Looking for something a little atmospheric or spooky to read for fall? Try one of these recommendations!
Mexican gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Recommended by Mary Sawyer, Branch Manager, Ephraim Library
Mexican gothic is the perfect book for the spooky Halloween season. Set in the backcountry of 1950s Mexico, this suspenseful story features a weird old mansion, a menacing housekeeper, a family full of supernatural secrets, and a glamorous heroine who’s ready to take on whatever happens. in the night.
Fans of Rebecca and The Haunting of Hill House will feel at home in this murky and paranoid plot, and anyone looking for beautiful prose and unusual imagery will be very satisfied with Moreno-Garcia. Add it to your TBR list for a big fall scare!
Ghost sequences by AC Wise
Recommended by Kimberly Dawn Wells, Bookseller, Novel Bay Booksellers
“How many people can tell they were there the night the trick went wrong and the magician died on stage?”
Of a beauty close to that of Erin Morgenstern The night circus, author AC Wise has developed a collection of short stories with obscurity creeping in on you. The stories are fun (“How the trick is done”), informative (“How to harbor a murder mystery in a haunted house”), and cautionary (“Exhalation”). Without fear of jumps or blatant gore, Wise has managed to put together a collection of stories that leave you thinking – and looking over your shoulder.
“Helen learned that most people think they only know what monsters look like. They walk past real monsters every day and never see them at all, which is why the monsters she encounters are walking around in disguise. It’s the only way anyone will ever recognize them, and they’re also desperate to be seen.
The book’s planned release date is October 19.
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Recommended by Heidi Raak, Owner, Yardstick Books
Piranesi is the highly anticipated second novel from the author of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. It is strange and haunting and excellent.
The narrator of this novel responds to the name of Piranesi, although he suspects that it is not his name. This name was chosen for him by the Other: the only living person that Piranesi had met during his long explorations of the House.
Piranesi lives in a classic structure of endless and unmissable rooms (sometimes flooded by the sea) that are inhabited by statues: a woman carrying a beehive, a fox dog teaching two squirrels and two satyrs, and two laughing children, one of them carrying a flute.
At the root of this story is the idea that our world was once filled with magic, but the magic has run out. We accompany Piranisi as he learns to understand himself and to see the magic return to our world.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Recommended by Grace Johnson, Pulse Peninsula employee and bibliophile
Prophecy, spirits, spooky forests and private schools – all of this and more are part of what creates the dizzying atmosphere in The Raven Boys.
The novel follows Blue Sargent, the town’s 17-year-old daughter of the psychic. Although Blue is not a psychic herself, she does have a supernatural vision of one of the boys at the local prep school – known as the Raven Boys – which suggests he will die within the next year ( and that Blue could kill him). This leads to his involvement with four Raven Boys and their quest to find a legendary Welsh King.
The book is perfect for this time of year because Stiefvater does a great job creating a very dark and atmospheric environment, and the spooky factor of the book comes from the kind of spooky paranoia – almost like that feeling you get on the back of your neck when it looks like someone is watching you.The Raven Boys explores themes of found family, class, friendship, power and the inevitability of death, and this is the first of Stiefvater’s quartet known as The Raven Cycle.