All Hallows Read 2011
Created in 2010 by spooky author Neil Gaiman, All Hallows Read is celebrated during the week leading up to Halloween. How do you celebrate All Hallows Read? It’s easy: you give someone a book that scares you. The Lake Bluff Library staff invites you to celebrate this little known holiday with some of our favorite scary books.
Carlen’s All Hallows Read Picks
American Vampire by Scott Snyder and Stephen King (Graphic Fiction, c. 2010)
Carlen says: All American vampires doing what vampires do best. With terrifying graphics, intriguing characters, and plenty of blood, this graphic novel will satisfy any true vampire fan!
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (Adult Fiction, c. 1954)
Carlen says: Robert Neville is literally the last man on Earth, as the rest of the world has turned into vampires via a global pandemic. He attempts to find a cure, with unique results. Written in 1954, this is a classic horror novel.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Adult Fiction, c. 2006)
Carlen says: In a post-apocalyptic world, a father and son embark on the most dangerous journey of all: living. In a world where there is no food and supplies, this is the ultimate survival tale.
Stitches by David Small (Teen Fiction and Graphic Fiction, c. 2009)
Carlen says: Though not a traditional “scary story,” Small takes the reader into the horrors of his childhood, his health, and his mind. A very engaging graphic autobiographical novel!
Donna’s All Hallows Read Picks
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (Adult Fiction and Juvenile Paperback, c. 1962)
Donna says: Love this scary book, shows the thrill of the carnival and the dark creepy side we always sense is lurking there. “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes!”
Martha’s All Hallows Read Picks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan (Adult Non-Fiction, c. 2006)
Martha says: There are some terrifying things in your refrigerator…excluding the ancient leftovers. While not scary in the traditional sense, Michael Pollan’s book will definitely send shivers up your spine. Who knew that corn could be so nefarious?
In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien (Adult Fiction, c. 1994)
Martha says: Do not, under any circumstances, read this book in the dark and especially not in a cabin in the woods in the dark. This book is packed with suspense and will be sure to leave you jumping at shadows.
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman (Adult Fiction, c. 1997)
Martha says: Neil Gaiman is very good at freaking you out without relying on the kind of spectacle that is usually associated with the horror genre. This collection of short stories is an example of what Gaiman does best—beautifully crafted stories that will make you sleep with the light on.
Matt’s All Hallows Read Picks
1984 by George Orwell (Adult Fiction and Juvenile Paperback, c. 1949)
Matt says: No dystopian novel terrifies me like this one. The state of constant surveillance is frightening enough, but the punishments are, quite literally, the worst you can imagine.
Rummanah’s All Hallows Read Picks
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Adult Non-Fiction, c. 1966)
Rummanah says: A chilling and true account of a family being murdered for a few cents.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (Adult Fiction, c. 1962)
Rummanah says: I had to read this for my Brit Lit class junior year of high school. It’s mainly about a sociopath who relishes violence. He is taken in by the government and is “conditioned” not to harm anyone, which is equally disturbing. The last chapter made my jaw drop. I only saw a few clips of the movie in class, but I can never hear ‘Singing in the Rain’ without freaking out. I couldn’t sleep for weeks after reading this book.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman (Juvenile Fiction, c. 2002)
Rummanah says: Going to a parallel universe where your parents want to capture you and stuff you…yeah. Creepy as heck. Not to mention buttons for eyes.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman (Teen Fiction, c. 2009)
Rummanah says: One of my favorite YA books. I had goosebumps while reading this book. Just the thought of being torn apart and your body parts used for something else. *shivers*
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Adult Fiction, c. 1886)
Rummanah says: Split personality and murder, how much worse can it get?
Compiled by Martha