Spooky Staff Recommendations

We love spooky reads at the Patten Free Library! Here are some of our favorites, all of which are available at the Patten Free Library or through Minerva:

They Never Learn by Layne Fargo

“Great spooky campus murder thriller with a English professor, an extreme feminist serial killer.”

The Terror by Dan Simmons

The Tailypo told by Joanna Galdone and illustrated by Paul Galdone

“An old ghost story that’s still really scary!”

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

“Excellent, with a library setting!”

Lakewood by Megan Giddings

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

“I couldn’t put this one down, and I didn’t want to.”

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

“Only for people who enjoy the combination of vampires and feeling really gross about everything in the world, ever.”

Wytches by Scott Snyder

On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming

Cold Earth by Sarah Moss

“Gripping and eerie. “

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

” Strange and luminous and entrancing- it’s easy to see why this collection has been so acclaimed. “

The Shining by Stephen King

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

” What starts off as a grown up version of Scooby Doo goes somewhere even deeper and more exciting- clever and scary and lots of fun.”

At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

” Part mystery, part homage to noir and horror films, part multimedia case file, and all well written, edge of your seat excitement, full of twists and turns. You’d better pay close attention! “

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