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We all love a good fright – more so at this time of year than any other. Sure, haunted house and horror films are fun, but nothing gets in your head quite like a book. Here’s a selection of books, all available at your library, that will keep you page-turning deep into the night…with all the lights on in the house.

“The Institute”
by Stephen King

The ever-prolific King of Horror returns with science fiction-horror thriller The New York Times says “might be Stephen King’s scariest novel yet.” One morning, Luke Ellis wakes up in a place he doesn’t recognize, and with no recollection of how he arrived there. It is known as The Institute, and Luke quickly realizes that chances of his survival will be slim… unless he finds the will and the courage to fight back.
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Stranger Things:  The Other Side (A Graphic Novel)”
By Jody Houser

When we’re first introduced to Will Byers it’s because he’s been kidnapped by a creature and taken to the “the Upside Down,” an alternate dimension. Eventually, Will is rescued with the help of old and new friends, but what happened to him in that parallel space remains a mystery. Houser’s graphic novel fleshes out some of the things Will has only recalled in dreams and visions, many of which are truly terrifying.
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What happens when Hans-Peter Schneider, a natural-born predator, meets sexy Cari Mora, whom he misidentifies as disposable? People get hurt, of course. Hans-Peter is no stranger to violence, but neither is Cari Mora. She also happens to be the caretaker of the mansion Schneider is convinced a cache of gold is hidden beneath. Cari’s skilled, but is she resourceful enough to outsmart a killer? From the author of The Silence of the Lambs.
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After losing her husband in a tragic car accident, grief-stricken Kris Barlow decides to move herself and her daughter back to the place where she spent many youthful summers: Lost Lake.  Unfortunately for Kris, healing will not be found at Lost Lake. Unbeknownst to her, a dark specter of her past has settled over the town – something that she must confront and defeat before she is allowed peace.  Highly praised by readers and critics alike, Violet is a high point of the modern ghost story era.
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The chilling tales of Edgar Allan Poe have haunted readers for generations.  Now some of the most celebrated names in the Young Adult genre reimagine the master’s timeless tales for teenage audiences.  Spooky and unexpected new twists on timeless classics – this collection is not to be missed!
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Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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