October might be my favorite month of the year. Maybe I say that because I’m trying to deny the onset of winter as summer fades in the rearview mirror. Possibly it is the temperate weather that makes for great hikes, apple picking, and postseason baseball. But no. If you peer behind the area of my brain that enjoys leaves, pumpkins, and mulled cider, you will see a dark, sinister shadow, and the shambling, laughing, tooth-filled "monsters" that live there.
Since I was a child these monsters have hidden under my bed, in my closet, and, later in life, in the back seat of my car and down dark city alleys. Along with keeping me on my toes, these creatures have kept me warm because I also love them.
Before holiday cheer fills you up to your eye teeth, let your own little monster out for a bit to read a book. Every once in a while, we all need some magic, uncertainty, dread, or amazement to remind us that yes, there is a creature - friendly or not - that lives in our minds, and it can be as powerful as anything that walks the earth.
- Andrew, Adult Book Buyer
Like your horror with a New England tinge to it? The American Age of Spiritualism is endlessly fascinating and included historical heavy hitters like Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Author Elaine M. Kuzmeskus will be here on Thursday, October 26th at 7pm to tell us all about Connecticut's history of contacting the other side. Her book, Connecticut in the Golden Age of Spiritualism, focuses on the aftermath of the Civil War, when residents turned to séances to connect with their lost loved ones. Elaine will even provide readings for a select number of attendees! - Andrew
Call the store at (203) 245-3959 for your ticket!
In The New England Grimpendium: A Guide to Macabre and Ghastly Sites, author J.W. Ocker leads us on a tour of New England’s creepiest places.
From horror movie locales to notable cemeteries and local legends, this book is the perfect jumping off point for a road trip! Make sure to bring your wolfsbane and garlic. - Andrew
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
An extremely fun, quick read filled to the brim with 80's nostalgia. The back of the book describes it as Beaches meets The Exorcist, and I'd say that's a very fair description. I'm not a big horror fan, but I loved this heartwarming book about true friendship (that just so happened to have possession and an exorcism in it). Also, best paperback cover ever. - Lindsey
Guts: The Anatomy of the Walking Dead
by Paul Vigna
This is best and most comprehensive book on The Walking Dead yet. In a gruesome fashion, it even delves into zombie and zombie movie history, dropping philosophical tidbits along the way. After reading this book you’ll feel like you’re watching a whole new show. - Andrew
It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Believe it or not, some of the best horror these days has its roots in podcasts. If you are a fan of Welcome to Night Vale, you should definitely check out It Devours! The creators of Night Vale bring you a new mystery set in the desert community where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are commonplace parts of everyday life. - Andrew
The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures
by Aaron Mahnke
Another wildly popular podcast these days is Lore, which details strange happenings from around the world. This beautifully illustrated book is a guide to monsters of legend and superstition. Depending on who you ask, these stories are all true. - Andrew
Let’s creep downstairs into the dark basement with no lights! No, let’s dress up as wounded rotting zombies! Let’s go sit in a desolate graveyard! No, no-- we can read a spooky story with just a single flashlight on—yes!
Setting can create a powerful mood, both in a story and where you read it! Add a few wicked touches (cobwebs or maybe a skull) to your reading spot and see if these Halloween books don’t take on a sinister air!
- Jamie, Kids' Book Buyer
Halloween ABC by Jannie Ho
From apple-bobbing to zombies, this board book is the perfect introduction to my favorite holiday!
Pair it with a black bat finger puppet and you’ll have hours of fun with your tiny monster! – Jamie
Night Animals by Jenny Wren
Here’s a book that keeps your toddler engaged with simple searches and push-pull slides that reveal owls and so much more. With just the right amount of information and pleasing illustrations, the reader is introduced to nocturnal animals. Sweet and satisfying! Wrap it up with a playful fox. - Susan
Boo Who? By Ben Clanton
Boo (despite his scary name) is anything but. He’s a shy little ghost who just wants to be part of the gang.
An adorable and funny story that children can relate to. – Mary
The Pomegranate Witch by Denise Doyen
Told in rhymes, this tale of forbidden fruit guarded by a witch is just the right amount of scary. A few brave children dare to steal a fruit; but in the end they find a new friend: the sister of “the pomegranate, pomegranate, pomegranate witch!" - Jamie
by Leo LaFleur, illustrated by Adam Oehlers
The gorgeous, highly stylized drawings in this book will make you forget to breathe!
As you follow along on this errand, the tension grows with the sparse text, text which addresses you as the main character of the story! A treasure! - Jamie
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
by Alexandra Bracken
I really like Prosper Redding - born to an entitled and wealthy family he doesn’t like. But the first thing we are told by the demon Alastor is that Reddings cannot be trusted. But can I trust Alastor? Best-selling author Alexandra Bracken has written a twisting thriller that takes place in Salem. I loved it! - Jamie
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Isobel, a master of her craft, paints portraits for many of the fair folk in her world. One day, the prince of the Autumn Court, named Rook, asks for a portrait. When Isobel can’t seem to get Rook’s eyes right, she paints mortal sorrow into them. Rook is furious. Isobel and Rook’s journey is a very entertaining, tense love story, filled with the high fantasy that we love. I personally really, really enjoyed this book. The romance and fantasy world had me enchanted through the whole thing. Read the rest of this review by Gabby V., age 15!
There’s Someone Inside Your House
by Stephanie Perkins
The bestselling author of Anna and the French Kissswitches gears with her take on a teen slasher story! Students at a small town high school in Nebraska begin to die in increasingly grotesque murders as the new girl, Makani, adjusts to her new town. This is a fabulous read by one of young adult’s best writers. - Jamie
Need a last minute Halloween costume? We have witch hats, horns, spooky bat glasses, skull scarves, and much more to add a fun touch to your day! Happy Halloween!
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