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The details I remember are very hazy.

What I remember is that it was a young adult horror novel from the late 80s / early 90s.

Two kids live in a town, and the town has a section where the woods are haunted and very bad things happen if you go into them. There is a lot of snow in the book and the cover of the edition I remember had snow on it as well.

At one point in the book, they sneak out and go into the haunted woods at night.

That's about what I got. I don't remember why they do anything or what happens, but I remember reading it at least twice and liking it.

Any help?

Update - [a bit more info]:

I know it is not from the Goosebumps series - the content was for slightly older kids. It is possible that it is from the Fear Street series or some other RL Stine, but I looked through the titles and plot summaries and none of them seem to fit. I'm fairly certain it wasn't Christopher Pike, and until searching for this, I have no memory of ever hearing of the Point Horror series. I don't think it was actually part of a series at all, but I wouldn't stake more than a nickel on that.

Also; I hesitate to put this, because I think it is likely a corrupted memory, and may make things harder; but in the absence of any quick answers, I'll give it a shot. I think the title was something like Night(mares | time ) in Ghostland

That could be way off base, but for some reason, that title strikes a chord in memory. I hope the extra info helps.

  • Do you remember if it was part of a franchise? Like Point Horror, Goosebumps, etc.? – ssav Dec 7 '15 at 12:17
  • @ssav - See my update to the question. – dgo Dec 7 '15 at 15:52
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Based on the update, I think this is Nights In Ghostland by Carol Beach York.

What I remember is that it was a young adult horror novel from the late 80s / early 90s.

Published 1987 so fits the dates.

Two kids live in a town, and the town has a section where the woods are haunted and very bad things happen if you go into them. There is a lot of snow in the book and the cover of the edition I remember had snow on it as well.

The cover shown on the GoodReads page shows two children in a snowy woodland (with some ghostly-looking skeletons). Obviously the title is a pretty close match.

I can't find anything about the plot except one line from Google Books: Laura and her brother Douglas must help the ghost of their Uncle Jack return the money he stole from a hunchback, himself a restless ghost, so that both spirits can rest in peace

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    That's the one! Good find! I searched Google repeatedly, but my queries must've off by just enough. Also, based on new searches, it appears that there is only one image of the cover I was looking for online, and you found it. That is awesome. Thanks again! – dgo Dec 7 '15 at 17:53

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