Thursday, 27 October 2011

Fiendish fiction and devilish DVDs at SMU Libraries

It's Halloween on Monday. Get yourself in the the mood with a suitably spooky book or DVD from your SMU Library. There's plenty of horror fiction to read at Townhill Library, from Bram Stoker's Dracula to Daphne du Maurier's Don't Look Now. For younger readers, or young at heart adults, how about Winnie the Witch, or Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak? You'll also find Hammer Horrors and Hitchcock classics in the film sections (that's 791.4372, Dewey Decimal fans) of Townhill Library and the Griffith Library on the Dynevor campus. Mount Pleasant staff and students needn't miss out as you can visit and borrow from any SMU library, or ask to have items sent between libraries for you to collect.

We're not the only ones thinking about a good read for Halloween. Author Neil Gaiman is encouraging people to give scary books as a Halloween gift. You can read about his plan in this blog post from the Guardian. You can also borrow some of his books from your SMU library!

Let us know if you have any favourite creepy reads. I like a bit of Edgar Allan Poe myself.


  1. Hannah - Library assistant28 October 2011 at 12:01

    My favourite creepy reads victorian horror stories such as Henry James' 'The Turn of the Screw'; Charles Dickens' 'The Signal-man' and of course Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. At the moment I am actually reading one of Neil Gaiman's books - The Sandman. This graphic novel with its dark fantasy artwork, alternate realms, magic, occult, and mythology makes for a perfect Halloween read!

  2. Have just started reading 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James, which I'm told is a little scary! It's described by Penguin as 'a subtle and unconventional ghost story that concentrates on the psychological rather than the actual'. One chapter in I'm enjoying it so far, not scared, yet... :-)

  3. I'm currently reading 'Footsteps in the Dark' by Georgette Heyer. It's more of a mystery than a horror, but it is set in a haunted house (or is it?), so it feels suitably spooky for the time of year.