I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts!

Prepare yourself for the new Ghostbusters movie by reading some ghost stories from the Durham Tech Library. Some are scary, some are funny, but they all have those opaque apparitions we love to fear!

A black cat on a grey and white background.

Collected and introduced by the bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry–including her own fabulous new illustrations for each piece, and a new story by Niffenegger–this is a unique and haunting anthology of some of the best ghost stories of all time. From Edgar Allen Poe to Kelly Link, M.R. James to Neil Gaiman, H. H. Munro to Audrey Niffenegger herself, Ghostly reveals the evolution of the ghost story genre with tales going back to the eighteenth century and into the modern era, ranging across styles from Gothic Horror to Victorian, with a particular bent toward stories about haunting–haunted children, animals, houses. Every story is introduced by Audrey Niffenegger, an acclaimed master of the craft, with some words on its background and why she chose to include it. Niffenegger’s own story is, “A Secret Life With Cats.” Perfect for the classic and contemporary ghost story aficionado, this is a delightful volume, beautifully illustrated. Ghostly showcases the best of the best in the field, including Edith Wharton, P.G. Wodehouse, A.S. Byatt, Ray Bradbury, and so many more.

Drawn girl with a ghostly outline in her black hair.


Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend wasn’t one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century. Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya’s normal life might actually be worse. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend–even a dead one–is just what she needs. But Anya’s new BFF isn’t kidding about the ‘forever’ part…

Title over green smoke coming from a house chimney.

When Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.

Negative space silhouettes over flames.

Since losing both of her parents, fifteen-year-old Katie can see and talk to ghosts, which makes her a loner until fellow student Law sees her drawing of a historic house and together they seek a treasure rumored to be hidden there by illegal slave-traders.

Too Hot to Cook?

Summer has really and truly arrived, which means it may be too hot to use some of our awesome cookbooks,* but that doesn’t mean you can’t check out some of our awesome other food-related books and movies.

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*Check out section TX in all campus libraries for cookbooks of all cuisines and sizes.