Halloween Reads for Teens

Halloween is fast approaching! What better way to celebrate than to give you one final list filled with books that will chill, thrill, and fill you with dread? You’ll find classic tales and new books alike. These are best read under the covers, late at night, by flashlight. Check them out or request them from the library…if you dare!halloween2014

  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  • Carrie by Stephen King
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Amphigorey by Edward Gorey
  • The Call of the Cthulu by H.P. Lovecraft
  • Bonechiller by Graham McNamee
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  • Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness by Edgar Allen Poe, Illustrations by Gris Grimly
  • Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Ghosts and Phantoms and Specters! Oh my!


Fall is the perfect time to read a haunting tale. You can check out or put a request on all of these ghoul filled books at the library.

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  • Haunted Colleges and Universities by Tom Ogden
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  • Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  • The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  • Ghost Stories of Saskatchewan

Weekly Featured Book: The Madman’s Daughter

New to the library, The Madman’s Daughterby Megan Shepherd is our featured book this week. This story retells H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau from the perspective of the doctor’s daughter, Juliet.  If you’re a fan of classic Gothic horror novels, or you liked This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel, you should check this one out.  We also have the sequel, Her Dark Curiosity(which takes inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) available!


As usual, the book blurb: “In the darkest places, even love is deadly. Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.”

Giant Monsters and The New Official Godizilla Trailer

The official trailer for the new Godzilla movie had finally been released and I am unreasonably excited! Anything with a giant monster is guaranteed to get me to the theater. Godzilla stars Brian Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, and Elizabeth Olsen and will be released May 16th.

What’s your favorite giant movie monster or Kaiju? Godzilla? Mothra? King-Kong? Cloverfield? The Kaijus from Pacific Rim? The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters?

Monsters at the Library!!!

With the mid-season premier of The Walking Dead coming up this Sunday, it seems like a good time to remind our teen patrons about all the fantastically scary, Monster-filled reads that can be found at the library including Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart and The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. Here’s the full list: NBLib_Monsters_Readinglist_2014