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Joe Hill’s Favorite Key

Joe Hill has won acclaim by creating dark, disturbing stories, like Heart-Shaped Box, and most notably, Horns – which is being made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. In addition to his fiction, Joe Hill writes comics. Locke and Key follows Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode  after the murder of their father, when they are forced to move into Keyhouse, a supernatural estate located in Lovecraft, Massachusetts.

By Readers' Advisor on January 12, 2013 Categories: Books, Horror

What the Monsters Are Thinking

The Monster's Corner book coverHannibal Lecter. Dexter Morgan. We have a fascination with what motivates monstrous characters, sometimes even taking it so far as to root for them. If this is true for you, be sure to visit The Monster’s Corner, a collection of “stories through inhuman eyes,” edited by Christopher Golden. Top horror and dark fantasy authors pen original tales from the point of view of frightening creatures, and, after all, we can’t really judge until we’ve walked in their shoes, right? Standouts include the grisly “Less of a Girl” by Chelsea Cain, the clever “Jesus and Satan Go Jogging in the Desert” by Simon R. Green, and Kelley Armstrong’s “Rakshasi,” elegant in both tone and perspective. Satisfy your appetite for creepy with any one of these disturbing stories.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on October 29, 2012 Categories: Books, Horror

There’s Someone At Your Chamber Door

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“Tis some visiter,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door –
    Only this and nothing more.”

The opening to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is one of the most recognizable, atmospheric starts to a poem ever. Vincent Price is one of the most legendary horror actors ever. Put them together and  a macabre beauty is made.

By Readers' Advisor on October 27, 2012 Categories: Books, Horror, Literary

LISTS: Killer Vampires and Werewolves

13 Bullets book coverWhat should vampires be? According to Stephen King, “Killers, honey. Stone killers who never get enough of that tasty Type-A. Bad boys and girls. Hunters. In other words, Midnight America. Red, white and blue, accent on the red.” In other words…not sparkly, angst-filled romantics.

If you agree with King and want to read vampire novels where your bloodsuckers are monstrous and mean, click here.

Bonus list: Then click here for equally atrocious werewolf tales.

By Readers' Advisor on October 26, 2012 Categories: Books, Horror, Lists

A Fourth Grade Field Trip Turned Deadly

The Missing book coverA fire destroyed the Bedford paper mill and, since then, the surrounding woods between Bedford and Corpus Christi have died. Lois Larkan uses these woods as a “teachable moment” and takes her class on a field trip to see the ecological disaster. Distracted by a break-up, Lois doesn’t notice that one child gets left behind until it’s too late. Little James Walker has had plenty of time to wreak havoc in the woods. James stumbles upon and releases a malevolent evil into the world…and it’s a contagion…a sentient contagion. Anyone who comes in contact with it becomes a flesh-eating monster. Can Corpus Christi (and the world) survive? Find out in Sarah Langan’s horror-edged thriller The Missing.

By Readers' Advisor on October 18, 2012 Categories: Books, Horror, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

The Secret Life of the 16th President

Vampires are planning on taking over the United States, and there’s only one man out there who can stop them – Honest Abe. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is an alternate history horror novel that explores the secret diaries of President Lincoln.

In June, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits the big screen. If you don’t want to wait until summer to learn the vampiric history of the United States, check out the book.

By Readers' Advisor on April 28, 2012 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Horror

They Want to Eat You

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark DVD coverThere are nocturnal beasties at Blackwood Manor that savor the crunch of children’s teeth. If only young and lonely Sally had known that the soft whispers calling her to come and play from deep down in the hidden basement were evil…she wouldn’t have let the creatures loose in the house. Co-written by Guillermo del Toro, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is a remake of a 1973, made-for-TV horror movie with further inspiration taken from the dark fairy lore of Arthur Machen. What malevolent fiends dwell in the dark at Blackwood Manor? Check out Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark to find out.

By Readers' Advisor on March 15, 2012 Categories: Horror, Movies and TV

John’s Pick: Vampire’s Kiss

John staff picks photoWhen a one-night stands nibbles at Peter’s neck, he convinces himself he’s turning into a vampire. Is he really? Not quite a psychological thriller and not quite a black comedy, Vampire’s Kiss mines queasy laughs from a narrative that could be considered tragic…plus, Nicholas Cage eats a real cockroach.

By Readers' Advisor on March 6, 2012 Categories: Horror, Movies and TV, Picks by John, Staff Picks

A Book for Every Taste

The Devotion of Suspect X book coverWe understand that not everyone is interested in books that win important literary prizes.  Sometimes you just want to find a thrilling new story in your favorite category.  If you can relate, be sure to check out the recent winners and nominees of the The Reading List, which honors the best in genre fiction.  These must-reads are selected by librarians who know which titles not only have the best buzz but also live up to the hype.  See below for the winners and click here for readalikes and the runners-up.

AdrenalineBefore I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
FantasyThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Historical FictionDoc by Mary Doria Russell
HorrorThe Ridge by Michael Koryta
MysteryThe Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
RomanceSilk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase
Science FictionLeviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
Women’s FictionThe Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on February 13, 2012 Categories: Awards, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Romance

Colleen’s Pick: Horns

Colleen staff picks photoJoe Hill, Stephen King’s son, presents a horrifying mystery in Horns. Ig wakes up one morning to find horns protruding from his head that allow him to know a person’s darkest secrets. Ig then uses this ability to track down who brutally raped and murdered his girlfriend the year before.

By MPPL on January 24, 2012 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Horror, Picks by Colleen, Staff Picks