Spine-Chilling Stories on Display

Article by liz

Shivers from a delightfully turned phrase, goosebumps from a great image: these are the chills books can give you year-round. But late October, the spookiest season, is for books that give you a numb tingle in your fingertips as you clench the covers so hard your hand cramps, and you feel an itchy pressure on the back of your neck as you force yourself not to turn around, because it’s just in the book, it’s not behind you, get a grip. Late October is the time to tuck your book under your arm as you walk to the kitchen for a refill of your tea, because you’re a little worried about what might slip out from between the pages if you don’t keep your eye on it. Each of these books on our Halloween display is just the thing to induce shakes, shivers, and wide-eyed late-night paranoia.


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The Penguin Book of Witches Cover Image
By Katherine Howe (Editor), Katherine Howe (Introduction by), Katherine Howe (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780143106180
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - September 30th, 2014

Think all witches are like the ones that knock on your door on Halloween, trick-or-treating with pointy hats, long noses, and brooms? If so, you’ll want to learn about their rich historical tradition, at last brought to life in this new collection edited by Katherine Howe (author of witchy YA hit CONVERSION). THE PENGUIN BOOK OF WITCHES tours witch lore and legend from 1582 to 1813, including texts like King James I’s DAEMONOLOGIE, stories of possession from early America, and actual transcripts of the Salem Witch Trials. Reading these conversations, full of severe judges and the interjections of the “afflicted” girls, it’s easy to understand how the frenzy of these trials has captivated our collective imagination for so long. Howe’s introductions to and notes on each text (really, read the notes at the end!) add incredible depth and little-known witchcraft knowledge to these stories. With centuries worth of real experiences here to plumb, it’s clear that truth is far more fascinating than fiction.

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ISBN: 9781594745263
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Quirk Books - September 23rd, 2014

We all agree: enormous soulless home stores are creepy, right? In this inventive horror story set in a haunted Ikea knockoff, the supernatural seems all the more frightening when placed within the sterile surroundings of a massive home goods showroom. When a group of employees stays overnight to determine the cause of some mysterious inventory damages, HORRORSTÖR takes the typical haunted house and closed-asylum narratives and smashes them against the maybe-too-normal backdrop of Orsk’s picture-perfect home displays. It’s a startling contrast that’ll make you shiver in your own Ikea-decorated living room. The design of this book adds a visual touch to Hendrix’ already-evocative, highly sensory writing style: pages of ads for the store, employee files, and chapters prefaced with catalog pages of the home goods items about to be destroyed (items that become steadily less normal-furniture and more terrifying-torture-device as the book progresses). HORRORSTÖR has all the horror fixtures you could want: a resilient heroine, a terrifying villain, and amazing set design and atmosphere. And on your next Ikea trip, remember to check for ghosts in every polished cabinet and modular bookshelf.

Dark Aemilia: A Novel of Shakespeare's Dark Lady Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250048134
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Picador USA - May 27th, 2014

This (literally!) spellbinding tale of passion, poetry, and a mother’s love will enrapture you from the start. Aemilia Bassano Lanyer, a historical contender for the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s later sonnets, comes vividly to life in this bewitching novel. Famed for her intelligence and “dark” looks, Aemilia lives comfortably at court as the mistress of Lord Henry Hunsdon—until a young William Shakespeare ensnares her, heart and soul. Their passionate, violent affair, short-lived though it may seem at first, binds them together for the rest of their lives, as Aemilia strives for recognition as a poet and playwright in a world where women can be no such things. Despite the odds against her, Aemilia’s powerful voice refuses to be silenced by the betrayal of lovers, the despair of plague, and more. Sally O’Reilly paints Aemilia in enchanting, lyrical prose, making her a Lady Macbeth who swings between lucid fury and a daze of pain. There’s plenty here for Shakespeare fans to love: though the man himself doesn’t exactly come off as a prince (probably rightfully), a reverence for his work above all else shines through in dozens of tidbits and treasures, including a brilliant origin story for “The Scottish Play” (and its curse). With wonderful detail and agonizing sensuality, DARK AEMILIA spins a compelling tale of a literary affair that might have been.

Bird Box: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062259653
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Ecco - May 13th, 2014

This claustrophobic dystopia grabs you at page one and doesn’t let go. Marjorie lives in a boarded-up house with her two children, who have never seen the outside world. Something outside has driven everyone who’s seen it completely mad, and in the years since the first sighting, humanity has become isolated pockets of terrified shut-ins, never daring to trust each other or grow attached to anything--even Marjorie refuses to care for her children enough to name them anything but “Boy” and “Girl.” After mercilessly training her children’s precise hearing since birth, Marjorie finally decides to make their escape--all blindfolded, stumbling through a landscape they have never seen. The story of their escape, interwoven with the story of Marjorie’s arrival at their house and the community of survivors that once lived there, shows both the darkness and resilience in humanity.

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The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140178210
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 1990

This creepy and, yes, bloody collection of fairy tale retellings will draw you in with its sensual, graphic prose and its brave and brilliant cast of heroines. Angela Carter turns the damsel-in-distress tradition of fairy tales on its head in THE BLOODY CHAMBER: all her stories invert the power structure handed down from the Grimm brothers, and her characters are sharp, cunning, and unafraid to get their hands dirty. Fierce and wild transformations abound in this gorgeous collection, all written in luminous prose by turns both dreamlike and viscerally real. Try “The Company of Wolves,” a play on werewolf and Red Riding Hood stories, for a perfect example of the shifting landscapes of violence and sexual power Carter invokes. We’re not going to tell you what the protagonist does with the wolf who impersonates her granny, but we can promise you’ll--dare we say--devour it.

Come in and browse the rest of our Halloween display before it’s gone--and before sunset, just in case!

The Supernatural Enhancements Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385538152
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Doubleday Books - August 12th, 2014

The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature's Greatest Monsters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781605986142
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Pegasus Books - September 15th, 2014

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft (Annotated Books) Cover Image
By H. P. Lovecraft, Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Alan Moore (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780871404534
Availability: Backordered
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 13th, 2014

The Witch: And Other Tales Re-Told Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399170584
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Blue Rider Press - September 25th, 2014

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