12 Seriously Spooky Reads

Scroll through the slides below to check out twelve of the most creepy books we could find lurking in our collection.

Borrow these (and more) spooky books from the display in the SLRC…if you dare!

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#12: The Graveyard Book

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

#11: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

#10: Chain Letter

When Alison and her friends start receiving chain letters demanding dangerous and impossible deeds from them, they think it is just a sick joke. Until one by one they start to go missing. Then in ‘The Ancient Evil’ the letters start being delivered again. This time demanding even more horrific tasks from them.

#9: Pretty Monsters

Weird, wicked, spooky and delightful, Pretty Monsters is a book of tall tales to keep you up all night. Blending fairytale, fantasy, horror, myth and mischief in a delicious cocktail, Kelly Link creates a world like no other, where bloodsucking ghosts are not greedy and where a boy is kidnapped by his father to wait for the aliens to return and we encounter a people-eating monster who claims to have a sense of humour.

#8: Gathering the Bones

A book of horror writing from the US, the UK and Australia. Among others, this book includes: a short story from Ray Bradbury; a novella from Peter Straub; and works from Australians – Sara Douglass, Isobel Carmody and Simon Brown.

#7: Horowitz Horror

Welcome to a strange and twisted world where the spooky, the shocking, and the positively petrifying are lurking just out of sight. A bus ride home … turns into your worst nightmare. A quaint country cottage … has a grisly secret. A man returns from holiday … with bubbling skin and bloodshot eyes. Horowitz Horror. It’s all around you. Alive. Waiting. Enter if you dare.

#6: The Devil in the Corner

Penniless, and escaping the horrors of life as a governess to brutal households, Maud seeks refuge with the cousin-by-marriage she never knew. Isolated and thwarted at every turn, Maud continues to take the laudanum which was her only solace in London. Soon she becomes dependent on the drug – so is this the cause of her fresh anxieties? Or is someone – or something – plotting her demise? Is the devil in the corner of the Doom a reality, or a figment of her imagination? And what is its power? Time will tell…

#5: The Dead of Winter

After Michael’s parents die, he is invited to stay with his guardian in a desolate country house. He begins to suspect something is not quite right on the day he arrives when he spots a mysterious woman out in the frozen mists. But little can prepare him for the solitude of the house itself. His guardian is rarely seen, and there’s a malevolent force lurking in an old hallway mirror. As the chilling suspense builds, Michael realizes that the house and its grounds harbor many more secrets-both dead and alive.

#4: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

The dark tale of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson was first published in 1886. The novella went on to become one of the most well-known horror stories of all time and has been adapted for numerous film, TV and stage productions. Here it is retold in graphic format through Robert Smiths visually arresting illustrations.

#3: The Road

A group of travelers are menaced by an unseen force in this chilling, supernatural horror tale. A truck driver, a schoolboy, a retired bank manager, and an eccentric country woman are among the group thrown together on the Silver City Highway–where they are able to go neither forward or backward–on a nightmarish journey that won’t end. And when they run out of gas, the land seems to funnel them towards a homestead where a number of gory murders have occurred.

#2: Frozen Charlotte

Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind… Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lillias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems just a bit too good to be true. And then there’s her other cousin. The girl with a room full of antique dolls. The girl that shouldn’t be there. The girl that died.

#1: Say Her Name

Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear. But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?


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