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Want to feel Scared?

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It finally feels like fall around here, and just in time.  It is October, the time of year when many of us scare ourselves on purpose.  Some people enjoy a good Haunted Hayride or touring a Haunted House.  Others may go all out for Halloween with a special costume or a big party.

Personally, I enjoy a good scary book or movie.  It’s just something I like at this time of the year, as I really don’t choose that genre normally.  However, in the fall – bring on the suspense, the thrillers, and the horror!

I’ve pulled out a few titles that will fit the bill.  Click on the titles to view or request from our catalog, or check out the display above the New Books at the library!

ruinsThe Ruins by Scott Smith:

Two American couples, just out of college, enjoy a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico.  On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group who has headed for the remote Mayan ruins.  Soon they begin to suspect that there is an insidious, horrific “other” among them.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill:  woman in black

A solicitor sent to a small village to settle the estate of a dead client fuels the wrath of a sinister, mysterious woman in black and is driven to the brink of insanity.

In 2012, The Woman in Black was made in a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe.

poeTales of the Macabre by Edgar Allan Poe:

This book presents graphic novel adaptations of eight short stories by Poe, including the classics “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and “The Tomb of Ligeia”.

We have additional collections of Poe’s work, including (but not limited to):

Poetry for Young People edited by Brod Bagert

The Best Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe

It by Stephen King:it

A list like this has to include Stephen King, doesn’t it?

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror.  Now they were grown-up and unable to withstand the force that drew them back to Derry, Maine to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

corpse brideTim Burton’s The Corpse Bride
Victor has messed up his vows during a wedding rehearsal, and is traveling through the woods, reciting his vows. He stops to rest in the woods,and while practicing. He finally gets them right and ceremoniously puts the wedding ring on a finger-shaped stick in the ground and says his wedding vows. The stick turns out to be a rotted finger belonging to a murdered girl who has returned as a zombie and insists that she is now Victor’s lawfully wedded wife.


Author: Sarah

Hi! I am The Head of Reader Services at Nevins Library! I love to read and talk about books. I'll read just about anything, so there's plenty to talk about.

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