Horror & Supernatural

Note: Horror can be tricky for discerning readers. Sometimes, we want to be thrilled - but not disturbed, grossed out, or upset. If you’d like a horror recommendation with just the right amount of thrill for you, please speak to the library staff. Thanks!

Bad Dreams

Haunting dreams start leaking into reality.

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

The Nest - Kenneth Oppel

The Night Gardener - Jonathan Auxier

Nightmares! - Jason Segal & Kirsten Miller

The Skeleton Man - Joseph Bruchac


Creepy Objects

You’re done with them, but they’re not done with you...

Among the Dolls - William Sleator

Doll Bones - Holly Black

Splendors & Glooms - Laura Amy Schlitz

The Squampkin Patch - JT Petty


Curses, Witches, & Voodoo

A magical person with malicious intentions drives the plot.

Claws - Mike & Rachel Grinti

Hoodoo - Roland Smith

The Hunt for the Seventh - Christine Morton-Shaw

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

The Last Apprentice [series] - Joseph Delaney

The League of Beastly Dreadfuls: The Witch’s Glass - Holly Grant

The Night Parade - Kathryn Tanquary

Raven’s Gate - Anthony Horowitz

The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson

The Specter from the Magician’s Museum - Brad Strickland & John Bellairs

Suddenly Supernatural - Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

The Switch - Anthony Horowitz

Well Witched - Frances Hardinge

Witch Catcher - Mary Downing Hahn

The Witches of Worm - Zilpha Keatley Snyder


Dark Fairy Tales

Dark retellings of common fairy tales or legends.

Castaways of the Flying Dutchman - Brian Jacques

Coraline - Neil Gaiman

The Door by the Staircase - Katherine Marsh

Goldeline - Jimmy Cajoleas

Reckless - Cornelia Funke

A Tale Dark & Grimm [series] - Adam Gidwitz


Frankenstein Returns

The monster comes back!

The Frankenstein Journals - Scott Sonneborn


Ghosts, Hauntings, & Paranormal Events

Who ya gonna call??

All the Lovely Bad Ones - Mary Downing Hahn

The Beasts of Clawstone Castle - Eva Ibbotson

Castaways of the Flying Dutchman - Brian Jacques

Deep and Dark and Dangerous - Mary Downing Hahn

A Drowned Maiden’s Hair - Laura Amy Schlitz

Ghost Dog Secrets - Peg Kehret

The Ghost’s Grave - Peg Kehret

Ghostlight - Sonia Gensler

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

A Greyhound of a Girl - Roddy Doyle

The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury

The House on Stone’s Throw Island - Dan Poblocki

The Hunt for the Seventh - Christine Morton-Shaw

The Inn Between - Marina Cohen

Legend of the Ghost Dog - Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

The Old Willis Place - Mary Downing Hahn

One for Sorrow - Mary Downing Hahn

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street - Lindsay Currie

School of the Dead - Avi

The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud

The Seer of Shadows - Avi

Seven Dead Pirates - Linda Bailey

Shadow House: You Can’t Hide - Dan Poblocki

Stonewords: A Ghost Story - Pam Conrad

Thornhill - Pam Smy*

Time for Andrew - Mary Downing Hahn

Spookiest Authors

The best authors to check out when you want a thrill!

Holly Black

Joseph Bruchac

Neil Gaiman

Adam Gidwitz

Mary Downing Hahn

Anthony Horowitz

Kenneth Oppel

Brandon Sanderson


Historical Spooky Stories

A haunting supernatural story in a historical setting.

Castaways of the Flying Dutchman - Brian Jacques

A Drowned Maiden’s Hair - Laura Amy Schlitz

Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe - Scott Gustafson

Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle - George Hagen

The Ghost at Crutchfield Hall - Mary Downing Hahn

The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn - Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

The House of Dies Drear - Virginia Hamilton

The Man Who Was Poe - Avi

The Night Gardener - Jonathan Auxier

One for Sorrow - Mary Downing Hahn

Splendors & Glooms - Laura Amy Schlitz

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos - R.L. LaFevers

Thornhill - Pam Smy


Monsters

Protagonist faces a monstrous presence.

The Abominables - Eva Ibbotson

The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper

The Dark Pond - Joseph Bruchac

The Devil, The Banshee, and Me - L.M Falcone

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

Monstrous - MarcyKate Connolly

Mothman’s Curse - Christine Hayles

Nightmare at the Book Fair - Dan Gutman

Not as We Know - Tom Avery

Raven’s Gate - Anthony Horowitz

The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson

Skellig - David Almond

Tell the Story to Its End - Simon P. Clark

Where I Belong - Mary Downing Hahn


Supernatural Suspense, Mysteries, & Thrillers

Closed for the Season - Mary Downing Hahn

Groosham Grange - Anthony Horowitz

Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy

Thornhill - Pam Smy

Whisper in the Dark - Joseph Bruchac

For more mysteries to thrill and chill, check out our Mystery list!


Vampires

They vant to suck your blood!

Cirque du Freak [series] - Darren Shan

Vampire Plagues [series] - Sebastian Rook


Werewolves

Werewolf Rising - R.L. LaFevers


Zombies

The Last Kids on Earth - Max Brallier


Scary Story Collections

The Ribbajack & Other Curious Yarns - Brian Jacques

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - Alvin Schwartz

Scary Tales: Home Sweet Horror - James Preller