Staff Recommendations for Spooky October Reads

Posted By:  Tina Walker Davis
Date Posted:  10/2/2015

It’s October, a great month to cozy up with a few scary books. When looking for great book recommendations you need look no further than your library. We asked Deschutes Public Library staff to share their favorite spooky books for all ages. Here’s their list. Be sure to check it out … if you dare.

Children through Age 12
The Screaming Staircase The Screaming Staircase
by Jonathan Stroud
Lockwood & Co. (series)

Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.

Recommended by: Sheila, Librarian
Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods
by Hal Johnson & Tom Mead

For every kid who loves a good scare, here are 20 spooky, macabre, and yet whimsical tales about the most fantastical beasts in American folklore.

Recommended by: Sylvia Van Noy & Kaelynn Sieg, Public Services Specialists
The Shadows The Shadows
by Jacqueline West

When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats.

Recommended by: Suzy, Development Coordinator
The Monster at the End of This Book The Monster at the End of This Book
by Jon Stone

Grover worries page by page about meeting the monster at the end of this book.

Recommended by: Alison Potter, Materials Specialist
Terrifying Tales Terrifying Tales
edited by Jon Scieszka

"Eleven masters of suspense have come together to bring you a bone-chilling collection of original ghost stories perfect for sharing around the campfire, reading under the covers with a flashlight, and scaring your friends' pants off"--Front jacket flap.

Recommended by: Chandra, Librarian

Teen & Young Adult
Bone Gap Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby

Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

Recommended by: Heather, Librarian
On the Day I Died On the Day I Died
by Candace Fleming

In a lonely Illinois cemetery one cold October night, teen ghosts recount the stories of their deaths in different time periods, from 1870 to the present, to sixteen-year-old Mike, who unknowingly picked up a phantom hitchhiker.

Recommended by: April, Librarian
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys Slasher Girls & Monster Boys
edited by April Genevieve Tucholke

"Inspired by classic tales and films, a collection of fourteen short stories ranging from bloody horror, to psychological thrillers, to supernatural creatures, to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, by acclaimed YA authors of every genre"--Provided by publisher.

Recommended by: Nate, Librarian
The Crossroads The Crossroads
by Chris Grabenstein

When eleven-year-old Zack Jennings moves to Connecticut with his father and new stepmother, they must deal with the ghosts left behind by a terrible accident, as well as another kind of ghost from Zack's past.

Recommended by: Louise, Public Services Specialist
Anna Dressed in Blood Anna Dressed in Blood
by Kendare Blake

For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.

Recommended by: April, Librarian
The Diviners The Diviners
by Libba Bray

Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

Recommended by: Esther, Branch Supervisor
Far Far Away Far Far Away
by Tom McNeal

"When Jeremy Johnson Johnson's strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate, Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown"--Provided by publisher.

Recommended by: Joan, Public Services Specialist
What Happened to Cass McBride? What Happened to Cass McBride?
by Gail Giles

After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.

Recommended by: Linda, Librarian
The Girl From the Well The Girl from the Well
by Rin Chupeco

Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

Recommended by: Chandra, Librarian

Joyland Joyland
by Stephen King

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

Recommended by: Liisa, Librarian
No One Gets Out Alive No One Gets Out Alive
by Adam L. G. Nevill

When Stephanie moves to the notoriously cheap Perry Bar neighborhood of Birmingham, she's just happy to find an affordable room for rent that's large enough not to deserve her previous room's nickname, "the cell."

Recommended by: Chandra, Librarian
The Ocean at the End of the Lane The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

Recommended by: Shawna, Public Services Specialist
'Salem's Lot Salem’s Lot
by Stephen King

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work.

Recommended by: Liz, Community Relations Coordinator
The Truth Is A Cave in the Black Mountains The Truth is a Cave in the Black in Mountains
by Neil Gaiman

"Illustrated by ... Eddie Campbell, this is a four-color edition of Neil Gaiman's award-winning novelette 'The truth is a cave in the Black Mountains'--a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and retribution"-- Provided by publisher.

Recommended by: Shannon, Materials Services Specialist
Skinwalkers Skinwalkers
by Tony Hillerman

Three shotgun blasts explode into the trailer of Officer Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police. But Chee survives to join partner Lt. Joe Leaphorn in a frightening investigation that takes them into a dark world of ritual, witchcraft, and blood -- all tied to the elusive and evil "skinwalker." Brimming with Navajo lore and sizzling suspense, Skinwalkers brings Chee and Leaphorn, Hillerman's bestselling detective team, together for the first time.

Recommended by: Joan, Public Services Specialist
The Three The Three
by Sarah Lotz

When the three child survivors of unrelated plane crashes on different continents begin to exhibit increasingly disturbing behavior, a religious cult leader claims that they are harbingers of the apocalypse.

Recommended by: Chandra, Librarian
Scary Stories Scary Stories
by Barry Moser

Goose bumps along your arms, the hairs rising on the back of your neck, these are the sure signs you're immersed in a great scary story. Featuring classic stories by such timeless authors as Edgar Allan Poe, O. Henry, Bram Stoker, Washington Irving, H. P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, and H. G. Wells, this spellbinding collection also includes modern masterpieces by contemporary legends like Stephen King, Roald Dahl, Shirley Jackson, Joyce Carol Oates, and Ray Bradbury.

Recommended by: Piper, Public Services Specialist
We Have Always Lived in the Castle We Have Always Lived in the Castle
by Shirley Jackson

The inhabitants of the Rochester house wield a strange power over their neighbors.

Recommended by: Tina, Community Relations Coordinator

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