Get Ready for Halloween with Scary Stories for All Ages

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Get Ready for Halloween with Scary Stories for All Ages

Check out these spooky stories to get in the Halloween spirit!

deepanddarkanddangerousDeep and Dark and Dangerous
By Mary Downing Hahn

Thirteen-year-old Ali plans on using her summer vacation in Maine to discover more about her family’s shadowy past in the place where her mother used to spend her summers.

Shortly after their arrival, Ali and her young cousin Emma meet Sissy, who keeps talking about a girl who drowned back when their parents were kids, and whose body was never found. Ali thinks Sissy’s just trying to scare her with a ghost story, but soon she discovers the real reason why Sissy is so angry...

inadarkdarkroomIn a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories
By Alvin Schwartz

Shivering skeletons, ghostly pirates, chattering corpses, and haunted graveyards...all to chill your bones!

Share these seven spine-tingling stories in a dark, dark room.

The Dollhouse Murders
By Betty Ren Wright

dollhousemurdersTwelve-year-old Amy is having difficulties at home being responsible for her special needs sister, Louann.
While visiting her Aunt Clare at the old family home, she discovers an eerie dollhouse in the attic  — an exact replica of the family home, that seems to be haunted. Whenever she sees it, the dolls have moved.

Her aunt won't listen to Amy's claims that the dolls are trying to tell her something. This leads Amy to research old news reports where she discovers a family secret: the murder of her grandparents. 


I Hunt Killers

By Barry Lyga

ihuntkillerscoverJasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager, but he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round.

Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could — from the criminal's point of view. And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod. In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer.

But Jazz has a secret — could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

Alice in Zombieland

By Gena Showalter

aliceinzombielandcoverHad anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed.

From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat.

A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. Her father was right. The monsters are real and to avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. 

The Replacement

By Brenna Yovanoff 

thereplacementMackie Doyle is not one of us. He comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby 16 years ago.
Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world. Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate.

But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

exorcistThe Exorcist
By William Peter Blatty

Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form.

Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

reddragonRed Dragon
by Thomas Harris

Will Graham stands in a silent, empty house communing with a killer. An FBI instructor with a gift for hunting madmen, Graham knows what his murderer looks like, how he thinks, and what he did to his victims after they died. Now Graham must try to catch him.

But to do it, he must feel the heat of a killer's brain, draw on the macabre advice of a dangerous mental patient, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and follow a trail of microscopic clues to the place where another family has already been chosen to die — and where an innocent woman has found the Dragon first.

The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson

hauntinghillhouseThe Haunting of Hill House is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House:
  • Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting";
  • Theodora, his lighthearted assistant;
  • Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists;
  • and Luke, the future heir of Hill House.
At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers — and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.