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Anita's Reader's Advisory
It’s October, the spookiest month, and now is the time for all you ghoul-lovers to come to the aid of your library. Whether you are a diehard horror fan or an occasional brave soul we have lots of great stuff to offer. So what scares you? Monsters, killings, plagues? Being stranded in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone? The author Mary Higgins Clark has said the scariest thing in the world to her is being home alone and hearing the toilet flush. (That would do it for me.) Well, whatever makes your heart beat fast and sweat break out on your forehead--we’ve got a book about it.
We have old school spine-tinglers such as The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and the original Dracula by Bram Stoker. You might consider revisiting these classics. The style of writing is surprisingly easily understood.
For fans of The Walking Dead television show, we have several titles by the series’ creator, Robert Kirkman, starting with The Road to Woodbury and including The Fall of the Governor. Other recent zombie tales are Death Warmed Over and Hair Raising by Kevin J. Anderson, Dead of Night and Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry, and Zone One by Colson Whitehead. And of course we have World War Z by Max Brooks.
Vampire stories abound, and I’m not talking about those Twilight-style cuties—they are just thinly disguised superheroes as far as I’m concerned; their powers are just paranormal instead of supernormal. If you want mean, scary, bloodthirsty vampires—come talk to me. Jasper Kent has written a trilogy about Russia’s use of vampire soldiers in the Napoleonic war, starting with Twelve. Robert R. McCammon’s They Thirst offers the coolest description of vampire turning I have ever read. Our copy of that book is so worn out it is pitiful, but I can’t replace it, so it’s still on our shelves. Christopher Farnsworth’s Blood Oath is the beginning of a series featuring a vampire pledged to do the bidding of the American president, whoever he or she is. And Salem’s Lot by the master, Stephen King, is arguably the best vampire story (and the scariest) ever written. Just take a peek—go on—I dare you.
Of course, horror means something different to everyone. But a good writer can take your head to a place you will believe even if you don’t want to be there. Some of our best known writers have “stooped” to writing horror. Here is a partial list of some writers who have used horror as a vehicle—Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Shirley Jackson, Bentley Little, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub. Take your pick or pick your poison. Lastly, enjoy this beautiful fall weather and don’t forget to stock up on Halloween candy. You don’t want to run out! Because hiding and pretending you’re not home while a bunch of ticked-off ten- year- olds try to break down your front door—now that’s scary.
Anita Hole is the Adult Services Specialist and selects adult fiction for the library.