Horror

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The running man

Richard Bachman

FICTION Bachman, Richard
Horror, Dystopian

A desperate man attempts to win a reality TV game where the only objective is to stay alive in this #1 national bestseller from Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman.

Callie's picture

This is one of my favorite Stephen King (written under the Richard Bachman pseudonym) novels. His take on the dystopian genre is thrilling, gritty, and shows what one man is willing to do to help his family. -Callie

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The passage

Justin Cronin

FICTION Cronin, Justin
Science Fiction, Horror

A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment that only six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte can stop.

Callie's picture

The Passage kept me on the edge of my seat. -Callie

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Tinfoil butterfly

Rachel Eve Moulton

FICTION Moulton Rachel
Fiction, Horror, Fantasy

Emma is hitchhiking across the United States, trying to outrun a violent, tragic past, when she meets Lowell, the hot-but-dumb driver she hopes will take her as far as the Badlands. But Lowell is not as harmless as he seems, and a vicious scuffle leaves Emma bloody and stranded in an abandoned town in the Black Hills with an out-of-gas van, a loaded gun, and a snowstorm on the way. The town is eerily quiet and Emma takes shelter in a diner, where she stumbles across Earl, a strange little boy in a tinfoil mask who steals her gun before begging her to help him get rid of "George." As she is pulled deeper into Earl's bizarre, menacing world, the horrors of Emma's past creep closer, and she realizes she can't run forever.

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Recently I've been reading a lot of older books, but I wanted to try something new. While browsing the new shelf I found this interesting novel. The cover drew me in, and I'm excited to see if Emma can break away from her past. -Jacy

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Books of blood : volumes one to three

Clive Barker

FICTION Barker, Clive
Fiction, Horror

"These enthusiastic tales are not ashamed of visceral horror, of blood splashing freely across the page: "The Midnight Meat Train," a grisly subway tale that surprises you with one twist after another; "The Yattering and Jack," about a hilarious demon who possesses a Christmas turkey; "In the Hills, the Cities," an unusual example of an original horror premise; "Dread," a harrowing non-supernatural tale about being forced to realize your worst nightmare; "Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament," about a woman who kills men with her mind. Some of the tales are more successful than others, but all are distinguished by strikingly beautiful images of evil and destruction. No horror library is complete without them." (Goodreads summary)

Jacy's picture

While this is another "to be read" on my horror list, I've heard many great things about these short stories. If the summary and other's accounts of these three volumes are to be believed, any fan of King and graphic horror will immediately be a fan of Clive Barker after reading these nightmare inducing tales. -Jacy

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The call of Cthulhu and other weird stories

H. P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft

SCIENCE FICTION Lovecraft, H. P.
Fiction, Horror

"I think it is beyond doubt that H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." -Stephen King "Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Philips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the 1920s, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. S. T. Joshi, Lovecraft's preeminent interpreter, presents a selection of the master's fiction, from the early tales of nightmares and madness such as "The Outsider" to the overpowering cosmic terror of "The Call of Cthulhu." More than just a collection of terrifying tales, this volume reveals the development of Lovecraft's mesmerizing narrative style and establishes him as a canonical- and visionary-American writer." (Amazon summary)

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Now this book was definitely written before the 90s, but the edition we have at the library was published in 1999 so I couldn't pass up including this classic. I've actually listened to the audiobook version that we also have in the collection, which was creepy and weird in true Lovecraft fashion. If you've ever heard reference to a mysterious being called Cthulhu, this is a must read! -Jacy

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The regulators

Richard Bachman

FICTION Bachman, Richard
Fiction, Horror

"There's a place in Wentworth, Ohio, where summer is in full swing. It's called Poplar Street. Up until now it's been a nice place to live. The idling red van around the corner is about to change all that. Let the battle against evil begin. Here come...The Regulators." (Goodreads summary)

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This book is best read in partnership with Desperation by Stephen King. They aren't in a series together; they are separate stories that use the same pool of characters and the same evil entity. Recently I started to re-read this one; my favorite part that separates it from the other version is how King slows down time to really describe the gory details of the more intense scenes. -Jacy

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Desperation

Stephen King

FICTION King, Stephen
Fiction, Horror

"There's a place along Interstate 50 that some call the loneliest place on Earth. It's known as Desperation, Nevada. It's not a very nice place to live. It's an even worse place to die. Let the battle against evil begin. Welcome to ... Desperation." (Goodreads summary)

Jacy's picture

This book is best read in partnership with The Regulators by Richard Bachman (Stephen King). They aren't in a series together; they are separate stories that use the same pool of characters and the same evil entity. I haven't read this one in a few years, but I remember the setting vividly. It's in a remote town along the highway, where the evil Tak has essentially taken over, and some truly chilling things happen. -Jacy

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Interview with the vampire

Anne Rice

FICTION Rice, Anne
Fiction, Horror

"Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force–a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write." (Amazon summary)

Jacy's picture

This one may not technically be published in the 90s but the series is so long it spans decades, and how could I not include Anne Rice? I also haven't read this book, though I've heard enough good things to add it to my reading list! Who doesn't love a classic vampire novel during spooky season? -Jacy

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The nest

Gregory A. Douglas

FICTION Douglas, Gregory A.
Horror

"It was just an ordinary garbage dump on peaceful Cape Cod. No one ever imagined that conditions were perfect for breeding, that it was a warm womb, fetid, moist, and with food so plentiful that everything creeping, crawling, and slithering could gorge to satiation. Then a change in poison control was made, resulting in an unforeseen mutation. Now the giant mutant cockroaches are ready to leave their nest--in search of human flesh!"-- Back cover.

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Horror fans will love this gruesome book about man-eating cockroaches. I would advise NOT reading this while snacking! Originally published in 1980, now reprinted with a new introduction. -Shawna

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The institute.

Stephen King

RECEIVED
Fiction, Horror

Jason's picture

Can summer be considered over without there being a new Stephen King novel? Fortunately, “The Institute” arrives soon (September 10) so we can safely move into fall at our normally scheduled time. In his most recent supernatural thriller kidnapped children with psychic powers are being held prisoner and exploited for their supernatural gifts. King has had prior success covering similar topics with “Firestarter” (pyrokinetic abilities, kidnapping) and “It” (adolescents teaming up against an enemy) and I could also see this sort of story receiving a popularity bump from the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” This should be another tense, can’t-put-it-down winner from the King of Horror. -Jason