Halloween is fast approaching, which means the time for pumpkins, tricks and treats and, of course, frightening books to get you in the spooky spirit and keep you up at night is upon us!
Whether you prefer classic ghost stories, chilling mysteries or psychological thrillers, The La Crosse County Libraries have what you need to leave you quivering in fear and craving more.
Looking for a creepy classic? “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, “Dracula” by Bram Stoker and “The Shining” by Stephen King will not disappoint.
My personal favorite is “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte. Heathcliff and Cathy’s all-consuming, death-defying love is tragically romantic. The moors they love are eerie and mysterious. It is a wonderful, Gothic read.
Another classic that had a memorable impact on me is short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. My middle school English teacher would dim the lights and retell the short story with a dramatic flair that left us all fascinated and spooked. Evil and beautifully written, the story is an inside look into a troubled mind.
Some thrillers that come highly recommended are “Ghost Story” by Peter Straub, “Heart-Shaped Box” by Joe Hill, “Diary” by Chuck Palahniuk and “In the Woods” by Tana French.
For those of us who prefer more lighthearted spooky stories, I recommend “Garden Spells” by Sarah Addison Allen. It tells the story of the peculiar Waverley sisters and their magical gardens. The characters are endearing and their desire to fit in with the locals is relatable. An enjoyable, whimsical read.
I also love Charlaine Harris’ “The Southern Vampire Mysteries.” “Dead Until Dark,” the first book in the series, is the story of Louisiana waitress, Sookie Stackhouse and her encounters with the newly outed local vampires. The books are humorous as they are suspenseful and have been brought to the small screen in the HBO series “True Blood.”
Your local county library also has a wide array of Halloween movies available for check out. We have family-friendly spooky tales, campy classics and chilling horror that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Carve out some time as well as a pumpkin this season and come in to any County Library location in Bangor, Holmen, Campbell, Onalaska and West Salem today and scare up a good book.
For more information about any of our services, please check out our website at www.lacrossecountylibrary.org.