If you’re looking for campy horror with just enough spook to keep you on your toes but humor to break the tension, make Grady Hendrix’s My Best Friend’s Exorcism your next read. Set in small town America during the 1980s, Abby and Gretchen have been long-time best friends. Now they are in high school and Gretchen is suddenly acting strangely mean. Is it just growing up, or is she possibly possessed by a demon? Abby is on a mission to find out.
Like the hit Netflix original Stranger Things, the novel has strong elements of loyal friendship, an abundance of 1980s pop culture, and a slow build up resulting in an action packed final scene.
Undead by Kirsty McKay is a fantastic read for anyone who is a fan of zombies! Filled with action and gore, it follows two teens that are stranded on a school ski trip in Scotland when their classmates are infected with a mysterious illness that leaves them craving flesh.
Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive reigns undisputed as the messiest zombie movie ever made. In Jackson’s gleefully over-the-top, relentlessly gory, black comedy, Lionel’s overbearing mother receives a bite of an evil Sumatran “rat monkey”. Soon she’s snacking on the neighbors, who rapidly zombify – and then things escalate (watch for the lawnmower).
The wind is howling, the moon is glowing, and you crave something to make your skin crawl. Even if the Library building is closed for the night, you can still grab a chilling story to make the most of your mood. Hoopla, a digital service you access with your MPPL card, offers instant access to tales of all kinds, including those that terrify just the way you like. Here is a sample of the horrors on offer:
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
by Shirley Jackson
Six years after four family members died suspiciously–of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods live together in pleasant isolation until threatened by a cousin’s arrival.
The Library Policeman
by Stephen King
Overdue books may seem a minor offense, but not to Junction City’s malevolent monster of a librarian.
The Living Dead
edited by John Joseph Adams
A collection of the best zombie literature of the last three decades from Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, George R. R. Martin, Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Brite, Neil Gaiman, and Joe Hill.
Classic Tales of the Supernatural
compiled by Robin Brockman
Stories from the heyday of supernatural fiction, including authors such as Henry James, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Wilkie Collins, and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Warped: Tales of Horror and Rage
by Rick Ochre
Fourteen stories that shine a light into the minds of disturbed individuals, explore otherworldly terror, and imagine unspeakable acts of vengeance.
Nick Cutter’s claustrophobic sophomore novel, The Deep is an unsettling look at the descent into madness. Across the globe, humans are coming down with a horrendous disease called ’Gets. It starts small. The individuals might forget where a parked car is or a wedding anniversary, but then people forget how to read or tie their shoes, and finally their lungs forget to breathe and their heart forgets to beat. Eight miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, a possible cure has been discovered in a research facility, but communication has suddenly gone silent, and it is up to Luke, brother of the genius scientist working on the cure, to reestablish communication. Yet, unimaginable psychological and physical terrors face him, and at eight miles deep there is no escape.
Most holiday stories seek to warm your heart, but those who would rather have their blood chilled needn’t feel left out. For merry-making that is somewhat off the beaten path, try a mix of seasonal paranormal stories set in the Old West. Six-Guns and Slay Bells: A Creepy Cowboy Christmas, presented by Western Fictioneers, plays with yuletide fear in selections such as “Christmas Wraiths” by Douglas Hirt and L. J. Washburn’s “A Creature Was Stirring”. Well-known authors Robert Randisi and James Reasoner raise the stakes with “Sheriff Santa and the Ghost of Two Gun Jim” and “Presents for One and All”. Hauntings, shootouts, monsters, and snake-oil salesmen combine to make this Christmas gathering one you won’t easily forget.
Goodreads is a social media website readers can use to keep track of what they have read or want to read and interact with friends. Every year Goodreads hosts the Goodreads Choice Awards in which readers vote for what they consider the best books in different categories are. This year, there were over 3 million votes cast! Check out some of the winners below.
Fiction: Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Nonfiction: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Young Adult: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Science Fiction: The Martian by Andy Weir
Romance: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Fantasy: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
History and Biography: The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport
Memoir and Autobiography: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl
Debut Goodreads Author: Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Humor: Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Business: #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
Food and Cookbooks: Make it Ahead by Ina Garten
It all begins with Hester Garlan, a spitfire outlaw who sees the dead. After a mid-jailbreak encounter results in an inconvenient pregnancy, her sensitivity to rogue spirits is transferred to her child, a son she can’t abandon fast enough. When she discovers her second sight is gone, Hester sets off to trade the boy’s life for her gift’s restoration. Meanwhile, a young woman unsuited to expected society roles is thrown together with the founder of the Winchester rifle empire, and though there is a mutual attraction, happily-ever-after may not be in their tea leaves. There Is No Lovely End by Patty Templeton is a debut that drips with acid-tongued banter, tintype settings, and otherworldly imaginings. It’s a modern take on an old-fashioned tale, and you’ve never read anything quite like it.