Horror fans enjoy fearsome tales year round but there is perhaps no better time for a fictional fright than October. From ghosts to vampires, horror both old and new covers reading tastes of all kinds. If you are ready to try some horror, or a current horror fiend looking for something new, your Abilene Public Library is available to help you locate that perfect, chilling, late night read.
Described by Guillermo del Toro as mind-blowing, Frankenstein was written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley when she was just eighteen. Bram Stoker's Dracula is considered a classic but only gained icon status after the release of film adaptations. H. P. Lovecraft is known for “weird” fiction and is a favorite amongst many horror fans.
The Classic Horror Stories is an excellent introduction to the Cthulhu Mythos author.
Travel back in time and discover the beginnings of Halloween with Ray Bradbury’s fantastical The Halloween Tree. Set in October, a carnival that is not what it seems brings foreboding to Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Son to Stephen King, Joe Hill has forged his own path with the suspenseful horror of NOS4A2 (now also a television series) reimagining a classic monster. Hill’s debut novel Heart-Shaped Box, the protagonist gets more than expected when he purchases a dead man’s suit online.
Famously described by Stephen King as the future of horror, Clive Barker has rewarded readers with an eclectic body of work from Abarat to The Scarlet Gospels.
Most likely though, horror fans know him from such film adaptations as Hellraiser, Nightbreed, and Midnight Meat Train. Barker fans can further explore the world he created through Midian Unmade which features a variety of authors and their vision of the mythical city Barker created.
Like Barker, there are several other authors who have stretched the boundaries of the horror genre. More extreme titles, for those with a strong stomach, include The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum, Slither by Edward Lee and One Rainy Night by Richard Laymon.
Like humor with your scares? You might enjoy Joseph Fink’s Welcome to Night Vale in which Horror collides with Fantasy and Mystery. Both dark and irreverent is the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett take on Armageddon known as Good Omens.
So, whether you enjoy a good chuckle with your scare or seek to be horrified nearly to the point of nausea, your Abilene Public Library has a rich variety of horror novels and collected works available in several formats. Visit us in person this October (or any month, really) and browse the dark, and unsettling depths, of our horror fiction collection.
Article Contributed by Deborah Tarsiewicz, Librarian I, South Branch Library