6 Spooky Books You Need to Read

6 Spooky Books You Need to Read

Transcript from the Booklovers Podcast: 6 Spooky Books You Need To Read.

Shayna: [00:00:00] Hi, everyone. Welcome to the Clermont County Public Library Booklovers Podcast. I’m Shayna. And today I am with Jordan and Laura. During this episode, we are going to talk about some spooky supernatural books.

Don’t forget to visit our website Clermontlibrary.org for show notes with links to all of the books that we are talking about today. All right. So Laura, do you want to start?

6 Spooky Books

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A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Laura: [00:00:26] Absolutely.  My first choice is A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik, which kicks off a new fantasy series for her.

She also wrote Uprooted, which is a great fairytale retelling and The Dragons of Tremaire series. So this takes the fantasy trope of a magical school and combines it with the survival of the fittest with the main character who has the ability to destroy the planet. So El, short for Galadriel grew up in a commune with her hippie, healer mom.

Unfortunately, El’s magical affinity is for the dark side. She is a snarky, prickly hedgehog of a human, and it’s been prophesized that she’s going to destroy the world, which means that she doesn’t have many friends or close confidants.

She’s a student at the Scholomance, a magical school existing in a void cut off from the regular world. Once you’ve been accepted into the school, you can’t leave until you graduate.  if you make it that far.

The school is full of magical creatures, constantly trying to kill the students. It’s not even safe to brush your teeth alone and no one leaves their rooms after lights out.

Unsurprisingly students band together for protection, but El’s, natural reserve plus students’ suspicions about her dark magic, make alliances hard and friendships even harder.

Until her junior year, when she attracts the friendship of the most talented and popular student, Orion. He’s all of the things she isn’t – white, privileged, well connected, and wealthy. Once Orion starts sitting with her at lunch and hanging out with her in the library, other students start to accept her, which is what she’s always wanted.

Right? Except maybe it’s not.

Jordan: [00:02:13] I was going to say this one’s on my reading list, so I’m excited for this one.

Laura: [00:02:18] Yes, it was good.

Shayna: [00:02:20]. I really like Naomi Novik. I got introduced to her because a patron had returned this cute little red paperback book with this black dragon on it.

And I was like, Oh, this looks so cool. And it’s the Temeraire series and Temeraire is the dragon and highly recommend. I think there’s like nine books. so that really hooked me on to Naomi Novik. So this is definitely on my list.

A Deadly Education is available as a:

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The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Laura: [00:02:46] Yes. I was super excited about it.

I am sure that I have gone on and on about Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House in other episodes, but I’m going to do it again because I can’t help myself. This one is about Galaxy “call her Alex” Stern. She is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshmen class.

Raised in LA by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and fell into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and worse. At age 20, she’s the sole survivor of a horrific unsolved, multiple homicide, but then she’s offered a second chance.

Attend Yale on full ride. The catch is that she’s tasked with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead and sometimes they prey on the living.

Jordan: [00:03:36] I read that about a year ago. It is awesome. And I think so far the only adult fiction that Leigh Bardugo has.

Laura: [00:03:46] Yeah.

Jordan: [00:03:49] I love her. She’s awesome.

The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo is available as:

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The Shining by Stephen King

Shayna: [00:03:52] All right, so let’s go onto the next one.

Jordan: [00:03:56] That one’s mine. Talking about Stephen. I know.

Before I get into that, I just have to show my vampire fang necklace for the occasion. 

So, I’ve been reading Stephen King since I was 14, and The Shining I think was the seventh book I ever read by Stephen King. And I’ve read about 40 or 50 others by him in addition to all the other horror I’ve read, and this one is still the scariest book I think I’ve ever read. It’s, it’s just the way he writes it. Terrifying. Like, I’m sure a lot of people have seen the movie by Stanley Kubrick, which, you know, does a good job adapting the book, but the book is like 10 times more terrifying than the movie in just the way that it’s written.

So, The Shining by Stephen King: 

“Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing.

But as the harsh winter weather sets in the idyllic location feels ever more remote and more sinister. The only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.”

 I’ve read this twice now, and I’m hoping to listen to the audiobook eventually just to get that experience reading it. I read it while we were in quarantine, which I told myself not to do because it’s a book about them being trapped there and that’s part of what’s so scary about it is the isolation.

So I told myself, do not read this while we’re at home for a few weeks. And I did it anyway.

Shayna: [00:06:03] You know, I think it’s funny about the quarantine period of 2020, because I feel like a lot of people who at work at the library, I feel like a lot of us read like the end of the world type of books or like, you know, and then after it’s like, what am I doing?

Laura: [00:06:19] I just read an article. It said people seem to go one of two ways. You’re either reading dystopian, terrible things, or you’re reading super fun, fluffy romance type novels,

Jordan: [00:06:32] That’s the two of us. Shayna and I were just talking about this morning, like she’s been reading like the fun romance stuff, and then I’ve been reading this.

Shayna: [00:06:46] I’ve been reading rom-coms. And some of them are super corny, but I’m like, eh, I read it. And you know, it’s like a fluffy read. It just like, okay. Some happiness in 2020.

Laura: [00:06:56] Well, I think that’s what’s reassuring, right? If it’s a romance, you’re pretty much guaranteed a happily ever after. All these terrible things can happen to the characters, but I know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Jordan: [00:07:07] I guess the reason why I leaned that direction is like, Oh, it could be worse. You could be in this book.

Shayna: [00:07:13] Oh my gosh, that was, I would not want to be in a Stephen King book. Like I don’t care if it’s a happy Stephen King book. I don’t. I don’t think I’d want to be in that world again in his mind.

The Shining by Stephen King is available as:

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Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Okay. What is your read alike for this one? It looks kind of creepy the cover.

Jordan: [00:07:31] This is actually the cover from the movie adaptation. So, this is actually a Swedish book that was translated. It’s translated to the title, Let the Right One In. I’m not going to embarrass myself or the author by trying to pronounce the name.

So the author’s name is right there. I read this one last year as well. There’s just something about Swedish horror. It’s just very appealing to me. This is kind of a newer vampire novel. It’s set in a Swedish suburb in autumn 1981, oo you got some eighties elements in there, which I love. I’ll watch, rewatch, listen to anything that’s horror in the eighties, it just works for some reason. 

So Let the Right One In is about a boy named Oskar. He’s 10 or 11 years old and he’s bullied at school, and as a result of that fixated on getting revenge on these kids who bully him. And then he meets Eli, who is a girl about his age. She moves in next door with her father, and she only comes out at night. There are some other occurrences going on as well in the town that only started after they moved in.

So it’s one of those, if you like small-town stuff, like, ‘Salem’s Lot was another one that I would equate with this one, and I picked this one as a readalike to The Shining because they both have that wintery kind of atmosphere. I think winter is way scarier than fall, even though your spooky season is fall. Winter is way scarier. I think it’s because of stuff like this, like with the extra darkness and the hazardous environments and stuff like that

Laura: [00:09:21] Snow makes things so very, very quiet. And even if you live in the suburbs, it just feels isolated. It’s got that muffling effect and everything kind of covered up and you don’t know what’s underneath. Winter is definitely very creepy.

Shayna: [00:09:35] Yeah, it is. And there’s something about like, when it’s winter if it’s dark and if it’s cold out, I’m probably in my house. Like I’m not going to be out doing strange things, but like, there’s something about like the murder or like the bad guy in a novel that’s set in winter and it’s like, gosh, like crazy.

Like what are you doing? Oh yeah, it’s creepy.

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist is available as:

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Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
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Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

All right, Laura. So I guess you are next. It looks like you’ve got two.

Laura: [00:10:03] Because I’m the one that made the PowerPoint. I cheated.

Shayna: [00:10:05] you cheated.

Laura: [00:10:06] So I did two spooky books instead of one. Harrow the Ninth is a new book, but you really have to read Gideon the Ninth, which is the first book.

That’s the first two books of a trilogy. I think that the third book is due out next year. It better come out next year. The books are by Tamsyn Muir. These books are set in a vast space empire ruled over by an undying Necroverlord. Who’s served by nine aristocratic houses of necromancers.

These books are hardcore space, goth with lots of bones, blackness, and tombs with seriously complex world-building So all of the creepy, dead things that you could ever, ever want in your science fiction.

In the first book, Gideon, the Ninth, the Necroverlord has issued a summons for each house to send its best necromancer and cavalier, which is like a bodyguard for the necromancer, to compete to be his new Lyctor.

His Lyctors help him fight off these space beasts that consume and kill entire worlds. It’s a pretty prestigious, dangerous and important role. Entrusted to the best of them. Gideon is a cavalier for her Harrowhark, the Reverend Daughter and Heir of the Ninth House of the Unlocked Tomb.

Gideon is a very sarcastic unwilling cavalier who just wants to be left alone to read her dirty magazines.

But Harrowhark needs Gideon if she’s going to ascend to Lyctorhood. So off they go to a creepy space palace full of locked rooms and laboratories. Where they and the other contestants battle it out. Winning is everything and losing the NGO died in some painful, awful, probably explosive situations.

In the second book, Harrow the Ninth, it takes up shortly after Gideon ends. And while Gideon the Ninth is pretty much a straightforward story. Harrow the Ninth is absolutely bonkers. It’s written in the second person, point of view, tough to pull off. And Harrow is an unreliable narrator who possibly is going crazy while she’s relating all of these things.

And she really needs to pull it together for the looming battle with the space beasts before they destroy the entire empire.

The writing is just absolutely amazing and I highly recommend them.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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The Unspoken Name by AK Larkwood

And my readalike is The Unspoken Name by AK Larkwood. This is also the first book in a series. Csorwe is the chosen bride of the Unspoken. Which means she’s actually a sacrifice.

She’s accepting of her fate until a sorcerer appears and offers her a choice. Something she has never had before – she can leave with him and live or stay and die.

She forsakes her god and leaves to become the sorcerer’s bodyguard, thief, and sometimes assassin.

But gods don’t like to be forsaken. So there’s a reckoning coming

Shayna: [00:13:19] Nice. The Unspoken Name, that’s the first in a series.

Laura: [00:13:23] It is.

Shayna: [00:13:24] and I love that cover. I want to know what is going on. Like what’s happened?

Laura: [00:13:31] Because I read an ARC, it had the artwork, but it was covered up by a lot of blurbs from the publisher. When I actually got to see the hardcover, I was like, Oh, this is super impactful and very, very attractive.

Shayna: [00:13:48] And even the other two, you mentioned like, Those just look like war, but like a war, like not a normal war, like there’s a skeleton in the background like that. And those covers are just like, they catch your attention.

Jordan: [00:14:03] The first book is on my reading list as well.

 Laura: [00:14:06] I actually learned a little bit of anatomy because there is so much talk about bones. yes. They take their necromancy very seriously. So educational.

The Unspoken Name by AK Larkwood is available as:

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Shayna: [00:14:19] Awesome. We’ll just move right along to the next one.

  Jordan: [00:14:24] I think this was the first book I read by Gillian Flynn. So I am recommending Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn because it’s not really like set around spooky season or anything like that. It’s just the way that it’s written and it’s just very atmospheric and you’d just be wanting to know what’s going on and it’s not a very long book. You just feel compelled just to read it all in one sitting because you just have to know what’s going on, and the payoff is definitely worth it:

“Returning to her hometown after a long absence to investigate the murders of two girls, reporter Camille Preaker is reunited with her neurotic mother and enigmatic half-sister as she works to uncover the truth about the killings.”

So she intentionally moved away from her hometown because she just didn’t want to be around her family any more, but she’s a reporter now and everyone in her office knows that she’s from there. So they’re like, “Hey, did you hear about this? You should go investigate it because you’re from there,” and she doesn’t want to, but she does anyway. And it becomes more personal than she expected. I’ll just leave it at that.

So a few other notes: this is the same author who wrote Gone Girl, which I absolutely loved. It has kind of those same elements that anyone who enjoyed Gone Girl, I think he would also enjoy in this book, but it’s definitely more on the horror side of stuff you definitely wouldn’t want to happen in your life.

Just as a warning, to potential readers, there are some themes of self-harm and stuff like that that might be a pretty sensitive topic for people. Be aware of that, before you go into it, if that’s something you’re not comfortable with. 

So the thing that I’ve noticed about Gillian Flynn is she will lead you one way and you think you have it figured out and then she’ll throw something in and like, I’ll know, then she’ll lead you a different way, but what’s actually going on is there the whole time. You just didn’t really pay attention to it until, you know, how it ends and then you can pay attention the second time around.

So, I had, I thought I had the ending figured out to this, and then what I thought did happen and I was like, I’m so good. I knew that was going to happen. I got it all figured out. 

But then what was actually happening, which is literally in like the last two chapters and it’s within the span of like a paragraph or two what’s actually going on. And I was so freaked out. I was finishing it at like, one o’clock in the morning one night because I just had to get it done.

I had to know what was going on and I live on the third floor of my apartment building and so I can leave my blinds open and I had my lamp on behind me and it was dark outside. So I could see myself in my, in my patio doors. And I just remember like, when I read that part, I looked up made eye contact with my reflection and just started yelling.

Like, I can’t believe I just read that.

Very big reaction to that, to this book. and one last thing I’ll say about Sharp Objects is I’m afraid of dollhouses now. Oh, my gosh.

Shayna: [00:18:11] So I’m going to have to read it now.

Jordan: [00:18:14] You have to know what’s going on. It happens. I’ll definitely be reading it again. Because I wanted to see if I can catch it this time, see what I missed the first time around.

Laura: [00:18:28] She needs to write a new book. It’s been too long.

Jordan: [00:18:30] I know, I know. I’ve read everything now that she’s had published. I tried to take my time and I couldn’t wait anymore. I read the last, the last one I had left to read and now I’ve read everything and I’m just waiting.

Laura: [00:18:46] I know, I want more

Jordan: [00:18:47] Patiently waiting for more

Shayna: [00:18:51] I’ve never read Gone Girl. I’m one of those people I just never got on the train, honestly. I’ve never checked it out and read it. I just have other stuff that I’ve been reading, but my sister who doesn’t read ever, if she reads it then it’s a good book and she read Gone Girl, and she was like, Oh my gosh, you have to read this book. So. Oh, now I have to read it I think

Laura: [00:19:25] Sharp Objects is better.

Jordan: [00:19:26]  I think of the four books of Gillian Flynn’s, I think Sharp Objects is my favorite. Especially for such a short book, it was just so well-crafted. And you get so invested in the characters and, like I did, you have a very real reaction to it. And I, that’s one of the things I love about reading and that’s why I love reading horror.

Especially because I, like, I just think it’s really cool when a book can make you feel something or react a certain way. I’m like, you just had text on a page, how did you do that?

That’s one reason why I love like horror and mystery and thrillers so much. So I was really excited about doing this podcast about spooky books.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn is available as:

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Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

So, thinking about readalikes for Sharp Objects, I was thinking more like which books might have a similar feeling, and one that I’ve read recently is called Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes.

So this one is like a crime thriller. So if you like The Silence of the Lambs or something like that, something that’s a crime novel kind of mystery, but you also like a little bit of the horror element, then this one is really great. 

So with Broken Monsters: it’s a crime/thriller set in present-day Detroit, in which Detective Gabrielle Versado juggles being a single, working mother of a teenage daughter while solving the mystery of a murderer who turns their victims into quasi-human creations.

Shayna: [00:21:10] Oh God. That’s like Frankenstein vibes. I enjoyed Frankenstein.

Jordan: [00:21:18] It’s more like the victims are turned into something else. Like he like makes them into art.

Shayna: [00:21:26] Oh gosh. Oh, that’s terrifying.

Jordan: [00:21:30] Yup.

Shayna: [00:21:30] That goes past spooky like terrifying.

Jordan: [00:21:34] It was. And that’s the opening chapter, too. They’re finding the first.

Shayna: [00:21:41] give you time to mentally prepare.

Jordan: [00:21:43] It’s, it’s one of those books. You’re like what in the world is going on? Like, another one I would relate that to is The Outsider by Stephen King. Surprise.

It’s just one of those spooky books. Like you have this, this horrible crime that doesn’t make any sense where it’s coming from. And until you get to a certain point in the book, you’re like, what is going on? I don’t understand. So that’s kind of what happens in this book as well. So it’s really interesting.

Shayna: [00:22:18] Interesting. And that, that cover too. It is just like, it just begs someone to pick it up, and be like, what is this about? It’s creepy.

Jordan: [00:22:29] And the copy I read actually has a different cover, but the other one is very similar in that way. It’s like a grayish-blue cover with someone standing like profile and the, like a trench coat kind of in the fog.

So you kind of get that feeling too, like, Oh, what are they, what are they doing? What are they up to? Definitely a spooky one.

Shayna: [00:22:55] I knew you’d have them.

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes is available as:

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The Once and Future Witches by Alix Harrow

All right. So Laura, you’ve got some other ones by one of my favorite authors.

Laura: [00:23:07] I do I do. This is her new book. This was so good. So, this is Alix Harrow’s second book. Her first book was The Ten Thousand Doors of January, which was nominated for lots of awards. And if you haven’t read it, you absolutely should.

Shayna: [00:23:39] I did a talk on it too. That’s on our Facebook somewhere. Oh, one of my favorite books.

Laura: [00:23:46] So this is her second book, The Once and Future Witches. She combines witchcraft and the suffragette movement, which are not things that you would naturally think pair together.

So it has the same beautiful, lyrical, and atmospheric writing style that The Ten Thousand Doors of January had. This historical fantasy takes place in New Salem in the late 19th century. Witchcraft is forbidden. Women’s dresses don’t even have pockets because if they had pockets, they might carry around the things to make a spell.

And we can’t have that.

Jordan: [00:24:20] Oh, so that’s why women’s clothes don’t have pockets.

Shayna: [00:24:23] Well, when they do have a pocket it’s like this tall and what am I going to put in that?

Laura: [00:24:28] Right? Nothing.

So the suffragette movement is trying to have a voice with the mayor and the town council of New Salem. The three Eastwood sisters haven’t been together for several years. They had an abusive father and left home at different times. They don’t even realize that they’re all in the same city until they’re at suffragette demonstration and they feel a magical connection.

So now that they’re maiden, mother, and crone, connected magically. They get the idea that they should bring back witchcraft, which is a daunting task. On the one hand, it could restore women’s places in society. Or burnt at the stake.

So, this was just an amazing book. tackled some serious things. Women’s rights, black rights, LGBTQ rights, very complex characters. All of the sisters are very different. As she writes the book and it alternates chapters with each sister’s point of view. And I think she did a beautiful job of capturing each one’s voice because they’re all very different people.

So a really beautiful piece of writing. And this is a haunting read – the ending just had me sobbing.

I mean, it’s not all darkness and despair. It’s just not the ending that you probably, as the reader, were hoping for.

Shayna: [00:26:14] Well, especially, from The Ten Thousand Doors of January, I mean, it, it had a pretty happy ending I thought, you know, and it kind of even, I thought like, Ooh, like she could write a sequel to this, you know, if she wanted to, the way it ended.

So. Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to read it. And again, I always talk about book covers, but that cover is just like, I just went, yes. Oh, I love the colors too. Cause they’re not like super bright, but they’re like they’re faded, but the red is bright. I don’t know. I just love it.

Jordan: [00:26:47] Every time I look at it, I see something different.

Shayna: [00:26:50] That is what I was thinking. Oh, so good.

Laura: [00:26:53] Whoever her cover artists are, she’s been incredibly lucky because they’ve done beautiful work.

Shayna: [00:26:58] They’ve done a good job.

The Once and Future Witches by Alix Harrow is available as a:


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The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Laura: [00:27:01] So my Readalike for this one is The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson in the lands of Bethel where the prophet’s word is law Emmanuel’s very existence is blasphemy.

Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race has cast her once-proud family into disgrace. So Emmanuelle does her best to worship the father, follow holy protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity. Like all of the other women in the settlement. When a mishap lures her into the forbidden dark wood, where the first prophet once killed four witches whose spirits still lurk there, and they give her the journal of her dead.

She finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the church and its history, she realizes that the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness.

Another good witchy book.

Shayna: [00:28:04] That one sounds really good. All right, I’m going to move on.

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson is available as an:

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Jordan: [00:28:09] So a book that I’ve been reading pretty much every year, the past few years is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, who is one of my favorite authors ever because she wrote a lot of really scary stuff, and especially like being like a female author at the time, she really, pushed some boundaries there and I’m glad that she did because now we have all this really, really awesome stuff from her. 

So, if you’re a fan of the series on Netflix, which I know I am. It’s one of the few things made the last few years that I find genuinely terrifying. So bravo, Netflix. If you enjoyed the show, definitely, definitely check out the book:

“Anthropologist and ghost hunter Dr. John Montague invites three strangers to stay in haunted Hill House for the summer. One of the guests is 32-year-old Eleanor for whom three months in the haunted house is preferable to caring for her mother. Soon, Eleanor begins to see and hear things that the other guests cannot. Is it all in her imagination or is she the only one who can perceive the evil that works in Hill House?”

So, if you’re into like ghost stories, this is like a really perfect ghost story. A lot of it is told, kind of from Eleanor’s perspective. So, you experience it as she experiences the house and like the sounds and the, like seeing things that other people can’t see and it’s just really, really creepy.

I try to take a trip to Athens, Ohio for Halloween weekend. And the campus is absolutely gorgeous, like with the leaves and it’s just, it’s just so nice. It’s just the perfect getaway. So what I did, because it’s a two and a half-hour drive, I was like, I’m going to listen to The Haunting of Hill House round trip, which I think it was just long enough that it could fill up my entire trip.

I take the Appalachian Highway, which once you reach a certain point, there’s hardly any traffic and in October it’s just miles and miles, miles of really, really beautiful trees and golden leaves and stuff like that. So just that drive and listening to this audiobook, it was really nice, until they got to the scary parts and I was alone in my car. That was, Oh, no, I didn’t think about this.  

And I always recommend audiobooks for like the scary stuff or like mysteries, because I feel like you just get a more in-depth experience with it and you become more immersed in the story when it’s being read to you and hearing it performed by somebody else.

Laura: [00:31:38] Can’t be like me and look at the last chapter.

Jordan: [00:31:41] That’s the other thing, because I will, if I have a book in my hand, I will just flip to the end. Like I just have to know something but I have more self-control now.

Laura: [00:31:54] If I’m very, very into the characters like I’m emotionally engaged with them. And I think somebody is going to die a lot of times I have to know if I see their name or I don’t.

Jordan: [00:32:20] I did that with the last Harry Potter book when it came out. I don’t know why I just flipped through and I like I went and told my mom, I was like, this character dies and this character dies. So I try not to do that so much.

Yeah. Audiobooks definitely hinder me from doing that if the need should strike me. I’m already kind of planning my reading list to where I can read this book again and this year. Because I just love it and it’s a really fast read. It’s like a hundred-something pages.

It’s actually like funny in some parts. it’s one of those spooky books like the characters are just very realistic and they are, like comic relief and horror, or something.

Laura: [00:33:14] Lighten the tension a little bit.

Jordan: [00:33:15] Yeah, it kind of tells your brain, like you’re not actually in danger, it’s just a book.

But, yeah, I am definitely going to be reading that again this year and I’ve already been reading stuff by Shirley Jackson because she’s just the best. 

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is available as:

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

Let me see. And then for a readalike I picked another classic, which I’ve read multiple times, which is Dracula by Bram Stoker.

That’s another one that I’ve read multiple times, and I listened to the audiobook actually just earlier this year. That’s another one that’s really fun on audio because it’s an epistolary, so it’s not written like a traditional novel. It’s written in diary entries and letters, and sometimes I think like newspaper clippings or something like that. So it’s a very, format-wise, not a traditional novel, but it’s like the Gothic novel that I think pretty much everyone is aware of:

“Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the undead curse. It also tells of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by professor Abraham Van Helsing. Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres, including vampire literature, horror fiction, the Gothic novel, and invasion literature”

Shayna: [00:35:03] I’ve never read Dracula. Was he created like Frankenstein’s monster? Just some creepy vampire that just came to be

Laura: [00:35:15] I don’t think it does. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but he just is.

 Jordan: [00:35:22] Dracula is kind of like the origin of all vampire beings and pretty much anything created by him. So that’s why they’re always trying to kill Dracula. Anything created by him is then destroyed along with him.

So he, he is just kind of like come into existence. There is another book that I read recently called Dracul by Dacre Stoker and another author who he co-wrote with. And Dacre Stoker is actually a descendant of Bram Stoker.

But yeah, in the book, it actually starts with Jonathan Harker who is from England and he’s going to Dracula’s castle to like go over some business stuff because he wants to buy property in England. He doesn’t tell him why he’s buying property: he’s buying properties so he can drink English blood.

But he goes to Dracula’s castle in Transylvania and Dracula is just there waiting for him in this huge castle. He asks about like his family and where he came from and he doesn’t really tell him. So I think that like, kind of that mystery behind that character, I think, has stayed throughout different adaptations

Shayna: [00:36:49] I’ll have to read it. It’s a classic. So you have to finally read it.

Jordan: [00:36:55] And it’s really beautifully written, because it’s a Gothic novel, and I love Gothic literature. Like the way they describe nature and architecture. It is written in various points of view, from diary entries and letters.

So yeah, I really enjoyed it .

Laura: [00:37:17] Shayna, because it’s a Gothic novel, there’s not a lot of Gore and gross stuff. So, if you’re like me and you’re like, nah, I can’t do that. It’s creepy without being gory.

Shayna: [00:37:32] What bothers me is the book that she recommended the haunting of Hill house. I don’t like anything that’s like haunted. So like if it’s a haunted house, a haunted person, anything like that, I’m like, no. No sleep at night. I won’t sleep at night. If I think there’s like a demon in my house gory, I’m like, Oh yeah, that’s gross. But you know, it doesn’t bother me

Jordan: [00:37:59] Yeah, Dracula, I highly recommend the audiobook. It was just one of those spooky books that is just really fun to have it read and perform to you because it has that different format and different character voices and stuff like that. So, even though I only listened to it a few months ago, I’ll probably listen to it again in the next couple of weeks because I just can’t stay away.

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Shayna: [00:38:26] Thank you, Jordan and Laura for sharing your spooky books with me. Thank you, listeners and viewers for joining us and remember that you can always subscribe to our YouTube channels so that you never miss an episode.

Thanks for joining us at Clermont County public library.

Laura: [00:38:45] And don’t forget all of the show notes with links to all of the spooky books and audiobooks that we’ve talked about will be available on clermontlibrary.org

 Shayna: [00:38:53] so thanks guys again. And until next time reader, read on.

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