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Took | by Mary Downing Hahn

Took: A Ghost Story

Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
(Clarion Books, 2015, 272 pages)

Very creepy folklore! Fun read.

5/5 stars

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Fiction · Heather D · Horror · In the Library · SCC Book Club · Suspense

The Shining | by Stephen King

The Shining by Stephen King
(Anchor Books, 2013, 659 pages)

The Shining is a story of a man named Jack Torrance who is a recovering alcoholic. As the means to support his wife, Wendy, and son, Danny, he has taken a job as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel which is tucked away in the Colorado Mountains. As the snow sets in, he and his family are cut from the rest of the world. Jack has to keep his mind clear to keep from going stir crazy and doing the unthinkable. But will he??

Stephen King did terrific job with this novel. The story was so descriptive to the point that it left nothing to the imagination and that is what scared me the most. I felt as though I was right there inside the Overlook Hotel watching as the events unfolded.

Not only is this a gripping story but also the characters are well developed and it was easy to understand why they reacted to certain situations the way that they did. I felt the way he portrayed the relationship between Danny and his parents had a very powerful effect on the story as a whole. It made the events that much more disturbing and bothersome.

This book was part of the SCC library’s book club and had it not been for that reason I would have not picked this book up to read. I am not a fan of horror books. That being said, I am not disappointed that I was brave enough to read a story that had me on edge from beginning to end. Stephen King is an amazing storyteller and I would recommend this book to anyone who gets a thrill from spooky stories with nail biting suspense that makes you hear and see things that aren’t really there… or are they???

Fiction · Horror · In the Library · Mystery · Short Stories · Suspense · Theresa F

Don’t Look Now & Other Stories| by Daphne du Maurier

Don't Look Now

Don’t Look Now & Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
(Penguin Books, 2006, 272 pages)

I’m a fan of Daphne du Maurier and can’t believe it took me this long to read some of her short stories. This collection is very creepy in a subtle way. Du Maurier wrote the short story that the movie “The Birds” was based on, and while that story is not in this collection, it gives you an idea of the tone of these stories.

“A married couple on holiday in Venice are caught up in a sinister series of events. A lonely schoolmaster is impelled to investigate a mysterious American couple. A young woman loses her cool when she confronts her father’s old friend on a lonely island. A party of British pilgrims meet strange phenomena and possible disaster in the Holy Land. A scientist abandons his scruples while trying to tap the energy of the dying mind.

Collecting five stories of mystery and slow, creeping horror, Daphne Du Maurier’s Don’t Look Now and Other Stories showcases her unique blend of sympathy and spine-tingling suspense.” – Amazon.com

Audiobook · Fiction · Horror · Humor · Kelly M · Young Adult

Evil Librarian | by Michelle Knudsen

Evil Librarian

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
(Candlewick Press, 2014, 346 pages)

There’s a new librarian at Cynthia and Annie’s high school, and he’s super good-looking. When Annie starts to fall for Mr. Gabriel, Cynthia senses that something isn’t right about this librarian. And she’s right—he’s a demon. While Cynthia deals with her best friend becoming more and more strange and aloof as she spends time with Mr. Gabriel, she is also working hard leading the tech team for the school’s musical, Sweeney Todd, about a demon barber who kills his clients with a sharp razor as they wait for a close shave. With the assistance of Ryan, Cynthia’s long-time crush who’s playing Sweeney in the musical, Cynthia has to find a way to get Annie out of the grasp of the evil Mr. Gabriel, who has already likely killed a couple of teachers who got in his way.

The audio version of this young adult novel kept me on the edge of my seat (literally) and looking forward to the next time I was in the car to listen to it. It was a nice combination of horror, humor, and all the normal things teenagers experience with their teachers and friends (well, maybe not totally normal). Other reviewers have compared it to the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which I’ll have to check out next.