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  Cover Art: The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce Bierce, Ambrose
The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce
Before he trailed off into the wilds of Mexico, never to be heard from again, Ambrose Bierce achieved a public persona as 'bitter Bierce' and 'the devil's lexicographer.' He left behind a nasty reputation and more than ninety short stories that are perfect expressions of his sardonic genius.
1984
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood Blackwood, Algernon
Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood
Stories include: The willows -- Secret worship -- Ancient sorceries -- The glamour of the snow -- The Wendigo -- The other wing -- The transfer -- Ancient lights -- The listener -- The empty house -- Accessory before the fact -- Keeping his promise -- Max Hensig.
1973
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Exorcist Blatty, William Peter
The Exorcist
An actress'young daughter becomes possessed by an ancient demon and the desperate mother turns to the Jesuit priest Father Karras to save her. Made into one of the best horror films of the 1970's.
1994
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Bradbury Stories : 100 of his Most Celebrated Tales Bradbury, Ray
Bradbury Stories : 100 of his Most Celebrated Tales
Running the gamut from science fiction to dark fantasy, check out the bizarre and chilling stories originally found in his story collection The October Country such as "Skeleton," "The Small Assassin," "Touched with Fire," and "Uncle Einar"
2003
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Woman in White Collins, Wilkie
The Woman in White
This first and greatest "Sensation Novel" describes Walter Hartright's mysterious midnight encounter with the woman in white who draws him into a vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international intrigue.
2005
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Annotated Christmas Carol: A Christmas Carol in Prose Dickens, Charles
The Annotated Christmas Carol: A Christmas Carol in Prose
The Christmas Carol is a classic Christmas story of a poor family, the father Bob Cratchit, who works for the miser Scrooge, and his crippled son who live London. Scrooge is transformed by his experience on Christmas Eve when his is visited three ghosts.
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Hound of the Baskervilles Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir
The Hound of the Baskervilles
A deadly curse in the form of a legendary ferocious beast continues to claim its victims from the Baskerville family until Holmes and Watson intervene. Often called the best detective story ever written. It's certainly one of the scariest.
2001
Adult Mystery Book
  Cover Art: Faust I and II Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Faust I and II
The alchemist-scholar Faust sells his soul to the devil for love and pleasure in this classic tale by one of the great poetic writers of all time.
1994
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Twice-told Tales Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Twice-told Tales
The most famous collection of Hawthorne's stories, this volume includes the ghostly legend "Howe's Masquerade", the infamous "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment," and the deliciously creepy "The Hollow of the Three Hills".
2001
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other Stories ; or The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon Gent. Irving, Washington
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other Stories ; or The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon Gent.
The Headless Horseman stalks Ichabod Crane through Sleepy Hollow in this story collection, even while Rip Van Winkle sleeps his way through the centuries and Irving's other flights of Gothic fancy take flight.
2001
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Haunting of Hill House Jackson, Shirley
The Haunting of Hill House
A professor organizes a ghost watch, inviting people who have been touched by otherworldly events to a notorious estate in New England. Shy and bitter Eleanor becomes part of the research team and a target for Hill House's attentions.
1959
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Turn of the Screw James, Henry
The Turn of the Screw
The classic ghost story about the high-strung governess and the two young children who may--or may not--be plotting with the diabolical Peter Quint.
1966
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Shining King, Stephen
The Shining
This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel's past are revealed, and the hotel itself attempts to claim the very souls of the Torrence family.
2002
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Phantom of the Opera Leroux, Gaston
The Phantom of the Opera
A half-crazed masked musician hiding in the labyrinth of the famous Paris Opera House creates a number of strange and mysterious events to further the career of a beautiful young singer.
2001
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Rosemary's Baby Levin, Ira
Rosemary's Baby
Witchcraft and terror await Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse when they move into the ominous Bramford apartment house.
1967
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Tales Lovecraft, H. P.
Tales
The visionary master of cosmic horror joins The Library of America with this collection of classic stories of the strange and fantastic. Includes The Call of Cthulhu, The Dunwich Horror, At the Mountains of Madness and more.
2005
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Great God Pan Machen, Arthur
The Great God Pan
One of the greatest works of weird horror and decadence, in which Machen unfurls with his singular eye for the bizarre and macabre the tale of a young girl cursed by her unnatural parentage to become a creature of shape-shifting polysexual demi-human evil. You can also download this as an eBook from the library.
2005
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: I Am Legend Matheson, Richard
I Am Legend
A lone human survivor in a world that is overrun by vampires, Robert Neville leads a desperate life in which he must barricade himself in his home every night and hunt down the starving undead by day.
1997
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe Poe, Edgar Allan
The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Master of the Macabre, Poe has written some of the most horrifying stories ever. This edition includes his most well-known works--"The Raven," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "Annabel Lee," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"--as well as less-familiar stories, poems, and essays.
1992
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Interview with the Vampire Rice, Anne
Interview with the Vampire
A young reporter gets the scoop of a lifetime when he interviews the mysterious Louis and uncovers the secret lives of the vampires who live among us.
1986
Adult Fiction Book
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