Frightful Fiction

by Kelly

Ah, October. A time to plug in the pumpkin spice and revel in everything ghoulish, gruesome, and ghastly that this season evokes. Set the tone with these suggested reads, or discover your own spooky story through our library catalog, available in print or for you to download.

Who better to lead the way in the adult realm of reading than the master of macabre? Given the moniker as the Father of Gothic Literature, Edgar Allan Poe’s tales of horror conjure images of morgues, murderers, and madmen, and the mystery surrounding his own untimely death continues to plague the minds of Poe fans and fanatics, evermore.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

Edgar Allen Poe “The Raven”.

Fall into madness with the repetitive cadence and imagery found in Poe’s classic poem “The Raven“, as the unnamed protagonist laments the loss of his love. Enter “The Fall of the House of Usher” and experience the vague and mysterious influences that plague the mind of Roderick Usher and ultimately cause his unraveling. And, let the anticipation build inside of you as “The Tell-Tale Heart” beats louder, and louder, and louder, within the mind of a killer. You really can’t go wrong with whichever story you choose to slice into.


Readers will get a thrill while trying to figure out the circumstances that surround November Adley at the Academy Absconditi, as someone is trying to kill her. Written by direct descendant of the infamous Cotton Mather, instigator of the Salem Witch Trials, Adriana Mather is not only a talented writer of young adult thrilling fiction, she is one of the most personable and down-to-earth authors around, befriending and engaging with multitudes on various social media outlets.

If Killing November is up your reading alley, continue the series with Hunting November, a dark and intriguing universe designed to keep you on the edge of a knife and your seat.


Oh. My. Goonies. Raise your hand if you are a member of the Goonies fan club. You know the Goonies, the set of misfit friends who discover a treasure map and go on a quest for riches to save the home of one of their pals.

Well, guess what? This classic 1985 family adventure film starring big names of the day like Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, and Josh Brolin is now a children’s book. That’s right, you can now read your way through 48 illustrated pages of treasure-hunting, booby trapped, pirate-ship adventure in this storybook adapted by Brooke Vitale and illustrated by Teo Skaffa. While this story isn’t entirely on the Halloween scale, there are enough thrills and chills to make it count. Also look for other movie adapted storybooks like E.T., Back the the Future, and The Karate Kid.

Visit the library catalog online or download the Lakeland Library app to begin your browsing, and install the Hoopla and Libby apps to read, watch, or listen you way through this Halloween.


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