Spooky Season Means Spooky Materials
It's October! The warmer, humid days of the Summer months are long behind us and we can turn our attention to Fall-themed activities: Apple picking, carving a jack-o-lantern, visiting foliaged-covered mountains and trails. And, of course, there is Halloween. We've been hard at work here at the Easton Public Library curating a list of Spooky Season-Approved materials for you to enjoy this month.
We have many titles on display, both books and DVDs, but we've highlighted a few titles below. Maybe one of these will help you achieve a holiday-themed scare. (Click on the picture to place a hold.)
Night of the Living Dead
Bring home this classic, indie horror movie. When their car breaks down, siblings Barbara and Johnny must try to escape from an ashen-faced man who keeps attacking them. Will they both get out alive? This film has gained a cult following over the years despite it's critical and box office failure. If you are a fan of scary movies, this one should be at the top of your October watch list.
The House That Wasn't There and Other Strange Tales of Old New England
October isn't just for scary movies. A book can often give you the thrill and scare that you're looking for, too. One of the great things about being in New England is our rich and timeless history. With sections of the region dating back to the earliest colonial period, it's no wonder parts of New England can be haunted. Ghost enthusiasts and skeptics alike will enjoy reading these stories on the ghosts of New England's past.
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Keeping with our New England theme, this fictional story has ties to the early days of Salem, MA, around the time of the infamous Witch Trials. From the book's summary: "Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie's grandmother's abandoned home near Salem, she can't refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest-to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge."
Pumpkins & Squash
Autumn is a perfect time for spooky things. But it's also a wonderful opportunity to spend some time in the kitchen. Pumpkin spice is so common on our grocery store shelves today, but did you know it's quite easy to make your own food featuring pumpkins and squash? Do you see butternut or acorn squash in the store and wonder what to do with it? Did you know Libby's canned pumpkin can be used for more than just pumpkin pie!? Well, check out this book and expand your culinary knowledge and taste buds with some fabulous recipes!
Stephen King's classic novel was turned into a movie starring Kathy Bates and James Caan was back in 1990. An obsessed fan of an author takes things to a whole new level when it comes to wanting to know what happens in the next book in the series. If you only know Kathy Bates from her role in American Horror Story: Coven, then you are in for a treat! Her Oscar-winning portrayal of Annie Wilkes is now considered to be one of the best villains in cinema. Check this movie (or e-book!) out today for a heart-pounding thriller.
Thanks for reading! We hope your October is spook-tacular!