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Mysteries, Thrillers, and Things That Go Bump in the Night: Home

Whether you enjoy the challenge of solving a mystery or the thrills of the supernatural, let the HWC Library scare up some recommendations for you this Halloween.


Detective Mysteries and Thrillers

Flynn, Gillian. Dark Places

Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl

Hillerman, Tony and Otto Penzler. The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century

Lippman, Laura.  Lady in the Lake

Locke, Attica. Black Water Rising

Locke, Attica. The Cutting Season

Locke, Attica. Pleasantville

Mosley, Walter. Black Betty: An Easy Rawlings Mystery

Patterson, James. Along Came A Spider

Patterson, James. Kiss the Girls

Graphic Novels

Ferris, Emil. My Favorite Thing is Monsters

Poe, Edgar Allan (adapted by Stacy King). The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe 

Vaughan, Brian K. Paper Girls (V.1)

Vaughan, Brian K. Paper Girls (V.2)


Favorite suspense genre:
Horror: 1 votes (20%)
Mystery: 1 votes (20%)
Paranormal / Ghost stories: 3 votes (60%)
Psychological thriller: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 5

Literary Classics

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The House of the Seven Gables

Howe, Katherine. The Penguin Book of Witches

Irving, Washington. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in The Selected Writings of Washington Irving

Jackson, Shirley. Dark Tales

Jackson, Shirley. The Haunting of Hill House

James, Henry. Stories of the Supernatural

Miller, Arthur. The Crucible

Morrison, Toni. Beloved

Newton, Michael (Ed.) The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories: From Elizabeth Gaskell to Ambrose Bierce

Poe, Edgar Allan. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Shelley, Mary Wolstonecraft. Frankenstein

Stoker, Bram. Dracula (Available online via Project Gutenberg)​

Contemporary and YA

Bray, Libba. The Diviners

Bray, Libba. Lair of Dreams

Bray, Libba. Before the Devil Breaks You

Cordova, Zoraida. Labyrinth Lost

Gaiman, Neil. Smoke and Mirrors

Hunt, Samantha. Mr. Splitfoot

King, Stephen. The Shining

King, Stephen. Carrie

Lee, Mackenzi. This Monstrous Thing

Maberry, Jonathan. Dust & Decay (Book 1 in a series)

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia. Certain Dark Things

Older, Daniel Jose. Shadowshaper

Oyeyemi, Helen. The Icarus Girl

Phillips, Robert. Nightshade: 20th century ghost stories

Picoult, Jodi. Salem Falls

Ren Suma, Nova. A Room Away from the Wolves

Winters, Cat. The Raven's Tale

Recommended Podcasts

The following podcasts can be listened to by subscribing (for free) on your computer or phone via the iTunes store, Stitcher, or any other podcast subscription service. The links below will take you to the Website for each podcast where you can learn more about them. These podcasts are not affiliated with HWC or the CCC.

The Black Tapes 

"A serialized docudrama about one journalist's search for truth, her enigmatic subject's mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both."

Fireside Mystery Theater

"An old-fashioned, live radio show with a modern twist!"


"A fictional podcast...follows journalist Lia Haddock as she investigates the infamous disappearance of a doomed research facility."


"An award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories."


Stories of the supernatural and the strange. A project of Snap Judgment (podcast) and WNYC.

Welcome to Night Vale

"A twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Policy, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events."

"War of the Worlds" Radio Broadcast

(story from with complete broadcast)