Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Countdown to Halloween: Scary Books

Halloween is almost here! We've been looking at various creatures, but today we're just looking at scary and creepy books.


The Diviners by Libba Bray. Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Cas kills the dead. He's come to kill Anna, but she's not ordinary ghost. She's killed everyone who's stepped into her house-- but not Cas.

Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney. Tom Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and has just been apprenticed to the County Spook-- the man you call to deal with witches, ghosts, and other agents of the dark. The Spook has had many apprentices and Tom Ward will be his last. The first in one of my favorite series, follow it with Curse of the Bane.


Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves. Kit and Fancy are the children of the Bonesaw killer, and have inherited his desire to kill. Their father got caught because of forensic evidence, but they're determined to not let that happen to them.

Until the End: The Party; The Dance; The Graduation by Christopher Pike. This omnibus edition of the Final Friends series tells the story of a start-of-the-year party that goes horribly wrong when someone doesn't survive. They spend the next year fearing for their lives.

Carrie by Stephen King. Telekinetic Carrie is cruelly bullied at school, but still gets a chance to go to senior prom. When prom turns out to be yet another cruel joke, Carrie's anger and powers turn it into a night no one will forget--if they survive.


The Waking: Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall. After her mother's death, Kara and her father move to Kyoto. Kara's new school just lost a student to murder and Kara's haunted by nightmares and demons in this page-turning horror novel. Be sure to follow it with The Waking: Spirits of the Noh.

Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz. Stacey's nightmares predict the future, and now they're about her best friend, who's being stalked by a psycho. But Stacey's also a witch, so she can use magic to find the killer before it's too late. The first in a series, follow it with White Is for Magic.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Our unnamed narrator is a teen who finds a cache of letters that begins this sprawling epic through geography and time, where vampires lurk in library stacks, waiting to attack. Modern teens might be a bit confused by the Cold War geography and mindset, but for those looking for something beyond the basic vampire romance, this might be the ticket.

We'll do more tomorrow. What are your favorite scary reads?

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