Horror

Halloween might feel and look a little strange this year because of everything that's going on in the world, but like the best of holidays it's more than just a set of rituals. There's a spirit to Halloween that's easy to catch and can be quite infectious. Perhaps the best way to kickstart your Halloween spirit is by watching a horror movie.

So, to help you fuel your Halloween spirit and keep it going all month long we've prepared a calender featuring a different horror movie (two on Saturdays) for you to watch in October. All of the movies featured are in the library's physical or digital collections.

Plus, we know weekends are special so we've turned them into theme days. When the work week ends many people are in search of a laugh. So, we'll  spotlight horror comedies on Fridays. The only thing better than a horror movie is a horror movie double feature. So, Saturdays will be days with a thematically linked double bill of films. Finally, we've made Sundays a day where the whole family can get in on the Halloween spirit by highlighting some all-ages, gateway horror films.

So, let's kick things off with your movies for the first week of Halloween

Thursday October 1st- Psycho(1960)

 

 

Available Via: DVD

We're kicking things off with director Alfred Hitchcock's legendary and most influential horror film. Psycho was such a pivotal movie that some have argued it helped create an entire sub-genre of horror that would come to prominence almost two decades later, the slasher film

Friday October 2nd- What We Do In the Shadows (2014)

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are the "Oscars" of the comics world. Check below to access eBook or borrow print copies of many award nominees. Visit the San Diego Comic-Con site for the complete list of nominees

Best Continuing Series

Newsday recently compiled a list of the scariest movies of all time. Topping their list was Stanley Kubrick's The Shiningbased on the novel by Stephen KingCheck out some of their other choices  - or pick out some of your own favorites from the Library's collection.

The mysteries and thrillers published in 1988 have had some staying power. The list below shows titles that are still of interest today, over 30 years later.

Everyone is stymied when two of Pickax's most prominent citizens are found murdered in their home. But even more puzzling to Qwill is Koko's sudden and unaccountable attraction to rubber cement.

Lightning by 1945- Dean R. (Dean Ray) Koontz
Also available in: audiobook

In the midst of a raging blizzard, lightning struck on the night Laura Shane was born. And a mysterious blond-haired stranger showed up just in time to save her from dying. 

Years later, in the wake of another storm, Laura will be saved again. For someone is watching over her. Is he the guardian angel he seems? The devil in disguise? Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond all time and space?

A few years ago, local author Josh Malerman brought the story of "Bird Box" to life. Now it's traveled from Michigan suburbs and backwoods to the small screen and folks can't get enough! So take off your blindfold for these other books and films that will have you shutting your blinds...

 

Bird box by Josh Malerman

Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world--a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.

Black mad wheel by Josh Malerman

 From the author of the hit literary horror debut Bird Box comes a chilling novel about a group of musicians conscripted by the US government to track down the source of a strange and debilitating sound.

The Danes--the band known as the "Darlings of Detroit"--are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is, until an agent from the US Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound?

 

Did you miss our Spooky Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to have a chillingly thrilling storytime at home!

**Note: none of the books come from our Halloween Holiday Collection.

 

From Storytime

Creepy pair of underwear! by Aaron Reynolds
Frankenstein

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and NPR is honoring it with the theme of their summer readers poll: horror!  This year they want to know,  what books give you the heebie-jeebies, the willies, the creeps?  What stories make you jump when you hear a noise, or afraid to go to sleep?  

After you vote for your top 5 titles, NPR will use the votes to identify the top 100 horror stories - which you can then use to find popular titles you haven't read!  After all, what better time to read these dark stories than in the warm summer sunshine?  Vote for your top 5 horror stories here. 

Not a fan of horror?  Use these links to view the booklists from NPR's previous readers polls:

100 Best Comics and Graphic Novels

100 Top Sci-fi and Fantasy Books

100 Swoon-Worthy Romance Novels

100 Backseat Reads for Kids 9-14

 

And don't forget about The Great American Read, happening this summer on PBS!

Can't wait for the next season of The Walking Dead? We've got the entire series of comics available to you both in our adult graphic novel collection, and online with Hoopla (where it is always available)! We have print and electronic copies of all 26 volumes of the critically-acclaimed horror comics (not to mention 7 full novels) to ease your anticipation for the next season premier. Meet the newest Big Bad Bat Man on the page before he smashes onto the screen on October 23rd.

New to the AMC hit show? Looking for a Halloween horror to binge-watch? We've got Seasons 1-6 on DVD as well!

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