DMPL Podcast: Spooky Stories with Janeé

On today's DMPL Podcast, Janeé with the Book Chat team is here to discuss her favorite genre, horror. She's picked out six books - two children's, two YA/Teen, and two adult titles - to chat with us about today.

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Show Notes

Janeé's Picks

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'Clown in a Cornfield,' by Adam Cesare

Quinn Maybrook and her father have moved to Kettle Springs for a fresh start after her mother’s death. Kettle Springs is a small town where Frendo the clown is the town’s mascot. The town has gone downhill after the local factory shut down – and the adults blame the teens who they claim have no respect for others – especially after a teen was killed at a party long ago. To celebrate Founder’s Day, the teens throw a party in a barn near a cornfield where a homicidal clown decides to teach Quinn and the teens a lesson…

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'Harrow Lake,' by Kat Ellis

Lola Nox is a moody teenager. She’s also the daughter of celebrated horror film director, Nolan Nox, who’s known for his horror film, Nightjar. Lola and her father don’t have the best relationship. After her father is brutally stabbed and hospitalized, Lola is shipped off to Harrow Lake to stay with her grandmother. Harrow Lake is where her dad filmed Nightjar based on the town and where he met her mother, Lorelei, and made her a star. But this town holds secrets, and Lola has some secrets of her own…

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'Hide and Seeker,' by Daka Hermon

Zee is back home after being reported missing for a year. His friends Justin, Nia, Lyric are invited to Zee’s welcome home party, but they quickly notice that Zee is not the same. He has scratches on his arm. The door to Zee’s bedroom has locks on the outside. No one knows where Zee disappeared to.  At the party, the tweens play a game of Hide and Seek, but the game goes very wrong. Zee starts to chant – and one by one, The Seeker pulls Justin, Nia and Lyric into a world where the only way out is to play the game and face their fears…

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'The Puppet's Payback and Other Chilling Tales,' by Mary Downing Hahn

This is a collection of chilling tales that can appeal to older readers who enjoy a good spooky story.

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'The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires,' by Grady Hendrix

It’s the 1990s. A group of married suburban women form a book club that’s dedicated to reading about true crime. Patricia, a member of the group, has a distant husband and two ungrateful kids. The book club is what she looks forward to. Meanwhile, a mysterious man has moved into the neighborhood – and local children have disappeared. While Patricia is attracted to this man, she knows there’s something wrong. It’s up to her and the members of the book club to find out if there is a monster lurking in their neighborhood.

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'Killadelphia Vol. 1: Sins of the Father,' written by Rodney Barnes

Philadelphia Detective James Sangster Sr. is a respected cop. Or was. He was murdered by something. See, Sangster was on to something evil brewing in the city. Vampires.

His son, James Sangster, Jr., is also a cop, who never had a great relationship with his father. When he returns home to bury his father—he finds his father’s notes and starts to unravel the mystery that leads him down a path of horrors that will shake his beliefs to their core.  Philladelphia was once the symbol of liberty and freedom. Readers will now see how it has fallen to corruption, poverty, brutality… and vampires.

Published on October 13, 2020
Last Modified April 18, 2024