By: Cheyenne Brown, Chatfield student
Now that fall is finally here, Halloween is not far behind! Now would be a great time to visit the library to pick up a spooky book. The Chatfield Library has many books to choose from when it comes to horror, mystery, and thriller. However, if you can’t find one in the library that peaks your interest, the SEO consortium and the Ohio Digital Library have thousands of books to choose from. You can use your student ID and the library website to order books, or just stop by the library circulation desk for assistance.
Here are a few books I have read and that have been recommended to me:
The Long Walk by Stephen King writing as Richard Bauchman
It should come as no surprise that Stephen King’s name is on this list but when it comes to books that will have you hooked from the very beginning, this one is it. This book tells the story of a teenager, Ray Garraty, who wants to participate in the annual test of stamina along with 99 other teenage boys. There are some harsh rules that these boys must follow if they want to be named the winner of “The Long Walk”. If you enjoy reading about dystopian societies and are interested in throwing some thriller aspects into it, this book might just be the one for you.
Full Dark No Stars by Stephen King
Full Dark No Stars is another one of Stephen King’s books that has stuck with me. This book is a collection of four novellas, each one a bit more disturbing than the last. The first is “1922”, which is now a movie on Netflix. “1922” is about a man who lives on a farm with his wife and son, when things take a turn for the worst. A voice begins speaking to the man that he must do whatever is necessary to save his farm, and he does. The next story is “Big Driver”, within this title comes a brutal assault on a writer. This assault transforms the writer and forces her to confront the stranger that now stares back in her reflection. Next, the story of “Fair Extension”, tells the tale of a man who is suffering from a fatal illness and makes a deal with the devil to allow him to have more time on Earth. As we’ve seen in many other stories when it comes to making a deal with the devil, it rarely works out in their favor. The last story is “A Good Marriage”. The story starts with an innocent search for batteries in the garage, but one discovery will turn this marriage upside down.
Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates
Zombie takes you on a stroll through the mind of a serial killer. The story is relatively short but will leave you on edge with every twist and turn, v wondering what the main character “Quentin P.” will do next. Not only telling you about the madness this character is thinking, it also provides you with logical reasoning for why he does it, that’s what makes this story terrifying. This book is also one that is available in the Chatfield College Library.
The Moore House by Tony Tremblay
This is a book that has been recommended to me. It tells the story of three excommunicated nuns that are trying to redeem themselves in the eyes of God by joining a paranormal unit that was warranted by the Catholic Church. Things take a turn for the worst when the nuns come to realize that they are only part of a bigger plan and see their project taking an evil turn. The Horror Fiction Review writes, “I’m a big fan of religious-themed horror, and I enjoyed Tremblay’s approach. With plenty of haunted house mayhem, an interesting cast, and a flawed but likable crew of demon hunters, THE MOORE HOUSE is a fine debut and a quick read to get the chills going.”
Here are a few lists of other books to read to get you in the mood for Halloween season: