Need some additional inspiration for Halloween this year? Our library’s “Staff Picks” section on level 1 has you covered. There you will find hand-selected horror movies, children books, and scholarly works to put you in the Halloween spirit. Allow me to share some of my favorite picks.
Let’s start with the film, “The Babadook.” A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. It is definitely terrifying to say the least!
If you are not looking for a movie, you can always open up a book. One book you might enjoy is Legends of Blood, The Vampire in History and Myth. Tales of the undead preying upon the blood of the living have survived in one form or another for thousands of years and across cultures. Legends of the Blood traces this exciting story from the myths of ancient Greece and Egypt. It emphasizes how the tales of an alluring creature taps into humanity’s most basic and primal fears.
You can always read a children’s book. Try Beware! by R.L Stine. Discover a ghastly secret in the “Judge’s House”, a horrid tale of evil rats by Bram Stoker. Laugh with the scary surprises in poems by Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. Take part in an evil carnival in the Black Ferris by Ray Bradbury. Within this book you will find spine-tingling stories by authors that are known for leaving you shocked and scared.
So get yourself down to the level 1 lobby and grab anything that sparks your interest. The horror genre can be fun and intoxicating; and it can teach you something about yourself all at the same time. Whether we hate or love fear, we certainly exalt it (see also: haunted houses and escape rooms). And as they say, “It’s Halloween; everyone’s entitled to one good scare.”
Today’s post was written by library student assistant, Karolina. Karolina is a junior screenwriting major from Los Angeles. She enjoys watching horror movies and surfing.