Boo! - 2008
October 31, 2008, Bethany Branch Library
An all-new spooky-themed booktalk, fit for Halloween...or anybody needing a scare.
by David Ambrose
This is an intensely terrifying story of a ghost literally created by the power of the human mind. When all attempts to terminate the ghost fail, a desperate struggle for survival escalates as those who created the spirit fall victim to the heinous forces of the unknown.
The Silver Wolf
by Alice Borchardt
As Charlemagne consolidates his empire through a combination of wars and strategic marriages, a young girl who possesses the power to transform herself into a silver wolf becomes a reluctant pawn in a game of politics and survival. Against the decadent and barbaric backdrop of Rome in the Dark Ages, the author of Beguiled (Dutton, 1997) spins a love-story tinged with the supernatural. Borchardt's sensual prose and period detail provide a lush setting for her tale of a woman struggling to reconcile her human and wolf natures
by Orson Scott Card
When Don Lark begins restoring a faded Southern mansion, the house and neighborhood come alive with enchanting characters. Don himself is haunted by his tragic past-his alcoholic ex-wife killed herself and their young daughter in an automobile accident.. When Don discovers an old tunnel in the cellar, the mysteries of the house have an effect on all of the book's characters, and his neighbors come together to prevent evils of the past from taking over their lives.
by Tananarive Due
Having resisted her family's music-centered lifestyle in her pursuit of fame, Phoenix Smalls becomes uncharacteristically intrigued by an old piano in a back room of her mother's jazz club, with ominous consequences.
The Ghost Writer
by John Harwood
Plagued with unpleasant memories of his mother's death, shy Gerard Freeman is obsessed with the manuscript of a century-old ghost story written by his great-grandmother and entrusted to his care.
by Joe Hill
A collector of obscure and macabre artifacts, unscrupulous metal band musician Judas Coyne is unable to resist purchasing a ghost over the Internet, which turns out to be the vengeful spirit of his late girlfriend's stepfather.
by S.E. Hinton
Jamie Sommers, believing himself destined to a life of crime, works as a smuggler and murderer on the high seas before encountering a dark force in a quiet Delaware seaside town that pushes him to the brink of insanity.
The Mothman Prophecies
by John Keel
For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare that culminates in a tragedy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community.
by Dean Koontz
Odd Thomas sees and converses with ghosts, the lingering dead who have yet to pass on, a secret he has kept from nearly everyone but his girlfriend, an eccentric author friend and the local police chief, whom he occasionally helps solve terrible crimes. Odd also has the ability to see bodachs, malevolent spirits that feast on pain and whose presence signifies a likelihood of imminent violence.
The Bell Witch: An American Haunting
by Brent Monahan
This tale of supernatural horror is presented as an unpublished manuscript written during the early years of the American republic. Schoolteacher Richard Powell, recounts how, between 1819 and 1822, he witnessed the torments inflicted upon John Bell, his wife and their four children by a mischievous poltergeist dubbed "the Bell witch" by the citizens of Adams, Tenn. Contemporary line drawings in this volume are taken from An Authenticated History of the Famous Bell Witch, published in 1894 by M.V. Ingram.
by Dan Simmons
Captain Crozier must find a way for his crew to survive the deadly attacks of a sea monster, in a novel loosely based on the mid-nineteenth-century Arctic expedition originally led by Sir John Franklin.
Through Violet Eyes
by Stephen Woodworth
Special, violet-eyed individuals with the talent for channeling the voices and spirits of the dead, who serve as a valuable tool for law enforcement by exposing murderers, themselves become the target of a deranged serial killer who is out to destroy all those who could reveal his or her crimes.