Thirteen Classic Tales of Terror

Looking for something scary to read this Halloween? Check out this list of classic horror stories to find something to make your heart race and your spine tingle.

Title: AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS AND OTHER NOVELS
Author: LOVECRAFT, H.P. (HOWARD PHILLIPS)
DB 62005

Title: DRACULA
Author: STOKER, BRAM
DB 31689

Title: EXORCIST
Author: BLATTY, WILLIAM PETER
BR 02230; BR 11946; DB 12688

Title: FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS
Author: SHELLEY, MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT, 1797-1851
DB 25835; LB 03683; LB 06283

Title: HELL HOUSE
Author: MATHESON, RICHARD, 1926-
BR 18208; DB 68106

Title: INVISIBLE MAN
Author: WELLS, H.G. (HERBERT GEORGE), 1866-1946
DB 09593 (BARD); DB 47064; LB 05997

Title: MONKEY’S PAW AND OTHER TALES OF MYSTERY AND THE MACABRE
Author: JACOBS, W.W. (WILLIAM WYMARK), 1863-1943
DB 46641

Title: ROSEMARY’S BABY
Author: LEVIN, IRA
BR 00521; DB 61169; DB 17695 (BARD)

Title: SHINING
Author: KING, STEPHEN, 1947-
BR 13271; DB 51373; DB 10563 (BARD)

Title: SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
Author: HARRIS, THOMAS, 1940-
BR 13149; DB 27020

Title: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
Author: BRADBURY, RAY, 1920-2012
BR 12583; DB 50233; DB 09245 (BARD)

Title: TALES OF HORROR AND SUSPENSE
Author: POE, EDGAR ALLAN, 1809-1849
BR 18491; DB 69542

Title: TURN OF THE SCREW
Author: JAMES, HENRY, 1843-1916
BR 06763; DB 18129; LB 00333

Staff Pick – Laura Jean– GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M. R. Carey, DB 80678

The recent theatrical release of the movie The Girl With All the Gifts, featuring Glenn Close, brings to life the 2014 post-apocalyptic novel, GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M. R. Carey (DB 80678). Nominated for multiple science fiction and horror awards, this story, set twenty years after the event known as The Breakdown, follows a group of survivors as they travel to military headquarters.

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Intricately plotted, with an atmospheric and creepy tone, this horror novel is written in a compelling manner that inextricably draws the reader into the dystopian landscape of post-apocalyptic England. The point of view shifts between characters, offering the reader a glimpse at the motivations behind their actions and a view into their inner turmoil.

NLS Annotation for GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M. R. Carey (DB 80678): A pandemic has turned countless people into zombies known as “hungries.” The administrators of a military camp studying these hungries must flee when a group of anarchists breach their security. They bring Melanie, a 10-year-old second-generation hungry with incredible strength and intellect, debating the status of her humanity all the while. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

If you’ve already read this book and enjoy post-apocalyptic novels featuring zombies and young protagonists, you may try PASSAGE by Justin Cronin (DB 71422) or if you’d prefer a zombie horror novel that feels more like a political thriller with science fiction elements, try FEED by Mira Grant (DB 77374).

Banned Books Week: 25 Banned and Challenged Classics

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Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week: September 25th through October 1st, 2016!

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom records all challenges or attempts to ban books. According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts.

The titles below represent 25 of the banned or challenged books on that list in the Talking Book Program’s collection. For more information on why these books were challenged, visit challenged classics and the Banned Books Week web site.

Title: GREAT GATSBY
Author: FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT
BR 00089, BR 11057, DB 16147, LB 00377

Title: CATCHER IN THE RYE
Author: SALINGER, J.D.
BR 01617, BR 11909, DB 47480, LB 00182

Title: GRAPES OF WRATH
Author: STEINBECK, JOHN, 1902-1968
BR 01621, BR 09954, DB 68308, LB 00233, LB 06026

Title: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Author: LEE, HARPER
BR 12850, DB 36414, DB 77672, LB 04882

Title: COLOR PURPLE
Author: WALKER, ALICE
BR 07222, BR 12265, DB 58842

Title: ULYSSES
Author: JOYCE, JAMES
BR 10287, DB 19994

Title: BELOVED
Author: MORRISON, TONI
BR 16707, DB 26026

Title: LORD OF THE FLIES
Author: GOLDING, WILLIAM
BR 01595, BR 09480, DB 48388

Title: NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
Author: ORWELL, GEORGE
BR 10312, DB 73474, LB 02843

Title: LOLITA
Author: NABOKOV, VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH
BR 13157, DB 67388

Title: OF MICE AND MEN
Author: STEINBECK, JOHN
BT 03345, DB 48515, LB 04513

Title: CATCH-22
Author: HELLER, JOSEPH
BR 11980, DB 48063, LB 01027

Title: BRAVE NEW WORLD
Author: HUXLEY, ALDOUS
BR 01601, BR 11922, DB 47108, LB 02990

Title: SUN ALSO RISES
Author: HEMINGWAY, ERNEST
BR 03615, BR 16853, DB 34114, LB 04118

Title: AS I LAY DYING
Author: FAULKNER, WILLIAM
BR 12386, BT 00963, DB 49008

Title: FAREWELL TO ARMS
Author: HEMINGWAY, ERNEST
BR 12510, DB 49506, LB 00380, LB 04736, LB 06068

Title: THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
Author: HURSTON, ZORA NEALE
BR 16074, DB 35745

Title: INVISIBLE MAN
Author: ELLISON, RALPH
BR 08550, BR 14988, DB 56346

Title: SONG OF SOLOMON
Author: MORRISON, TONI
BR 09632, DB 38330

Title: GONE WITH THE WIND
Author: MITCHELL, MARGARET
BR 01609, BR 08519, BR 11427, DB 33082

Title: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
Author: KESEY, KEN
BR 12698, DB 56351

Title: SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE; OR, THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE: A DUTY-DANCE WITH DEATH
Author: VONNEGUT, KURT
BR 17373, DB 64540

Title: FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
Author: HEMINGWAY, ERNEST
BR 00484, BR 12455, DB 49108, LB 03367

Title: CALL OF THE WILD
Author: LONDON, JACK
BR 09833, BR 12582, DB 49486, LB 04818

Title: SEPARATE PEACE
Author: KNOWLES, JOHN
BR 10776, DB 24697, LB 01155

Staff Pick – Laura Jean – REDEPLOYMENT by Phil Klay, BR 20602, DB 78988

If you enjoy war stories with authentic characters that are written with a haunting and moving tone, try REDEPLOYMENT by former Marine captain and Iraq veteran, Phil Klay. He won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2014 for this collection of short stories about the complex feelings experienced by soldiers in a war zone as well as the difficulties soldiers face when returning home.

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Written in a compelling and candid manner, these stories pack an emotional punch. Whether it’s a story relating the problems a soldier encounters on returning to civilian life or another story describing the aftermath of an IED attack, Mr. Klay has a strong familiarity with the military language and mindset.

NLS Annotation: Twelve stories about soldiers at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the personal wars they fight reintegrating into society at home. In the title story, a soldier who had to shoot dogs on the battlefield must readjust to life in suburban America. Violence. 2014.

If you enjoy this book, but would prefer the stories told from the point of view of the women left at home, try YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE by Siobhan Fallon, DT 07103. Of if you’d prefer a non-fiction collection of war stories from former soldiers try THINGS THEY CANNOT SAY: STORIES SOLDIERS WON’T TELL YOU ABOUT WHAT THEY’VE SEEN, DONE, OR FAILED TO DO IN WAR edited by Kevin Sites, DB 76432.

Tim LaHaye, Co-Author of Left Behind Series, Dies at Age 90

Evangelical minister and author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction books, Tim LaHaye, passed away in San Diego on July 25th after suffering a massive stroke. Best known for co-authoring the Left Behind series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry, Dr. LaHaye also founded The Institute for Creation Research as well as several Christian schools.

Dr. LaHaye was born in Detroit on April 27, 1926 and suffered the loss of his father when he was nine years old. LaHaye credits his lifelong focus on the rapture to the pastor’s eulogy at his father’s funeral. “All of a sudden, there was hope in my heart I’d see my father again,” LaHaye told the Christian Science Monitor, according to his ministry. This belief directed his 70 year ministry and strongly influenced his writing, both fiction and non-fiction.

Dr. LaHaye wrote over 60 non-fiction books covering a variety of topics such as marriage and family life, depression, and anger management. However, he was best known for co-authoring the Left Behind books, a series that follows a group of people “left behind” after the rapture occurs. The books document their struggle against the forces of the Antichrist during the tribulation times leading up to the second coming of Christ and the battle of Armageddon. Blending aspects of more secular political thrillers with evangelical ideology concerning the “end times”, it was a wildly successful series resulting in the sale of over 62 million copies of the series and a run on the bestsellers lists than continued for over five years.

Titles by Tim LaHaye in the TBP collection

Babylon Rising Series

1. Babylon Rising
DB 57737
(Versión en español: DB 61027)

2. Secret on Ararat
DB 61301

3. Europa Conspiracy
DB 61645

4. Edge of Darkness
DB 72521

Countdown to the Rapture Series

1. Rapture: Antichrist is Born Before They Were Left Behind
BR 16069/ DB 60479
(Versión en español: DB 61054)

2. Regime: Evil Advances Before They Were Left Behind
BR 16651/ DB 62712
(Versión en español: DB 62962)

3. Rapture: In the Twinkling of an Eye
BR 16698/ DB 62790
(Versión en español: DB 65957)

Jesus Chronicles Series

1. John’s Story: The Last Eyewitness
DB 65464

2. Mark’s Story: The Gospel According to Peter
DB 66678

3. Luke’s Story: By Faith Alone
DB 68432

4. Matthew’s Story: From Sinner to Saint
DB 73566

Left Behind Series

1. Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth’s Last Days
BT 03730/ DB 47462/ LB 04713
(Versión en español: DB 50980)

2. Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind
BR 13920/ DB 47463/ LB 04706
(Versión en español: DB 50983)

3. Nicolae: The Rise of the Antichrist
BR 13921/ DB 47464
(Versión en español: DB 50986)

4. Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides
BR 13922/ DB 47465
(Versión en español: DB 50987)

5. Apollyon: The Destroyer is Unleashed
BR 13923/ DB 48151
(Versión en español: DB 50993)

6. Assassins: Assignment, Jerusalem; Target, Antichrist
BR 13924/ DB 48819
(Versión en español: DB 50996)

7. Indwelling: The Beast Takes Possession
BR 13925/ DB 50275
(Versión en español: DB 51000)

8. Mark: The Beast Rules the World
BR 13926/ DB 51272
(Versión en español: DB 52883)

9. Desecration: Antichrist Takes the Throne
BR 13927/ DB 53137
(Versión en español: 52980)

10. Remnant: On the Brink of Armageddon
BR 14212/ DB 54460
(Versión en español: 54954)

11. Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages
BR 14702/ DB 55878
(Versión en español: 56968)

12. Glorious Appearing: The End of Days
BR 15335/ DB 57944
(Versión en español: 58963)

13. Kingdom Come: The Final Victory
BR 17251/ DB 64646

Non-Fiction Titles

Revelation Unveiled
DB 71816
(Versión en español: DB 71816)

Staff Pick – Laura Jean– DEATH OF A HEALING WOMAN: A TEXANA JONES MYSTERY by Allana Martin, DB 47921

Death of a Healing Woman by Allana Martin Cover

If you like contemporary mysteries with a western flavor such as the Walt Longmire Series by Craig Johnson or the Joe Pickett Series by C. J. Box, you might try the Texana Jones Mystery Series by Allana Martin, starting with DEATH OF A HEALING WOMAN (DB 47921). Winner of the 1996 Spur Award, this story, set in rural El Polvo, Texas, follows local resident Texana Jones as she investigates the murder of the local curandera, Rhea Fair.

Plot driven with a strong sense of place, this suspenseful mystery also hosts a cast of vividly memorable characters. The author, Allana Martin, lives in Marfa, Texas and her knowledge of the area reveals itself in her detailed descriptions of the people, culture and landscape of the border region.

NLS Annotation:

Texana Jones operates a trading post on the Mexican-American border. She is still mourning the death of two friends when she finds the body of a third, healer Rhea Fair. The authorities blame drug couriers. As Texana investigates, an outbreak of rabies spreads through the countryside. Spur Award Winner. Some violence. 1996.

If you’ve already read this book and enjoy a good mystery series with a female protagonist that takes place in rural setting, you may try the Anna Pigeon Series by Nevada Barr, starting with TRACK OF THE CAT (DB 65648) If you’d prefer a male lead, try the Sheriff Dan Rhodes Series by Bill Crider.

San Antonio Public Library’s Children’s Low Vision Reading Room

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The main wall of the San Antonio Public Library’s Children’s Low Vision Reading Room has a sign which spells “Hello” in Braille above the word written in Latin letters below. Beneath this is the phrase “Feel the alphabet” in Latin letters only. Under this is the alphabet in Latin letters with their Braille equivalent

The Children’s Low Vision Reading Room is located on the third floor of the Central Branch of the San Antonio Public Library (map) in the Children’s Department. Funded by the Semmes Foundation, which was formed for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes, the Reading Room houses the library’s collection of children’s Braille books and kits with a book and audio combination. Children can use the equipment in the room to enjoy the audio materials available at the library. Materials from the room can also be mailed to qualifying participants of Free Matter for the Blind and the library’s own Books by Mail service. Currently, the room also houses a temporary touchable art exhibit.

For more information, go to http://guides.mysapl.org/special_needs or call (210) 207-2500

Please Take the ACB Audio Description Survey–Deadline July 31, 2016

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Would you like to help assist the American Council of the Blind (ACB) understand how members of the blind and visually impaired community are currently accessing audio description and what can be done to improve access to audio described content? Audio description is an additional verbal narration that describes visual elements during pauses in dialogue. Audio description commentary provides access to elements such as scenes, settings, actions and costumes.

Your feedback will be used to provide ACB the tools and information needed to advocate for higher-quality audio description. If you have had no previous experience using audio description but are interested in learning more about it, state this during the course of the survey and the ACB will contact you via email with more information about audio description.

To take the survey, click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/32WG386

The survey takes between 10-15 minutes and is available until July 31st.

Staff Pick – Laura Jean– THE SECRET CHORD by Geraldine Brooks, DB 82635

If you enjoy literary historical Biblical fiction that is realistic in nature, you may enjoy THE SECRET CHORD. Nominated for the 2016 Women’s Prize for Fiction as well making Booklist’s Best Historical Fiction for 2016 list, THE SECRET CHORD tells the story of the Old Testament warrior, King David, from the viewpoint of Natan, his prophet and advisor.

Cover of The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

Ms. Brooks, who won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for MARCH (DB 64617), provides a vivid, richly detailed view of the land of Israel a millennium prior to the birth of Christ. Amid this setting, she places a variety of characters who each relate a part of David’s life.

NLS Annotation: King David rules Israel during the Second Iron Age. As he moves from a lowly shepherd to the leader of the Israelites, the lives of those he impacts, including the prophet Natan, his wives, and his son Solomon, reflect back on him. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

For a non-fiction look at the life of King David try KING DAVID: THE REAL LIFE OF THE MAN WHO RULED ISRAEL by Jonathan Kirsch DB 56945. Or if you’d enjoy another historical fictional account of this legendary man, try the Children of the Lion series by Peter Danielson. The eighteenth and nineteenth books in the series, THE SHINING KING DB 51108 and TRIUMPH OF THE LION DB 51109, both deal specifically with the life of King David.

San Antonio Art Museum Multisensory Tours

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The San Antonio Art Museum (SAMA) provides a free multisensory tour of selected items from their collection on the first Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. The items on each tour are united by a theme. Using descriptive language, scents, touchable props, and music, the docents provide an experience of art that is truly accessible to all. Currently, SAMA offers seven different multisensory tours. Previous tours have included: Life, Death and the Afterlife; 19th and 20th century art in Europe and the Americas; Sculpture; and Asian Lands. Reservations are required for the tour. Call 210-978-8138 or email tours@samuseum.org.
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Multisensory Tours
Dates: First Saturday of each month
Time: 10 AM
Location: San Antonio Art Museum, 200 West Jones Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78215
For more information visit: www.samuseum.org or call (210) 978-8138