10 haunted house films to watch before you become a ghost and haunt a house

You should definitely watch these 10 films while you’re alive. Once you become a ghost, you’ll likely focus most of your energies on completing unfinished business, like frightening your archenemy to death or organizing your collection of tea cozies in the attic.

1. The Haunting (1963) is a beautifully atmospheric adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. The film is complex and restrained and saturated with queer subtext. The Haunting might not be for everyone, but the people who don’t like it are wrong and should be severely punished by a swarm of poltergeists.

2. The Orphanage deftly reshapes well-worn gothic tropes into something fresh and emotionally rich. This is a horror movie with a heart.

3. Burnt Offerings is based on a heckin’ fantastic horror novel by Robert Marasco. Somehow, watching this movie leads me to believe that being followed around by a grinning hearse driver isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

4. House (1977) is like watching a haunted house movie through a kaleidoscope gifted by a psychedelic god. If that sounds like your cup of bizarro tea, give this candy-coated nightmare a try.

5. Hell House LLC is a fun found footage film about a haunted house attraction. It’s caulrophobiatastic!

6. His House is an original, multilayered take on the haunted house subgenre, utilizing the supernatural to explore aspects of the refugee experience.

7. It’s best to watch The Legend of Hell House while enjoying a bath in a clawfoot tub full of warm ectoplasm. The movie is based on Richard Matheson’s brilliant novel Hell House.

8. Satan’s Slaves is Joko Anwar’s remake of the 1982 cult classic by Sisworo Gautama Putra. I love a horror movie that focuses on family relationships and dynamics, and Satan’s Slaves is one of the best. Heartfelt, tour de force performances make you truly feel for these characters. Satan’s Slaves: Communion is also well worth watching.

9. I’ve included The Old Dark House here because I didn’t have enough films on my list with the word “house” in the title. Also, The Old Dark House is a chilling, campy gem. The movie focuses on psychological specters rather than actual ghosts, sort of like the “haunting” in Hitchcock’s Rebecca.

10. Terrified terrified me, and that doesn’t happen very often. Don’t miss out on this Argentinian masterpiece.

Mini Reviews – April 2023

Jessicamap Reviews

I was hoping to get all of these up individually but with there being only 4 days left in the month, and not wanting to spam everyone, here we go with the mini reviews again! I think it’s a nice format because you get the basics without the reviews getting too long.

Thanks to the mentioned publishers and authors for any gifted copies in exchange for my honest reviews

Mini Reviews – April 2023:

THE SOULMATE – Sally Hepworth (Released April 4th, 2023 – Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the gifted copy)

Get ready for a thrilling, addictive novel about marriage, betrayal, and the secrets that push us to the edge in Sally Hepworth’s The Soulmate.

There’s a cottage on a cliff. Gabe and Pippa’s dream home in a sleepy coastal town. But their perfect house hides something sinister. The tall cliffs have become a popular spot for…

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Review: The Merry Dredgers by Jeremy C. Shipp


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Seraphina Ramon will stop at nothing to find out the truth about why her sister Eff is in a coma after a very suspicious “accident.” Even if it means infiltrating the last place Seraphina knows Eff was alive: a once-abandoned amusement park now populated by a community of cultists.

Follow Seraphina through the mouth of the Goblin: To the left, a wolf-themed roller coaster rests on the blackened earth, curled up like a dead snake. To the right, an animatronic Humpty Dumpty falls off a concrete castle and shatters on the ground, only to reform itself moments later. Up ahead, cultists giggle as they meditate in a hall of mirrors. This is the last place in the world Seraphina wants to be, but the best way to investigate this bizarre cult, is to join them.


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Silk: When did you start writing? When did you decide to pursue writing as a profession?

Jeremy: It all started at my elementary school when I found a corroded oil lamp buried in the sandbox. As soon as I touched the object, a genie snaked out of the nozzle, his skin oxidized and weathered like the surface of the lamp. He said he was rather peckish, since it had been a few centuries since he last ate, so I gave him some Gushers and a juice box of Ecto Cooler. He said he would grant me one wish. I considered asking for a kitten/elephant hybrid, but ultimately I decided to ask for my very own amusement park. I said, “I wish for an amuse–” And he interrupted me by saying, “Your wish for a muse is granted.” And that’s how I became a writer.

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Bedfellow is out today!


My newest Tor release BEDFELLOW is out today!

From Jeremy C. Shipp, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of The Atrocities, comes a tense dark fantasy novel of psychological horror in Bedfellow.

It broke into their home and set up residence in their minds.

When the . . . thing first insinuated itself into the Lund family household, they were bemused. Vaguely human-shaped, its constantly-changing cravings seemed disturbing, at first, but time and pressure have a way of normalizing the extreme. Wasn’t it always part of their lives?

As the family make more and greater sacrifices in service to the beast, the thrall that binds them begins to break down. Choices must be made. Prices must be paid. And the Lunds must pit their wits against a creature determined to never let them go.

It’s psychological warfare. Sanity is optional.

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Booklist review

I’m pleased as punch about the Booklist review of my upcoming novel BEDFELLOW. Here’s a snippet:

“Readers will obsessively turn the pages to see what is coming next, even as they are afraid to know. Filled with claustrophobic fear within a terrifying occult frame, this is a great choice for readers who like their horror with a side of intense psychological suspense, as in Peter Straub’s A Dark Matter (2010), Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World (2018), and Jennifer McMahon’s The Winter People (2014).”