3, 2, 1… Horror

Librarians recommend 3 novels, 2 non-fiction titles, and 1 movie all in the horror genre in time for Halloween. Fiction Brother by Ania Ahlborn The Setting: small town, rural America in the 80's. Who does what? A sadistic redneck family from the Appalachian region with an unfortunate hobby - murdering young runaways. Why you might like…
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Halloween: Scarily fun

Dig out your fake cobwebs, black lipstick, and broomsticks - it's that time of year again. While it's true that spooky, scary stuff is not everyone's cup of witch's brew I cannot count myself in that group. I love of bit of dressing up and harmless horror. If you're a Halloween fan too, then here's…
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Stephen King’s The Institute: Great events turn on small hinges…

The Master has done it again - Stephen King comes up with another winner with The Institute. The Institute The Institute takes me back. This book reminds me warmly of some of my favourite Stephen King stories, without repeating them. A remarkable achievement for someone who has been writing for a lifetime - my lifetime…
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Dracul – viscerally visual

The characters and scenes in this story remain imprinted on my mind's eye. Dracul has not been written like a screenplay but it would make a sumptuously surreal film.  Dracul Dracul is written by J.D. Barker in collaboration with Bram Stoker's Great Grand-Nephew, Dacre Stoker. The authors' note (p.483) asserts that this is the story that was left out of the…
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I’m possessed by Joe Hill

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill has been republished in a 10th anniversary edition. Heart-shaped Box You'd expect someone who grew up inhaling Stephen King stories to emulate him. Millions of us grew up reading King and elements of his stories are part of the soundtracks of our lives. The same can be said of…
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