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!