Halloween Books

Updated December 19, 2023
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Ethan Frome
HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'He looked at her hair and longed to touch it again, and to tell her that it smelt of the woods; but he had never learned to say such things...' One harsh winter in 1900s New England, Ethan...
Her body and other parties
Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction "[These stories] vibrate with originality, queerness, sensuality and the strange."--Roxane Gay "In these formally brilliant and emotionally charged tales, Machado gives literal shape to women's memories and...
Witches and witch-hunts : a global history
Behringer, Wolfgang.
In this major new book, Wolfgang Behringer surveys the phenomenon of witchcraft past and present. Drawing on the latest historical and anthropological findings, Behringer sheds new light on the history of European witchcraft, while demonstrating that witch-hunts are not simply part of the European...
Witches & neighbors : the social and cultural context of European witchcraft
Briggs, Robin.
Witches and Neighbors is a remarkable interpretation of the course and causes of the fear and persecution of witches that bedeviled Europe for centuries. Robin Briggs draws on the latest research into the local realities underlying the phenomenon. In particular, he employs his own extensive work in...
Scary, scary Halloween
Bunting, Eve
I peer outside, there's something there  That makes me shiver, spikes my hair.  It must be Halloween.    Green eyes watch from the dark as skeletons dance, goblins skip, and ghosts float by. Come along to find a scary, scary surprise! With rhythm, rhyme, and just the...
Butler, Octavia E.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Parable of the Sower and MacArthur "Genius" Grant, Nebula, and Hugo award winner The visionary time-travel classic whose Black female hero is pulled through time to face the horrors of American slavery and explores the...
The bloody chamber and other stories
Carter, Angela
From familiar fairy tales and legends -- Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss-in-Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires, werewolves -- Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.
Haunted Halloween stories : 13 chilling read-a-loud tales
Christensen, Jo-Anne.
Great read-aloud stories to send shivers down the spines of your audience! People of all ages will clamor to hear bestselling author Jo-Anne Christensen's latest contribution to the ghost stories series, this one a collection of dramatic tales involving Halloween. Take this book along to your next...
Hallowe'en party
Christie, Agatha
The witches
Dahl, Roald.
A book about 'real witches' - the ones that absolutely loathe children and are always plotting to get rid of them.
Classic ghost stories
Dickens, Charles
Games of terror : Halloween, Friday the 13th, and the films of the stalker cycle
Dika, Vera
A critical study of the low-budget film formula described as the "stalker" film, popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The discussion suggests reasons for its impressive popularity and demonstrates how a generic form is organized to speak a cultural text. Illustrated.
The hound of the Baskervilles : another adventure of Sherlock Holmes ; with, The adventure of the speckled band
Doyle, Arthur Conan
The Hound of the Baskervilles(1901-02) is Arthur Conan Doyle's most celebrated Sherlock Holmes adventure. At the end of the yew tree path of his ancestral home, Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead. Close by are the footprints of a gigantic hound. Called to investigate, Holmes seems to face a...
Echoes from the macabre : selected stories
Du Maurier, Daphne
Lunar Park
Ellis, Bret Easton.
Imagine becoming a best-selling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze,...
Fuentes, Carlos.
Felipe Montero is employed in the house of an aged widow to edit her deceased husband's memoirs. There Felipe meets her beautiful green-eyed niece, Aura. His passion for Aura and his gradual discovery of the true relationship between the young woman and her aunt propel the story to its...
Gaiman, Neil
This edition of New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman's modern classic, Coraline--also an Academy Award-nominated film--is enriched with a foreword from the author, a reader's guide, and more. "Coraline discovered the door a little while...
The Sandman book of dreams
Gaiman, Neil
An entrancing collection of stories based on the World Fantasy Award-winning Sandman comic book series by Neil Gaiman--the basis for the highly anticipated Netflix series and hailed by the Los Angeles Times Magazine as "the greatest epic in the history of comic books"--including...
Violent cases
Gaiman, Neil
Violent Cases marks the beginning of many astonishing and award-winning collaborations between author Neil Gaiman and artist Dave McKean. It is now offered in a hardcover format with an expanded art section and introductions by Alan Moore, Paul Gravett, and Neil Gaiman! A narrator...
The graveyard book
Gaiman, Neil.
The original hardcover edition of a perennial favorite, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which has sold more than one million copies and is the only novel to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal.  Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place--he's the only living...
The woman in black
Hill, Susan
Hillier, Jennifer.
From suspense author Jennifer Hillier, whom Jeffery Deaver has praised as "top of the line thriller writing," comes Freak, a sequel to her debut novel Creep.            Suspense magazine...
The turn of the screw
James, Henry
Mapping the interior
Jones, Stephen Graham
"Brilliant." --The New York Times Mapping the Interior is a horrifying, inward-looking novella from Stephen Graham Jones that Paul Tremblay calls "emotionally raw, disturbing, creepy, and brilliant." Blackfeet author Stephen Graham Jones brings...
Bare bones : conversations on terror with Stephen King
King, Stephen
The dark half
King, Stephen
Evidence indicates that Thad Beaumont whose novels seem to be the product of a twisted imagination, may just be quilty of a series of monstrous murders. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Doctor Sleep : a novel
King, Stephen
Now a major motion picture starring Ewan McGregor! From master storyteller Stephen King, his unforgettable and terrifying sequel to The Shining--an instant #1 New York Times bestseller that is "[a] vivid frightscape" (The New York Times). ...
King, Stephen
"Previously published in a Viking edition. A limited first edition of this book has been published by Phantasia Press"--T.p. verso.
Rosemary's baby : a novel
Levin, Ira
The monk, a romance
Lewis, M. G.
The classic horror stories
Lovecraft, H. P.
'Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men. A time will come - but I must not and cannot think!' H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a reclusive scribbler of horror stories for the American pulp magazines that specialized in Gothic and science fiction...
The Oxford book of Canadian ghost stories
Manguel, Alberto.
Offering hours and hours of delightful terror, this marvelous collection of twenty-four classic Canadian ghost stories ranges from the work of early masters such as Stephen Leacock and Mazo de la Roche, to contemporary writers such as Margaret Atwood, Timothy Finlay, Brian Moore, and Audrey Thomas....
The bad seed : a novel
March, William
What happens to ordinary families into whose midst a child serial killer is born? This is the question at the center of William March's classic thriller. After its initial publication in 1954, the book went on to become a million-copy bestseller, a wildly successful Broadway show, and a Warner...
Hallowe'en: its origin, rites and ceremonies in the Scottish tradition
McNeill, F. Marian
The crucible
Miller, Arthur
A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community, presented here with enlightening criticism and commentary   "I believe that the reader will discover here the essential nature of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history,"...
Los gatos black on Halloween
Montes, Marisa
Follow los monstruos and los esqueletos to the Halloween party Under October'sluna, full and bright, the monsters are throwing a ball in the Haunted Hall.Las brujas come on their broomsticks.Los muertos rise from their coffins to join in the fun.Los...
Beloved : a novel
Morrison, Toni.
Toni Morrison--author of Song of Solomon and Tar Baby--is a writer of remarkable powers: her novels, brilliantly acclaimed for their passion, their dazzling language and their lyric and emotional force, combine the unassailable truths of experience and emotion with the vision of legend...
Trick or treat : a history of Halloween
Morton, Lisa
Every year, children and adults alike take to the streets dressed as witches, demons, animals, celebrities, and more. They carve pumpkins and play pranks, and the braver ones watch scary movies and go on ghost tours. There are parades, fireworks displays, cornfield mazes, and haunted houses-...
Complete stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Poe, Edgar Allan
This single volume brings together all of Poe's stories and poems, and illuminates the diverse and multifaceted genius of one of the greatest and most influential figures in American literary history.
The spooky Halloween party
Prager, Annabelle.
Illus. in full color. In a funny sequel toThe Surprise Partyyoung Albert is sure his friend's Halloween party can't be as scary as he says it's going to be. "Albert's bravado is dealt a swift blow when he finds himself among a host of party-going ghoulies who turn outnotto be his old buddies in...
Monkey beach
Robinson, Eden
"Monkey Beach creates a vivid contemporary landscape that draws the reader deep into a traditional world, a hidden universe of premonition, pain and power." --Thomas King Tragedy strikes a Native community when the Hill family's handsome seventeen-year-old son, Jimmy,...
Halloween : pagan ritual to party night
Rogers, Nicholas.
Boasting a rich, complex history rooted in Celtic and Christian ritual, Halloween has evolved from ethnic celebration to a blend of street festival, fright night, and vast commercial enterprise. In this colorful history, Nicholas Rogers takes a lively, entertaining look at the cultural origins and...
Rowell, Rainbow
A 2020 Tayshas Reading List Selection A 2020 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List Selection In Pumpkinheads, beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell and Eisner Award-winning artist Faith Erin Hicks have teamed up to create this...
The tragedy of Macbeth
Shakespeare, William
A play of darkness originally conceived for daylight performance at the Globe, Macbeth is a tour de force of theatrical illusion from the supernatural to mere delusion. In this fully annotated edition, Brooke investigates the great appeal of the play's use of illusion, relating its changing...
Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
D.L. Macdonald and Kathleen Scherf's edition of Frankensteinhas been widely acclaimed as an outstanding edition of the novel--for the general reader and the student as much as for the scholar. The editors use as their copy-text the original 1818 version, and detail in an appendix all of Shelley's...
Death makes a holiday : a cultural history of Halloween
Skal, David J.
From acclaimed cultural critic David J. Skal, an in-depth look at one of the most popular-and perplexing-holidays in America. Using a mix of personal anecdotes and brilliant social analysis, Skal examines the amazing phenomenon of Halloween, exploring its dark Celtic history and...
Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde : an authoritative text, backgrounds and contexts, performance adaptations, criticism
Stevenson, Robert Louis
"Backgrounds and Contexts" includes a wealth of materials on the tale's publication history as well as its relevance to Victorian culture. Twelve of Stevenson's letters from the years 1885-87 are excerpted, along with his essay "A Chapter on Dreams," in which he comments on the plot's origin. Ten...
Stoker, Bram
Bram Stoker's peerless tale of desperate battle against a powerful, ancient vampire When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries in his client's castle. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents unfold in England:...
Suzuki, Kōji
A mysterious videotape warns that the viewer will die in one week unless a certain, unspecified act is performed. Exactly one week after watching the tape, four teenagers die one after another of heart failure. Asakawa, a hardworking journalist, is intrigued by his niece's inexplicable...
Harvest home
Tryon, Thomas.
A family flees the crime-ridden city--and finds something worse--in "a brilliantly imagined horror story" by the New York Times-bestselling author (The Boston Globe). After watching his asthmatic daughter suffer in the foul city air, Theodore Constantine decides to get back...
Boo! It's Halloween
Watson, Wendy
A family gets ready for Halloween by preparing costumes, making goodies for the school party, and carving jack-o'-lanterns. Halloween jokes and rhymes are interspersed throughout the text.
Scaredy Squirrel prepares for Halloween : [a safety guide for scaredies]
Watt, Mélanie
Halloween is creeping up quickly and it's time to gather the courage to face the ghoulish festivities! And according to Scaredy Squirrel, the best way to do that is by being prepared. So he's compiled this essential guide to help readers survive Halloween. From costume suggestions rated with Scaredy...
Joss Whedon vs. the horror tradition : the production of genre in Buffy and beyond
Woofter, Kristopher
Although ostensibly presented as "light entertainment," the work of writer-director-producer Joss Whedon takes much dark inspiration from the horror genre to create a unique aesthetic and perform a cultural critique. Featuring monsters, the undead, as well as drawing upon folklore and fairy tales,...
Best witches : poems for Halloween
Yolen, Jane.
The author presents her own poetry on witches, ghosts, magic, and other aspects of Halloween.

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