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#SpookyUW Reads

A selection of wicked books that go bump in the night…

The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman | The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled. No government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake | Cas Lowood, armed with his late father's athame knife, kills ghosts. In Thunder Bay, Anna, forever 16, drips blood on her white dress from throat slit in 1958, and rips apart anyone who enters her house - except Cas. He makes new friends - high school queen Carmel, jock Will, admiring nerd Thomas and Tom's voodoo grandpa Morfran - to fight this demon.

It by Stephen King | The story follows the exploits of 7 children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears & phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel deals w/ themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, & the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values.

Asylum by Madeline Roux | Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King | Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

I am Legend by Richard Matheson | A terrible plague decimates the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into bloodthirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is somehow the last living man on Earth. This is his story.

Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Stolarz | Stacey's junior year at boarding school isn't easy. And now she's having nightmares again. Not just any nightmares – these dreams are too real to ignore, like she did three years ago. The last time she ignored them, a little girl died. This time they're about her best friend who's become the target of one seriously psycho stalker. Will Stacey's magic be strong enough to expose the true killer, or will the killer make her darkest nightmares come true?

The Devil’s Wine, edited by Tom Piccirilli | The poetry found within The Devil's Wine is deeply moving, affecting, and deals with the human condition in a way that only those who've danced along the edge of the abyss are capable of understanding. One of the contributors, Jay Bonansinga, calls The Devil's Wine "a unique compendium of thriller writers moonlighting in the world of dark verse."

Dark Dreams: a collection of horror and suspense by Black writers edited by Brandon Massey | Includes "Resident Evil" by Zane; "But Beautiful and Terrifying" by Robert Fleming; and "He Who Takes Away the Pain" by Chesya Burke, among many other chilling stories.

Dark Delicacies edited by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb | In a truly distinguished collection of 20 superb, sublimely dark tales written especially for this volume, acknowledged contemporary masters of horror fiction serve up a veritable feast of fear. Throughout, the editors—Del Howison (co-owner of Dark Delicacies) and leading horror anthologist Jeff Gelb—present perfectly crafted, freshly original horror-fiction fare that is as terrifying as it is chillingly delicious.

Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy | First published in 1973, this remarkable book about life in a small turn-of-the-century Wisconsin town has become a cult classic. Lesy has collected and arranged photographs taken between 1890 and 1910 by a Black River Falls photographer, Charles Van Schaik.

Final Destination: a novelization by Natasha Rhodes | The Black Flame novelization of the first Final Destination movie to accompany the newest in the series. A gang of young students headed for France somehow escape certain death when one of their number has an eerie premonition. But Death is not denied so easily, and the hunt begins as he sets out to collect their souls.

Gothicka by Victoria Nelson | The Gothic, Romanticism's gritty older sibling, has flourished in myriad permutations since the eighteenth century. In "Gothicka, " Victoria Nelson identifies the revolutionary turn it has taken in the twenty-first. Today's Gothic has fashioned its monsters into heroes and its devils into angels. It is actively reviving supernaturalism in popular culture, not as an evil dimension divorced from ordinary human existence but as part of our daily lives.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters | The Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith | When a funeral at the local parish goes strangely and horribly awry and corpses suddenly spring from the soft earth, only one person can stop them. As the bodies pile up, Elizabeth Bennet evolves from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead in this prequel to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Collected from folklore and retold by Alvin Schwartz) | Are you brave enough for Scary Stories? Welcome to the macabre world of Scary Stories. Inside, you'll find alarming tales of horror, dark revenge, and the supernatural, with spine-tingling illustrations by artist Stephen Gammell.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness | The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming...This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin | Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them. But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late!

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty | Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories | Roald Dahl began the research for this book by making a call to the celebrated ghost-story anthologist/writer, Lady Cynthia Asquith. He then went to the British Museum Library, and read a total of 749 tales before selecting 14 for this anthology. His criterion: "Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story. It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts." Included here are both acknowledged classics and tales by lesser-known writers.

World War Z by Max Brooks | The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. World War Z is the document recording the testimony of men, women, and children who came face-to-face with the undead.

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury | A masterpiece of modern Gothic literature, this is the memorable story of two 13-year-old boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway, and the evil that grips their small Midwestern town with the arrival of a “dark carnival” one Autumn midnight. How these two innocents save the souls of the town makes for compelling reading on timeless themes. Ray Bradbury deftly explores the fearsome delights of one perfectly terrifying, unforgettable autumn.

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill | Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre -- So when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale, he immediately purchases it. The black, heart-shaped box not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now the merciless ghost begins his assault on the rocker's sanity.

The complete tales and poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe | With an introduction by Hervey Allen, this single volume brings together all of Poe's stories and poems, and illuminates the diverse and multifaceted genius of one of the greatest and most influential figures in American literary history.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley | Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation & life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts; but upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation & loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator.