The calendar has turned and the weather is reminding us it’s fall – which means it’s a great time to cozy up and get invested in some horror before Halloween. Ranging from good old-fashioned blood and guts stories, to haunted house tales, to psychological thrillers, horror can encompass a wide variety of good spooky scares – and what better time than October to enjoy one!
Damnation Game – Clive Barker
- In a nightworld where decomposing corpse-assassins stalk their prey, Marty Strauss, the bodyguard to a famous industrialist, discovers that someone is coming to collect the soul of his employer as payment for an ancient debt.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
- The inhabitants of the Rochester house wield a strange power over their neighbors.
My Soul to Keep – Tananarive Due
- Jessica believes she has it all — a loving husband, a wonderful daughter and a rising career as a Miami Herald reporter. David, her husband, is a master of languages, history and jazz music. But unbeknownst to Jessica, he is also 500 years old. He belongs to the house of the Life Blood Brothers, an Ethiopian brotherhood of immortals.
- Humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease, with only a small group of children seem to be immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, these unique children are being studied and subjected to cruel experiments. When the base falls, one little girl escapes and must discover what she is, ultimately deciding both her own future and that of the human race.
- A young boy befriends a hulking, but lovable St. Bernard owned by the town’s mechanic. When his mother takes their decrepit car for repairs at the mechanic’s remote farmhouse, Cujo appears. The once docile dog has undergone a hideous transformation, and has become a demonic, impeccable killer possessed of an almost supernatural strength.
- Katie and Micah are a young middle class couple who begin hearing noises while trying to sleep in their new “starter” house. Not knowing if the presence is demonic or not, they attempt communicating through a Ouija board, angering the spirit further. Now they may never sleep again, or they may never wake up!
It – Stephen King
- They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they were grown-up men and women who had gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them could withstand the force that drew them back to Derry, Maine to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.
- A collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry and short stories read by Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone.
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
- Story of two young boys who begin to encounter evil secrets when a lightning rod salesman gives them one of his contraptions covered with mystical symbols.
Annotations for books and audiobooks courtesy of NoveList Plus. Movie annotations adapted from the TFPL Catalog.