Reading Riot: Haunted Stories in Time for Halloween
With Halloween approaching, you might be in the mood to curl up with a creepy book. Horror and hauntings are not my reading choice but if you like spine-tingling tales, we have some new spooky stories for your enjoyment.
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
In this dark, twisted story, sisters Silla and Nori are trapped at their aunt’s cursed manor. The house creaks endlessly at night and the eerie woods surrounding the estate seem to creep closer. The trees appear real until with a creeeeak one steps forward like a tall, thin, bulbous-headed man…with no eyes. The sisters can only escape with the help of a mysterious boy. Filled with twists and turns, this nightmare of a story should not be read in the dark!
Diary of a Haunting: Possession by M. Verano
Laetitia wants to be a star but her dreams are halted by a mysterious illness. Documenting her symptoms from fevers and chills to strange visions, she begins to wonder if it’s more than biological or something sinister and demonic. The mixed-media use of eerie photographs and diary entries in this book reveal a dark entity that takes pleasure in controlling the narrator’s mind and body. Even the jacket cover of this disturbing novel creeps me out. Read with caution!
Be warned…these tales of horror will bring out the “spirit” of Halloween!
∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
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