Masters of the macabre

Classic Horror @  the Library

This #ThrowbackThursday let the Library help you get your fix of classic tales of terror. From movies to music to books, we've got you covered. And you can enjoy a great selection of items right from your computer or mobile device.

Looking for classic black and white monster movies? Grab your library card and stream Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Terror of MechaGodzilla or Night of the Living Dead.

If you're in the mood for more modern horror movie cult classics try Phantasm, Evil Dead, Children of the Corn, or Hellraiser.

Need even more suggestions for classic horror? Cult Horror Movies by Danny Peary will give you plenty of inspiration to plan your own film festival of fright.

If you're into spoken word recordings, turn your lights down low, gather 'round your speaker and hearken back to the days of the great radio shows as you hear Edgar Allen Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart" in all its gory glory, dare to enter Boris Karloff's Inner Sanctum, or try a few of Alfred Hitchcock's ghost stories.

And speaking of ghost stories, before there was a Stephen King, there was H.P. Lovecraft and M.R. James, both of whom paved the way for modern horror and supernatural stories back in the early 1900s. Get to know these authors with a few of their popular works.

Enter the terrifyingly monstrous world of the cult of Cthulhu in Lovecraft's "Call of Cthulhu" or the comic book adaptation of "The Dunwich Horror." And get your pulse pounding while you read James' Ghost Stories of an Antiquary or listen to his Tales of the Supernatural.

No celebration of terror would be complete without Vincent Price. Check out any of his creepier movies or sound recordings and don't forget his poetic cameo on Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (zombie walking optional).

Can you dig it indeed.