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Are you afraid yet? : the science behind scary stuff / written by Stephen James O'Meara ; illustrated by Jeremy Kaposy.
Y 001.944 OME
Maggots? Severed Heads? Vampires? Whatever your fear factor, you'll find it in this compendium of murder, mayhem and monsters. You'll also find out what science has to say about the things that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

Haunted houses / by Dinah Williams.
Y 133.122 WIL
Discusses the supposed hauntings of various places, including the former home of Lizzie Borden, the White House in Washington, D.C., and a movie theater in Tigard, Oregon.

Spooky stories for a dark & stormy night / compiled by Alice Lowe ; illustrated by Gahan Wilson.
Y 398.2 SPO
A collection of more than fifteen traditional and original scary stories from countries around the world including Russia, Norway, China and the United Kingdom, as well as American and African-American tales.

Scary stories for sleep-overs / by R. C. Welch ; illustrated by Ricardo Del
Y 398. 2 WEL
A collection of eleven scary ghost stories.

Even more short & shivery : thirty spine-tingling stories / retold by Robert D. San Souci ; illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers.
Y 398.25 SAN
A collection of scary traditional tales from all over the world.

Scary stories to tell in the dark / collected from American folklore by Alvin Schwartz ; with drawings by Stephen Gammell.
Y 398.25 SCH
Traditional and modern-day stories of ghosts, witches, vampires, "jump" stories, and scary songs.

More scary stories to tell in the dark / collected from folklore and retold by Alvin Schwartz ; with drawings by Stephen Gammell.
Y 398.25 SCH
More traditional and modern-day stories of ghosts, witches, vampires, "jump" stories, and scary songs.

Scary stories 3 : more tales to chill your bones / collected from folklore and retold by Alvin Schwartz ; drawings by Stephen Gammell.
Y 398.25 SCH
More traditional and modern-day stories of ghosts, haunts, superstitions, monsters, and horrible scary things.

Creepy castles / by Sarah Parvis.
Y 940.1 PAV
In the eleven creepy castles in this book, meet the spirit of a queen who carries her head as she wanders, a deadly prince who kills his enemies by piercing them with sharp poles, and other nefarious characters and situations.

The dark-thirty [electronic resource eBook] : Southern tales of the supernatural / Patricia C. McKissack ; illustrated by Brian Pinkney.
A collection of ghost stories with African American themes, designed to be told during the Dark Thirty--the half hour before sunset--when ghosts seem all too believable.

Half-minute horrors [electronic resource eBook] / edited by Susan Rich.
 An anthology of very short, scary stories by an assortment of authors and illustrators including Chris Raschka, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, and Lane Smith.

The seer of shadows / Avi. Book and Audio Book
In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer's apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn.

The dead boys / Royce Buckingham.
Timid twelve-year-old Teddy Mathews and his mother move to a small, remote desert town in eastern Washington, where the tree next door, mutated by nuclear waste, eats children and the friends Teddy makes turn out to be dead.

The ghost on the stairs / Chris Eboch.
Thirteen-year-old Jon and his eleven-year-old sister, Tania, are typical kids, except for the fact that Tania can communicate with ghosts. Their mom and stepdad are producers of a ghost-hunter reality television show, but they have no idea that Tania possesses this ability, and Tania wants to keep it that way. While filming at an old hotel in Colorado, Jon and Tania find themselves trapped in a ghostly love story that happened more than a century ago. Local legend has it that a ghost bride still wanders the hotel, waiting for her lost husband. Can this fearless brother-sister duo reunite a newlywed couple, and put these ghosts to rest at last?

The paradise trap / Catherine Jinks.
Eleven-year-old Marcus is spending a week at the beach with his mother in a tiny old travel trailer, but boredom turns to terror when a new friend discovers a cellar that has magical doors through which people keep disappearing.

Scary tales series/ James Preller ; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno.
Welcome. Have a seat. Let us tell you a story. But be warned. This isn’t just any tale. This is a Scary Tale.

Case file 13
Nick, Carter, and Angelo are obsessed with monsters and they go on an adventure to reverse a curse.

Barnaby Grimes  / Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.
Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, delivering messages and running errands all over the city, day and night.  With a knack for getting in and out of trouble Barnaby becomes entangled in a mysteries across Victorian London.

It's the first day of school... forever! / R.L. Stine.
verything goes wrong for eleven-year-old Artie on his first day at Ardmore Middle School, from the moment his alarm goes off until the next morning, when everything is repeated exactly the same way.

Goosebumps graphix 1: creepy creatures  / [based on the novels by] R.L. Stine.
Graphic novel adaptations of three of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books. Werewolf of Fever Swamp / adapted & illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez -- Scarecrow walks at midnight / adapted & illustrated by Greg Ruth -- Abominable snowman of Pasadena / adapted & illustrated by Scott Morse.

Goosebumps graphix. 2, Terror trips / [based on the novels by] R.L. Stine ; [edited by Sheila Keenan].
Graphic novel adaptations of three of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books. One day at HorrorLand / adapted & illustrated by Jill Thompson -- Shocker on Shock Street / adapted & illustrated by Jamie Tolagson -- Deep trouble / adapted & illustrated by Amy Kim Ganter.

Goosebumps graphix. 3, Scary summer / [based on the novels by] R.L. Stine ; [edited by Sheila Keenan].
Graphic novel adaptations of three of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books.   Revenge of the lawn gnomes / adapted & illustrated by Dean Haspiel -- Ghost beach / adapted & illustrated by Ted Naifeh -- The horror at Camp JellyJam / adapted & illustrated by Kyle Baker.

The legend of Sleepy Hollow / by Washington Irving ; retold by Blake A. Hoena ; illustrated by Tod Smith ; colored by Dave Gutierrez.
A headless horseman haunts Sleep Hollow! At least that's the legend in the tiny village of Tarrytown. But scary stories won't stop the town's new schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, from crossing through the Hollow, especially when the beautiful Katrina lives on the other side. Will Ichabod win over his beloved or discover that the legend of Sleepy Hollow is actually true?

Frankenstein / Mary Shelley ; illustrated by Penko Gelev ; retold by Fiona Macdonald ; series created and designed by David Salariya.
Retells the story of a monster assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies who develops a mind of his own and learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.

Robert Louis Stevenson's strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / adapted by Alan Grant ; illustrated by Cam Kennedy ; colored and lettered by Jamie Grant.
Retells in graphic novel format Stevenson's story of the kindly scientist, Dr. Henry Jekyll, whose research causes him to change into the evil Edward Hyde.

The haunting of Derek Stone / Tony Abbott
Derek Stone just turned fourteen. He's lived in the heart of New Orleans with his dad and older brother, Ronny, his whole life. He's a little overweight. He can't hear well out of his left ear. Oh, and he's on the run from the dead.

Goosebumps / R.L. Stine.
Reader beware you are in for a scare.

The Midnight Library / Damien Graves
Don't try to hide. Your fears will find you. Welcome to The Midnight Library.

You're invited to a creepover
When Kelly and some friends have a webcam sleepover while her parents are stranded in a snowstorm out of town, Kelly tries to scare her friends with creepy tricks.

The ElseWhere chronicles / story, Nykko ; art, Bannister ; colors, Jaffré ; [translation by Carol Klio Burrell].
Four friends discover a movie projector that opens a passageway into a world threatened by creatures of shadow, where their only weapon is light.


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Less than Scary

The Bunnicula collection. Books 6 and 7 [sound recording download] / by James Howe.
Bunnicula strikes again!: When Bunnicula the rabbit starts acting strangely, the Monroe dogs and cat renew their suspicions that he is a vampire. Bunnicula meets Edgar Allan Crow: An overly alarmed Chester the cat predicts a gruesome fate for the pets in the Monroe household when a writer of juvenile horror fiction and his bird companion stay overnight.

Time warp trio. Vol. 1, Nightmare on Joe's street / created by Jon Scieszka ; adapted by Zachary Rau.
During a sleepover, Joe and Sam come face to face with Frankenstein's monster. They take him back to the nineteenth century to drop him off with his creator, Mary Shelley, but their helpfulness may end up changing the history of horror fiction completely.

Rise of the balloon goons / by Troy Cummings.
Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters--and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.

The battle of the red hot pepper weenies : and other warped and creepy tales / David Lubar. Sequel: In the land of the lawn weenies
Bizzare tales of a teenager going to the school dance with a robot, a Thanksgiving dinner interrupted by turkeys looking for revenge, and other strange short stories.

Scooby Doo! and the hoopster horror / written by James Gelsey.
Scooby-Doo and his friends from Mystery, Inc. attempt to rescue a star basketball player who is kidnapped by a monster.

Fright night / Geronimo Stilton ; illustrations by Ivan Bigarella (pencils and inks) and Daria Cerchi (color) ; translated by Linda Morson Tramontozzi.
Creepella's father, Boris von Cacklefur, is a finalist in the Fright Night poetry competition, but when Boris suddenly vanishes during the contest, it is up to Creepella and her friends to investigate.

Pigmares : porcine poems of the silver screen / Doug Cushman.
Y 811.6 CUS
Presents a collection of illustrated poems in which pigs take on the starring roles in classic horror film adaptations.


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Animal atlas : creepy creatures [videorecording DVD].
Come tour the world with Animal Atlas and discover scary creatures, skeletons and bats.

Aaahh!!! Real monsters. Season 2 [videorecording DVD] / Nickelodeon.
These monsters-in-training make fright a hoot as they try to learn the tricks of the scary monster trade. Check out Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm and their herculean efforts to master The Gromble's class on proper scare techniques. So pull up a seat in the Monster Academy, the scariest (NOT!) place under the city dump, and get ready for lessons so bizarre, they're scary! Includes all thirteen episodes of the second season.

Goosebumps. [videorecording DVD] / Scholastic.
Watcher beware, you are in for a scare!

Monster High. Ghouls rule [videorecording DVD] / Mattel Entertainment presents ; produced by Tina Chow, Maria Rodriguez, Ira Singerman ; directed by Steve Sacks, Mike Fetterly ; written by Ted Zizik, Mike Montesano.
Ghouls Rule unearths an old conflict between 'Normies' and monsters-and things are about to get scary. For years, students at Monster High were warned that Halloween was a night to stay inside and avoid conflict at all costs. But Frankie and her friends discover that ghouls and 'Normies' once loved to spend the holiday together. The ghouls decide to turn back the clock and use the night to celebrate their individuality and show that it's okay to 'Be Yourself. Be Unique. Be a Monster'.

R.L. Stine's mostly ghostly [videorecording DVD] / Universal Studios Family productions and Parachute Entertainment in association with Lookout Entertainment/Commotion Pictures/Toonz Entertainment.
Max is hardly a typical 11-year-old: he loves magic, detests sports, and can't seem to say a single word to his crush, Traci, the most popular girl in school. But when he's the only one who can see ghosts haunting his house, two young spirits make him the deal of a lifetime: he'll help them solve the mystery of their parents' disappearance and battle a wicked ghoul, if they'll help him go from being invisible to the most talked-about kid at school!

Scared shrekless [videorecording DVD].
Shrek is back in a Halloween spooktacular that features three all-new spooky stories starring all the favorite Shrek characters plus a Shrek-ed out parody of Michael's Jackson's epic music video for Thriller! Halloween is Shrek's favorite holiday, but instead of the usual tricks or treats, Shrek ups the ante and challenges the gang to spend the night telling scary stories. The last one to be scared Shrekless wins.

Scooby-Doo! [videorecording DVD] / Warner Bros. ; Hanna-Barbera.
Join Shaggy, Freddy, Daphne, and Velma in action-packed adventures from the spooky show that's a lot of doggone fun!

Monster's halloween party [sound recording (CD)] : the ultimate scary sounds and music for your halloween bash.
Night on Bald Mountain dance remix (feat. Tom Rossi) (5:44) -- Cemetery - scary halloween sounds, monsters and wolves (10:32) -- Salem lot - witches flying through the air (10:31) -- Monster buffet - the night of the living dead (10:00) -- Ghost waltz - the undead dancing to Mozart's requiem (10:39) -- Jungle sacrifice - halloween terror (10:26) -- Creeping nightmare halloween sounds and music (11:34) -- Cackling witches (1:29) -- Crying ghosts (1:36) -- Screaming victims (1:32) -- Howling wolves (1:36)

ParaNorman [sound recording CD] : original motion picture soundtrack / music compoased by Jon Brion.
Music from the animated motion picture 'Paranorman'.

Scary sound effects [sound recording CD] : nightmarish noise for Halloween / [all written material & music by Robert C. Wayne].
 Front door greetings; Welcome -- Dear guests -- Trick or treat -- Go home -- Get away from here -- Oh what wonderful costumes -- You're here for some treats -- You want candy -- Hello children -- Welcome to our house -- Do come in -- How nice to drop by -- We're digging up your treats -- Don't ring that door bell -- Knocking on my door? -- Evil laugh #1 -- Evil laugh #2 -- Evil laugh #3 -- Wolfman growls #1 -- Wolfman growls #2 -- Witchcraft; Witches brew -- Witch casts a spell -- Voodoo chant -- Witch doctor -- haunted house -- Very scary manison -- Graveyard at night; Howling wind -- Little girl walking -- Gravediggers -- Graverobbing gone wrong -- Visit to the bat caves; Vampires bats are watching -- Monsters in the bat cave -- More nmonsters in a large bat cave -- Martians are coming; Flying saucer taking off -- Flying saucer landing -- Saucer wars in outer space -- Saucer wars in hyperspace -- Scary music; Pipe organ and ghost -- Pipe organ and bassoon -- Theremin orchestra -- Phantom theremin orchestra.

Very scary music [sound recording CD] : classic horror themes.
 Exorcist / Mike Oldfield-- Halloween main title / John Carpenter -- Twilight zone / Maurius Constant -- Psycho suite / Bernard Herman -- Theme from Poltergeist / Jerry Goldsmith -- Theme from Friday the 13th / Manfredini -- Nightmare before Christmas / C.W. Kalb, Jr. -- Dracula main title / John Williams -- Theme from Jaws / John Williams -- Nightmare on Elm Street / Bernstein -- Bonus track. Theme from The X-Files / Snow - Newman.



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