Check It Out Category: Horror

Audiobook: The Broken Ones by Stephen M. Irwin

Broken Ones book coverThe dead have risen, and they are shadowing us. Three years ago the earth’s poles inexplicably switched, plunging the planet into chaos. One effect was the appearance of personal ghosts, usually with a close connection to the haunted. Detective Oscar Mariani, however, can’t place the 16-year-old boy who is now his otherworldly companion. His unit specializes in those who are driven to murder by the presence of spirits, and he’ll need all his faculties intact to solve the latest gruesome killing.

Horror tales (or horror-blends) are especially heightened in audio, and Australian narrator Grant Cartwright shows how a strong performance can intensify the crawling of our skin. His skill in intonation, emotion, and pacing keeps us listening even though we’re tempted to hide under the covers. The Broken Ones by Stephen M. Irwin is both fascinating and creepy, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

List: Funny Horror Books

funny horror books

Horror books don’t only have to be eerie, they can be funny too! Books shown below take familiar horror story premises and add a little laugh to the boo.

Apocalypse Cow book coverApocalypse Cow
by Michael Logan
It starts with one cow that won’t die… and spreads… and spreads… until the world has a problem they never imagined they would have to deal with: zombie animals.
Carpe Demon book coverCarpe Demon
by Julie Kenner
Between taking care of her kids and supporting her husband’s political career, Kate doesn’t have time to hunt demons too, but there’s only one woman for the job and that’s her!
Gil's All Fright Diner book coverGil’s All Fright Diner
by A. Lee Martinez
Duke, a werewolf, and Earl, a vampire, stop at diner and are enlisted to help the owner’s zombie problem, however, zombies aren’t the only problems the owner has.

 

John Dies at the End book coverJohn Dies at the End
by David Wong
A concoction called Soy Sauce opens a can of worms, but thanks to David’s and John’s video game knowledge they may have a chance of protecting their loved ones.
Paul is Undead
by Alan Goldsher
The Beatles are gearing up to take over the world like no other rock stars have ever done before!
bloodlite book coverBlood Lite III: Aftertaste
by various authors
All-star authors such as Jim Butcher and Kelley Armstrong unite to bring forth a collection of some hilarious good short horror stories.

 

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Like Stranger Things? Try My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

My Best Friend's Exorcism book coverIf 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

Staff Pick: Undead by Kirsty McKay

Picture of ColleenUndead 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.

Staff Pick: Dead Alive

Picture of JohnPeter 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).

 

Spooks and Scares Available After Hours

spooky landscape imageThe 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:

E-Audio Books:

We Have Always Lived in the Castle coverWe 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 Raven and Selected Short Stories coverThe Raven and Selected Short Stories
by Edgar Allan Poe

A collection of ten short stories and poems widely regarded as the most famous of Edgar Allan Poe’s writings.

The Library Policeman coverThe Library Policeman
by Stephen King

Overdue books may seem a minor offense, but not to Junction City’s malevolent monster of a librarian.

E-Books:

The Living Dead coverThe 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 coverClassic 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 coverWarped: 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.

Now Available on Hoopla: Hot Titles from Image and DC Comics

hoopla image comics

Whether a die-hard comics fan or someone who is just curious what the fuss is all about, you have access to entire worlds of digital comics through Hoopla – and those worlds just multiplied! This week Image Comics publications (The Walking Dead, Saga, Chew) were added to the lineup, and you can read them on your phone, tablet, or home computer with no waiting required. Praised by critics and prized by readers, these titles join the growing stable of series partnering with Hoopla, including the only-weeks-old addition of DC Comics such as Batman, Watchmen, and Wonder Woman series. Not a superhero fan? You’ll find lots of variety; Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, Bill Willingham’s Fables, Doctor Who, and the much-in-demand Lumberjanes might be your personal gateway to the excitement of what happens when art meets story.

Hoopla is a library service which provides free access to books, music, videos, audiobooks, and comics. Check out as many as five titles each month with your MPPL library card, and titles will disappear at the end of the lending period.

Walking Dead coverKilling Joke coverLumberjanes cover

Fiction: Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss

Cat Out of Hell book coverCats don’t live nine lives. They survive eight deaths. If that doesn’t sound at least a little bit ominous, then be warned that you may not be paying close enough attention. Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss is a wickedly funny little gem of mock-horror that is nothing like the traditional cozy cat mystery.

Grieving from the sudden loss of his wife, Alec is reluctantly drawn into a bizarre manuscript which includes interview transcripts between the author and a talking cat named Roger. The unfolding tale of feline evildoings is at first difficult to take seriously, but local events seem to support the insinuations of dark forces. Told via letters, transcripts, and e-mails, this story of sinister cats, obsessed librarians, and clever wordplay is a fast, fun read.

Fiction: The Deep by Nick Cutter

Cover of The DeepNick 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.

Fiction: Six-Guns and Slay Bells: A Creepy Cowboy Christmas

Six Guns and Slay Bells book coverMost 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.