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Whether you like your books a little bit creepy or full of horror, you'll find our suggestions for the best ghostly and ghastly stories here.
Dread Nation by
Publication Date: 2018-04-03
Publisher Annotation: At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland's stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.
Watch over Me by
Publication Date: 2020-09-15
Publisher Annotation: Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes. Yes to a second chance in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below. But she hadn’t known about the ghosts. Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a teaching job and a place to live on an isolated part of the Northern California coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home—a real home. The farm is a refuge, but it’s also haunted by the past. And Mila’s own memories are starting to rise to the surface.
Anna Dressed in Blood by
Call Number: YA Blake
Publication Date: 2011-08-30
For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.
Eighth Grade Bites by
Call Number: YA Brewer
Publication Date: 2008-03-13
Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, book 1.
For thirteen years Vlad has kept secret that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire than he could have guessed.
Brain Camp by
Call Number: YA Graphic Novel Kim
Publication Date: 2010-08-03
Lucas and Jenna are chosen to attend a camp that promises to turn delinquents into high achieving students, but when they arrive, they realize that the camp is not what it seems.
Bad Taste in Boys by
Call Number: YA Harris
Publication Date: 2011-07-12
Future physician Kate Grable is horrified when her high school's football coach gives team members steroids, but the drugs turn players into zombies and Kate must find an antidote before the flesh-eating monsters get to her or her friends.
Vampire Rising by
Call Number: YA Henderson
Publication Date: 2010-05-04
Alex Van Helsing, book 1.
At a boarding school in Switzerland, fourteen-year-old Alex Van Helsing learns that vampires are real, that he has a natural ability to sense them, and that an agency called the Polidorium has been helping his family fight them since 1821.
Call Number: YA Holder
Publication Date: 2009-09-03
Possessions series, book 1.
When Lindsay Cavanaugh transfers to the prestigious Marlwood Academy after recovering from a breakdown at her previous high school, she discovers that there is something strange going on involving a clique and some unsavory activities from the school's little-known past.
Night Road by
Call Number: YA Jenkins
Publication Date: 2008-05-20
Battling his own memories and fears, Cole, an extraordinarily conscientious vampire, and Sandor, a more impulsive acquaintance, spend a few months on the road, trying to train a young man who recently joined their ranks.
A Monster Calls by
Call Number: YA Ness
Publication Date: 2011-09-15
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by
Call Number: YA Ryan
Publication Date: 2009-03-10
Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy, book 1.
Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.
The Vampire's Assistant by
Call Number: YA Shan
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
The Saga of Darren Shan, book 1.
After traveling with Mr. Crepsley, the vampire who made him into a half-vampire, Darren returns to the freak show known as the Cirque du Freak and continues to fight his need to drink human blood.
Birth of a Killer by
Call Number: YA Shan
Publication Date: 2011-09-05
The saga of Larten Crepsley, book 1.
When his cousin is murdered at the factory where they both work as child laborers, young Larten Crepsley commits a horrific act and must live on the run until he meets a vampire named Seba Nile who offers him protection and training as a vampire's assistant.
Call Number: YA Wignall
Publication Date: 2011-09-27
A centuries-old vampire wakes up in the modern day to find he is being hunted by an unknown enemy, and begins to uncover the secrets of his origin and the path of his destiny.
The Monstrumologist by
Call Number: YA Yancey
Publication Date: 2009-09-22
In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.
Zombies vs. Unicorns by
Call Number: YA Zombies
Publication Date: 2010-09-21
Twelve short stories by a variety of authors seek to answer the question of whether zombies are better than unicorns.
You Were Never Here by
Publication Date: 2020-10-20
"Cat sets out to discover what happened to her childhood friend when she discovers that he's been missing for months"-- Provided by publisher.
One of Us Is Next by
Publication Date: 2020-01-07
"A year after the Bayview four were cleared of Simon Kelleher's death, a new mystery has cropped up--a game with dangerous consequences that's targeting students at Bayview again. And if the creator isn't found soon, dangerous could prove deadly"-- Provided by publisher.
The Cousins by
Publication Date: 2020-12-01
After receiving an invitation to spend the summer with their estranged grandmother, the Story cousins arrive at her house only to discover that she is not there, and the longer they stay on the island, the more they realize their mysterious family history has some deadly secrets.
Some Kind of Animal by
Publication Date: 2020-08-04
Suspected of attacking a boy from town and determined to protect her secrets and her twin sister, Jo flees into the woods, where she discovers the truth behind her mother's disappearance fifteen years ago.
Call Number: YA Baer
Publication Date: 2011-09-13
When Leena Thomas gets her wish to live in an old Victorian house with her two closest friends during their senior year at boarding school, the unexpected arrival of another roommate--a confrontational and eccentric classmate--seems to bring up old anxieties and fears for Leena that may or may not be in her own mind.
Call Number: YA Bedford
Publication Date: 2011-04-05
A teenager wakes up inside another boy's body and faces a life-or-death quest to return to his true self or be trapped forever in the wrong existence.
Draw the Dark by
Call Number: YA Bick
Publication Date: 2010-08-01
Seventeen-year-old Christian Cage lives with his uncle in Winter, Wisconsin, where his nightmares, visions, and strange paintings draw him into a mystery involving German prisoners of war, a mysterious corpse, and Winter's last surviving Jew.
I Hunt Killers by
Call Number: YA Lyga
Publication Date: 2012-04-03
Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious "Dear Old Dad," but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer, "The Impressionist."
Call Number: YA McNamee
Publication Date: 2003-10-14
Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.
Call Number: YA Olsen
Publication Date: 2011-08-23
Fifteen-year-old twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan of Port Gamble, WA, known as "Empty Coffin" because of a local legend, investigate a former friend's Christmas suicide and, along the way, discover a secret from their own past.
The Body of Christopher Creed by
Call Number: YA Plum-Ucci
Publication Date: 2000-05-10
Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.
White Crow by
Call Number: YA Sedgwick
Publication Date: 2011-07-05
Sixteen-year-old Rebecca moves with her father from London to a small, seaside village, where she befriends another motherless girl and they spend the summer together exploring the village's sinister history.
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