Scary, spooky, shadowy and supernatural – just in time for the season!
Dracul, by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker
It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil, armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle. Inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of Dracula, Dracul is the prequel to the vampire classic, told by Stoker’s great-grandnephew.
Elevation, by Stephen King
If he ever had a formula, King departs from it in this upbeat, albeit mysterious story of overcoming differences and finding common ground. Scott Carey is battling over dog poop with the lesbians next door, unaware of the deep-seated prejudice they face in his small town. Meanwhile, he is inexplicably losing weight….
The Labyrinth of the Spirits, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Not so much scary as shadowy and magical, this novel returns to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, which has figured in several of Zafon’s novels. In Barcelona in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Alicia Gris must face her past as a member of the Spanish secret police. Indescribably unusual, intricate, and unforgettable.
Melmoth , by Sarah Perry
For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice will doom them. In Prague, Helen and her friend Karel discover a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness….
The Witch Elm , by Tana French
A stand-alone suspense novel from the author of the Dublin Murder Squad mysteries. Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s changed mentally and physically when he is nearly beaten to death by two burglars. He takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden – and detectives close in.
The Witch of Willow Hall , by Hester Fox
Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it. In 1821, Lydia Montrose must discover her power and use it to save her family. A creepy estate, juicy scandal, family secrets, ghosts, and a handsome, mysterious suitor make for a great, not-too-scary read.