From The Desk Of The Parker Library Director: Happy Halloween Watching And Reading!
Oct 25, 2017 05:18AM
By Theresa Gilman
(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the Dracut Library.)
Here's something that you may not know about me... I love Halloween. Every year, I wait for October 1st with anticipation. I can hardly wait to put away all things summer and take out the Halloween decorations. Ceramic pumpkins in all shapes and sizes take up residence in my house, as do witches and ghosts. I watch every Halloween-themed movie ever made, including all those cheezy Halloweentown flicks. Watching Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus is a yearly ritual, and though I read in many genres, in October, I stick to Horror.
If you enjoy reading Horror, as do I, I highly recommend Hex by Thomas Heuvelt Olde. It was the first book that I read for a new book group that I just joined in Methuen. The novel, originally published in Danish, is set in the picturesque town of Black Spring in the Hudson Valley. Black Spring is pretty much like any other town - except that it is haunted by a seventeenth-century witch whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. The town rapidly descends into chaos when Katherine takes her revenge. This disturbing story is a "bona fide tale of horror" according to School Library Journal. It was a great book group read, particularly since Olde did the translation himself - and changed the ending in the English version.
As of September 9th, IT had grabbed $16.1M so far on 10,560 screens. That's a LOT of Stephen King fans. There are currently 74 holds on the 18 copies of the book in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium. What should you read while you're waiting for your copy to come in? Have you already read everything else by King? Have you read anything by his son, Joe Hill? Hill's work reminds me of King's earlier stuff. You know, the books that were really creepy... the ones that kept you up all night? According to NoveList, Hill's "work features extremely flawed but genuinely likable protagonists who are forced to confront their dark sides as they battle evil. A Hill tale also sets the stage with a menacing atmosphere from the first lines. Readers are also drawn to Joe Hill because he mines their modern lives for fear. Hill captivates readers with this ability to use the best of the time-tested horror traditions while injecting a shot of the new to keep things freshly frightening. The results are realistically chilling." Have you seen the movie Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe? It was based on the book by the same name. I liked it, but my favorite Hill novel will always be his first, Heart Shaped Box. Rock star, Judas Coyne collects macarbre artifacts. He purchases a ghost online. What arrives is a heart-shaped box with a suit in it - a suit that belongs to the vengeful step-father of Coyne's ex-girlfriend. This one kept me awake all night.
Looking for a story with a vivid sense of place and realistic character development that will give you chills? Try The Damned by Andrew Pyper. Twenty years after the death of his twin, Danny Orchard is still haunted by Ashleigh, who was a sociopath before she died. Her spirit is even more malicious.
Keith Donohue's The Boy Who Drew Monsters, is about a young boy, scarred from a near drowning experience, who makes strange things happen whenever he picks up his pencil.
If you just can't read Horror, but would like some suggestions, why not fill out one of our Reader Profiles to receive personalized reading recommendations based on other books that you have read and enjoyed.
As always, I am available to meet and talk with you. This is your library and we want to hear what you think!
Nanci Hill, Library Director