What’s Scarier than Midterms?

Posted on October 9, 2012. Filed under: Fiction | Tags: , , , , , |

What is scarier than midterms? How about dealing with zombies, ghosts, vampires, and other monsters? Halloween is coming, and we’d thought we’d share some frightening horror stories available at Oakton’s Library. For more selections, see our Popular Reading sections at either campus.

book cover for World War ZWorld War Z : An Oral History of the Zombie War
by Max Brooks

This book is one of the reasons zombies have become so popular lately.

World War Z is the fictional oral history of the war against zombies given from the perspectives of different people from several locations over a period of time. The zombie outbreak begins in China, whose government suppresses the information, and quickly spreads throughout the world. Along the way we are told stories of government incompetence, corporate greed, and human and animal bravery.

book cover for Salem's Lot‘Salem’s Lot
by Stephen King

“Stephen King’s second novel, the classic vampire bestseller ‘Salem’s Lot, tells the story of evil in small-town America.

‘Salem’s Lot is a small New England town with white clapboard houses, tree-lined streets, and solid church steeples. That summer in ‘Salem’s Lot was a summer of homecoming and return; spring burned out and the land lying dry, crackling underfoot. Late that summer, Ben Mears returned to ‘Salem’s Lot hoping to cast out his own devils and found instead a new, unspeakable horror.

A stranger had also come to the Lot, a stranger with a secret as old as evil, a secret that would wreak irreparable harm on those he touched and in turn on those they loved.

All would be changed forever: Susan, whose love for Ben could not protect her; Father Callahan, the bad priest who put his eroded faith to one last test; and Mark, a young boy who sees his fantasy world become reality and ironically proves the best equipped to handle the relentless nightmare of ‘Salem’s Lot.

This is a rare novel, almost hypnotic in its unyielding suspense, which builds to a climax of classic terror. You will not forget the town of ‘Salem’s Lot nor any of the people who used to live here” (Enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for The Oxford Book of English Ghost StoriesThe Oxford book of English Ghost Stories
chosen by Michael Cox and R.A. Gilbert

“With their evocative settings amid mists and shadows, in ruinous houses, on lonely roads and wild moorlands, in abandoned churches and over-grown gardens, ghost stories have long exercised a universal fascination. Here at last is an anthology of some of the very best English ghost stories which combines a serious literary purpose with the plain intention of arousing a pleasurable fear at the doings of the dead.

This selection of forty-two stories, written between 1829 and 1968, is the first to present the full range and vitality of the ghost fiction tradition by demonstrating its historical development as well as its major themes and characteristics. It includes stories by Walter Scott, M. R. James, Bram Stoker, Rudyard Kipling, Edith Wharton, Somerset Maugham and T. H. White” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Sense and Sensibility and Sea MonstersSense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters

From the writer who brought you Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem: “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities.

As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels? It’s survival of the fittest and only the swiftest swimmers will find true love!” (enriched content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for The House of Seven GablesThe House of the Seven Gables
Nathaniel Hawthorne

A classic ghost story involving a 200 year old curse.

In the 1600’s, Matthew Maule, a local farmer, builds the title house. It is coveted by wealthy Colonel Pyncheon. Maule is accused of witchcraft and hanged. His land is then taken over by the Pycheon family. Before being hanged, Maule curses Colonel Pyncheon during the hanging by saying “God will give him blood to drink.” Soon afterwards at a party at the house, Colonel Pyncheon is found dead – his beard covered in blood. The rest of the novel involves the curse, inter-generational guilt, and how the curse is broken. It is of interest to note, this novel inspired H.P. Lovecraft, coined the father of modern horror, to write some of his stories.

book cover for The Graveyard BookThe Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman

A Newberry Award winner, this is the story of a young orphan brought up in a cemetery by the things which live there (ghosts, vampires, etc). If the boy leaves the graveyard then he will come under attack by the same person who murdered his family. But he doesn’t really want to leave… until he meets a young girl.

-posted by Kevin Purtell

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