As the moon rises on another Halloween night, candy is the thing. But as the festivities wind down – and the sugar rush is in full swing – you’ll want to settle down with a deliciously scary book.

That’s when R.J. Julia Booksellers and general manager Lori Fazio step in to satisfy your craving. Going strong for over a quarter-century and winner of several major awards, including Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year and Connecticut Magazine’s Best Bookstore, R.J. Julia previously helped us out with some fantastic Y.A. titles. Now, they’re back with three diverse Halloween goodies:

Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay (Arthur A. Levine Books, October 6, 2015)

harry-potter-and-the-sorcerers-stone-jk-rowling-jim-kay-cover“What is Halloween without Harry Potter?  This new illustrated edition of the first book is absolutely stunningly delightful! It brings the story to life with just enough pictures to allow one’s imagination to fill in the rest and it’s a great read-aloud book for a family, too. Our entire Kids Team was thrilled when this book finally arrived in the store, so we can’t get enough of it around here.”




The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff (Little, Brown and Company, October 27, 2015)

the-witches-salem-1692-stacy-schiff-cover“This is a true telling of a terrifying time when panic spread quickly, causing people to turn on those they cared about.  In The Witches, you’ll find out who was at the center of this short but gruesome period, and some myths will also be dispelled as Stacy Schiff pulls you deep into her wonderful story.  It’ll be as if you are watching lakeside as the events unfold.  We were intrigued by the strange happenings surrounding the trials, some of which we had never heard of before.” (For more information, see our full review here.)



Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories
by Audrey Niffenegger (Scribner, October 6, 2015)

ghostly-collection-ghost-stories-audrey-niffenegger-cover“Ghost stories are the pinnacle of Halloween lore. These stories will give you creaky floorboards, vampires, stormy evenings and the spookiness you want for this ghoulish holiday!  Have fun but don’t forget to have a flashlight (and some garlic) nearby…just…in…case.  Most of the staff loves hearing creepy stories, but I have to personally admit, some of these I read with one eye closed.”