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Spooky Stories at HCPL


A chill is creeping into the air, leaves are skittering across the ground; it’s official: spooky season is here! Whether you’re a scaredy-cat or a thrill seeker, the library has something for everyone to get into the spooky spirit. However you choose to read this season — bundled up with the lights on or alone in a ghostly graveyard — these titles are sure to send shivers down your spine. Check out these frightening reading recommendations… if you dare!



  • Dracul by Dacre Stoker - Keep the lights on and get out the garlic because vampires may just be real. Written by a descendent of Bram Stoker himself, this vampire novel examines the origins of Stoker and Dracula.
  • Hallowe’en Party: a Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie – The queen of crime delivers a mysterious and chilling tale of a murder (or is it a double murder?) set at a Halloween party. Can Poirot unmask the murderer at this frightful affair? Come for the crime and stay for Christie’s mastery of ambiance.


  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Raised in a graveyard by ghosts, werewolves, and vampires, Bod is the only living resident of the cemetery. Can he fit into the world of the living when he was raised by the dead?
  • The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglas – Jake Livingston can see the dead, making his life as one of the few Black kids at St. Clair Prep even more complicated. But when a murderous ghost begins haunting Jake, he will have to find a way to outsmart the spirit and survive.
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll – Beautiful and ominous illustrations paired with rhythmic storytelling make this graphic novel come to life. Each story feels like a feverishly whispered folktale or campfire story that can conjure the stuff of nightmares!


  • Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine – Any title from the Goosebumps series is sure to send a shiver up your spine, but The Haunted Mask is perfect to read during spooky season, as the story revolves around an evil mask on Halloween.
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