Posted on: September 30, 2019

Halloween Book Groups

Celebrate the Halloween season with book groups for all ages at the Downtown Eugene Public Library!

Halloween Book Groups - Adults

Pick up books starting October 1 at the Downtown Library’s 3rd floor desk.

“Through the Woods” by Emily Carroll

Tuesday, October 29, 6:00
Get together to talk about this graphic novel. A collection of five deliciously creepy stories, it calls to mind legends like Shirley Jackson and Mary Shelley -- but in eye-popping comic book panels. Carroll’s brand of horror has a subtle touch, with an eerie atmosphere and plenty of lonely houses, dark woods, and ghostly beings. The conversation will cover each tale, plus Carroll’s overall storytelling style, visual flourishes, and more. 

“The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe

Wednesday, October 30, 6:00
Join a discussion of this famed short story. This intense, image-packed tale by the master of Romantic horror has kept readers on the edge of their seats for generations. The unnamed narrator takes the reader on a journey of madness and paranoia, brought on by fatal decisions with dire consequences. Is he truly delusional -- or do the dead live on to haunt us? Discuss these and other macabre questions the night before All-Hallows Eve.

“The Grip of It” by Jac Jemc

Thursday, October 31, 6:00
At this gathering, the focus turns to this modern horror novel. It begins as a tale of a young couple trying to establish a sense of normalcy in a new town with new hopes. But they soon realize their house is anything but normal. At first, this book seems like an eerie but typical haunted house story-- but it quickly becomes an astute exploration of the unreliability of thought and perception. The conversation will explore how this intensely satisfying narrative calls into question the very nature of trust in ourselves and others.


Teen Book Group - Ages 13-19

Sign up and get your book starting October 1 at the Downtown Teen Desk.

"Shutter" by Courtney Alameda

Thursday, October 24, 4:00
This thrilling horror story stars Micheline, who has been trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual. Infected by a curse during what should have been a routine ghost hunt, she must exorcise herself and her friends … or die trying.


Stuck in the Middle Book Group - Ages 11-14

Sign up and get your book starting October 1 at the Downtown Teen Desk.

“13 Chairs” by Dave Shelton

Thursday, October 17, 4:15

A spine-tingling collection of stories that begin when a boy finds himself drawn to an empty house, where twelve unusual individuals await him to share their ghostly tales.


Book Buddies - Ages 7-9

Sign up and get your book starting September 10 at the Downtown Children's Center.

“The Haunted Library” by Dori H. Butler

Thursday, October 3, 4:00

When a ghost boy is separated from his ghost family, he befriends a real girl who lives above the town library -- and they join forces to solve a mystery.

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