Horror

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!

Not sure what to add to your costume party playlist? Wondering what scary movie will make you jump with fright? Need that perfect sound effect to bring your haunted house to life? Put some spook in your step this Halloween season with Hoopla's collections of spine-tingling audiobooks, ghostly e-books, ghastly comicsscream-inducing movies and chilling music!

This year Hoopla is offering "Hoopla Horror Nights", with a new movie added daily until Halloween. Get your thrills and chills without leaving the comfort of your home with your Canton Public Library card. If you're a fan of the cheesiest horror films, check out Hoopla's "IT'S SO BAD, IT'S GOOD! (Halloween Edition)" collection. (This librarian recommends Birdemic: Shock and Terror). Hoopla content is always available for your computer or smart device.

Spirit bridge [large print] by James L Rubart

The Warriors Riding have achieved staggering success in the spiritual realm, but with the final battle looming, the Warriors' only chance of survival depends on calling for the Spirit Bridge.

As the household of NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke prepares for an invasion of family and friends for Thanksgiving, an ungrateful son decides to stop the nagging from his parents - by ending their lives. Soon Jerald Reinhold is working his way through anyone who has ever thwarted him in his path to an easy life. Eve is increasingly frustrated in her efforts to cover all the potential victims as Jerald stays a terrifying step ahead. As the festivities begin, Eve is desperate to identify which victim on Jerald's long list will be the next, so she can stop the killing spree..

Following his punishment for trying to measure God's greatest gift, Father Time is granted his freedom and is sent on a mission to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

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