Horror Books for Teens

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Horror Books for Teens

Books to keep you up at night

Here are some books for when you just need a good scare. 

Ten by Gretchen McNeil 
Best friends Meg and Minnie are invited to a super-secret house party that promises them the best weekend of their lives. But things quickly turn for the worse when a threatening message ends up on a dvd, and things turn bloody. With the bodies piling up, the killer is counting down to something, and it’s up to Meg to figure out what before she’s next.  

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie 
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is a spin on a classic haunted house story. Sunshine just moved into a new house and things are a bit weird. Strange giggling in the middle of night kind of weird. With nobody believing her, it’s up to Sunshine to get to the bottom of this before it’s too late. 

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
When ghosts came back to the land of the living, they were invisible to adults but children were able to see them. Some children can sense them with powers of sight or hearing. That’s where Lucy comes in. As a special psychic agent, Lucy joins Lockwood & Co., run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood and his research assistant George. When something goes wrong, the agents must redeem themselves by taking on their hardest case yet, but will they be able to survive? 

The second book, The Whispering Skull, and the third book, The Hollow Boy comes out on September 15th! 

Doll Bones by Holly Black 
Zach, Poppy, and Alice are best friends with an expansive imagination, and have been playing together in the same imaginary world for as long as they can remember, all under the eye of The Queen, a creepy doll that Poppy’s mother found at a garage sale. When Poppy decides to take The Queen out of her case, the three friends end up discovering there’s more to her than they thought. 

Rotters by Daniel Kraus 
The less you know about this book before going in, the better. Joey was raised by his mother and never knew much about his dad, but all of that changed when she passed away and was sent to live with his dad. Joey doesn’t know much about his dad, but he learns two things quickly: that his dad is the town weirdo, and that his dad has secrets. I would also recommend that you listen to this book rather than read it, since the narrator does such an amazing job of creeping you out. 

The Monstrumologist by Richard Yancey  
Will Henry was barely twelve when his family was killed in a fire and Dr. Pellinore Warthorpe, a reclusive man who employed his father, took him in to be his new assistant. But Dr. Warthorpe is no ordinary scientist; he's a monstrumologist- someone who studies monsters. When a grave robber shows up on their doorstep with a strange find, Dr. Warthorpe and Will Henry must take on the case, even if it costs them their lives. 

If you enjoy this book, be sure to check out the rest of the series.

Asylum by Madeline Roux 
Dan has been looking forward to his summer at the New Hampshire College Prep program since he got in. But when he arrives he realizes that his old dormitory used to a sanitarium, or an asylum. As Dan and his friends explore their new home they discover secrets from the asylum’s past, which suggest that Dan wasn't accepted to the program by chance. 

Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Seven essay contest winners are treated to an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest movie. For some people, this is a dream come true, but for Ivy not so much. This book moves at such a fast pace that you’ll be on the edge of your seat until the last page. 

Afterlife with Archie by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa 
Probably the goriest entry on this list, Afterlife with Archie visits the familiar Riverdale universe and answers the question: Would Betty survive a zombie apocalypse? Even if you've never read an Archie comic in your life, the story of a small town trying to survive a hoard of zombies will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll 
A dark forest, strange sounds in the night- these are how some of the best scary stories begin, and it’s how Emily Carroll starts her graphic novel anthology Through the Woods. These stories have the perfect amount of spookiness to them, and if you liked Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark when you were a kid, then this is perfect for you.