Story Tags

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Nurture Your Creepy Inner Child

Dark fairy tales & magical stories written for grown-ups.

You: ✔ Fairy tale fan ✔ Believe magic might exist ✔ Enchanted by magical wizards and worlds that grant wishes Also you:  ✔ Attracted to descriptors like bleak, dark and disturbing ✔ Have a penchant for the macabre ✔ Delight in the shadowy, unsettling parts of your favorite fantasy worlds 

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Vladimir Putin in Fiction

The DC/Baltimore area seems to be inundated with Putin-based theater over the last year.

Bird Box

Bird Box Read-a-Like Challenge

Adult Fiction with Thrills and Chills

Pop culture has been abuzz over the latest book to film adaptation: Netflix's Bird Box. The overnight sensation walks the line of a post-apocalyptic, psychological thriller featuring Sandra Bullock and her two children evading a mysterious presence to reach safety. The film has generated much curiosity toward the source material and DC Public Library has everything you need for your movie to book comparison needs.

The Terror by Dan Simmons

Winter Horror

Spooky things hide in the snow.

The snow makes it seem peaceful and quiet… almost too quiet. Weird things abound in the coldness outside. What’s out there? I think I see something in the distance, but the snow is too thick. Is there something moving out there? You go check. I’m going to stay inside by the fire, and drink my hot cocoa.   All is quiet. Nothing is moving. What’s scarier than that?

Different Seasons

Welcome to Castle Rock, Population: Your Nightmares

Books to Accompany the Stephen King Hulu Original Show

Original programming on streaming platforms have been all the rage for several years now, gaining even more prominence after Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale became the first online streaming show to win the Emmy for Outstanding Series. There’s a lot of quality television being produced for online platforms, including another recent Hulu adaptation, Castle Rock. The new horror-mystery series, executive produced by J.J. Abrams, is based on the stories, settings, and characters of Stephen King.

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Quick Fiction Listens for Your Commute

I have a confession to make--I love audio books, and I especially love the convenience and flexibility of downloading audiobooks to my phone via Overdrive and listening to them on the go--however, (you knew that was coming, right?) I often find it difficult to finish audiobooks before the end of the 3 week checkout period--A Game of Thrones, which clocks in at a cool 34 hours, I’m looking at you.

Halloween

Rosedale FrightFlix Fest

Join us at Rosedale Library  for our First Annual Halloween FrightFlix Fest! We will be screening classic and contemporary horror films to thrill and get your adrenaline pumping!  Tuesday, Oct. 2 - A Quiet Place (2018) Rated R Runtime 1h 31m Tuesday, Oct. 9-  The Fly (1986) Rated R Runtime 1h 36m

Are You Sleeping

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A Halloween Prep Course of Eerie Reads

What pairs well with pumpkin spice lattes? Spooky reads to get you in the mood for Halloween, of course! From slightly scary to totally terrifying, these recent titles should prove just as hair-raising as any old Stephen King or Lovecraft story, and earn their place amongst those hallowed masters of the macabre. Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

Cover of Flinch.

A Bloody Good Time

Graphic novels featuring ghosts, goblins and other ghouls.

If I had my way, Halloween would be a 6-month affair. I especially love all things spooky. Horror as a genre has generated some of my favorite pieces of media out there, including movies, television, video games, books and especially comics.The following are some of the excellent, horrific graphic novels I've found on our shelves. Make sure you have a blanket, a light and your door locked tight. These pieces won't let you go to sleep too easily afterward. A final aside for you too: all of the following volumes are absolutely, 100% recommended for adults.

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The Apocalypse!

Zombie style

Zombie horror is a sub-genre that has always piqued my interest. It is an ending to one way of life and an introduction to another for the survivors.  It shows us what it takes to try and survive in an unfamiliar world. Here are some Zombie apocalypse thrillers that are sure to make you wonder if you are cut out to survive one.  Year One by Nora Roberts 

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