It’s OK if you need to take the flashlight to bed with you after you read these spooky books this month. We won’t tell anyone.
“Vampires: the Recent Undead,” edited by Paula Guran (paperback, 2011, 430 pages, $14.95). The undead are more alive today than ever. Sink your teeth into this collection of 25 stories about vampires, featuring selections by Charlaine Harris, Holly Black,Tanith Lee, Rachel Caine and more.
“Area 51: an Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base,” by Annie Jacobsen (hardcover, Little, Brown and Company, 2011, 544 pages, $27.99). It’s the most famous military installation in the world, yet the U.S. government never has admitted it exists. This is the first book based on interviews with credible insiders — scientists, pilots and engineers — who provide an unprecedented look into the mysterious activities of the top-secret base, from the Cold War to today. Do aliens really exist there?
“Horns,” by Joe Hill (hardback, William Morrow, 2010, 370 pages, $25.99). Ig has lived under a cloud of suspicion since his girlfriend Merrin was brutally murdered, and he feels everyone, including God, has abandoned him. So when Ig discovers a macabre new talent, he vows to use it to find the man responsible for Merrin’s death, even if it means letting the devil within escape.
“The Ghost Hunter’s Field Guide: Over 1000 Places You Can Experience,” by Rich Newman (paperback, Llewellyn Publications, 2011, 413 pages, $17.95). Features more than 1,000 haunted places covering all 50 states. Visit battlefields, theaters, saloons, hotels, museums, resorts, parks and other sites teeming with ghostly activity. Each location — haunted by the spirits of murderers, Civil War soldiers, plantation slaves and others — is absolutely safe and accessible. Offers valuable information for each location, including the tales behind the haunting and the kind of paranormal phenomena commonly experienced there: apparitions, shadow shapes, phantom aromas, telekinetic activity and more.
“The Ridge,” by Michael Koryta (hardback, Little, Brown and Company, 2011, 357 pages, $24.99). Reporter Roy Darmus always had thought it odd that a lighthouse stood in the Kentucky woods hundreds of miles from any body of water. Then he received a suicide note written by its builder. Upon entering the structure, he found the walls covered in maps bearing the names of dead people — including his parents. What did it mean? Had an age-old legend come to life?