Friday, October 23, 2009

Move over Santa... October isn't over yet!

Attention Holiday Readers! The Christmas season is upon us. Halloween decorations have already been pushed into a back corner (no doubt the same corner Thanksgiving decorations will soon occupy). But fear not... or maybe you should be afraid, very afraid! We are here to help you banish those visions of sugarplums, and replace them with ghosts and goblins... and psycho killers... oh, and maybe a vampire or two. Here are a few new books on our library shelves for you to try:

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - introduces Sookie Stackhouse, a small-time cocktail waitress in Louisiana, who has the ability to read minds. Enter Bill Compton whose mind she cannot read. Sounds great, right? However, when a co-worker is killed, Sookie begins to reevaluate the logic of having a vampire for a boyfriend. (Dead Until Dark is book #1 in the Sookie Stackhouse series.) If you enjoy this novel, you might want to borrow A Touch Of Dead - a compilation of five short stories featuring Sookie.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger - After they inherit a London flat near Highgate Cemetery from their aunt Elspeth Noblin, two American twin teenagers move in, but they soon discover that much is still alive at Highgate, including, perhaps, their aunt, who can't seem to leave her old life behind.

13 1/2 : a novel by Nevada Barr - Polly Deschamps's happiness upon marrying Marshall Marchand soon turns to fear as his moods darken--due, Polly believes, to the sway of Marshall's brother, Danny--and she wonders if the brothers' dark secret has anything to do with the infamous "Butcher Boy" murders of 1971.

Crave more? You're in luck. There happen to be many authors who enjoy writing stories that thrill and scare their readers, among the scariest are: Stephen King, Peter Straub, Dean R. Koontz, David Morrell, and the duo of Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. For a slightly less frightening read, try one of these novels: 18 Seconds by George Shuman, Haunted Ground by Erin Hart, and Mallory's Oracle by Carol O'Connell.

Everyone enjoys reading about vampires, werewolves, fairies, and evil spirits! Right? Add a twinge of humor, a dose of interesting characters, mix thoroughly, and you get one of these fine series: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, the Felix Castor novels by Mike Carey, the Hollows by Kim Harrison, and the Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton.

We even have something for our romance readers. Let's face the facts, all on it's own, romance is pretty scary. However, when you add a touch of the paranormal or throw in a serial killer, you suddenly get a romance that's just about... survivable. Authors Karen Marie Moning, Stephenie Meyer, Iris Johansen, Sandra Brown, and Mary Higgins Clark offer their readers tales that should satisfy anyone's scary-romance-novel quota for the month.

And let us not forget those classic novels written long ago that still possess the power to get our hearts racing, or to unsettle us for months - Dracula by Bram Stoker, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, and any tale by Edgar Allan Poe.

If reading about the macabre doesn't totally satisfy you, then we invite you to attend the Murder In The Library event on Friday, November 6 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20.00 per person. More details can be found HERE. (All proceeds from the event benefit the library's operations fund.)

We wish to offer you one last piece of advice. While reading any of the above novels, we highly recommend turning on all of the lights in your home!!! You might also want to keep a few garlic cloves near by... you know, just in case.

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009


There are still plenty of tickets available for the Ligonier Valley Library's thrilling fundraiser: Murder in the Library on Friday, November 6 beginning at 7 p.m. The evening's entertainment includes a murder mystery play in two acts, lots of yummy hors d'oeuvres, hunting for clues and a basket raffle. Tickets are $20.00 per person and only 100 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available at the library.

All proceeds benefit library operations. We need your support now more than ever!