For the past 3 years, my annual Halloween tradition was to binge the anime Ghost Hunt. Then stay awake into the wee hours of the morning because every time I turn off the light and close my eyes, something goes CREAK.
Ghost stories scare me. I only have nightmares about two things, and that’s one of them.
But despite all that, I love ghost stories and ghost hunters.
And what could be better than when ghost stories collide with LGBT fantasy?
So, if you’re looking to start a new tradition or get into the Halloween spirit, here’s my 4 favourite gay ghost stories:
As mentioned above, I love ghost stories even though I have to huddle in a corner with all the lights on afterward. And this one is no exception. Several times, I had to drop my kindle on the bed. (For those of you who are a little less freaked out by ghost stories, it’ll be an enjoyable but not heart-robbing read.) Even so, I loved, loved, loved this one, especially with the diversity of characters.
Henry Strauss is an inventor out to destroy charlatans through machines capable of speaking to spirits without the need for a medium. But the academies refuse to even try his machines. Vincent was a medium, but after a possession led him to murder his mentor, he’s done everything he can to avoid talking to ghosts to the detriment of his partner’s business. So when a wealthy industrialist proposes a contest pitting science against mediums, both are desperate to win the prize.
This is my favourite Josh Lanyon book (although I reserve favourite series for Holmes & Morarity). Not so much dropping kindles to hide beneath the covers, although mirrors. Creepy, creepy mirrors.
After the death of his lover, Flynn Ambrose moves into the creepy Victorian house filled with antiques from his uncle’s museum of haunted artifacts. But fortunately for Flynn, it also contains handsome and cynical Kirk Murdoch to help fend off said haunted artifacts.
I’ve recommended this one on my blog before, but it is the perfect Halloween read. In four words: gay paranormal Sherlock Holmes. The Secret Casebook is a series of ghosts cases as love blossoms between the medium Simon Feximal and his assistant/journalist Robert. The ending is perfect for the book, but I’ll warn you it’s a melancholy kind of ending, not a Happy Ever After (but K.J.’s new sequel series will take care of that for you).
This one I recently found thanks to the group read on the LGBT Young Adult group on Goodreads. This one is not a creepy haunting, but about 17-year old Rupert Buxton uncovering the reason behind his death and the haunting of his family home. I so teared up at the end, but that’s because the romance is. So. Sweet. Definitely a HEA.
What are you reading this Halloween? Leave a comment below and let me know. I’d love any recommendations.