Horror in the Bookstore

I am now officially employed: hooray! And what’s better, I got a job at Barnes and Noble, which is perfect for a book fiend such as myself. My customers will be people who like to read. I can dig that. Of course, I won’t get to just hang around soaking in the awesomeness of the written word, as I will be beind a counter making coffee, but still.

Who knows? Maybe there will be something creepy lurking among the shelves. I can only hope. I realize that a bookstore is really not a frightening place in the least, but don’t you know it, horror stories can and do take place just about anywhere.

Take Ramsey Campbell’s The Overnight, for instance.

In it, a man begins working at a bookstore in a foggy strip mall… but strange things start to happen. Books mysteriously end up on the floor, damp and damaged. The computers show only errors and glow an eerie gray. When an employee is killed in a hit-and-run in the store’s parking lot, things really start to go wrong. The security monitors are showing half-seen things that crawl between the stacks and vanish. Fed up, the staff decides to stay for an overnight inventory to see what’s going on, but there are creatures that have been lurking in the store and hiding in the fog, gray and silent.

While I’m one for horror around every corner, I certainly hope my Barnes and Noble isn’t infested with strange creatures that make my job a living hell. Mostly because that story’s been done before. Maybe a haunting? We’ll have to see. Hopefully some sort of inspiration will descend upon me from working there.

Categories: Thoughts


  1. Reminds me of the classic Twilight Zone with Burgess Meredith as the book loving librarian who is took busy to read. Suddenly, through some unexplained armageddon, everyone is gone from earth except the librarian. He is thrilled as he now has time to read everything he ever wanted to read. But alas, his glasses fall and break. All those books and he can’t read them.

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