Greetings cryptids, ghouls and paranormal pals! This issue of Recommended Reads has been specially crafted to thrill and delight the horror-lover in all of us. The titles below are filled to the brim with shiver-inducing tales of dread, terror and general weirdness. Enter if you dare…
Digital book (DB), braille (BR), large print (LT), and audio described videos (DVD) copies of these titles are, Available from the Perkins Library or the Worcester Talking Book Library. Please contact the library to order any of these books.
Prepared by Chelsea Wood
Senior Reader Advisor
by Josh Maleman
DB 79311, BR 21868, Available as BARD Download
As Malorie learns she is pregnant, the news is full of people committing sudden violent murders and suicides after seeing some unknown thing. Like others, Malorie blindfolds herself and stays inside, but finally must risk death to find others to help her. Violence and strong language. 2014.
by Deborah Howe
DB 65299, BR 17165, JL 24, Available as BARD Download
Harold, the family dog, recalls the time the Monroes brought home a cute baby bunny they found at a Dracula movie and named Bunnicula. But Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that the rabbit is really a vampire. For grades 3-6. 1979.
by Charlaine Harris
DB 69645, BR 18384, Available as BARD Download
While telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse serves tables at Merlotte’s bar in Bon Temps, Louisiana, she meets handsome vampire Bill. But when a rowdy vampire gang moves into town and murders remain unsolved, Sookie’s attraction to Bill puts her in danger. Violence, explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2001.
by Deborah Harkness
DB 72629, LT 11888, Available as BARD Download
After scholar and witch Diana Bishop requests an alchemical manuscript from the depths of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, she finds the magical power within the leather cover disturbing and hastily sends it back. But the book’s reemergence causes a chain reaction through the paranormal community. Descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2011.
by Bram Stoker
DB 31689, BR 8277, Available as BARD Download
A tale of vampires set in the late 19th century. Jonathan Harker, an English solicitor, visits Count Dracula in his Transylvania castle to transact some business, and soon learns that Dracula is not the ordinary man he appears, but a monster. His horror increases when Dracula moves to England. 1897.
by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
DB 25835, BR 12173, LT 29391, Available as BARD Download
Classic horror story. A monster, endowed with life by a young scientist named Frankenstein, later turns on his creator. 1818.
by M.R. Carey
DB 80678, BR 21409, Available as BARD Download
A pandemic has turned countless people into zombies known as “hungries.” The administrators of a military camp studying these hungries must flee when a group of anarchists breach their security. They bring Melanie, a 10-year-old second-generation hungry with incredible strength and intellect, debating the status of her humanity all the while. 2014.
by R.L. Stine
DB 83630, Available as BARD Download
Scary tales one through eight, written between 2012 and 2015, featuring the return of infamous Goosebumps villains. Includes Planet of the Lawn Gnomes, Son of Slappy, How I Met My Monster, Frankenstein’s Dog, Dr. Maniac Will See You Now, Creature Teacher: The Final Exam, and more. For grades 4-7. 2015.
by Elizabeth Gaskell
BR 13701, Available as BARD Download
Short stories and the novella Lois the Witch from a nineteenth-century feminist. In “The Old Nurse’s Story” a father casts out a daughter and her child to perish in the cold. In “The Crooked Branch” a son returns home to rob his parents. Introduction and notes by Laura Kranzler. 2000.
by Neil Gaiman
DB 68027, BR 18241, LT 12780, Available as BARD Download
A toddler enters a cemetery pursued by the knife-wielding stranger who just murdered his family. Resident ghosts Mr. and Mrs. Owens protect and adopt the child, naming him Nobody “Bod” Owens. Bod’s graveyard upbringing serves him well, but why was his family targeted? For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2008.
by Ray Bradbury
DB 44005, BR 10971, Available as BARD Download
On Halloween night, eight boys arrange to meet their friend, Pipkin, at the haunted house outside of town. Before the others reach him, though, Pipkin is grabbed by a dark Something. For grades 4-7. 1972.
by Shirley Jackson
DB 21679, Available as BARD Download
During his scientific investigation of the ghosts in an old abandoned house, Dr. Montague invites a young man and two women to participate in his experiments. 1959.
by John Bellairs
DB 45943, BR 22277, Available as BARD Download
A ten-year-old orphan, his warlock uncle Jonathan, and a neighboring witch search Jonathan’s house to find a hidden clock that is programmed to end the world. For grades 5-8. 1973.
by Anne Rice
DB 61222, Available as BARD Download
Frightening world of vampires as told to a young boy who tapes the story on cassette. Follows the fortunes of Louis, a gentle vampire; Lestat, a vengeful and bloodthirsty vampire; and Claudia, a little demon with the face of a doll. 1976.
by Stephen King
DB 62402, BR 22530, Available as BARD Download
Updated edition of King’s 1975 novel about Jerusalem’s Lot, a small Maine town where the residents turn into vampires. Features previously unpublished material including deleted and alternate scenes, two short stories, and an introduction by the author. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.
by Alvin Schwartz
DB 19713, BR 5249, DB available as BARD Download
Ghoulish stories of ghosts and witches, startling “jump” stories, macabre songs, frightening legends, and modern-day horror stories. For grades 5-8. 1981.
by Stephen King
DB 51373, BR 13271, Available as BARD Download
Jack and Wendy Torrance come face-to-face with terror when they become caretakers of a haunted old hotel in the snowy mountains of Colorado. Their five-year-old son Danny, who appears to have psychic powers, is the first to sense the evil in the building. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 1977.
by Jim Butcher
DB 67342, BR 21411, Available as BARD Download
Chicago. Harry Dresden, a wizard-for-hire specializing in paranormal investigations, helps the police probe the murders of mob enforcer Tommy and Tommy’s lover, Jennifer, an escort who worked for a powerful vampire. Clues indicate rogue sorcery, but there are no leads and no suspects. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.
by Robin McKinley
DB 62942, BR 21206, Available as BARD Download
A gang of vampires led by evil Beauregard abduct baker Rae “Sunshine” Seddon. Using her magic powers, Sunshine escapes along with vampire and fellow captive Constantine–Beauregard’s archenemy. Human special forces recruit Sunshine to hunt bloodsuckers while she secretly aids Constantine in a plot to overthrow Beauregard. Some violence. 2003.
by Edgar Allen Poe
DB 69542, BR 18491, Available as BARD Download
Eight mysterious stories by American author Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), beginning with “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” Concludes with detective stories “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Purloined Letter.” For grades 6-9. 2003.
by Henry James
DB 18129, BR 6763, LT 8384, Available as BARD Download
A somewhat neurotic new governess is convinced her two beautiful young pupils are subject to the evil influence of two ghosts, a former steward of the estate and a former governess. She pits her will against the ghosts and is determined to exorcise the demons from her young charges. 1898.