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Happy Halloween 2016!

halloween2016-editHappy Halloween! Talia “Terror Cat” Sherer and “Anna Banana” share their spooky reads to celebrate the day:

An October 2016 LibraryReads pick! This new horror novel from the bestselling author of the LibraryReads pick THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS (which has been optioned for film) is a chilling tale of romance and enchantment set in a Québec toy shop, patterned after the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. “Intricately plotted, absorbing, and suspenseful, this is a moving, modern story set in what feels like a fairy-tale world but is actually terrifyingly realistic.” — Booklist, starred review

SHIRLEY JACKSON’S “THE LOTTERY”: The Authorized Graphic Adaptation by Miles Hyman
Available simultaneously in trade paperback
Two starred reviews! Published in time for Jackson’s centennial, this graphic adaptation masterfully reimagines her iconic story with a striking visual narrative created by her grandson, Miles Hyman. “A stunning graphic adaptation of a chilling classic.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE FAMILY PLOT by Cherie Priest
“In Priest’s gothic haunted-house story, workers at failing architectural salvage company are given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reverse their fortunes, if they can survive the ghosts plaguing the property. Priest spices up a standard haunting with an irresistible premise focused on the “hidden treasure” aspect of salvage work. Highly recommended for fans of contemporary ghost stories.” — Booklist, starred review

A terrifying tale of a young family who moves into an apartment building next to a graveyard, and the horrors that are unleashed upon them. “The haunting itself is well done and scary. The atmosphere and anticipation build perfectly to create an apartment building one would be quite hesitant to live in. Fans of classic ghost stories, such as THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, will appreciate the subtle chills.” — Booklist readmoreremove

Halloween/Horror E-Book Sale

Halloween is coming! Prepare your patrons for the spooky season with with our Halloween/Horror e-Book sale for libraries!

Running the whole month of October (1st-31st), more than 40 adult, YA, and children’s e-Books will be discounted 30% off (with our regular lending terms), including these terrifying titles:

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN by John Ajvide Lindqvist
PATIENT ZERO by Jonathan Maberry
THE WALKING DEAD: RISE OF THE GOVERNOR by Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga

Click here to download the spreadsheet of all available titles with exact price changes.

Oh the Horror!

October? More like Shocktober! Here are new horror novels to get you in the Halloween spirit:

Two stars for Wong’s latest SF/horror/humor mash-up in which a barista inherits a fortune from her estranged billionaire father, as well as a high-dollar contract on her head and a prime spot in the middle of a futuristic Mob war. “Biting humor and blatant digs at modern society overlay a subtly brilliant and thoughtful plot focused on one young woman’s growth and survival against all odds.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE STEPHEN KING COMPANION: Four Decades of Fear from the Master of Horror by George Beahm (also available in trade paperback)
The “Master of Horror” gets a detailed companion to his work; Beahm uses illustrations, photographs, original articles, interviews, and biographical material to show how Stephen King became America’s favorite storyteller. “The completeness of Beahm’s analysis coupled with his accessible writing style make this book extremely absorbing.” — Library Journal, starred review

“British author Nevill out-Kings Stephen in this intense tale of séances, houses of ill repute and pervert convicts. …a reading experience fraught with real chills.”
— Publishers Weekly.
If creepy antique dolls and puppets are your thing, then check out THE HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS, which Booklist raved about in a full-page starred review.

Happy Halloween 2014!

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Talia’s dressed up as a “tennis star” (channeled by Shmackies), and Anne’s a pregnant nun (if anyone asks, it was immaculate conception).

Go crazy on the fun size candy and if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth, maybe these books as Halloween candy are more your treat! Happy Halloween!

Friday Reads: Creepy Books

Halloween is just three weeks away but we’re already in the spirit with these creepy Friday Reads:

Talia’s sketching tiny critters with THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS

This creepy horror novel about a young boy whose drawings of monsters take on a life of their own is the #6 October 2014 LibraryReads pick! “A sterling example of the new breed of horror: unnerving and internal with just the right number of bumps in the night.” — Kirkus Reviews

Anne is glad she didn’t grow THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL (or did she?!)
An off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL by Stephen Collins is a darkly funny meditation on life, death, and what it means to be different—and a timeless ode to the art of beard maintenance. “Rich, creamy art and playful paneling make for a fun read.” — Kirkus Reviews

What are you reading today? Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend and happy reading!

Sign Up Now: “Fall Into a Good Mystery” Booklist Webinar


Just in time for Halloween, tune in to Booklist‘s “Fall Into a Good Mystery” webinar on Tuesday, October 28th at 1pm Central.

Talia “the terror” Sherer will be sharing the best and bloodiest new mysteries from Macmillan (OK, they’re not all bloody… no need to be so squeamish).

Click here to RSVP. See you there—it’s going to be killer!

Happy Halloween 2013!

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Halloween Horror Week – Wicked Wednesday!

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More vintage from the vault: this time Early Word has Talia's recommendations in a feature called Terror With Sherer:

IN WITH THE DEVIL: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption by James Keene

CURTAINS: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training by Tom Jokinen

SHUTTER ISLAND by Dennis Lehane


How you get the pie out cat
While Talia’s got the scares, Anne’s got the sweets.
Today’s the bake-off at work. She entered the Pumpkin Granola Truffles. Wish her luck! readmoreremove

Halloween Horror Week – Terrifying Tuesday!

Today's the day of the Booklist "Red Hot Crime" webinar! Join your favorite mistress of mayhem, Talia "the terror" Sherer, at 1pm Central Time to find out what mysteries are keeping her up late at night. There's still time to sign up--click here to RSVP.

Talia's Gory Bits

If you can't wait until then, make sure to check out Talia's Favorite Gory Bits feature on Booklist for some classic backlist choices:

Cat lobster

EVIL AT HEART by Chelsea Cain

FLESH HOUSE by Stuart MacBride


THE GARGOYLE by Andrew Davidson

SNOW ANGELS by James Thompson


Halloween Horror Week – Manic Monday!

It's Halloween week!!! Our love of black cats, mystery/thriller/horror stories and candy has combined to our great delight. To celebrate, we'll be sharing our favorite spooky things with you all week long.

Today, we've got three titles on Booklist's Top 10 Horror Fiction of 2013 list:

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APOCALYPSE COW by Michael Logan
Three losers must save Britain from a rampaging horde of zombie cows out for blood, not cud. Yes, you read that right. ZOMBIE COWS. Trust us, it's hilarious. 

BABAYAGA by Toby Barlow
Barlow's novel of love, spies, and witches in 1950s Paris is a wild romp with eccentric characters, including a good-hearted cop who's a flea!

LITTLE STAR by John Ajvide Lindqvist
"Dubbed the Stephen King of Sweden, Lindqvist (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) lives up to the billing with a chilling tale of two teenage girls who team up as a terrifying singing duo bent on revenge against anyone who has ever crossed them." – New York Post, "Required Reading"