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Horror Picks for Halloween


This Halloween, curl up with a good, ghoulish book from our collections, or check out one of our delightfuly devilish DVDs. Here's a roundup of some great spooky materials in the University Library's collections:

The cover of The Haunting of Hill House shows a spooky Victorian House.

The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson. This classic haunted house story from one of the masters of American horror blends haunted house tropes with Jackson's style of never giving away too much at once. Give it a read if you enjoy slowly creeping chills. (While you're at it, check out another Jackson horror masterpiece, We Have Always Lived in the Castle.)

Best Supernatural Stories of H.P. Lovecraft, by H.P. Lovecraft and edited by Howard Phillips. Heard of Cthulhu, and want to find out more about this tentacled elder god? Already a fan, and want to revisit Lovecraft's stories of unspeakable horror? Check out this collection for Halloween.

Dracula, by Bram Stoker. This horror classic by Bram Stoker has spawned plenty of pop culture adaptations (an estimate 217 films have featured the character in a major role). Find out what was so compelling by reading the original. Best of all, it's an ebook, so you can access it on your computer or handheld device.

The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin. This classic is the grandfather of contemporary horror, featuring pea soup, head-spinning, and crucifix self-abuse.

Plan 9 from Outer Space, directed by Ed Wood. The magnum opus of schlock-meister Ed Wood, Jr., this film is so bad Bela Lugosi died before it was released and was replaced by his own dentist.

What We Do in the Shadows, directed by Jemaine Clement and Taiki Waititi. This New Zealand mockumentary horror from the bunch who brought you Flight of the Conchords will send chills down your spine while tickling your funnybone.

Pan's Labyrinth, directed by Guillermo del Toro. Though not a horror movie per se, Guillermo del Toro's enchanting story about a young girl who meets a faun during the Spanish Civil War certainly has thrilling and terrifying moments. 

Enjoy all of these Halloween treats and remember not to eat too much candy! Have a great holiday!