Horror

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods

Emily Carroll
4
Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014

A strikingly illustrated graphic novel featuring short horror stories told in bold blacks, reds, blues and whites. The stories are ones that will stay with you. Each story felt familiar to me, probably inspired by classic fairy tales but each has its own horrific twist. One of my favorites has tones of Little Red Riding Hood, about a girl traveling through the woods to her mother’s house. Her father warns her to travel fast to avoid the wolves in the forest. She travels over hills, between the trees and safely reaches her mother’s home.

The cover in silver with a spooky tree and large text of the tile and author

The Daylight Gate

Jeanette Winterson
4
Rated by
Julie T.
Monday, Oct 20, 2014

The Daylight Gate was a whim I picked up that fit neatly into my October/Halloween/Witch reading theme, and that delighted me more than I expected. I read Winterson years ago for a post-structuralist college class and only remembered her fondly to feel smarter about myself. This time, I picked her up for the shiny cover and, yes, the promise of witches.

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies

Isaac Marion
5
Rated by
Hebah A.H.
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014

Most zombie stories have more to do with braaaaains than heart, but Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies is different—quirky, poetic by spells, and lovely.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Holly Black
4
Rated by
Josh N.
Thursday, Jul 3, 2014

When I was in elementary school, I read many, many books on monsters and the paranormal. Books about ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, mummies, werewolves...and vampires. Outside of books, there wasn't a lot to see with vampires at the time. You might catch classic Universal monster movies or the later, bloodier Hammer horror movies on late night TV (assuming you could convince your parents to let you stay up that late).

Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters Cover

Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters

Suzanne Weyn
4
Rated by
Terri B.
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014

Dr. Frankenstein’s Daughters by Suzanne Weyn is about Giselle and Ingrid, the identical twin daughters of Dr Frankenstein. In fear for his daughters' lives, Dr Frankenstein abandons them shortly after their birth. To keep them safe from his creation, he tells no one of their existence. Shortly before their 17th birthday, they are informed of their father's existence and to their surprise and excitement he has left them a castle.

The Marbury Lens

Andrew Smith
5
Rated by
Rachel C.
Thursday, Jan 30, 2014

In the very first bit of this book, you learn that Jack lives with his grandparents, is best friends with Connor, and that he is kidnapped while drunk, nearly raped, and escapes through sheer luck.

It's all downhill from there.

A girl's hand with what appears to be a tattoo of the title on her wrist, set against a mottled blue background

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Holly Black
5
Rated by
Bethany T.
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013

When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up hungover from a wild party at a remote farmhouse, surrounded by dead classmates, she thinks things can't get any worse...until she discovers a mysterious vampire named Gavriel chained up in the same room as her bitten ex-boyfriend Aiden, who is about to turn into a full-fledged bloodsucker at any moment.

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

I Am Legend

Richard Matheson
4
Thursday, Jul 11, 2013

Robert is the last man in New York City after a massive epidemic that turned everyone into vampires. By day he sharpens stakes, makes runs to the abandoned grocery stores for dry goods, and maintains his generator and the protections around his house. By night they come. Crowding around the doors and windows they call to him, begging him to come outside. The loneliness is enough to drive a man insane, but to have to listen to them every night is almost too much for Robert.

Ten

Gretchen McNeil
5
Rated by
Bethany T.
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013

Meg and Minnie board the ferry to Henry Island expecting a weekend of partying and fun, but what they find instead is an elaborately laid trap—an isolated house with no power, cut off from the mainland, and a mysterious DVD that claims “Vengeance will be mine.” In this murder mystery inspired by Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, ten teens have two days to outlast a killer who’s planned gruesome deaths for all of them, and to surv

Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge

Norman Partridge
4
Rated by
Helen H.
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013

I freely admit it—I had to make a second, running start at Dark Harvest. But once I got past the idea that the evil presence holding the entire town captive was a pumpkin-headed boy with a butcher knife, the story was plenty creepy for my taste. Every Halloween, all boys between the ages of sixteen and nineteen are set loose on the town to prevent the October Boy from getting to the church before midnight. The winner earns the one and only ticket out of town.

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