Old-School Horror

Some things just get better with age – wine, cheese and scary stories! Remember those scary stories told around the fire while camping? People have been scaring themselves and each other for centuries. Mary Shelly, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving and Robert Louis Stevenson are all old school authors who wrote some of the first horror stories that are still told today. These stories are classics but are also so scary that even today’s youthful readers enjoy the story.

Edgar Allan Poe wrote many scary stories. Check out this graphic novel adaptation of his classic tales of horror. There are also graphic novel versions of Robert Louis Stevenson and Bram Stoker’s horror tales for a new generation of spine tingling, goosebumps raising, hair standing on end thrill seekers.

For a unique scare, check out a scary movie from our silent movie collection and experience the first visual renderings of some great scary stories. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde stars John Barrymore (Drew’s grandfather).

Modern versions of all these stories are still being created because we still love a good scare. We have more than 25 versions of Frankenstein. There are even a couple funny versions – Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and the cult classic Young Frankenstein.

This is just a small sampling of classic tales of horror that can be found at your library. Timeless stories in very different formats are something that’s sure to appeal to the inner desire of everyone to have a good scare.

No don’t answer that door, NO! NO! …

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As the Red Carpet librarian, LaVoyce plans senior events and helps ensure seniors in Shawnee County have access to the library materials they want. She has experience in school libraries, a museum library and county libraries in Texas and Arkansas. LaVoyce is ready to help spark your curiosity.