Thursday, October 30, 2008

Chilling Reads at the Library!

With Halloween swiftly approaching, have you found yourself craving a good terror tale? The following fear-drenched titles can all be found in the Mack Library!

H.P. Lovecraft
PS 3523 .O833 A6 2005

Lovecraft's eccentric tales of cosmic dread are essential reading.

Manly Wade Wellman
The Voice of the Mountain
PS 3545 .E52858 V6 1984

This folksy, humorous and scary novel about
a guitar-slinging wanderer of the Appalachian mountains was written by one of the all-time masters of the weird tale.

Stephen Dobyns
The Church of Dead Girls

PS 3554 .O2 C48 1997

Atmospheric terror set in a small town. The scene describing the "church" of the title will lurk uneasily in your mind's eye for a
long time to come.

Neil Gaiman
PS 3554 .O2 C48 1997

The creator of the legendary "Sandman" series here contributes a "Young Adult"-rated horror, but it's really a dark fairy tale for all ages.

Thomas Tryon
Harvest Home

PS 3570 .R9 H3

In the 1970s, Tryon wrote two essential horror novels: The Other and Harvest Home. Trivia alert: Tryon played the "alienated" husband in the 1950s sf / horror gem I Married a Monster from Outer Space!

Bill Pronzini, ed.
The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural

PS 648 .H6 A73 1981
"The Girl with the Hungry Eyes" by Fritz Leiber and "Sticks" by Karl Edward Wagner are just two of the many high points in this collection.

Arthur Machen
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural

PR 6025 .A245 A6 1964

"The Great God Pan" is a classic tale of the supernatural. Machen's style was much admired by H.P. Lovecraft.

Stephen King
Duma Key

PS 3561 .I483 D86 2008

The latest King novel - this one makes revenants from the deep scary again! The library has the audiobook version.

Shirley Jackson
The Haunting of Hill House
PS 3519 .A392 H3 1987
One of the best haunted house stories ever written and the basis for both movie versions of The Haunting, by the author of "The Lottery."

Of course, you could also delve into the classics. Did you know that Bram Stoker's Dracula is told entirely via methods of communication that were considered high-tech in the late 1800s? Or that Frankenstein (written by 18-year-old Mary Shelley) begins on an icebound ship in the arctic wastes? And sure, you were probably forced to read "The Raven" at some point, but have you ever sampled Edgar Allan Poe's utterly gruesome tales "The Black Cat" or "Berenice"? So read 'em and scream -- and Happy Halloween!

1 comment:

jennyS said...

wow...I never knew the library had these cool books! I'm going to check out Coraline for sure!