Dreaming of Autumn...

Cleveland Park LibraryStaff Picks

Dreaming of Autumn...

Looking for Ghosts, Smoke and Eldritch Horrors That Come in the Night?

Want something a little creepy to give you the shivers while you wait for cooler weather to appear? We have a collection of weird, spooky titles for you to check out.
Cover of the Halloween tree
You could read some of H.P. Lovecraft's tales of eldritch horrors in At The Mountains of Maddness, or The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling tales of Horror and the Macabre.

For extra fun, check out Neil Gaiman's short story, "A Study in Emerald" in his book Fragile Things. Gaiman combines two literary titans with his Lovecraftian take on Sherlock Holmes. 

Looking forward to autumn as much as I am? Ray Bradbury's books always seem to remind me of cool October nights and the lingering haze of a camp fire. There's my favorite, The Halloween Tree.  Or read Something Wicked This Way Comes. For creepy in a different vein try, Fahrenheit 451

We have Baltimore legend Edgar Allen Poe, whose work is always good for a shiver or twCover of Scary Stories to tell in the darko of terror.

Want good old-fashioned ghost stories? There's the classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz, passed around among kids since it was published 30 years ago. You might like Moaning Bones: African-American Ghost Stories by James Haskins. Want a collection of ghost stories and legends from around the world? Check out Whistle in the Graveyard: Folktales to Chill Your Bones by Maria Leach.

For local ghost hunters, we have Ghosts: Washington's Most Famous Ghost Stories by John Alexander, Washington D.C.: Ghosts, Legends and Lore by E. Ashley Rooney and Washington's Haunted Past: Capital Ghosts of America by Pamela Apkarian-Russell

For a lighter take on Lovecraftian themes (it's possible) let me introduce you to my new favorite podcast, Welcome To Night Vale. This delightfully charming and creepy podcast combines the small town enthusiasm of television's Parks and Recreation with the weird and disturbing landscapes of H.P. Lovecraft.

Welcome to Night Vale is the brainchild of Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor. The podcast takes the form of nightly broadcasts from the Night Vale Public Radio Station. Host Cecil, voiced by Cecil Baldwin, updates the citizens of this small desert town on local happenings and community memos. He lets us know about everything from the new Dog Park (Humans are not allowed in the dog park, dogs are not allowed in the dog park....it's best to not look at or think about the dog park) to the Night Vale Public Library's Summer Reading Program (Theme: Catch the Flesh-Eating, Reading Bacterium!) Be sure to listen to new episodes on the 1st and the 15th of every month, The Sheriff's Secret Police will know if you don't. Welcome to Night Vale is available for free download from their website or from iTunes.
-- Patty Reeber: Children's Librarian