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Summer Horrors!

Summer Reading is upon us and like many of you, I need a stack of books to read while I'm laying out on the beach. The following horrors take place during the summer or incorporate summer activities like camping....

Twisted Fairy Tales by Maura McHugh

"Days passed. The birds told her stories of the outside world, and often assured her that she was kind and gentle. Rapunzel never believed them. She knew that she was born wicked and was better off isolated from the world, even if her heart yearned to join it."

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The Lords of Salem by Rob Zombie & B.K. Evenson

"She saw herself claw his chest bloody and then claw deeper and push her hands in through his flesh and tear out his heart, then slowly begin to eat it. It was rubbery and hard to chew, like poorly cooked calamari."

Heidi Hawthorne is a radio DJ in Salem. As a recovering drug addict, she's doing her best to keep her life going on the straight and narrow. One day, she receives a wooden box with a strange symbol on it. Inside the box is a blank record from a band called The Lords. Heidi and her fellow DJs decide to play the record for a segment called "Smash or Trash". What Heidi doesn't know is that playing that record will be her complete undoing.

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Henry Franks by Peter Adam Salomon

"Four thousand, three hundred and seventeen stiches, his father had told him once. All the King's horses and all the King's men had put Henry Franks back together again."

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The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki

"To be honest, I find the country to be much more frightening. Up here, you never know what you're going to get, so it's nearly impossible to prepare the way you can in the city. Mysterious sounds in the woods at night. Strange lights in the sky. And no one can hear you scream."

Neil Cady is an expert on all things ghosts. He watches Ghostly Investigations, knows how to capture spirits on film, and can create a Ouija board out of poster board and a sharpie. While spending the summer in Hedston, Neil hears of Graylock Hall and cannot wait to explore this abandoned asylum. Graylock Hall has been closed for years since the mysterious drowning of three patients. Neil doesn't expect much out of the experience until a ghost follows him home.

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