Normal Public Library Teens

Horror

In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

By day, Risika, a 300-year-old vampire, sleeps in a shaded room in Concord, Massachusetts. By night, she hunts the streets of New York City. She is used to being alone.  But now someone is following Risika. Someone has left her a black rose, the same sort of rose that sealed her fate three hundred years ago.  Now her past has come back to torment her. (M, S)

Abarat by Clive Barker

It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold. When the answer comes, it’s not one she expects. Welcome to the Abarat. (M, S)

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

What if someone discovers your secret dream, that one great wish you would do anything for? And what if that someone suddenly makes your dream come true – before you learn the price you have to pay? Something Wicked This Way Comes is the story of two boys who encounter the sinister wonders of Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show. They will soon discover the show’s awful mystery – a mystery that will change the life of every person it touches.  (A/YA)

Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks

On a storm-ravaged night, a young girl is murdered. Three days later, her two younger brothers set out in search of her killer. Cole, 17, is a dark-eyed devil who doesn’t care if he lives or dies, while Ruben, 14, is a strange child who sometimes, inexplicably, experiences sensations above and beyond his own. This is the story of the boys’ journey from their half-gypsy home on a London junk lot to the ghostly moors of Devon, where they hope and fear to find the truth about their sister’s death.  (S)

Hand of the Devil by Dean Vincent Carter

When young magazine journalist Ashley Reeves receives an intriguing letter, he leaves his London office in the hope of reporting on an unusual species of insect – the Ganges Red. That evening he arrives on Aries Island and encounters the writer of the letter – Reginald Mather. At first Mather seems no more than an eccentric collector, happy to live in isolation on the island. But when Reeves unearths the horrific truth he finds himself thrown headlong into a macabre nightmare that quickly spirals out of control. His life is in danger…and Mather is not his only enemy. (S)

Tenderness by Robert Cormier

Eric has just been released from juvenile detention for murdering his mother and stepfather. Now he’s looking for some tenderness – tenderness he finds in caressing and killing beautiful girls. Fifteen-year-old Lori has run away from home again and is also looking for tenderness – tenderness she finds in Eric. Will Lori and Eric be each other’s salvation or destruction? (S)

Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey

Sadima, who can communicate with animals, lives in a time when magic has been outlawed. Her experiences alternate with those of Hahp who, born generations later, attends a school of wizardry where students are starved to death if they can’t conjure up food.  (M, S)

Stranger with My Face by Lois Duncan

Have you ever been haunted by the feeling that someone is spying on you, lurking around your house and yard, even entering your bedroom? Are your friends plotting against you when they say they’ve seen you do things you know you haven’t done? What’s going on – and does Laurie really want to find out? (M, S)

Poison Ink by Christopher Golden

Sammi and her friends are outcasts who don’t fit in anywhere—except with each other. One night, to cement their bond, the girls decide to get matching tattoos. But when Sammi backs out at the last minute, everything changes. Now her friends are behaving like total strangers. When they attack Sammi for trying to break up a brawl, Sammi spies something horrible on her friends’ backs: the original tattoo has grown tendrils, snaking and curling over the girls’ entire bodies. What has that creepy tattoo artist done to her friends? And what can Sammi do to get them back? (S)

Look For Me By Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn

In a remote Maine inn, where Cynda is supposed to be reconnecting with her father and his new family, she is also falling in love for the first time. But this isn’t a typical teenage romance. The object of her affection, Vincent Morthanos, is older and worldly, with pale, aristocratic good looks. And he has a secret—a secret that could destroy Cynda’s family, unless she can free herself from love’s deadly embrace. (M, S)

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

Travis and his sister, Corey, can’t resist a good trick. When they learn that their grandmother’s quiet Vermont inn, where they’re spending the summer, has a history of ghost sightings, they decide to do a little “haunting” of their own. Before long, their supernatural pranks have tourists flocking to the inn, and business booms. But Travis and Corey soon find out that they aren’t the only ghosts at Fox Hill Inn. Their thoughtless games have awakened something dangerous, something that should have stayed asleep. Can these siblings lay to rest the ghosts they’ve stirred? (M)

The Devouring by Simon Holt

When Reggie finds an old journal and reads about the Vours, supernatural creatures who feast on fear and attack on the eve of the winter solstice, she assumes they are just the musings of some lunatic author. But soon, they become a terrifying reality when she begins to suspect that her timid younger brother might be one of their victims. Risking her life and her sanity, Reggie enters a living nightmare to save the people she loves. (M, S)

More Horowitz Horror by Anthony Horowitz

Ever pictured your own funeral? You won’t be able to help it when you read some of the stories in this nightmarish collection from the author of the Alex Rider series.  Here, things are never what they appear. Funerals are just the beginning. How about a day at the beach that ends in a mischievous murder? Or a cell phone that has a direct dial to…the dead? (M)

The Night Road by A. M. Jenkins
Accidents happen… 

Cole may look like an average teen, but a century of nourishing himself on blood has taught him an extraordinary level of caution and control. He’s a master of life on the road and he thinks he’s prepared for anything. But not everyone is as careful as he is, and Cole is about to learn that even the best of plans can go wrong… (M, S)

Wake by Lisa McMann

For Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. She can’t tell anybody about what she does – they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant… (S)

Bonechiller by Graham McNamee

It’s the worst winter in years in the tiny town of Harvest Cove. One night, running in the dark, Danny is attacked by a creature so strange and terrifying he tries to convince himself he was hallucinating. Then he learns about Native American legends of a monster that’s haunted the lake for a thousand years. And that every generation, in the coldest winters, kids have disappeared into the night. People think they ran away. But Danny knows better. Because now the beast is after him. (S)

Bliss by Lauren Myracle

When Bliss’s hippie parents leave the commune and dump her at the home of her aloof grandmother in an Atlanta neighborhood, it’s like being set down on an alien planet. Here, she attends Crestview Academy, an elite school where the tensions of the present and the dark secrets of the past threaten to simmer into violence. Openhearted Bliss desperately wants new friends, making her the perfect prey of a troubled girl whose obsession with a long-ago death puts Bliss, and anyone she’s kind to, in mortal danger. (S)

Daemon Hall by Andrew Nance
 

Nothing exciting ever happens in the town of Maplewood—that is, until famous thriller writer Ian Tremblin holds a short-story writing contest with a prize that seems to be the opportunity of a lifetime: five finalists will get to spend the evening with Tremblin himself in the haunted mansion Daemon Hall, and the winner of the best short story will see publication. But Wade Reilly and the other finalists could never have imagined what they find lurking in the shadows of this demonic mansion. (S)

The Restless Dead, edited by Deborah Noyes

Enter the murky world of the undead. From a beyond-the-grave stalker to prankster devil worshippers, from a childish ghost of the future to a vampire lover with bloody ties to the past, the characters in these ten original stories will send shivers down your spine. Enjoy a spooky graveyard walk in the company of ten contemporary masters of horror and suspense. (S)

Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

Go back to one of the classic masters of horrifying short stories with this collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s most spine-tingling short stories and poems. Includes “The Raven”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, and more. (A/YA)

Thirst series by Christopher Pike

Alisa has been in control of her urges for the five thousand years she has been a vampire. She feeds but does not kill, and she lives her life on the fringe to maintain her secret. But when her creator returns to hunt her, she must break her own rules in order to survive. Her quest leads her to Ray. He is the only person who can help her; he also has every reason to fear her. Alisa must get closer to him to ensure her immortality. But as she begins to fall in love with Ray, suddenly there is more at stake than her own life… (M, S)

Remember Me by Christopher Pike

Shari’s a ghost who knows she’s been murdered. Making a vow to herself to find her killer, Shari embarks on the strangest of all criminal investigations: one in which she spies on her friends, and even enters their dreams – where she comes face-to-face with a nightmare from beyond the grave. The Shadow – a thing more horrible than death itself – is the key to Shari’s death, and the only thing that can stop her murderer from murdering again. (M, S)

The Grave by Christopher Pike

It begins with an innocent young man being led deep into the woods by a mysterious young lady. There he is attacked by a cult, thrown naked into a coffin, and buried alive to the sound of strange chants. It continues with a pretty girl meeting a fascinating guy. A guy who is not like other guys. Who hardly seems to blink…or breathe, and who emits a cool presence even in the midday sun. It ends in a nightmare, where the grave no longer promises any escape, from pleasure or pain. (M, S)

Monster by Christopher Pike

Mary Blanc walked into the party with a loaded shotgun and blows two people away. She wanted to kill more, but was stopped by her best friend, Angela Warner, and the police. The next day, when Angela visits Mary at the jail, she asks why she did it. Mary responds, “Because they were no longer human.” Angela thinks she’s crazy. At first. Until she probes deeper into Mary’s claims and discovers a horror so unimaginable that she thinks she is going crazy…and wonders if she should have let Mary go on killing. (M, S)

The Death Collector by Justin Richards

What starts as an ordinary picket-pocketing incident in Victorian London unites three teens against a madman. Eddie is the pickpocket; George is an assistant at the British Museum; Elizabeth has a nose for trouble—and all of them are being hunted by Augustus Lorimore. Lorimore is a sinister factory owner, a villain bent on reanimating the dead, both humans and dinosaurs—and one of each is already terrorizing the streets of London. It’s up to Eddie, George, and Elizabeth to stop Lorimore’s monsters…or die trying. (M)

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect us. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, Mary must face the truth about the Forest. (M, S)

My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick
 

In a bitter winter, Tomas and his son, Peter, settle in a small village as woodcutters. Tomas digs a channel of fast-flowing waters around their hut so that they have their own little island kingdom. Peter doesn’t understand why his father has done this, or why his father carries a long, battered box, whose mysterious contents he is forbidden to know. But Tomas is a man with a past—a past that is tracking him with deadly intent. As surely as the snow falls softly in the forest of a hundred thousand silver birch trees, father and son must face a soulless enemy and a terrifying destiny. (S)

Lord Loss by Darren Shan

When Grubbs Grady finds himself mysteriously dumped on his aunt’s doorstep, he can’t help but steal back home to figure out what’s going on. Unfortunately, when he arrives, his parents and sister have been horrifically killed: their bodies ripped to shreds by an evil demon named Lord Loss and his vile henchmen. Grubbs somehow manages to escape the fiends and goes to live with his strange Uncle Dervish, who lives in a creepy country mansion whose secrets may hold the key to the murders. (M, S)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
 

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the secret of life, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts, but upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.(A/YA)

Full Tilt – Neal Shusterman

Blake has always been the responsible one, taking care of his thrill-seeking younger brother, Quinn. But Quinn and Blake are in for the surprise of their lives when they’re thrust into the world of a bizarre phantom carnival – and their souls are the price of admission. In order to save his brother, and himself, Blake must survive seven different carnival rides before dawn.  It sounds easy…but each ride is full of unexpected dangers, because each is a reflection of one of Blake’s deepest fears. And the last ride is the worst one of all. Because that’s the one that confronts Blake with a terrifying secret from his past – a secret he’s been running from for years. (M, S)

Hell Phone by William Sleator

Nick wants a cell phone so he can talk to his girlfriend, Jen, after school, and the used phone he buys seems like a bargain. That is, until the phone calls begin—demanding, disturbed strangers calling night and day. At first Nick wants to get rid of the phone, but the creepy callers and the phone’s ghoulish games pull him into a web of crime, pushing him to steal, con…and kill. (M, S)

Dracula by Bram Stoker
 

An apparently routine business venture becomes a battle for a young man’s very soul. Almost too late, Jonathan Harker realizes that the charismatic and seductive Count Dracula of Transylvania has come to England with a purpose much more sinister than merely to purchase an English estate. Will the Count succeed in his quest to create a race of blood-lusting creatures of the night? (A/YA)

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding

Thaniel is a wych-hunter. Together, he and Cathaline – his friend and mentor – track down the creatures that lurk in the Old Quarter of London. It is on one of these hunts that he first encounters the half-crazed Alaizabel Cray. Whatever dreadful entity has entered her soul has turned her into a strange and unearthly magnet – attracting evil and drawing horrors from every dark corner. Cathaline and Thaniel must discover its cause – and defend humanity at all costs. (S)

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Will Henry is the orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore War throp, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet. (M, S)

 
 

Grade Level Interest
M Middle School (defined as grades 6-8).
S Senior High (defined as grades 9-12).
A/YA Adult-marketed book recommended for teens.

 
 
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