Monday, October 28, 2013

Ghost Movies with Christine Rains

I'm really excited to host the mega-talented Christine Rains here today as part of her blog tour for The 13th Floor Complete Collection. Christine is here to talk about one of my favorite topics - ghosts and ghost movies. 

Christine wrote her own ghost story as part of The 13th Floor series, and it's a great read like all the rest in the collection. So I was interested to hear about some of her own favorite ghost tales. Welcome and thanks for being here, Christine!

Top Ten Ghost Movies

A scratching in your wall, a whispering near your ear, or a screeching rotted corpse with hair that can kill you. Tis the season for a haunting. Or at least a good scary movie.

Ghosts feature in a lot of my favorite horror movies. Not all ghost films need to be frightening, but when I watch these flicks, I like the chills that come with them.

Warning: this list does NOT contain the film Ghost.

Here are my top ten ghost movies:
  1. The Shining. Classic Stephen King.
  2. Frighteners. This is the ghost movie I've seen the most. It rocks!
  3. The Changeling. Absolutely chilling.
  4. Poltergeist. Go to the light, Carol Anne!
  5. Ghostbusters. It never gets old. I once wanted a career as a ghostbuster.
  6. 1408. Another Stephen King story. Plus it stars John Cusack!
  7. The Ring. The creepiest girl in the world.
  8. The Amityville Horror. The first horror film I watched. It gave my brother nightmares for weeks.
  9. The Sixth Sense. Creepy with a twist.
  10. The Haunting. Nothing like the classics.

When I wrote THE GHOST, I didn't want Chiharo to be scary. She's the friendly ghost, but the story still contains the most terrifying creature in the series, and it does more than just go bump in the night. It not only wants your life, but it eats your soul too.

For another great ghost story, check out Julie Flanders' new book, THE GHOSTS OF AQUINNAH in December. It has those wonderful chills that I so adore.

What's your favorite ghost film?

Title: The 13th Floor Complete Collection
Author: Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance

Release date: October 13th, 2013

Six supernatural tenants
Living in a haunted apartment building
On a floor that doesn't exist.

Six novellas telling their tales.

A retired demon acquires a price on his head.
A werewolf is hunted by her pack.
A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.
A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.
A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can't find.
A banshee falls in love with someone who's death she has seen in a vision.
And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all.

All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor.

Includes “The Shadow,” a bonus short story.

Author Bio:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.


  1. Thank you for hosting me today, Julie! This was a fun post.

  2. Poltergeist still terrifies me, especially that scene with the tree and the one with the swimming pool. Yikes!

  3. Congratulations, Christine. Great post, Julie
    I think my favorite ghost movie is Ghost, with Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg.

  4. I love the 13th floor series. Good stuff!

    Ooo, Poltergeist & The Sixth Sense--saw both in the theater. Good stuff. Well, Poltergeist was, for it's time. LOL

  5. PS - Julie, did you change your blog?

  6. 1408 is a classic. I own the DVD and now want to watch it again.

    Good luck to Christine and her releases!

  7. Alex, love that movie!

    Madeline, that's the creepiest tree ever!

    Karen, thanks!

    Melissa, thank you. Poltergeist still scares folks today!

    Stephen, thank you! I need to find some time to watch this whole list.

  8. The Shining! That's the absolute best!

  9. Have you seen Pulse, Dead End and Let's Scare Jessica To Death? Give them a try. They're totally creepy.

  10. There you go, I have been over there, as in Christine's site and now I'm here :)

    I do like your choice of ghost movies. I would include "Casper the Friendly Ghost", in my list.

    All the best to both you lovely ladies.


  11. Nothing better on a chilled winter's night than a good ghost story to send real shivers up the spine. Good luck Christine!

  12. Hi Julie and Christine .. don't know why I came - I really don't like being frightened!!!

    Cheers and good luck with all publications ... Hilary

  13. I also loved The Sixth Sense! Best of luck to Christine!


  14. What a great list! I love most of those movies!

  15. I've seen most of the movies on the list through the holes in my afgan. That's just how this chicken rolls. :)

  16. Dana, I agree. The original one rather than the remake.

    Vanessa, I've not heard of Pulse. I'll have to check that one out. Thanks!

    Khalanie, I did like Casper as a kid! Thanks.

    Lee, thank you!

    Misha, good choice!

    Hilary, thanks for stopping by. :)

    Julie, thanks!

    Cherie, thank you!

    Elizabeth, I hope you had someone to cuddle with while you watched too!

  17. Amityville Horror scared the crap out of me... the book more than the movie. The book actually made me scream outloud several times. lol

    Real stories give me goose bumps.

  18. I enjoyed Christine's ghostly observations and her list. Yes, The Ring definitely has the "creepiest girl in the world."

    I think my faves are "The Woman in Black" and "Silent Hill." There are bunches of great ghost movies! Good luck in everything you do, Christine! :-)

  19. Mary, real stories give me goose bumps too. That's why I love watching those ghost hunter shows!

    Lexa, thanks! Two great movies. Silent Hill was super creepy.

  20. I realized I haven't watched many ghost movies when I looked at your list. I really don't like to get frightened so I think I'd like our ghost better.

  21. Christine, congrats and best of luck on the new release.

  22. I LOVED "The Shining", even though some of my favorite parts from the book were missing from it. (How could they leave out those creepy scenes with the topiary creatures???)

    Good luck to Christine on her newest release. Just in time for Halloween. (Purely a coincidence, right...?)

  23. Yes!! Your top ten is excellent, although I don't think I've seen The Shining. Um-ah!

  24. Susan, the friendly ghosts are the best!

    TAS, thank you!

    Susan, I totally agree! Thank you. :)

    Lynda, thanks!

  25. I'm a huge fan of ghost stories, but don't think I've ever seen any of these movies. (Um...oops?) I already know I probably won't see The Sixth Sense, since my sister spoiled the end for me a long time ago...


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