It's the most wonderful time of the year! I never need an excuse to read horror novels, but Halloween sure makes them feel all the creepier.
There are some great horror books in the library just waiting for you to read them!
Staff did curate the recommended reads listed above, but I have two of my own horror books that I'd like to share with you today.
First, NOS4R2 by Joe Hill. This book scared the bejesus out of me and I still think about particular passages every single day. This will be my first Christamas since learning about "Christmasland" and I'm sure I'll never look at Christmas the same way again. Fun fact....Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King. I did not know this before I read this book. It was only while reading it that I said to myself "this reminds me of Stephen King" and off I did to do a little research, and sure enough, I found my answer. Here's a Goodreads summary of NOS4R2.
"Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son."
The other book is actually a collection of short stories. Get in Trouble by Kelly Link is a fantastic read. Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids...These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded in sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty--and the hidden strengths--of human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do.
Have you read any of these books? Surely you've read something by Edgar Allan Poe, right? He is the original master of horror!!