Monthly Archives: October 2018

Spooky Books for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, and if you’re looking for a spooky read this month, our library staff have a few favorites to recommend!

Some of the books below we own, while others can be requested through the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat) using your UMassD login. You can also download ebooks and audiobooks from the Boston Public Library collection if you register for a free Boston Public Library eCard (

Questions about how to get fun books to read or listen to when you need a break from school? Ask a librarian!

Great reads from your librarians:

Rachel Baum, social sciences & data services librarian

Billy Cryer, web & discovery services Librarian

Judy Farrar, Archives & Special Collections Librarian

Lorraine Heffernan, business & economics librarian

Hilary Kraus, nursing & health librarian

Olivia Miller, arts & humanities librarian

  • The graphic novel series Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (content warning for violence, sexual assault, and physical abuse) (read a review; request a copy)

Kari Mofford, undergraduate & user services librarian

Susan Raidy-Klein, collection development & acquisitions Librarian

Matt Sylvain, systems and digital services librarian

The Science Fiction Book Club team recommends A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny (read a review; read our copy) and Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff (read a review; request a copy), both of which we read last year. Heather Tripp, video production specialist in University Marketing and one of our dedicated Science Fiction Book Club members, suggests Hannibal by Thomas Harris (read a review; request a copy).

SF Book Club to discuss Blackout by Connie Willis

The Science Fiction Book Club is ready for our second read of the semester: Connie Willis’ Blackout. The book centers around a group of Historians (yes, capital H) at Oxford in 2060 that travel back in time (as Historians do) to varying times and places in WWII England. Without spoiling too much, things don’t go as planned. This is actually the first of two volumes, so be prepared to want to read All Clear immediately after finishing this one.

Blackout and All Clear are part of Willis’ “Oxford Time Travel” universe, where many of her previous works, such as Doomsday Book and the short story “Fire Watch,” are set. If you enjoy this, you’ll have much more to explore! Willis is a prolific science fiction author, bearing the title of “Grand Master” by the Science Fiction Writers of America. She’s won numerous Hugo and Nebula Awards, including one of each for the combined work made up of Blackout and All Clear.

You can find Blackout at your local public library or through interlibrary loan.

We look forward to chatting with you about Blackout on Monday, November 5th at 1pm in Library 314.