44-D’s Haunted Library


Welcome to the 44-D’s Haunted Library. Just in time for Trick-or-Treat the Scary Scribes Scream-Out. The selections here are guaranteed to make you sleep with the lights on!

Please feel free to nominate books in the comments section. I had to cut myself off at some point~~Audiegrl 😉

Hellbound HeartsHellbound Hearts by Clive Barker, et al…

As editor/author John Skipp says in the foreword of the newest zombie short stories collection, there is just something scarier about the horror genre in the written word. That something is the reader’s imagination. This anthology celebrates Hellraiser creator Clive Barker and the merciless world of the demonic Cenobites he created.

Strain-Book-One-TrilogyThe Strain-Volume One by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come. In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country. In two months — the world. (yes, that Guillermo Del Toro)

wwzthumb2World War Z by Max Brooks

An ‘oral history’ of the global war the evil brain-chewers came within a hair of winning. Zombies are among us—turn on your television if you don’t believe it. But, Brooks reassures us, even today, human fighters are hunting down the leftovers, and we’re winning. Look for the movie in 2010. If this guy is not the conceptual artist for the film, there is something wrong in the universe.

evilatheartthumbEvil At Heart by Chelsea Cain

Chelsea Cain’s novels featuring Portland detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell have captivated fans through two nail-biting entries, Heartsick and Sweetheart, both of them multiweek bestsellers in The New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. Hey, when characters from True Blood start reading your books, its on…

blackhousethumbBlack House by Stephen King and Peter Straub

Follow up to The Talisman, Retired cop Jack Sawyer takes on the territories again when strange murders start happening. If you are familiar with a turn of the century serial killer named Albert Fish, then you will be prepared for this chilling story.

floatingdragonthumbFloating Dragon by Peter Straub

The quiet suburban town of Hampstead is threatened by two horrors–one is natural, the unstoppable creation of man’s power gone mad. The other is not natural at all–and makes the first look like child’s play. This one is a yearly must-read for me.

iamlegendthumbI Am Legend by Richard Matheson

A survivor of a modern apocalypse kills vampire like creatures during the day and barricades himself in at night for protection. Ok, maybe you caught the cheesy Charlton Heston version or the Will Smith hi-tech version of the movie. Doesn’t matter. This is the guy who wrote the book back in the 50’s. He influenced Stephen King and the horror genre. Anything written by Matheson is bank.

everylastdropthumbEvery Last Drop by Charlie Huston

Just imagine a world where New York City is divided by vampire clans who each have different reasons to hate PI Joe Pitt. Huston creates a world that is at once supernatural and totally familiar, imaginative, and utterly convincing. Just think Elmore Leonard with fangs.


thestandthumbThe Stand: Expanded Edition by Stephen King

The Stand…you either love it or hate it, but you can’t ignore it. Stephen King’s most popular book, according to polls of his fans, is an end-of-the-world scenario: a rapidly mutating flu virus is accidentally released from a U.S. military facility and wipes out 99 percent of the world’s population, thus setting the stage for an apocalyptic confrontation between Good and Evil. Remember folks, this is just fiction.

thehistorianthumbThe Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

A motherless 16-year-old girl stumbles upon a mysterious book and papers dating back to her father’s student days at Oxford. The unnamed heroine uncovers an academic quest that begins with her father’s mentor’s first research into the history of Vlad Tepes (Dracula) and reaches a kind of conclusion many years later.

thegirlnextdoorthumb2The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

The books introduction is written by Stephen King who said, “The Girl Next Door is alive…in a way most works of popular fiction never attain; it does not just promise terror but actually delivers it.” Also, the fact that its based on a true story makes it even more disturbing.


reddragonthumb2Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Lying on a cot in his cell with Alexandre Dumas’s Le Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine open on his chest, Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter makes his debut in this legendary horror novel, which is even scarier than its sequel, The Silence of the Lambs. Why? you may ask…Just one word…teeth



heartshappedboxthumbHeart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Before you crack open this chilling thriller, you might want to rethink your nighttime habits… Hill’s story about an aging rock star (with a penchant for macabre artifacts) who buys a haunted suit online will scare you silly. But don’t take my word for it… Oh, did I mention that his dad is Stephen King? Enough said.


thestorethumbThe Store by Bentley Little

The novel builds paranoia by starting with simple descriptions of the picturesque landscape and the deceptively banal Western town that is Juniper, Arizona. Then The Store arrives. The pattern of delight and worry in the citizens, as The Store spreads its tentacles into local concerns, is believable–disturbingly so. Trust me, after reading this, you will never look at WalMart the same again.



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14 responses to “44-D’s Haunted Library

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  2. ogenec

    AG and GeoT, you guys have really outdone yourselves with this. I love it!!! That’s why I roll with y’all. Really, it’s fantastic.

    • audiegrl

      Awww, thanks Ogenec

      We had fun doing it. 🙂 We programmed for three straight days to make the Halloween transformation. My husband looked at the screen full of code and said looking at it was like trying to read the Matrix. LOL

      If we could just figure out a way to give out trick or treat candy to our visitors! Now that would be impressive. 😉

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  3. If you like Stephen King’s The Stand, try Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Wow! What an amazing, creepy thriller that invokes imagery of The Stand, but interweaves the origins of international Gods and how they’ve become Americanized. It’s a thrill ride of horrific nature! Love it!

  4. The true story that The Girl Next Door is based on was also the basis of the movie American Crime, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0802948/,
    starring Catherine Keener (Where the Wild Things Are) & Ellen Page (Juno). I think it went straight to DVD though due to the subject matter. I read about the young girl’s ordeal in The True Crime Library that was on CourTV’s old website. Awful. Just awful.

    • audiegrl

      That book and that movie freaked me out (it was either on Showtime or HBO). It was really hard to watch the movie, but they did do a good job with it. I never could understand the pack mentality behind those crimes. Stephen King wrote about Jack Ketchums books in a piece for Entertainment Weekly, so I ended up getting a few of his books. All of them are a tall trip. Especially the one about the cannibals. Yikes! 😉

    • buellboy

      BD was just going thru the movies channels and American Crime is on Showtime right now.

  5. buellboy

    Speaking of Mr. King I was reading a review about his new book Under The Dome today. Took him 33 years to finish it.

    • audiegrl

      I want to get that one too! 🙂

    • I’m curious about his new book, especially since it took so long to write it. I’m a fan of Mr. King’s novels, as well as his EW columns. When I was preggers w/Avery I read Bag of Bones (http://www.stephenking.com/library/novel/bag_of_bones.html), which was quite good, i.e., it scared the sh*t outta me. It’s been more than two years since I read it & it still creeps me out. That is one book pregnant women should NOT read. King should put a disclaimer on it or something. I was in real fear for my life & that of my unborn child’s due to the book’s subject matter, but the it was such a page-turner, I couldn’t put it down without finding out what happened next.

      • audiegrl

        I loved Bag of Bones, and yes it scared the sh*t out of me. LOL

        The first King book I read was in the summer of 1981 called Night Shift. It was a book of short stories by King, and it was scary as hell. We were in the car driving from Illinois to Denver, CO. We had just about driven most of the way, and were in Nebraska. Back then, Nebraska was like a wasteland, with tons of little towns and the only radio stations you could get were run by evangelical faith healers. Yeah, it was way before cassette tapes and CD’s. So you either had to suffer through it or just turn the radio off.

        Guess what story I read that day? Yep, you guessed it Children of the Corn! I was so freaked out by the end of that story, and I looked up and all I could see for miles around was corn fields. Damn that was a freaky situation. 😉

  6. buellboy

    Hey BD what’s new! If you get the new EW there’s an excerpt in there. He was so smart to hook up with EW. I love his columns too but just from the free advertising perspective he will get is insane

    • audiegrl

      Its hard to believe he and his wife lived in a trailer in the seventies. He used the $250 he earned from selling his first short story to a magazine, to get their phone cut back on!

      His son, Joe Hill is showing a lot of promise too. I wonder what that must be like, telling your friends that your dad is Stephen King 😉

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