What better time of the year to visited The Haunted Bookshop than at the Halloween season. Located in Cambridge, England and fittingly found down a dark, spooky alleyway, the diminutive bookstore more than lives up to its name. Packed floor to ceiling with secondhand and antiquarian titles, the shop is known for its female spector that appears with the scent of violets and disappears just as quickly.
Overlooked by the historic old St.Edward King and Martyr Church, The Haunted Bookshop dates back to the early 1700s, but didn’t become a bookstore until the 20th century. Over the centuries it has been a private home, an alehouse, and even a residence for Cambridge Univercity students. It came under the current proprietor Sarah Keys ownership in 1994. She now runs her enterprise Sarah Key Books out of the narrow, three story store, specialising in children’s and illustrated books.
While the original bookshop owner frequently saw the ghost of an old man in the basement during his tenure, most booktore browsers report a female apparition dressed in a white gown.