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Staff Picks - Horror

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All items are shelved in the fiction section alphabetically by the author’s last name, unless otherwise indicated.

Handling the Undead
by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Mayhem in the Stockholm power grid gives rise to countless zombies, sparking delight in a grandfather who hopes for his grandson's return and horror in a husband who witnesses disturbing changes in his revived wife.

World War Z
by Max Brooks
An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who tell in their own words their epic battle for survival.

Those Across the River
by Christopher Buehlman
Moving to rural Georgia, an academic plans to write a history of his family's plantation and the horrors that occurred there but discovers a sense of unspoken dread among the townspeople and a long-standing debt of blood.

Fledgling
by Octavia E. Butler
A young girl suffering from amnesia wakes up to find that she's a middle-aged vampire.

The Familiar: Hades
by Mark Z. Danielewski
As strange currents begin to surround Xanther and inexplicable entities invade the dreams of the twins, they begin to fear the release of a creature who will destroy all hope.

House of Leaves
by Mark Z. Danielewski
A family relocates to a small house on Ash Tree Lane and discovers that the inside of their new home seems to be without boundaries.

Feral
by James Demonaco
Three years after a pathogen killed most men, leaving the survivors as deadly feral monsters, Allie lives with a few hardened women in a walled-in encampment, but the "ferals" outside her walls seem to be changing and growing more threatening by the day.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
When otherworldly beings are set loose, threatening the life of a little boy, the extraordinary Hempstock women--summon all of their courage to keep him alive, but soon discover that his survival comes with a high and deadly price.

Ararat
by Christopher Golden
A group of scientists and filmmakers gather to explore an ark found inside a cave on Mount Ararat, but after they are trapped in the cave by a blizzard, they make the disturbing discovery that a coffin in the ship contains a misshapen cadaver with horns.

The Woman in Black
by Susan Hill
Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor, travels to the north of England to settle the estate of Alice Drablow, but unexpectedly encounters a series of sinister events.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
by Steve Hockensmith
When a parish funeral goes strangely awry and corpses suddenly rise from the earth, teenage Elizabeth and her sisters begin training to become zombie warriors.

Haven
by Kay Hooper
After a head injury brings on nightmares involving girls being tortured and murdered, Emma Rayburn contacts her estranged sister, a psychic investigator.

The Dead Path
by Stephen M. Irwin
Nicholas Close is haunted by ghosts doomed to repeat their final violent moments, straining his grasp on sanity, sweeping him into a disturbing series of disappearances and murders involving an evil spirit.

Food of the Gods (SCIENCE FICTION)
by Cassandra Khaw
By day, Rupert Wong makes human hors d’oeuvres for a dynasty of ghouls; by night, he pushes pencils for the Ten Chinese Hells.

Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery (741.597 HYMAN)
by Miles Hyman
In a graphic-novel adaptation of the classic spine-tingler, the grandson of the story's original author depicts the eerie town and their shocking ritual in detailed four-color panels that breathe new life into the iconic tale.

Salem’s Lot
by Stephen King
The ancient and terrifying legend of vampires comes true for the inhabitants of the small New England town of Jerusalem's Lot, as a plague of night stalking beings descends upon them.

The Stand
by Stephen King
A devastating plague leaves only a few survivors who, while experiencing dreams of a battle between good and evil, move toward an actual confrontation as they migrate to Colorado.

Odd Apocalypse
by Dean Koontz
Odd Thomas and companion Annamaria, temporarily taking refuge at Roseland, the opulent estate of a reclusive billionaire, discover that its masters are hiding deep, dreadful secrets.

77 Shadow Street
by Dean Koontz
The rich occupants of luxury apartments, housed in a 200-year-old mansion with a checkered past, enter into a terrifying waking nightmare when the haunted house reawakens, leaving no one safe.

So Cold the River
by Michael Koryta
After he is hired by Alyssa Bradford to research the life of her billionaire father-in-law, Eric Shaw visits the man's hometown, where he discovers a restored hotel with a checkered past & a newly reawakened evil bent on revenge.

The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova
Discovering a medieval book and a cache of letters, an American girl becomes the latest in a series of historians, including her late father, who investigate the possible surviving legacy of Vlad the Impaler.

Rosemary’s Baby
by Ira Levin
What if you were a happily married young woman, living in New York, and one day you awoke to find yourself pregnant? And what if your loving husband had apparently sold your soul to Satan?

Dexter is Delicious
by Jeff Lindsay
Serial killer Dexter Morgan reevaluates his life views upon the birth of his daughter and investigates the disappearance of a teenage girl who has been running with a group of goths rumored to be engaging in cannibalism.

Black Mad Wheel
by Josh Malerman
A Detroit band desperate to reclaim fame is recruited by the government to track down the source of a mysterious sound in the African desert, which they link to an ominous conspiracy and an enigmatic accident victim's remarkable recovery.

The Burning World
by Isaac Marion
Learning survival skills and considering a relationship with the woman who restarted his heart, reluctant zombie R watches as helicopters appear on the horizon to restore order to his mysterious, undead world.

Breed
by Chase Novak
A couple obsessed with their infertility travels to Slovenia to have an unusual and painful procedure that results in horrible consequences they manage to hide until their twins, Adam and Alice, turn ten years old and start asking questions.

The Accursed
by Joyce Carol Oates
After a lynching in a nearby town is covered up, a horrifying chain of events begins to happen in early twentieth-century Princeton, New Jersey.

Interview with the Vampire
by Anne Rice
A vampire recounts his tragic two-century life, marked by an endless thirst for human blood.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
Dr. Frankenstein’s obsessive experiment leads to the creation of a monstrous and deadly creature.

Contagious (SCIENCE FICTION)
by Scott Sigler
Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda.

Nocturnal
by Scott Sigler
Experiencing vivid dreams about serial murders taking place in San Francisco, homicide detective Bryan Clauser fears he is losing his sanity and discovers a link between the victims and a young boy who is gripped by the same nightmares.

Mr. X
by Peter Straub
Ned Dunstan's birthday is fast approaching, and every year on this date, Ned experiences a paralyzing seizure in which he is forced to witness scenes of ruthless slaughter perpetrated by a mysterious and malevolent figure in black who Ned calls Mr. X.

Zone One
by Colson Whitehead
In a post-apocalyptic world decimated by zombies, survivor efforts to rebuild are focused on Manhattan, where civilian team member Mark Spitz works to eliminate remaining infected stragglers and remembers his horrifying experiences at the height of the zombie plague.

Darkness Rising
by Lis Wiehl
Forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris and security system business owner Tommy Gunderson investigate the strange events at St. Adrian's Academy, as it seems that supernatural forces are working against them as they try to solve a murder.

What the Hell Did I Just Read?
by David Wong
Investigating the activities of a shapeshifting entity that is snatching local kids, the friends from This Book Is Full of Spiders are challenged to navigate an uproariously convoluted maze of illusions, incompetence and lies.

The Walking Dead (741.5973)
by Robert Kirkman
Police officer Rick Grimes and a few human survivors battle hordes of decomposing zombies.

By Blood We Live (808.38738)
edited by John Adams
Gathers together the best vampire literature of the last three decades from many of today's most renowned authors of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, including Stephen King, Garth Nix, and Neil Gaiman.