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These recommendations were posted October 2004

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For October, in honor of the spookiest month of the year, we offer ten selections with elements of horror, the unexplained, and the supernatural.

A Guide to the Ghosts of Lincoln - Cover of 3rd Edition  A Guide to the Ghosts of Lincoln by Alan Boye [917.822 Boy]

Interested in reading about the history of ghosts and spooky occurences right here in the Capitol City? Alan Boye's popular A Guide to the Ghosts of Lincoln is just the ticket for you! Covering the famous (the C.C. White building ghost on the Wesleyan campus) to the obscure, with side stops for specters elsewhere in the surrounding county, this is a fascinating exploration of some truly weird and creepy Lincoln history. Try to walk by some of the sites described in this book and see if you feel a chill!
[ This book has gone through three different editions. The link above takes you to the current (3rd) edition, from 2003. The Lincoln City Libraries also still own copies of the first edition [1983], second edition [1987], and a Video Program taped at the library, in which author Boye discusses the writing of this book. ]

Review Score - 9
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

Review Score - 8
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Review Score - 7
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Something Wicked This Way Comes - Cover  Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." Ray Bradbury's classic dark fantasy novel is a masterwork of American fiction. This novel is an unforgettable coming-of-age tale that explores friendship, fear and loss with a sense of poignancy and wonder. The arrival of a creepy and mysterious carnival in Green Town, Illinois during a blustery October leads to a battle between Good and Evil, and to life-changing choices for two teenagers on the brink of adulthood. Incredibly atmospheric!
[ official Something Wicked This Way Comes Web site ] | [ official Ray Bradbury Web site ] | [ official Internet Movie Database Page for the 1983 film version ]

Review Score - 8
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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House of Leaves - Cover  House of Leaves by Marc Danielewski

This book is indescribable! A multi-layered horror story with a shifting perspective, told in an amazing experimental style. A combination of traditional narrative, with journal entries, historical footnotes, interview transcripts, stories within stories, and numerous other storytelling devices. Chilling in its matter-of-fact-like explorations of the unexplained. Like nothing else!
[ official House of Leaves Web site ]

Review Score - 9
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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The Night Stalker Companion - Cover  The Night Stalker Companion: A 25th Anniversary Tribute by Mark Dawidziak [791.457 NigYd]

This is an authoritative guide to the classic 1970s horror/thriller show (which was one of the inspirations for The X-Files) starring Darren McGavin. This detailed book, featuring information about the origins of the original two tv-movies and the short-lived series, is an affectionate tribute, which no true fan should miss! Tons of photos and a hefty episode guide.
[ Kolchak: The Night Stalker episode guide at epguides.com ]

Review Score - 10
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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Good Omens - Cover  Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

Armageddon has never seemed so humorous as in this darkly comic fantasy by Gaiman (American Gods, and the Sandman graphic novels) and Pratchett (the Discworld series). Fans of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series should appreciate the humor in this novel. An Angel and a Demon, both of whom enjoy living on Earth too much to really look forward to Armageddon, attempt to prevent it from happening in this contemporary comedy of errors tour de farce.
[ official Neil Gaiman Web site ] | [ official Terry Pratchett Web site ]

Review Score - 9
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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The Stand - Cover  The Stand: Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King

Stephen King's 1978 masterwork was re-released in a massive new edition in 1991, complete with sections removed from the original version. This is a battle between Good and Evil on a personal scale, in King's traditional style. A must for fans of contemporary mythic horror novels.
[Also available in an unabridged audiotape adaptation of the original 1978 edited edition of the book.]

[ official Stephen King Web site ]

Review Score - 9
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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The Lathe of Heaven - Cover  The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Leguin

"A man can dream, can't he?" A classic science fiction novel exploring the nature of reality and the powers of the human mind. Filled with very poignant moments and searing social commentary. Unforgettable!
[Also available in unabridged audiotape format, as well as a 2001 tv-movie that takes liberties with the plot. Try to track down the original 1980 PBS tv-movie version for a more faithful adaptation, or request it through our Interlibrary Loan Department.]

[ official Ursula K. Leguin Web site ] | [ official A&E Web site for 2001 tv-movie ] | [ Internet Movie Database page for 1980 PBS tv-movie ]

Review Score - 8
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

Review Score - 10
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The Phantom of the Opera - Cover  The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The movie and broadway musical are probably more well known than the book that they were based on, but this is a stirring novel of hope, despair and prejudice.
[Also available in several other translations, as well as multiple audiotape editions and even an animated juvenile format.]

Review Score - 9
Recommended by Kim J.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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At the Mountains of Madness - Cover  At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft

Though often imitated, there is truly only one H.P. Lovecraft, and At the Mountains of Madness is perhaps his most lasting work of longer fiction. Lovecraft is an expert at creating eerie settings, and then trapping his characters in situations where there is something unspeakably horrific waiting in a puddle of ectoplasmic slime around the next corner...or perhaps the corner after that. Though the plots of Lovecraft's work may appear somewhat dated now, most readers should still be able to appreciate Lovecraft's classic horror style.
[ official H.P. Lovecraft Archive Web site ]

Review Score - 9
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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The Screening Room

The Hound of the Baskervilles - Video Cover  This review is for the DVD format of this itemThe Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [Video Doyle]

Jeremy Brett is considered by many fans to be the ultimate Sherlock Holmes, and this 2-hour episode of the PBS Mystery series adapts one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous Holmes stories.
[ This production on DVD. Also available from Lincoln City Libraries in numerous print and audio formats.]
[ Official Web site of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle literary estate ]

Review Score - 9
Recommended by Scott C.
Reference Department -- Bennett Martin Public Library

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