Books to Haunt Your Summer Nights

Are you someone who enjoys horror no matter the season? Well you’re in luck - Summerween is officially upon us! Popularized by the animated show Gravity Falls, Summerween invites those brave enough to indulge in all things eerie and spooky, perfect for those hot summer nights. If you’re in the mood for a scare, be warned of these chilling reads available digitally from the Library’s OverDrive collection:

  • A House with Good Bones   - T. Kingfisher.  “A haunting Southern Gothic from an award-winning master of suspense, A House With Good Bones explores the dark, twisted roots lurking just beneath the veneer of a perfect home and family.”
  • Camp Damascus - Chuck Tingle. “A searing and earnest horror debut about the demons the queer community faces in America, the price of keeping secrets, and finding the courage to burn it all down.”
  • The Black Girl Survives in This One: Anthology - Various Authors. “Celebrating a new generation of bestselling and acclaimed Black writers, The Black Girl Survives in This One makes space for Black girls in horror. Fifteen chilling and thought-provoking stories place Black girls front and center as heroes and survivors who slay monsters, battle spirits, and face down death.” 
  • Linghun - Ai Jiang. “Follow Wenqi, Liam, and Mrs. in this modern gothic ghost story by Chinese-Canadian writer and immigrant, Ai Jiang. LINGHUN is set in the mysterious town of HOME, a place where the dead live again as spirits, conjured by the grief-sick population that refuses to let go.”
  • Sisters of the Lost Nation - Nick Medina. “A young Native girl's hunt for answers about the women mysteriously disappearing from her tribe's reservation lead her to delve into the myths and stories of her people, all while being haunted herself, in this atmospheric and stunningly poignant debut.”
  • Such Sharp Teeth - Rachel Harrison. “ A young woman in need of a transformation finds herself in touch with the animal inside in this gripping, incisive novel. This darkly comedic love story is a brilliantly layered portrait of trauma, rage, and vulnerability.”
  • Nothing but Blackened Teeth - Cassandra Khaw. “Effortlessly turning the classic haunted house story on its head, Nothing but Blackened Teeth is a sharp and devastating exploration of grief, the parasitic nature of relationships, and the consequences of our actions.”  
  • The Honeys - Ryan La Sala. “A twisted and tantalizing horror novel set amidst the bucolic splendor of a secluded summer retreat… Mars has always been the lesser twin, the shadow to his sister Caroline's radiance. But when Caroline dies under horrific circumstances, Mars is propelled to learn all he can about his once-inseparable sister who'd grown tragically distant.”