Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ghost stories for long dark nights

I love a good ghost story. As the days continue to get shorter, the shadows in the corners of my house seem to get longer, the creaking of the floorboards louder. It is then that I feel a ghost lingering over my shoulder.
From the truly terrifying to science fiction to comedies, we have a great selection of ghost stories here at PWPL. Stop in some time to check them out.

The Boy Who Drew Monsters, by Keith Donohue
After an accident in the ocean which caused him nearly to drown, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan is afraid to leave the house and becomes obsessed with drawing monsters. As the drawings take on a life of their own, his family and friends are soon affected. His mother hears eerie sounds from the ocean, his father chases a bizarre creature on the dunes, and his best friend becomes entranced with the power of these crudely drawn monsters. Will Jack Peter’s family and friends be able to defeat the monsters of a ten year old? What power do they hold? You’ll have to visit this costal Maine town to find out.

Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer
The debut novel of Jamie Lee Moyer, “Delia’s Shadow” explores the life of Delia Martin at the turn of the century in San Francisco. Her wealthy status may make her seem the poster child of the early nineteenth century; however, she holds back a dark secret, she can communicate with ghosts. After the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, Delia finds herself flooded with the thousands of dead. Attempting to escape the tortured souls, she leaves for New York. She believes she has found peace until a determined soul from San Francisco seeks her out.
Rooms by Lauren Oliver
Author Lauren Oliver started her writing career as a young adult author, but her first foray into adult fiction is the novel “Rooms”, a chilling haunted house story. After their distant father dies, Trenton and Minna, along with their mother Caroline, return to the family’s old country house filled with antiques, secrets, memories, and several ghosts. As Trenton discovers he can communicate with the spirits, a new ghost arrives setting the whole house into a whirlwind of paranormal activity. Told from the perspectives of the dead and the living, this novel is elegantly written. The dramatic tragedies of all the character will tug at your emotional core.

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
Quirk is one of my personal favorite book publishers. They are the brains behind “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, “Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children”, and “Night of the Living Trekkie”. One of their newest books is “Horrorstor” by Grady Hendrix and, if it is a lighter ghost story you are looking for, this is the book for you. Orsk furniture, not to be confused with its competitor Ikea, is experiencing some strange phenomenon. Every morning, the staff arrives to find broken bookshelves, smashed lamps or muddy bed sheets. The security cameras show nothing out of the ordinary, so several staff members lock themselves in for an overnight shift they will never forget. This book has an amazing design with each chapter named after a piece of furniture from the store or the memory of the building which stood before the store was built.

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
The author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” Garth Stein’s new book “A Sudden Light” is another story in this list which deals with family history and the stain those ghosts can leave behind. Riddell House is an old mansion built high above the Puget Sound on the outskirts of Seattle. A testament to the wealth of the Riddell family, the house now symbolizes the weight of debt on the Riddell’s. As Trevor Riddell’s family slowly crumbles with an impending divorce, the only way to settle up is to sell the Riddell House. This involves a complex series of events including expelling Trevor’s grandfather to a nursing home. But, the longer Trevor stays in the house, the more secrets he discovers and the more he understands the house’s motivations.

The Brothers Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard
Stories about the Cabal brothers are great for the paranormal fan. Following Johannes Cabal, a necromancer, and his brother Horst, a vampire, The Brothers Cabal is the fourth book in this series. Thought dead, for good this time, vampire Horst is risen from the dead, again, to become the general in an occult, paranormal army. Uncomfortable with this plan, he thinks his brother, the necromancer, can help him find eternal peace. If you are looking for an offbeat, humorous, vampires are kind of like ghosts, ghost story, this is the book for you. 

By Tracy Boehm, Technical Services Librarian

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