horror

Book Hunters in Brief #149: Scary Stories (But Not Too Scary)

Millions of years of evolution was aimed at one thing: to make it possible not to live in a constant state of fear. Our big brains allowed us to out think those that would make us their lunch, our forward facing eyes enabled us to see them before they could decide whether we would taste better broiled, fried or fricasseed, and our opposable thumbs let us make weapons so that we could make them OUR lunch as well as build shelters in which to enjoy the meal in comfort.

And what do we do as soon as our safety becomes more or less a given? We invent stories to scare ourselves witless.

A Great Way to Find YA Horror Books!

Here at Aldine we get a lot of teens asking for our scary books, and while we will always help you find that book you're looking for, we thought we'd share this gem so you can find your next spooky book on your own as well. Something Wicked Comes of Age is a blog two Baltimore librarians maintain as a resource for awesome horror books for teens! When you first go to it you might think it's just like any other tumblr.

Scary Books! YA display

Hey teens, are you looking for a new bone chilling book? Well, look no further then the YA book display area! There are books about ghosts, vampires, killers, zombies, and other horrors that will make you want to leave that lights on at night, or at least scream out once... or twice... maybe a few times...

Spooky Listens for October

One of my favorite things about October is busting out just the right spooky audiobook to get me in the Halloween spirit. There’s just something about taking an already terrifying book, then adding the right narrator and sound effects to make it an even more hair-raising experience.


Be warned – the titles below are not for the faint heart so listen if you dare!

Horror for Tweens

[mb} Scary FacesWelcome to another installment of Tween Reads!  This week the focus will be on horror titles, but keep your eyes peeled for other genres as the weeks go by.  This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but to give tweens and parents some initial guidance as they make their way over to the young adult shelves.  And some of these are titles that are new to the Children’s shelves or might have flown under the radar.  What are your favorite tween horror reads?

Wishing you a frightful Halloween

Waite till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, was originally release over 20 years ago, 

so why am  I still recommend it to young people?

 

 

 

 

 

Unfunny Books

Horrifying Graphic Novels

Shock

Stephen King – Not So Scary After All

Haunted HeartStephen King scares me. (See my other blog post this week.) But don’t you find that once you get to know someone, they don’t intimidate you as much as before? I plan to find out. I’m starting a 2008 biography of King written by Lisa Rogak, who also wrote biographies of Shel Silverstein and Dan Brown.

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