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Some horror to haunt your Halloween

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 at 5:32pm

All Hallow's Eve approaches. A night of frolicking, costume-wearing, and merriment... and a night of unspeakable terror.

If you're planning on spending your Halloween with a haunting tale or two, we've got some recommendations of both new and old noteworthy fiction from our Horror section. Surely you'll find your self delightfully frightened with at least one of these books:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
    > Weird fiction
    The sequel to King's infamous The Shining, Doctor Sleep returns to the now middle-aged character of Dan Torrance. Dan, who has finally managed to escape the demons brought to him during his childhood stay at the Outlook Hotel, has settled into a comfortable life in a New Hampshire town. This peaceful life ends, however, when Dan meets Abra Stone, a young girl who possesses the brightest shining ever known. Having to protect Abra from a roving band of quasi-immortals known as the True Knot, Dan will need to fight for their survival while also facing the return of his own personal demons.

The Penguin Horror Series
    Hand-selected by filmmaker, writer, and horror literature fan Guillermo de Toro, these classic tales of terror have been re-printed as gift editions with new and vibrant cover designs and black-edged leaf. Included in each is an introduction from de Toro. Available titles are The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Haunted Castles by Ray Russell, American Supernatural Tales edited by S. T. Joshi, The Thing on the Doorstep by H. P. Lovecraft, and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

The Twelve by Justin Cronin
    > Vampires / Post-apocalyptic
    Taking place both in modern America and a post-apocalyptic Mid-West 100 years in the future, The Twelve follows a band of hardened survivors as they continue their struggle against the monstrous virals: humans corrupted into carnivorous, destructive terrors. While on the hunt for the remainder of the Twelve, the powerful leaders of the virals, the survivors fight against an unknown foe who is capturing and enslaving their friends and family.

Look after the jump for more horrific suggestions...

Categories: buzz, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Horror


Creep into Halloween with McNally Robinson

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 6:27pm

Halloween is only a couple of weeks away. Are you ready for the festivities, the fun, the horror?

We certainly are, and I'm not just talking about books — though you'd better believe we've got plenty of horrific reads on hand! In preparation for All Hallow's Eve, we've gathered together a whole bunch of Halloween-themed giftware and games to help you make the most of the candy-filled, terror-addled, costume-covered holiday.

To get a good look at our spooky wares, be sure to visit our Halloween Board on Pinterest. Then stop by your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore and raid our stash of gruesome goods! Check out our Halloween displays and Horror book sections.

Categories: Fun, Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Horror

Stephen King Still Wants to Scare You

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 1:59pm

Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with Stephen King to discuss Doctor Sleep, the highly anticipated sequel to King's iconic early work, The Shining. Along the way, the horror master reflects on his life, his career, and how much he misses scaring people.

There've been a couple of books that haven't really been that way. 11/22/63 was a lot of fun to write and a lot of people read it and seemed to like it, but it's not what you'd call a balls to the wall scary story. The same was true of Under the Dome. I wanted to go back to that real creepy scary stuff.

Doctor Sleep will be released in September, 2013.

Categories: Interview, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Horror

Book Trailer - The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper

Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 at 2:23pm

A stolen child...
An ancient evil...
A father's descent...
And the literary masterpiece that holds the key to his daughter's salvation.

The Demonologist by Canadian author Andrew Pyper, follows a father's desperate quest to find the demon that took his daughter, before she is lost forever.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Horror, Book Trailer

The New Fear - This Book is Full of Spiders (Seriously Dude, Don't Touch It)

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 1:59pm

We keep coming back to David Wong. The well-timed release of his new novel, This Book is Full of Spiders (Seriously Dude, Don't Touch It), gave us an opportunity to use him as the centrepiece of our horror features, but the whole idea really goes back to his first book. John Dies at the End introduced me to the new fear, rejecting everything that was familiar about horror to create something impossible to predict. The sequel is no different, once again using a mad tangle of shock and stupidity to build a story of unrelenting horror.

It will be impossible to discuss This Book is Full of Spiders (hereafter named without parenthetical subtitles), without revealing some of the events of John Dies at the End. If you're planning on picking up the first book, and don't like ruining surprises, you may want to stop here until you've read it.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Horror, The New Fear


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