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Thirty-one years ago this month, Stephen King’s It made its way to library and bookstore shelves across the globe, singlehandedly ushering in a new era of clown nightmares to all who dared to open the book!
The horror novel was the best-selling book of 1986 according to Publishers Weekly and received the British Fantasy Award in 1987. It was so successful in fact, that in 1990, the novel was made into a TV miniseries starring the late Tim Curry as Pennywise (the terrifying clown).
Now, It is back…and it’s hitting the big screen today!
There are only a few copies of the novels currently available in our collection, so get It today, before it gets you!
by Stephen King|
Print | eBook | eAudiobook | TV Miniseries
It can be anything. A fanged monster that won't stay on the movie screen. Something ominous lurking in the basement. A malevolent force in a small New England town takes the shape of a clown, but It isn't clowning around. Instead, It terrifies youngsters with their innermost fears, bringing some to their untimely doom -- until a group of wily neighborhood kids fight back. Thirty years later the evil resurfaces: meaner, angrier, deadlier. And the friends who vividly remember the terrors of their youth reunite to make a desperate stand against It.
More Clown Terror:
If clowns are the stuff your nightmares are made of, we have you covered!
|American Horror Story: Freak Show|
Elsa Mars is the proprietor of a troupe of human "curiosities" on a desperate journey of survival in the sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida, in 1952. Her menagerie of performers includes a two-headed telepathic twin, a take-charge bearded lady, a vulnerable strongman, and most importantly, a killer clown! But strange emergence of an entity will savagely threaten the lives of the townsfolk and freaks alike.
|Dear Mr. Gacy|
Streaming Movie on hoopla
If there IS something actually creepier than a fictional evil clown – it’s a real life evil clown! Enter serial killer John Wayne Gacy, better known as the “Killer Clown,” who was convicted of the murder of 33 young men and boys. Dear Mr. Gacy is a film about the interaction between college student Jason Moss and the object of his obsession, serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
|John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster by Sam L. Amirante and Danny Broderick |
Print | hoopla eBook | Overdrive eBook
Get a behind the scenes look at the lawyer and confidant who defended John Wayne Gacy, the “Killer Clown” convicted of murdering 33 young men and boys, as he tells his chilling tale of how he defended an American serial killer. Defending a Monster is a gripping true crime narrative that reenacts the gruesome killings and the famous trial that shocked a nation--and a testament to the importance of America's Sixth Amendment
|Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury|
Print | Graphic Novel | eBook | eAudiobook | DVD
Rad Bradbury was one of the 20th century’s most prolific science-fiction authors, but Something Wicked This Way Comes stands alone in his canon. It lacks the sunny nostalgia of Dandelion Wine or the post-apocalyptic social commentary of Fahrenheit 451. Instead, it is pure, phantasmagorical terror, as Mr. Dark comes to town with a carnival of grotesqueries in order to steal the souls of gullible customers. Needless to say, his nightmarish parade includes quite a few clowns.
|Twilight Eyes by Dean Koontz |
Print | eBook
In this chilling thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz, the carnival is coming to town—and it's like nothing you've ever seen. Slim MacKenzie is no ordinary man. With eyes the color of twilight, he's been blessed with a psychic gift: premonitions. He's also been cursed, for Slim can see the monsters hiding among us, feeding on our suffering...And when Slim joins a traveling carnival seeking sanctuary, what he'll find is a hunting ground—with humanity as the prey.
More Stephen King:
As is the case with It, if there’s one thing that Stephen King does well, it’s incorporating the struggle and fears of youth into his work.
Print | eBook | eAudiobook | DVD (1976) | DVD (2002)
Stephen King's legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates. Carrie White may be picked on by her classmates, but she has a gift. She can move things with her mind. Doors lock. Candles fall. This is her power and her problem. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offers Carrie a chance to be a normal...until an unexpected cruelty turns her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that no one will ever forget.
|Children of the Corn|
eBook | Streaming Movie (1976) | Streaming Movie (2009)
Driving through the cornfields in rural Nebraska, Burt and Vicky run over a young boy—only to discover that they may not be responsible for his death. Out in the corn, something is watching them, and help is nowhere to be found. From the unrivaled master of horror and the supernatural, Stephen King. "Children of the Corn," first collected in the extraordinary collection Night Shift in 1973 and then adapted into a horror film franchise of the same name, is a terrifying and unforgettable classic of the genre.
Print | eBook | eAudiobook
Stephen King's "gem of a story" (Chicago Tribune) about a child with extraordinary psychic powers who is on the run from the government. A #1 national bestseller. Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson participated in a drug experiment run by a veiled government agency known as The Shop. One year later, they marry. Two years later, their little girl, Charlie, sets her teddy bear on fire by simply staring at it. Now that Charlie is eight, she doesn't start fires anymore. Her parents have taught her to control her pyrokinesis, the ability to set anything—toys, clothes, even people—aflame. But The Shop knows about and wants this pigtailed "ultimate weapon." Shop agents set out to hunt down Charlie and her father in a ruthless chase that traverses the streets of New York and the backwoods of Vermont.
|The Shining Series: The Shining|
Print | eBook | eAudiobook | DVD
Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.
|The Shining Series: Doctor Sleep|
Print | Large Print | Audiobook | eBook
Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.” Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.