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Spooky Alberta Books That Will Keep You Up All Night
Read Alberta’s October book list will capture your attention with heart-racing, jaw-dropping, and unnerving books that will keep you up all night—not just because you are scared to close your eyes, but because you won’t want to put the book down until you are finished!
And for the faint of heart— fear not— we have books to keep you entertained as well, such as a critical analysis of the intersection of Frankenstein and technology or a book of Halloween trivia.
Grab these books from your favourite independent bookstore and settle in to enjoy a spooky read!
THERE ARE WOLVES HERE TOO
By Niall Howell
It’s 1997, and Robin and his best friends are ready to dive into their first summer as teens. But when a classmate’s younger sister vanishes, Robin finds his carefree life swapped out for paranoia, guilt, and confusion— because as parents form search parties and police chase vaporous leads, Robin becomes convinced that there is a darker element at play, one that he might have accidentally set loose…
THE HAUNTING OF WESTMINSTER ABBEY
By Mark Patton
A British architect is invited to design a new tower for Westminster Abbey and along the way ends up pursued by a coven of absinthe-drinking Witches, dealing with ghosts from the Abbey’s tombs, and attempting to find romance amidst the chaos. Set in a “richly-imagined parallel London, where the surprisingly pettish ghosts of the once-great rub up against the living,” (as described by author Derek Turner), The Haunting of Westminster Abbey is perfect if you enjoy a hint of romance with your speculative fiction.
The Haunting of Westminster Abbey
Published: May 25, 2020 by EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing
THE MEDIUM IS THE MONSTER
By Mark A. McCutcheon
Mark McCutcheon’s The Medium Is the Monster: Canadian Adaptations of Frankenstein and the Discourse of Technology deepens our understanding of Frankenstein’s influence on the way we talk about technology and popular culture. McCutcheon’s enthusiastic consumption of adaptations of Frankenstein takes the reader down a mind-bending rabbit hole of literature, film, music, and news stories. But McCutcheon also reveals a layer of anxiety in these adaptations about the unintended consequences of new or developing technologies.
By Tonya Lambert
Halloween is one of the most widely celebrated holidays of the year and Tonya Lambert’s collection of trivia enlightens readers to its lesser known facts. Learn why we trick-or-treat, carve pumpkins, dress up in costumes, and more!
GOTHIC TALES OF HAUNTED FUTURES
Edited by S.M Beiko
From Renegade Arts Entertainment and editor S.M Beiko, Gothic Tales of Haunted Futures is a graphic novel anthology featuring seventeen original stories. Spanning time, galaxies, and spirits, the creators cast the indelible themes of gothic romance forward in time to imagined futures and tomorrow’s afterlives.
MIDNIGHT STORM MOONLESS SKY
By Alex Soop
Blackfoot storyteller Alexander Soop plunges us into a shocking well of imagination in his debut collection of short stories, Midnight Storm Moonless Sky. From hauntings on the Highway of Tears to fearful gatherings of ghosts and the sorrows of racism, Soop combines the social anxieties of Indigenous life with spellbinding flights and frights of speculative fiction. This enthralling collection of stories gives readers a glimpse into the genre of Indigenous Horror – a combination of First Nations legends, dark fantasy, apocalyptic and paranormal enchantment, and monstrous secrets.
TAXIDERMISTS AND BEEKEEPERS
By Erin Vance
The sudden death of Margot Morris and her two young daughters in a house fire sends shock-waves through a small rural community. The Morrises are a close-knit family, long associated with the mysterious arts of taxidermy and bee-keeping. Margot’s three surviving siblings, Teddy, Agatha and Sylvia are left to wonder if Margot’s death was an accident or murder, while the town is enveloped by speculation about this eccentric family whose close bonds are now being tested by tragedy.
FIELD GUIDE TO MONSTERS
By Darren Zenko
A reference guide for the monsters from your favourite stories. Field Guide to Monsters has notes on zombies, ghosts, werewolves, skeletons, and more!
By Zachary Muswagon
Zachary Muswagon’s Ghost Detective tells the story of Billy, a Compliance Officer for a First Nations Band who has been shot in the head and left for dead. Unable to cross over to the great hunting grounds, Billy must stay and discover who murdered him and why. Through strange, funny, and sometimes harrowing adventures, Billy and his gang of detectives discover that the culprit is dangerous and willing to do anything or sacrifice anyone to keep control of the Band’s natural resources.
By Sarah Leavitt
Agnes, Murderess is a graphic novel inspired by the bloody legend of Agnes McVee, a roadhouse owner, madam, and serial killer in the Cariboo region of British Columbia in the late nineteenth century. Leavitt puts a decidedly queer twist on the story, presenting a tortured, complicated woman struggling to escape her past. It is a spine-chilling tale of ghosts and murder, friendship and betrayal, love and greed, and fate and choice.