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This October, our Staff Picks of the Week are all about spooktacular horror.

We have 4 new Spooky Staff Pick Bookmarks for you, available at the Circulation desk all month long to keep you in the Halloween spirit.

This week’s staff pick is anything by Joe Hill. Some recommendations of his work for you are NOS4A2, 20th Century Ghosts, and Heart-Shaped Box.  He also wrote Horns which has a movie coming out soon.

We have his works in multiple formats, so if you’re looking for large type or an audio book, check our catalog to see if we have it.


NOS4A2: A Novel

Joe Hill

Published: Apr 30, 2013 by William Morrow
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Horns: A Novel

Joe Hill

Published: Feb 16, 2010 by William Morrow
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20th Century Ghosts

Joe Hill

Published: Oct 04, 2007 by William Morrow
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Heart-shaped Box: A Novel

Joe Hill

Published: Feb 01, 2007 by William Morrow
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Have you heard of All Hallows Read?  Started by Neil Gaiman (author of The Graveyard Book, Coraline, Stardust, Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and many more), it is the new literary Halloween tradition to give someone a scary book.  We love this idea, but also think it should be broadened to include reading a scary or spooky book, and we have plenty at the library!  Get in the spirit so you can recommend a scary story to your friends with confidence and try something new.

If you don’t know where to start, there are oodles of horror/scary/spooky book lists available on the internet.  We’ve gone through a bunch of these for you and created Staff Pick Spooky Bookmarks to give you some of the most popular in Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult Fiction.  These include classics like the works of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as modern classics like Carrie, House of Leaves, Lockdown, Coraline, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies… and many more!  These bookmarks are located at the Circulation Desk, facing the Reference area.

If you want even more lists, here are some from around the internet:

-Common Sense Media has a list for kids and teens, graded by age

-Bookish‘s list of Scary Books for Every Reader

-Blog post by Gaming Angels includes a couple graphic novels as well – we have Locke and Key and The Walking Dead

-Highland Park Public Library‘s All Hallows Read list from 2011

-Tor’s All Hallows Read 2013 list

-All Hallows Read‘s own recommendations page with links to all sorts of lists, including recommendations from Neil Gaiman himself

If scary isn’t your thing, don’t worry.  We have plenty of other books for you, and other Staff Pick Bookmarks!

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This October, our Staff Picks of the Week will all be about spooktacular horror.   We have 4 new Spooky Staff Pick Bookmarks for you, available at the Circulation desk all month long to keep you in the Halloween spirit.

This week’s staff pick is The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan, one of the best horror writers today. If you’ve already read The Red Tree, try The Drowning Girl, her most recent work.


The Red Tree

Caitlin R. Kiernan

Published: Aug 04, 2009 by Roc Trade
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The Drowning Girl

Caitlin R. Kiernan

Published: Mar 06, 2012 by Roc Trade
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This October, our Staff Picks of the Week will all be about spooktacular horror.   We have 4 new Spooky Staff Pick Bookmarks for you, available at the Circulation desk all month long to keep you in the Halloween spirit.

This week’s staff pick is Hell House by Richard Mattheson.  Our staffer said it is one of, if not the best haunted house novels of all time.

You could also try one of the many anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow… her most recent, Fearful Symmetries: an anthology of horror, has just arrived at the Library so it’s perfect timing all around!

You can check out the other Ellen Datlow anthologies we have at the library here.


Hell House

Richard Matheson

Published: Oct 13, 1999 by Tor Books
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Garth Nix, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Pat Cadigan

Published: Jun 17, 2014 by Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.
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In honor of Banned Books Week, which ends today, every Staff Pick of the Week this month has featured Banned Books.  This is the last one, we promise.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books that people have attempted to ban, but we believe you should choose what you read – not someone else.  Young Adult books seem to be the highest targeted, but there is attempted censorship in every genre.

Here we list some absolutely wonderful Fiction & Classic books that are on ‘popular banned lists’ that are not also listed on the month’s new Staff Pick Banned Books Classics or Adult Fiction Bookmarks (there are 2 of each type).

Find out more at Banned Books Week’s official page.

Banned books are books that have been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom due to controversial content.  A book may be challenged (an attempt to ban) or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. The acts of banning or challenging a book are a serious matter, because these are forms of censorship which strike at our freedom to read.

 

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Beloved by Toni Morrison

Animal Farm by George Orwell (1984 is also a banned book)

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsburg

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Carrie by Stephen King (a number of his works have been banned or challenged, you can see a good list here)

 

Please note we have some of these as audiobooks as well.

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