Your Friday Five

Southeast LibraryStaff Picks

Your Friday Five

Scary books for teens (and adults, too)

It's Halloween, get scared!
Midwinter Blood book cover Midwinter Blood
Marcus Sedgwick

Don't let the uninspiring cover fool you -- this was a gripping read that I couldn't put down. Fans of dark fairy tales, atmospheric creepiness, and stories that connect in unexpected ways: this Printz Award winner is for you. 
Scowler book cover Scowler
Daniel Kraus

This graphically gruesome story of a family tormented by a steadily approaching meteor and a monstrous, abusive father is a great pick for Stephen King fans.  I seriously can't explain how scary this book is. The audio version won the Odyssey Award, and for good reason -- the narrator is believable, has great pacing, and uses unique voices for each character without cheesy affectation.
Cover image for The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman

Strange memories of inexplicable events come flooding back when a man returns to his childhood home. This magical, menacing, uncomfortable little book felt to me like a Shirley Jackson, Hans Christian Andersen, and Roald Dahl collaboration.
Cover image for Locke & Key, Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

After the brutal murder of their father, two teenagers and their younger brother move with their mother to Keyhouse, an old family mansion in New England, where mysterious and terrifying events transpire.

Gory and horrifying, this first in a series of graphic novels is a good choice for older teens who don't shy away from violence or mature language and themes.
Cover image for Possess
Gretchen McNeil

This tale of a gifted teenage girl who teams up with a priest to solve a rash of demonic possessions is, admittedly, not the most seamlessly plotted or impressively written. It is, however, really fun brain candy in the same way that most teenage horror flicks are; I was thoroughly entertained and glued until the very end.
Happy reading (and Halloween!),