, residuals, demons, etc. So what do you think? Could ghost stories be real? Or are they just a product of the vast human imagination? Either way, I think you'll enjoy the following five ghost stories, and not only for the ghostly bits, but the genuinely good stories as well.

Book recommendations courtesy of Ellie Epperson.

Prelude for Lost Souls by Helene Dunbar

(Prelude for Lost Souls Series #1)

Trigger Warning: death of a loved one, drug use

St. Hilaire is a ghost town - of sorts. While many towns may boast manufacturing or farming as their primary industry, St. Hilaire's claim to fame is its abundance of mediums - ghost talkers. The protagonist, high-schooler Dec Hampton, is a born and bred St. Hilaire medium, but after the death of his parents, he wants nothing more than to hit the road out of town. Leaving town, however, isn't so easy. The Guild oversees everything that happens in St. Hilaire, and their intentions aren't always pure.

Dec's bestie, Russ, is also a medium, but he relocated to St. Hilaire to be better understood by his peers. Russ has fought hard for his status and desperately tries to join the Guild - much to Dec's dismay. As Dec prepares to leave St. Hilaire, the artist that has given him so much musical comfort experiences a train mishap right outside of town, Dec's future becomes more uncertain.

Watch Over Me book cover