The second half of my spooky reading list is for grownups who love a good scare. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic or branching out of your comfort zone, take a look at some of these creepy October reads!
It’s late, and you’ve decided to do a little light reading before turning in for the night. By the soft light of the bedside lamp, you pick up the first book in John Delaney’s The Last Apprentice series, Revenge of the Witch. As you crack open the book you hear a soft rumbling from the storm outside. You snuggle a bit more under the covers and open up to where you left off and read, “And open it did, very slowly, with a loud creak. Something stepped into the room. I felt coldness then. Real coldness. The kind of coldness that told me something was close that didn’t belong on this earth.” What’s going to happen? Is it a spirit? Is it a man? You start to feel the dread thirteen-year-old Tom must be feeling, when suddenly, RIIIIIING! You nearly jump out of your skin as your phone rings to life. Holy ghost! Spirits, and boggarts, and witches, oh my! When John Delaney put this spooky tale down on paper, he wasn’t messing around!
Hey, do you like scary movies? If so, I’ve got just the thing to make your skin crawl. The Babadook just hit the shelves at the CPL, and I am so excited to be able to share this film with my fellow booklovin’ horror fans. The Babadook is about a creepy children’s pop-up book. You love books! You love horror movies! Discover the terror when you check out The Babadook at your local library!
NBC’s Hannibal, the most recent of many on-screen adaptations of Thomas Harris’ book series about the ghastly gourmand, Hannibal Lecter, begins its third season in June. While it’s not an exact adaptation by any means, it is a highly imaginative and engaging piece of work in its own right. If you haven’t yet sampled this delightfully deranged series, right now is the perfect time to binge on seasons one and two. What better way to catch up with the so-called “Chesapeake Ripper” than through your local Chesapeake library?
Occasionally, people ask me why I like scary stories so much. I have a higher threshold than some when it comes to gore and creepiness, although I will walk away from a book or movie that makes me feel sick or like I’m going to have serious nightmares. And yet I continue to seek out books and movies that creep right up to the very edge of both those feelings. On purpose. Over and over again.
So it’s fitting that one of my all-time favorite writers, Neil Gaiman, decided to design his latest collection around the theme of being disturbed and unsettled.