Synopsis: The Conjuring tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.
Call Number: ADVD CON
Help for the Haunted
Synopsis: After Sylvie Masons parents leave her in the car as they enter an isolated old church, gunshots sound, and Sylvie is left an orphan in the care of an older sister who might be implicated in their parents’ death. As the story moves back and forth in time, through the years leading up to the crime and the months following, the ever inquisitive and tender-hearted Sylvie pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night, as she comes to terms with her family's past and uncovers secrets that have haunted them for years.
Call Number: MYS F SEA
Donna Says: The Paranormal Presentation at the Library by the Dallas Area Paranormal Society at 6:30 PM on Thursday, October 9th sounds like great fun; but, if you are unable to attend, I highly recommend The Conjuring (DVD) and Help for the Haunted by John Searles. The Conjuring is a frightfully fun movie based upon the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren of the New England Center for Psychic Research. If you aren't familiar with the Warren family, then you must watch the DVD before reading John Searles' Help for the Haunted.
Synopsis: After decades as an itinerant alcoholic, Dan Torrance uses his remnant powers to assist the dying before coming to the aid of a twelve-year-old girl being tortured by a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
Elizabeth Says: Doctor Sleep was the book I didn’t know I wanted. When I heard that King was working on a sequel to his 1977 horror classic I was incredulous. But I was quickly hooked back into the world of Danny Torrance. The book follows Danny as he struggles with his psychic power and a growing dependence on drugs and alcohol. The now grown Dan must pace with his deceased alcoholic father and his supernatural abilities and it feels strangely authentic. Atmospheric and creepy, Doctor Sleep is simply Stephen King at his finest.
Call Number: HOR F KIN
The Blackstone Chronicles
Synopsis: Saul brings to chilling life the small New England town of Blackstone (and the secrets and sins that it hides). From atop Blackstone's highest hill, the old Asylum casts its shadow over the village. Built in the 1890s to house the insane, the Asylum has stood vacant for decades. But now, the wrecker's ball is about to strike – and unleash an ominous evil.
Megan Says: I highly recommend you take a trip to John Saul's fictional town of Blackstone. The Blackstone Chronicles is a six part series that is a perfect read for the haunting season. You will be transfixed as the past sins of Blackstone's now abandoned Asylum resurrect into new terrors that ravage its citizens. In each installment you will learn more of the Asylum's cryptic secrets culminating in the serial's explosive finale.
Call Number: HOR F SAU
Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
Synopsis: Here, in one volume, are the masterpieces of mystery, terror, humor, and adventure, and the finest lyric and narrative poetry of the ill-fated genius who was one of America's supreme writers.
Nina Says: You don’t have to wait till late upon a midnight dreary to appreciate Poe’s haunting work, but as the weather cools, colored leaves drift to ground, and darkness comes earlier each eve, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect time to reintroduce yourself to the trailblazer of the modern Gothic. All the favorites are here, from “Annabel Lee” to “The Raven” to “The Tell-Tale Heart,” but to really get into the spirit of the season, “The Fall of the House of Usher” still sends shivers down your spine.
Call Number: 818.309 POE
The Twilight Zone: Complete Stories
Synopsis: Few television shows have insinuated themselves into our collective cultural consciousness to the extent of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone. This collector's edition, which compiles all the stories from three previously published volumes, is a powerful reminder that Serling, the famed creator, producer, and host of the show, was first and foremost an extraordinary writer with an utterly unique vision. Nineteen stories deal with a dreamworld, time travel, a hypochondriac, a gambler, an amnesia victim, an alien invasion, robots, an accomplished liar, and a group of desperate survivors.
Randall Says: These stories have all of the creepiness and quirkiness that made the television series so endearing, with an extra dose of Serling’s wit. Fans of the show will pick up on some subtle alterations to their favorite episodes. Imaginative, often poignant, Serling is a keen storyteller and he delivers a fun read, packed with all of the bizarre happenings you’d expect to find on a journey through the Twilight Zone.
Call Number: HOR F SER