It’s almost that time! Yes, Stranger Things season 2 is almost upon us, as is Halloween! If you are just as excited as I am, you might be wanting even more to sate your thirst for the strange, the paranormal, or maybe even just the 80s nostalgia. If you love Stranger Things, try checking out these Stranger Reads this Halloween!
Darkness on the Edge of Town by Brian Keene (2010)
If you like the small-town setting and general creepy, suspenseful tone of Stranger Things, try Darkness on the Edge of Town by Brian Keene:
“When the residents of Walden, Virginia, wake up to find that the rest of the world is gone and they are unable to leave their town, which is now surrounded by a mysterious barrier, some are willing to risk death to escape the situation.” -NoveList
Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan (2016-present)
If it’s the 80s nostalgia and spunky characters you love, then the comic book series Paper Girls is exactly what you need.
“Supernatural mysteries and suburban drama collide in the early hours after the Halloween of 1988 for four twelve-year-old newspaper delivery girls.” -NoveList
The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue (2014)
A young boy who has knowledge of strange things and has to come of age in the process… sound familiar?
“Emotionally scarred by a near-drowning experience, young Jack Keenan spends all his time indoors, fanatically preoccupied with drawing strange things. While Jack’s parents chalk his drawings up to the imagination, Nick, Jack’s only friend, notices mysterious things happen whenever Jack picks up a pencil. This detailed coming-of-age tale with a twist offers unique insights into boyhood friendships and the complexities of adult relationships.” -NoveList
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (2013)
A mother desperately wanting her missing son back from creepyland also sound familiar? With a mother-son relationship at its core, this epic horror page-turner will never let you see Christmas the same way again…
“When Charles Talent Manx, an unstoppable monster who transforms children into his own terrifying likeness, kidnaps her son, Victoria McQueen, the only person to ever escape his unmitigated evil, must engage in a life-and-death battle of wills to get her son back.” -NoveList
The Cemetery Boys by Zac Brewer (2015)
For the young adults or young-at-heart among us, try this tale of friendship that will remind you of those crazy kids in Stranger Things… oh yeah, plus there’s paranormal creatures.
“When Stephen moves to the midwestern town where his father grew up, he quickly falls in with punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon, but the town has a dark secret, and the twins are caught in the middle of it.” -NoveList
As always, if you’re looking for even more, stop by the 3rd floor reference desk and ask a librarian!