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Cowards live longer

That is what I tell myself when I get scared stiff by a horror film or book. But I can't seem to

stay away from the stuff, so here are a few titles that will only scare you a little…

Photograph: iStock

Text: Susan Jessen Spiele

Icelandic, eerie and sad

The Girl Who Died

By Ragnar Jonasson

Dealing with her father's tragic suicide, Una accepts a job as a teacher in a tiny isolated village. Unfortunately, the villagers are unfriendly, and she hears a dead girl singing. Just before Christmas, a death means Una's life is going from bad to worse.

Sharp, fast and suspenseful


By Lauren Beukes

Twelve-year-old Miles is one of the last boys alive three years after the pandemic called Manfall killed nearly every male. His mother, Cole, will protect him at all costs; from her own ruthless sister and all the others who will prey on him.

History, ghosts and love

The Deep

By Alma Katsu

Annie was a maid on the Titanic and survived. Four years later, she works as a nurse on the sister ship The Britannic and sees an unconscious soldier she recognizes as Mark - who died on Titanic. Now all her memories come back.

Gothic, gore and sinister

Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom sends Noemí to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. Once there, she finds a house filled with secrets and horror.

Did you know?

We can finally do a proper Halloween party at Roskilde Library, so come and join us! Just bring a dish for the joint buffet, your own beverages (wine and beer are allowed), and if you feel like dressing up as your favourite horrible thing, please do. You can get your free ticket at: Expat dinner Halloween | Roskilde Bibliotekerne

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