Reading Riot: Spooky Stories not for the Faint of Heart

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Halloween is approaching. To get into the “spirit,” curl up with a horror story or two.

Book cover art skeleton writingBloody Horowitz by Anthony Horowitz
A collection of blood-curdling tales by one of the masters of scary fiction.

Creature of the Night by Kate Thompson
Because of his reckless life, Bobby’s mother moves the family to a quaint cottage in the country, where event more sinister danger lurks there.

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
After inheriting a former insane asylum, Delia is murdered and her ghost wanders the house, meeting other victims and searching for a way to save her family.

Diary of a Haunting: Possession by M. Verano
Laetitia’s mysterious illness seems more demonic than biological and eerie photos and diary entries reveal a dark entity that is controlling her mind and her body.

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier
Liv’s bizarre dreams reveal talking stone statues, mysterious corridors and strange rituals conducted by four boys who happen to be her new classmates.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Bod, who lives in a graveyard and is being raised by ghosts, is in real danger from the man who murdered his family.

Hallowmere series by Tiffany Trent
In this spooky gothic novel set in a Virginia boarding school after the Civil War, Corrine discovers a sinister plot involving the disappearance of students.

House of Furies by Madeleine Roux
Another gothic novel set in Victorian England about a terrifying boarding house staff that executes dark justice on their guests.

The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki
A bone-chilling page-turner about two middle schoolers who are tormented by a curse that turns their worst fears to reality.

The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics
The Cane family is devastated when sister Rose dies in a tragic accident but when she is brought back to life they are horrified to discover she must eat human flesh to survive.

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
This is a dark, twisted story of sisters trapped in a cursed manor house surrounded by eerie woods that seem to creep closer.

Of course, Darren Shan’s horrifying and gory series Cirque du Freak and Zom-B as well as R.L. Stine’s Fear Street  will have you shaking with terror.

And here are a few other spine-tingling older titles that are worth revisiting…

Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Death and Dementia
Four short stories, abridged and illustrated, by the 19th-century American writer best known for his tales of horror.

Jade Green: A Ghost Story by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Recently orphaned Judith lives in a house haunted by the ghost of a young woman.

Nightmare by Joan Lowery Nixon
At camp, Emily is plagued by a recurring nightmare and discovers a murderer on the staff.

Read with caution!

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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