Public library has lots of scary treats—October 30, 2009
Are you the one stuck at home handing out candy this year for Halloween? If so the Library has a few “treats” for you to read or watch while spending the night at home. If Vampires are big in your house this year why not try the new book “Dracula: The Un-Dead” by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt. This novel, written by the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker, takes place 25 years after the original classic, when a string of murders cause the heroes of the story to wonder if Dracula has returned. Also try “Horror Show” by Greg Kihn about a magazine reporter who seeks an interview with a legendary horror movie director, but ends up discovering a story of real life horror.
Try “Tales of Terror” a collection of short stories chosen by Alfred Hitchcock, for a quick read. And you can’t talk about horror novels without mentioning Stephen King. I would recommend his novella “Cycle of the Werewolf” a quick read about a brother and sister hunting down a werewolf in their small town of Tarker’s Mills. Finally try “All Hallows’ Eve” by Vivian Vande Velde a collection of short stories that take place on Halloween night, so this would be a perfect read while handing out candy.
If you would rather watch a scary movie, then the library has some DVD’s that would be perfect. Try the “Final Destination 1, 2, &3.” These three movies are about groups of people who escape death, only to find out that death is not so easily avoided. Also try “The Last House on the Left,” about a husband and wife who get revenge on a group of criminals who attacked their daughter.
You can also try some older movies like “Sleepy Hollow” starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. This is a reimagining of the classic horror story by Washington Irving that follows Constable Ichabod Crane as he investigates a series of beheadings in the small farming community of Sleepy Hollow. You might also like “The Haunting” based on the story by Shirley Jackson, this movie follows a group of people who are trapped in a haunted house over a long weekend.
“Prom Night” about a girl being stalked by an obsessed ex-teacher, and “The Omen” about a child, who just might be the son of the devil, are also great movies for Halloween. Also check out the original Halloween classic “Halloween” staring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence. And also available at the library are “Vampires,” “House on Haunted Hill,” “Psycho” just to name a few of the scary movies that the library has to offer. Hopefully your Halloween night will be a “scream” with these great books and DVD’s available at HPL.