Good Reads: SCARY BOOOKS |


Barbara Perlman-Whyman
Special to the Sun
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” Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven” l.25 (1845)

Ah, so now that you know something about the history of the holidays from last week’s column, let’s take time this week to enjoy them. Since the pumpkin is carved, the treats are ready, the little ones have been to the school as well as the community festivities, and the bigger ones are more interested in the tricks than the treats, now it is time to bring in the boooks. Yes, I said “boooks”!!

I have compiled here an extensive list of scary books for folks of all ages which can be found right here at the library in Incline Village just waiting for you to bring home for Halloween. Hurry over right now to check some of them out (but don’t let a black cat cross your path)! Then, on Halloween eve, turn off all the lights in the house but the reading lamp, curl up on the sofa or bed, even include family or friends, and scare the living daylights out of yourselves with a good old fashioned Halloween tale or horror story, best read out loud if you dare!

Pablo Remembers-The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead, by George Ancona

Day of the Dead by Kathryn Lasky

Video: Disney Sing-Along “Happy Haunting” with all the Disney Characters in the Haunted House

“Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt” by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

“The Show and Tell War and Other Stories” about Adam Joshua by Jamie Lee Smith

“That Terrible Halloween Night” by James Stevenson

“The Magic Pumpkin” by Bill Martin

“Halloween Party” by Linda Shute

“When the Goblins Came Knocking” by Anna Grossnickle Hines

“The Halloween House” by Erica Silverman

“Sheep Trick of Treat” by Nancy Shaw

“Witches’ Holiday” by Alice Low

“The House of Boo” by J. Patrick Lewis

“A Know-Nothing Halloween” by Michele Spirn

“Pumpkin Moon” by Tim Preston

“Monster Mischief” by Pamela Jane

“Dappled Apples” by Jan Carr

“The Bones of Fred McFee” by Eve Bunting

“Broom-mates” by Margie Palatini

“Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia” by Herman Parish

“10 Trick-or-treaters: A Halloween Counting Book” by Janet Schulman

“Detective Mole and the Halloween Mystery” by Robert M. Quackenbush

“Halloween!” by Miriam Nerlove

“Hubnuckles” by Emily Herman

Spooky Series Books by Natalie Savage Carlson:

“Spooky and the Witch’s Goat”

“Spooky Night”

“Spooky and the Ghost Cat”

“Spooky and the Wizard Bat”

“Spooky and the Bad Luck Raven”

“Scoop Snoops” by Constance Hiser

“The Scary Book”Poems and Short Stories” by Joanne Cole and Stephanie Calmenson

“The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids Series”Mrs. Jeeper’s Scariest Halloween Ever” by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones

“Picnic at Mudsock Meadow” by Patricia Palacco

“Weird! The Complete Book of Halloween Words” by Peter R. Limburg

“Real Mummies Don’t Bleed”Friendly Tales for October Nights by Susan Whitcher

“The Closet Gorilla” by Frances Ward Weller

“The Worst Best Halloween Ever” by Barbara Robinson

“Pumpkins” by Jacqueline Farmer

“Mr. McFadden’s Halloween” by Rum Godden

“Miss Flora McFlimsey’s Halloween” by Mariana

Goosebump Series by R.L.Stine

“Hide and Shriek”

“Welcome to the Dead House”

“The Beast”

“The Beast 2”

“Who’s Been Sleeping in My Grave?”

“Monster Blood”

“The Ghost in the Lagoon” by Natalie Savage Carlson

“A Few Dying Words” by Paula Gosling

“Ghost, Witches and Things Like That” by Roderick HuntBooks with content selected by anthropologist Helen Hoke:

“Ghosts and Ghastlies”

“Witches, Witches, Witches”

“Uncanny Tales of Unearthly, Unexpected Horrors”

“Halloween Howls-Riddles that Are a Scream” by Guilio Maestro

“Jokes to Read in the Dark” by Annie Gusman

“Halloween Howls-Spooky Sounds, Stories and Songs” (book and audio disk) narrated by Pat Duke

“Midnighters-The Secret Hour” by Scott Westerfield

“Trick or Trouble?” By Irene Cooper

“Be Afraid-Tales of Horror” selected by Edo van Belkow

“Dare to be Scared-Thirteen Short Stories” by Robert D. San Souci

“Winters’ Tales: Stories and Observations for the Unusual” by Jonathan Winters

“Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving (also on DVD)

Books by Edgar Allan Poe:

“Tales (Great Illustrated Classics)”

“The Complete Tales of Mystery and Imagination”

“The Narrative of Arthur Gorden Pym”

“The Raven and Other Poems”

“The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror” edited by Stephen Jones

“The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time” edited by Leslie Pockell

“The Years Best Fantasy and Horror” edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Wendling

Books and Stories by:

Alfred Hitchcock

Ray Bradbury

John Collier

Stephan King

“Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire

The Harry Potter Books by J.K.Rowling:

– “The Sorcerer’s Stone”

– “The Chamber of Secrets”

– “The Prisoner of Azkaban”

– “The Goblet of Fire”

– “- The Order of the Phoenix”

– “The Half-Blood Prince”

– “Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows”

In the Incline Village library there can be found a variety of Halloween-related subjects in sections: 811.54, 790.1, and 793.7.M268

An exceptional one is “Bury the Dead-Tombs, Corpses, Mummies, Skeletons and Rituals” by Christopher Sloan

“Cleaver Costume Creating” for Halloween by Suzanne Singleton

“Easy Costumes You Don’t Have to Sew” by Goldie Taub Chernoff

“Costumes for You to Make” by Susan Purdy

“Costumes for Nursery Tales”

“My Very Own Halloween-A Book of Cooking and Crafts” by Robin West

And here is my Good Reads List for this week which has ” New Scary Books for Folks of All Ages” (that might not yet be in the library):

Adults (fiction): “Creation in Death” by J. D. Roth

Young Adult (ages 13-17): “Frankenstein” by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Juvenile (4th-6thgrade): “Frankenstein” by Phillip Pullman and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Children (2nd-3rd grade): “Skelly the Skeleton Girl” by Jimmy Pickering

Pre-School/Kindergarten (ages 3-6): “Three Little Ghosties” by Pippa Goodhart

Toddlers (ages 1-4): “This is Not a Pumpkin” by Bob Staake

Literary Birthdays This Week:

October 26 Pat Conroy (1945)

October 27 Sylvia Plath (1932)

Dylan Thomas (1914)

October 28 Evelyn Waugh (1903)

Ann Perry (1938)

October 29 James Boswell (1740)

October 30 Ezra Pound (1885)

October 31 Dick Francis (1920)

Kinky Friedman (1944)

Holly Hobbie (1944)

John Keats (1795)

November 1 Steven Crane (1871)

4 p.m. Trinkle Brass Works presents unique, intriguing brass programs for audiences of all ages. Trumpet player Steven Trinkle and percussionist Genie Burkett perform everything from the newest in chamber music to the more traditional melodies of the Baroque trumpet. The program is sponsored by Washoe County Library System with a Development Grant from the Nevada Arts Council and additional funding by the Koons Memorial Foundation.

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