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Halloween Quick Picks

Posted By Caitlin E. Thigpen, Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tis the season to start thinking about holiday sales, and what better time to start suggesting holiday titles to customers than Halloween? The aroma of pumpkin spice is in the air, and everyone is dusting off their trusty plastic skeleton decorations. So how can we use Halloween to interest our customers? If these books are on your shelves this week, they’re a surefire way to get customers into the spooky spirit.


Firebug by Lish McBride

McBride brings the reader a wild ride in Firebug, a young adult novel about a teenage girl with a supernatural knack for fire- and the supernatural mafia who forces her to use it to kill. This is a good sell for adolescent readers and fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Infernal Devices. Ava Sheppard’s character jumps off the page and grabs readers by their throats in what has to be some of the best characterization of a tough teenage girl I've ever seen. The story has a riveting, rapid-fire plot that doesn't pull punches, and for the fantasy fans out there, there are more magical creatures than Rowling would shake a wand at.

The Elementals by Michael McDowell:

Start off your customers’ Halloween with a blast from the past. There are so much new paranormal fiction coming out, the “To-Read” stack of many horror fans is really piling up. That said, I think there’s always room on a Halloween list for The Elementals, the story of two Alabama families who vacation together on a remote sandbar with one very haunted house. McDowell is considered by critics to be a master of Southern Gothic horror, and this book, written in the early 80s, is arguably McDowell at his most classically Gothic, not to mention Southern. A good sell to fans of Stephen King, but also to customers familiar with the movies Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas- McDowell wrote the screenplays for both.

VWars edited by Jonathan Maberry

Rounding off this list is an anthology of short stories from authors like Nancy Holder, Gregory Frost, and Yvonne Navarro set in a universe based on a single premise: what if humans started to become vampires? What if the government labeled them terrorists? The various narratives are woven together with small pieces written by Maberry. The various narratives set within one universe hearken back to World War Z, a 2006 fictional oral history about zombies written by Max Brooks. For customers who have a vampire’s appetite, this is the anthology to recommend.

What titles do you like to recommend to your customers for that special chill down their spine? Share your own spooky favorites in the comments below!

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