Definition of A Haunted House

A haunted house or a ghost house is a house or a building which is perceived to be occupied by the deceased or spirits who were the former residents of that building. Tragic events such as murder, suicide or accidental death are the reason for the inhabitation of souls in these haunted buildings. The scientific reports say that these houses are perceived to be disturbed by noises present in the structures and the toxic substances in the environment can cause these hallucinations. But some say that old houses have creaking sounds from old pillars and walls and such noises are mistaken to be footsteps and are imagined that the house is occupied by spirits. Some scientists say that ball lightning can cause the objects to move and are often mistaken for spirits moving inside the haunted houses.

Commercial Haunted House

Commercial haunted houses have come up in many cities with a professional touch to attract people. Men have artificially created these commercial haunted houses for various reasons. Many Christian churches run a kind of haunted house called as hell houses and promote their Gospel message with them.

Short Stories and Novels on Haunted House

Many short stories and novels on haunted houses are favorite among teenagers who are interested to know more about haunted places. They have appeared in literature quite long back. Modern authors like Henry James and Stephen King have written about haunted houses in their novels. Arabian Nights is a famous novel on a haunted house. Haunting is used as a horror fiction in books to keep readers engaged. Some of the most popular top twenty haunted houses novels are:

  1. The Castle of Otranto (1764) by Horace Walpole
  2. A Sicilian Romance (2 vols.) (1790) by Ann Radcliffe
  3. The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) by Ann Radcliffe
  4. "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1845) by Edgar Allan Poe
  5. The House of the Seven Gables (1851) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  6. The Turn of the Screw (1898) by Henry James
  7. The House on the Borderland (1908) by William Hope Hodgson
  8. The Haunting of Hill House (1959) by Shirley Jackson
  9. Hell House (1971) by Richard Matheson
  10. The House with a Clock in Its Walls (1973) by John Bellairs
  11. 'Salem's Lot (1975) by Stephen King
  12. The Shining (1977) by Stephen King
  13. The Amityville Horror (1977) by Jay Anson
  14. The Woman in Black (1983) by Susan Hill
  15. IT (1986) by Stephen King
  16. Drawing Blood (1993) by Poppy Brite
  17. House of Leaves (2000) by Mark Z. Danielewski
  18. The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red (2001) by Ridley Pearson
  19. Rose Red (2002) by Stephen King
  20. The Little Stranger (2009) by Sarah Waters