Books that Go Bump in the Night!
By day, I’m a happy, silly, cheerful children’s librarian. By night, I’m a voracious reader of thrillers, chillers and stories that keep me awake into the wee hours! Here’s a list of some of my absolute favorite spine-tinglers:
“The Girl with All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey – post-apocalyptic England where a terrible disease has turned most of the population into mindless flesh-eaters. A government agency is housing a terrible project – experimenting on gifted children that may hold the secret for halting or reversing the disease plaguing the world. But what sacrifices are we willing to make to save, or destroy, humanity?
“Bloodman” by Robert Pobi – a detective returns to his hometown to care for his terminally-ill father, only to arrive as a brutal murder is discovered – a method of killing that mirrors the vicious murder of the detective’s mother over 15 years ago. With brutal precision, this killer is targeting victims in a way that personally attacks the detective, and leaves you gasping in fear!
“The Strain” by Guillermo Del Toro – An ancient evil is using modern technology to escape the Old World and infiltrate the United States – first stop is New York City. The FDC is called when a plane lands at JFK airport and every passenger, except for 1 pilot and 5 strangers, are found dead in their seats. No sign of a struggle, no distress signal, and no clues to begin the investigation. But when a horrifying disease mutates and multiples every night as the sun goes down, the hunters become the hunted and the survivors begin to turn on each other. This is the first book of a trilogy and if you can, get a hold of the audiobook which is narrated by Ron Perlman!
“20th Century Ghosts” by Joe Hill – each tale in this short story collection will leave you on the edge of your seat! By turns hilarious, gruesome, darkly poignant, or downright chilling, these stories left me desperate to keep reading and terrified to finish. My personal favorite was “Scheherazade’s Typewriter”, in which a typewriter belonging to the narrator’s deceased father, begins creating pages on its own with a dark and sinister twist. Joe Hill can do no wrong in the writing department, and it doesn’t hurt that his father is famous horror writer, Stephen King! If you love this one, try his first stand-alone novel, Heart-Shaped Box!
“Girl Who Owned a City” by O.T. Nelson – a plague has killed every human being over the age of 13. Now, society (or what is left of it) is being run by children. Without consequences and experience, the innocent quickly fall into leaders or followers, and when the main character forms her own community, the mantle of leader becomes a heavy burden for anyone, especially a child, to bear.
Lara Moellers, Children's Library Assistant