What better way to get in the Halloween “spirit” than a good horror story? Horror may seem like just one genre, but there are many kinds of horror tales. Here, you’ll find a sample of books to give you chills and keep you up at night. On second thought, maybe don’t read these before bed.
Spook-tober is here, and something evil's lurking from the dark. Reader, beware, you’re in for a scare! Maybe you’ve outgrown Goosebumps, but don’t worry because we still have great books for you.
Zombies: There’s nothing like the undead to disgust as well as scare, and Charles Higson delivers an especially visceral brand of zombie terror in The Enemy. The Enemy is the first book in a series about a world where adults are either dead or worse – undead. Now children and teens have to battle for their lives. A gang of young teens and kids hope to find the resources they desperately need, but they’ll have to survive the journey across zombie infested London first. Warning: You may not want to read this while you’re eating.
Ghosts: Sophie doesn’t give much credence to ghost stories, which is why she doesn’t think twice about playing with the Ouija Board app on her friend Jay’s phone. Sophie suggests contacting one of her family members who died a few years ago just to see what happens. Even though the lights suddenly go out and a cold hand touches her while the app is open, Sophie still thinks it’s all just a prank. But the app made a chilling prediction that quickly comes true and Sophie is about to find out Frozen Charlotte is more than just a legend. Warning: Not everyone lives.
Vampires: If vampires don’t scare you, you’re reading the wrong books. Cirque du Freak is full of powerful, murderous vampires as well as other terrifying creatures of the night. What starts as a fun night for two young teens quickly turns into a nightmarish saga. Warning: Don’t expect a happy ending with a sparkly vampire in this one. You should probably keep a few cloves of garlic on hand just in case.
Witches: Ethan thinks he lives in the most boring and backward small town in the South, but in Beautiful Creatures he’s about to find out there’s more to Gatlin, Georgia, than he ever imagined. When Lena Duchannes moves into town, Ethan finds himself drawn into a web of magic and history, a web that might mean his death. Warning: Some curses can’t be broken. Open at your own risk.
Ghouls, goblins and all the rest: Not quite sure what you want? Try a collection! Through the Woods by Emily Carroll is a graphic novel collection of five very different but still horrific short stories. Within these pages you’ll find haunting illustrations of monsters, nightmares, and killers. After reading this book, you may never look at the world around you in the same way again. Warning: Get ready to meet some new monsters you didn’t know you needed to fear.
If you’d rather revel in the spooky or imaginary in person, come connect with other teens and try out some new activities during “Spook-tober.”
If you’re looking to battle monsters, role play with Dungeons and Dragons! Beatties Ford Road hosts Dewey and Dragons on Oct. 10 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Try your hand at being a potions master. Come to Teen Geek Club: Potion Bottles at the Scaleybark branch on Oct. 13 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Find out if you’re smarter than the average horror movie character at the Haunted Library Escape Room at the University City branch on Oct. 31 from 2:00 p.m. to 4p.m. Will you make it out… alive?
No matter what you get into this October, have fun and stay safe. You never know who (or what!) you might run into…