Things That Go Bump in the Night

It's the time of year when thoughts turn to ghosts and goblins and ghouls. Interested in the paranormal, or just like a good scare? Turn on all the lights and lock the door, and dig into these horrifying offerings!

House of Penance combines horror and biography in a graphic novel format. Sarah Winchester, widow of firearms magnate William Winchester, employs men to continually expand her San Jose house, night and day. Illustrator Ian Betram depicts Sarah hallucinating about the dead killed by Winchester rifles: pools of blood and enormous veins threaten her and the house, with only the continued hammering keeping these horrors at bay.

Just the cover of Shutter is enough to send shivers up my spine! Courtney Alameda has created a strong urban horror/fantasy story about the last descendant of Van Helsing, who is a tetrachromat - Micheline can see ghosts in color. She and her crew take on a bad ghost who is infecting the world with soulchain, which if untreated, puts its victims into the world of the undead. Unfortunately, Micheline gets infected and only has seven days to save herself, and possibly, the world.

Like your movies scary? Incarnate should do the trick - a little bit Exorcist, a bit The Shining. A scientist with the ability to enter the subconscious minds of the possessed must save a young boy from the grips of a demon with powers never seen before, while facing the horrors of his past. When Dr. Ember visits Cameron, he realizes that the boy is possessed by the insidious demon Maggie, who killed his wife and son in a car accident. Rated PG-13.

George Saunders and a cast of 168 readers put listeners into a theater of the round in Lincoln in the Bardo. Willie Lincoln has just died, and his grief-stricken father continues to visit the Georgetown cemetery where he is interred, much to the amazement of the long-dead residents. Some of these ghosts would like to finish "passing through" while others prefer to exist on the living plain. Watch for this title come award season!

We want to help you get into the mood for Halloween! Check out our curated collection of scary movies in Overdrive - you'll find everything from Night of the Living Dead to Ghostquake! Also, Denver Central Library will be showing Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles on October 22 at 1:30 p.m. and The Shining on October 29, also at 1:30 p.m. - popcorn provided! And if you'd like to meet the real ghost busters, visit Denver Central Library on October 28 at 12 p.m. to hear reps from the American Association of Paranormal Investigators discuss the technology and scientific methods used in paranormal investigations, as well as the use of psychic abilities. No registration required.

Written by Dodie on October 16, 2017


Anonymous on October 17, 2017


Shouldn't it be tetrachromat instead of technochromat in the description of the character in Shutter?