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Monday, October 31, 2016

Sadly, this concludes our 7th day of horror...

This was a staff pick the minute it came out:          "A Head Full of Ghosts" by Paul Tremblay         Save it for a sunny day.  

Although this concludes our horror-filled countdown,
 we'll continue to bring you the
scariest of books and movies.
 We'll even bring you things from the
 farthest regions of space,
 so check back often.
 We'll be right here waiting for you. 

Here it is...our 6th and day of horror:


That Negan, though...

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The 2nd Day of Horror...

From the fictional land of Carcosa that inspired the HBO show True Detective this collection features some of the most legendary landscapes of the cosmic horror genre. 
The collection includes the following authors: 
Edgar Allan Poe,  Bram Stoker, Ambrose Bierce,  
R. W. Chambers,  M. P. Shiel,  Arthur Machen, 
Algernon Blackwood, Henry James, 
Walter de la Mare, H. P. Lovecraft.
Masters ALL!

 "The true weird tale has something more than a secret murder, bloody bones, or a sheeted form clanking chains. An atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces must be present; a hint of that most terrible conception of the human brain--a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard against the assaults of chaos and the daemons of unplumbed space."--H. P. Lovecraft"

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Y'all know who that guy is, right?

Friday, October 28, 2016

Are you counting with us? The 4th day of horror features this:

From one of our most important contemporary writers, The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror is a bold, haunting collection of six stories.

In the title story, a young boy becomes obsessed with his cousin’s doll after she tragically passes away, from leukemia.  In “Gun Accident,” a teenage girl is thrilled when her favorite teacher asks her to house-sit, even on short notice. In “Equatorial,” set in the exotic Galapagos, an affluent American wife experiences disorienting assaults upon her sense of who her charismatic husband really is, and what his plans may be for her.

In The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror, Joyce Carol Oates evokes the “fascination of the abomination” that is at the core of the most profound, the most unsettling, and the most memorable of dark mystery fiction.

Put it on reserve here!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Day 5 of Horror

After moving to a new apartment complex next to a cemetery, a young Japanese family experiences strange and terrifying occurrences that send the other residents fleeing their homes, ultimately leaving them alone with a dark, evil something, or someone, residing in the basement.   Yeah. So, there's that. 

"Mariko Koike is one of the most popular writers working in Japan today.  Koike is a recognized master of detective fiction and horror writing. Known in particular for her hybrid works that blend these styles with elements of romance, this title is arguably Koike’s masterpiece. This title was originally published in Japan in 1986." - from the publisher.  

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Let's start the countdown to horror: Day 7

Reserve it here!

"A story where humans get turned into puppets. 
Horrifying, I know." - Reference Librarian Jill

Countdown the horrors with 6th day of bringing us this bewitching novel...

"The English language debut of the bestselling Dutch novel, Hex, fromThomas Olde Heuvelt--a Hugo and World Fantasy award nominated talent to watch!

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch. She walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's bed for nights on end. 

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past." - from the publisher

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Debut authors are terrific!

Merrick Library Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion
 proudly presents debut author,
Lauren Acampora!
Join us as Lauren discusses her compelling debut novel,

"The Wonder Garden"

Wednesday, November 2nd at 2:30pm
She'll be here!
Don't miss it!

Copies available at the Circulation Desk.

Lauren Acampora's debut collection of linked stories, The Wonder Garden, was published in May 2015 by Grove Atlantic. It was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and an Indie Next selection, and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by Amazon and NPR. It won the GLCA New Writers Award and was a finalist for the New England Book Award. Lauren's short fiction has also appeared in publications such as The Paris Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, Antioch Review, and Day One. She is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College.

Raised in Connecticut, she now lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, artist Thomas Doyle, and their daughter.

Monday, October 24, 2016

DVDs available Tuesday, October 25th. 2016

A Better Place - A shy and underdeveloped young man with uncanny powers learns how to cope with life in a small corrupt town. Directed by Dennis Ho. Starring: Stephen Todt, Perry Thomas, Mary Ann Raemisch.

Lights Out (DVD)
Lights Out - When her little brother, Martin, experiences the same events that once tested her sanity, Rebecca works to unlock the truth behind the terror, which brings her face to face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother, Sophie. Directed by David F. Sandberg. Starring:  Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello.
Skiptrace [DVD + Digital]

Skiptrace - A detective from Hong Kong teams up with an American gambler to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal. Directed by Renny Harlin. Starring: Jackie Chan, Johnny Knoxville, Bingbing Fan.

WarcraftWarcraft - As an Orc horde invades the planet Azeroth using a magic portal, a few human heroes and dissenting Orcs must attempt to stop the true evil behind this war. Directed by Duncan Jones. Starring:  Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster. 
The Night Of: DVD + Digital HD

The Night Of  - After a night of partying with a female stranger, a man wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder. Created by  Richard Price & Steven Zaillian. Starring:  Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Peyman Moaadi, John Turturro, Jeannine Berlin. From HBO.

The Purge: Election YearAvailable Thursday, October 28th...

The Purge: Election Year - Years after sparing the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. Directed by James DeMonaco. Starring: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

I'm not walking but running...

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Looks like we'll all be spending alot of time with Negan this season.

But remember, this whole journey started out as a graphic novel series. And you know what? We have them all. ALL.

Looking for more horror graphic novel series?
Check out these:
To be clear, spending time with Jeffrey Dean Morgan is okay by me. 
Negan, not so much.
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For this photo you may thank me now. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Not liking things on earth right now...?

By all means,
 blast off with these terrific books of space travel!

We all know the truth is out there.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

More with Paula Hawkins...

from our friends at  
What does Paula Hawkins think of the movie treatment of
"Girl on the Train"? 

Monday, October 17, 2016

And then there were 5...

The National Book Award shortlist is here!


And guess who is going to host the award filled evening?
Terrific comedian and former Comedy Central host, 
We loved Larry's show, so it will be wonderful to have him preside over this prestigious ceremony, 
November 16th at NYC's Cipriani Wall Street.

Friday, October 14, 2016

DVDs available Tuesday, October 18th...

Alice Through The Looking Glass [WON'T WORK IN THE USA DVD] [REGION 2 PAL FORMAT]Alice Through the Looking Glass - Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin. Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter. 

Cafe Society [DVD + Digital]

Cafe Society - In the 1930s, a young Bronx native moves to Hollywood, where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars. After returning to New York, he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. Directed by Woody Allen. Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Parker Posey. 
Free State of Jones

Free State of Jones - A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters, runaway slaves, and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government. Directed by Gary Ross. Starring:  Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell

Independence Day Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence - Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind's new space defenses be enough? Directed by Roland Emmerich. Starring:  Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Sela Ward, Maika Monroe. 

Our Kind Of Traitor [DVD + Digital]

Our Kind of Traitor - A couple finds themselves lured into a Russian oligarch's plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust. Based on the novel by John LeCarre. Directed by Susanna White. Starring:  Naomie Harris, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis, Alicia von Rittberg.

Foreign & Documentary Films:
The Innocents - (Foreign) In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent. Directed by Anne Fontaine. Starring:  Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza 

Dark Horse - (Documentary) An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse. Directed by Louise Osmond.

Sunset Song - (Foreign) The daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s. Directed by Terence Davies. Starring: Peter Mullan, Agyness Deyn, Mark Bonnar. 

First Monday in May - (Documentary)Follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibition in history, "China: Through The Looking Glass," an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. Directed by Andrew Rossi. Starring:  Andrew Bolton, John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier. 

The Wailing - (Foreign) A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter. Directed by  Hong-jin Na. Starring:  Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Woo-hee Chun

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Okay all you girls on the train...


The author of “The Girl on the Train”steers away from a 
couple of popular genres: “I have (shamefully) 
never read any sci-fi, and I tend to avoid horror 
because I’m a wimp.”
What books are currently on your night stand?
“As If,” by Blake Morrison; “The Underground Railroad,” by
Colson Whitehead; Virginia Woolf’s “A Writer’s Diary.”
 I’m also listening to the audiobook of
 “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” by Marlon James.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk makes it to the 3D screen...?

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Yep. Ben Fountain's book will get the Ang Lee treatment and in 3D no less. 

I hosted the 
ML Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion 
on the title to mostly 
favorable reviews.
 I gave the book 4-stars on GoodReads, so I cannot wait to see it. 
But seriously?   3D?    Well, it's Ang Lee, so sure, let's do it. 

And here's the trailer.

See you at the movies!

Friday, October 7, 2016

DVDs available Tuesday, October 11...

Blood Father [DVD + Digital]Blood Father - An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 17-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her. Directed by Jean-François Richet. Starring:  Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna

Ghostbusters - Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat. Directed by Paul Feig. Starring:  Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon. 
The Infiltrator

Infiltrator - A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Directed by Brad Furman, Starring:  Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger. 

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising- When their new next-door neighbors turn out to be a sorority even more debaucherous than the fraternity previously living there, Mac and Kelly team with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down. Directed by Nicholas Stoller. Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Selena Gomez. 

Swiss Army Man [DVD + Digital]Swiss Army Man - A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home. Directed by  Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. Starring: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead.  This DVD is available now!

The Legend of Tarzan (Special Edition)Legend of Tarzan - Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. Directed by David Yates. Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Rory J. Saper, Christian Stevens.