Weekly Book List: Week 17 (Horror)

Something Wicked This Way Comes / Ray Bradbury

Story of two young boys who begin to encounter evil secrets when a lightning rod salesman gives them one of his contraptions covered with mystical symbols. (FIC BRADBURY)

 

The Silence of the Lambs / Thomas Harris

FBI trainee Clarise Starling is assigned to interview a brilliant, imprisoned psychopathic killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. She needs him to bring in a psychotic serial killer. (FIC HARRIS, THOMAS)

 

Heart-Shaped Box / Joe Hill

A collector of obscure and macabre artifacts, unscrupulous metal band musician Judas Coyne is unable to resist purchasing a ghost over the Internet, which turns out to be the vengeful spirit of his late girlfriend’s stepfather. (FIC HILL, JOE)

 

The Woman in Black / Susan Hill

Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor, travels to the north of England to settle the estate of Alice Drablow, but unexpectedly encounters a series of sinister events. (FIC HILL, SUSAN)

 

The Haunting of Hill House / Shirley Jackson

Anthropologist and ghost hunter Dr. John Montague invites three strangers to stay in haunted Hill House for the summer. One of the guests is 32-year-old Eleanor, for whom three months in a haunted house is preferable to caring for her invalid mother. Soon, Eleanor begins to see and hear things that the other guests cannot. (FIC JACKSON)

The Trial / Franz Kafka

Narrates the experiences and reactions of a respectable bank functionary after his abrupt arrest on an undisclosed charge. (FIC KAFKA)

 

It / Stephen King

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they were grown-up men and women who had gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them could withstand the force that drew them back to Derry, Maine to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name. (FIC KING, STEPHEN)

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus / Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Victor Frankenstein, working with salvaged body parts, succeeds in animating his creation, but its appalling visage so disgusts the scientist that he abandons it immediately. The creature suffers dreadfully; all his attempts at human contact are brutally rebuffed. When Victor realizes that his monster is responsible for a series of murders of his loved ones, he agrees to meet with his creation, who demands that Victor craft a companion for him. After Victor reneges on his promise, the result ensures doom. (FIC SHELLEY)

Ghost Story / Peter Straub

Questions arise concerning the connections between a strangely detached young girl’s captivity in a seedy Florida motel, a death that occurs at a party for a visiting actress, and a young California instructor’s obsession with one of his students. (PBK STRAUB)

 

A Head Full of Ghosts / Paul Tremblay

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of what at first seems to be acute schizophrenia, a condition which only gets worse, leading them believe its actually demonic possession, as they become the center of a reality TV show. (FIC TREMBLAY)

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