Tag Archives: atmospheric

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Title: Night Film

Author: Marisha Pessl

Call #: PESSL

This is the story of Scott McGrath, a journalist whose entire career was trashed when he falsely accused the [fictional] cult horror film maker, Cordova, of evil things. When Cordova’s daughter turns up dead, McGrath is drawn back into the filmmaker’s world. But when you are trying to solve the murder of the daughter of a highly secretive man, whose entire life has been spent creating dark, disturbing, movie masterpieces, things do not follow the straight line of a basic mystery novel. Night Film is part mystery, part psychological suspense, and part horror movie. In fact, I loved how the entire book was written in an uneasy and unsteady tone that never lets up. And, if you are looking for a closed ending, stop reading this recommendation right now because you aren’t getting one here.

Recommended by: Becky


Far Dark Fields by Gary Braunbeck

Title: Far Dark Fields

Author: Gary Braunbeck

Call #: BRA

Like most of Braunbeck novels, this takes place in the fictional town of Cedar Hills, Ohio. This novel has all the chills and horror fans crave by creating a creepy small town and populating it with troubled protagonists, dark secrets, and evil supernatural monsters. This is a smart, Midwest-flavored, gory story in which the reader is never quite sure whom they can trust. 

Recommended by: Becky

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Title: The Mists of Avalon

Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley


In this retelling of the story of King Arthur, Morgaine (known today as the sinister Morgan le Fay) recalls her version of the events surrounding this legendary tale.  Morgaine is descended from priestesses on the isle of Avalon, and becomes a powerful priestess in her own right.  Her aunt Vivian, who is the Lady of the Lake and skilled in the Sight, manipulates events to achieve (or circumvent?) the future she foresees, to the detriment of many of those involved.

Recommended by: Briana

A False Mirror by Charles Todd

Title: A False Mirror

Author: Charles Todd                

Call #:  M – TOD

The tenth book in the Ian Rutledge series has the Scotland Yard detective deployed to a small harbor town to deal with the victim of a severe beating and a hostage situation. The complicated, fragile character of Ian Rutledge never fails to draw me into the story. He is a sort of “wounded healer” in his own way. If you like British mysteries with well developed characters and multiple plot twists, this is for you.

Recommended by: Betty