Omaha Picks: Horror
Annotation:This classic ghost story finds war widow Ruth Taylor volunteering at a mansion-turned-RAF military hospital where she experiences strange visions that suggest her late husband is causing malevolent accidents.
Annotation:Frank Nichols and his wife, arrive at his family’s plantation, where he hopes to revive his failing career by writing about the horrors of slavery. There is an unspoken dread from the townspeople; a presence that demands sacrifice.
Annotation:On Christmas Day in 1893, every person in a remote mining town disappears, belongings forsaken, meals uneaten. Now 113 years later a research team led by a history professor, his journalist daughter, a psychic and a paranormal photographer have come to investigate the town, reported to be haunted.
Annotation:When Andrew Taylor is sent to a British institution for privileged adolescents, he is spurned by nearly all of his peers and becomes immersed in a two hundred year old literary mystery. A thoroughly upsetting horror-mystery blend hybrid that is smart, sexy, scary and gorgeously written.
Annotation:Young lovers, fearsome creatures, dire warnings, rituals and curses, and dreadful consequences. The shocks never stop coming, bolstered by crisp writing and well-defined sympathetic characters.
Annotation:When 17 year old Lin and her family move to an ancient German castle for a year while her father searches for the famed Allerbeiligen glass – lost stained glass windows that are said to be haunted by a terrifying demon – she becomes involved in a horrific murder mystery. With its fascinating information on medieval folklore, unique setting, and increasingly claustrophobic sense of terror, this is an exhilarating page-turner that offers a cerebral blend of horror and mystery.
Annotation:Leaving their London home to escape memories of their missing son, the Caleigh’s move into Crickley Hall and soon begin to realize that their new home is haunted when they experience terrifying sounds and lights and discover that nine orphans died there during World War II.
Annotation:Facing defeat by the French during the Napoleonic Wars, Russian Captain Aleska Danilov enlists the help of twelve mysterious mercenary soldiers, the Oprichnik, only realizing too late their true nature as vampires.
Annotation:A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side effects.
Annotation:Seventeen year old werewolf Peter moves to Hemlock Grove just as the mangled bodies of dead girls begin appearing in the woods. He’s the natural suspect, but he thankfully finds a defender in fellow student, Roman, a coke-snorting vampire. As if their hunt for the vargulf (a werewolf that has gone insane) wasn’t enough there’s also a mad doctor, gypsy magic, fairies, angels and what have you.
Annotation:At a fort deep in the Ontario wilderness in 1878, a ghostly predator is attacking colonists and spreading a gruesome plague. A mixture of horror and western, using Native American myths and folklore.
Annotation:An anthropologist, an ex-cop, and a desperate husband all cross paths in this creepy thriller set in Beckon, Wyoming, a town famous for its Native American legend about a Soul Eater that lives in caves nearby.
Annotation:This zombie apocalypse adventure relates the experiences of Sadie Walker, whose longing for a peaceful and normal life is shattered when a radical group seizes control of northern Seattle and kidnaps Sadie’s nephew, forcing her to fight off a growing population of zombies and sail a ship of survivors to safety.
Annotation:Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alister Gellis who is rich, handsome, scarred by World War I and obsessed with ghosts has been summoned to investigate the spirit of a young maid who is haunting the barn where she committed suicide.