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Spooky Staff Picks

Oct 2, 2019

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

If you enjoy Scooby Doo and Stranger Things, this book is for you. A group of teens and their Weimaraner solved mysteries in their town years ago. Now they’re all grown up and facing a lot of adult issues like PTSD, depression, and the general suckage of adulthood. Strange things start happening in the town again and the gang gets together once more to find out that the mysteries are way creepier and darker than just some old guy in a mask. Tamara–Reference

The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs

This is the best creepy book for children that people of all ages should read! The version with illustrations by Edward Gorey is the best. Jess–Circulation

Carrie by Stephen King

It’s not the scariest book in the world. The movies have more frightening moments–even the “sequel” and the remake–but the use of different forms of text media, presenting part of the story in news articles and reports, makes for an interesting and fun read. With the addition of these media, the story seems more realistic and spooky. The book also offers a more in depth view of Carrie White and the relationships with those around her than the movie. Nelwyn–Information Services.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The story centers around a supernatural killer who abducts children and takes them to Christmasland, a terrifying Holiday-themed playground from where they never return. The protagonist, a girl with a unique supernatural ability of her own, survives a horrific encounter with him; years later, she must confront him again when he abducts her son. Hill tells a story very much in the tradition of his father Stephen King, with great characterization, attention to detail, and a chilling narrative, yet also proves that he has his own voice. Gabriel–Circulation

The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell

This is an eerie, quick read that will keep you up at night. Dorothea Truelove is a charitable almost-spinster who has an intense interest in the budding field of phrenology, and Ruth Butterham is the suspected murderer that Dorothea visits in prison. Ruth’s horrific childhood culminates in her being sold to an even more horrific dress shop as a seamstress. Although Ruth has an inherent talent for sewing, her deep anger and fear finds its way into her work, and her customers suffer for it. When Ruth explains that she has committed murder by sewing a deadly curse into her work, Dorothea and the reader are both tasked with deciding if Ruth is delusional, lying, or truly the conduit of some impossible power. This creepy tale will urge you to keep turning the page, even when you dread what you may find on the last one. Autumn–Circulation

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

I recently read this title, and it has become one of my favorites. The book follows the story of Elsie, a young, pregnant widow, as she moves into her deceased husband’s country estate. As she settles in, the reader gets to experience the unsettling world that Purcell creates in this absolutely fantastic Gothic horror. If you’re looking for something to keep you up at night during this spooky season, check out The Silent Companions. Holly–Circulation.