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Tis the season to be scared! Check out these suggestions from library staff, if you dare...
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is suggested by Jill, who adds “I chose this well-written title because it was the first adult book that I read as a teenager that truly frightened me.”
The Hallo-wiener by Dav Pilkey is Jennifer D.’s pick. She describes it as a deliciously witty, light-hearted picture book about a beleaguered dachshund who shows just how brave a wee dog can be.
Margaret finds anything by John Saul pretty scary, since his work seems to be all about haunted houses and exorcisms. Some John Saul titles are House of Reckoning, The Unloved, and Faces of Fear.
Katie has picked something for everyone: check out Boo by Robert Munsch; The Shining and its sequel, Dr. Sleep, by Stephen King; Coraline by Neil Gaiman; the Bunnicula series by James Howe; Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger; everything by Edgar Allan Poe and the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix.
Favourite scary stories from Graveside Al. Janice is a big fan of the late Alan Maitland, of CBC Radio fame. As “Graveside Al”, his selections in this anthology include frightening tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Anne Rice, Roald Dahl and even Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Jessica suggests the Young Adult title, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, which is both scary and a romance. Sounds intriguing!
The Graveyard Book, is Leanne’s scary choice for a perfectly spooky Hallowe’en read. It has murder, ghosts and a creepy cemetery but has the fun twist of the ghosts being the heroes, who raise a human boy and protect him from a killer.
Dana’s choice is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. She adds that she chose it “because Mary Shelley’s detailed description of the creature brought a vivid image to my mind that sent shivers up my spine!”