Ready for something really scary? Here are some haunting titles just in time for Halloween.
▪ The Supernaturals by David L. Golemon (Thomas Dunne Books, $26.99) — A disgraced professor, a top-rated show about ghost hunting and Summer Place, a haunted retreat in the Poconos, are all part of a live TV special on Halloween night — along with something really evil.
▪ The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue (Picador, $26) — There’s a moral to this story: Don’t go into a toy shop after midnight. Unfortunately, Kay does. She’s transformed into a puppet, leaving her husband determined to find her — and bring her back to this dimension. Did I mention there are puppets?
▪ Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey (Viking, $27) —The author goes coast to coast to visit mansions, prisons, the French Quarter and more that have earned their reputations as “most haunted.” Booklist advises: “Come for the ghosts, stay for the history.”
▪ Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula by David J. Skal (Liveright, $35) — If you think you know everything about Dracula, how about a nearly 700-page biography of the author who brought the undead superstar to life? This meticulously researched portrait shows how the horrors of growing up in the Victorian era played a roll in the creation of the Count.
▪ Afterlives of the Rich and Famous by Steve Breen (Post Hill Press, $12) — If the spirit moves you, an adult coloring book imagines what our most famous dead celebrities are up to now. The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist has created 50 images, from David Bowie and Prince to Lassie and Seabiscuit.