Books that go bump in the night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirsty
by MT Anderson

YA Fiction
From the moment he knows that he is destined to be a vampire, Chris thirsts for the blood of people around him while also struggling to remain human.
 


In the Forests of the Night
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

YA Fiction
Risika, a teenage vampire, wanders back in time to the year 1684 when, as a human, she died and was transformed against her will.
 


Long Lankin
by Lindsey Barraclough

YA Fiction
Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough Cora and her younger sister Mimi go to stay with their aunt in an isolated village and discover an ancient evil that devastated their aunt’s life years earlier.
 


Darkside
by Tom Becker

YA Fiction
Jonathan Starling's father is in an asylum and his home has been attacked. While running away from kidnappers, he stumbles upon Darkside, a terrifying and hidden part of London ruled by the descendants of Jack the Ripper.
 


The Reapers are the Angels
by Alden Bell

YA Fiction
Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free. For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can't remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her on a personal journey toward redemption.
 


Ashes
by Ilsa Bick

YA Fiction
Alex hikes into the woods for some solitude, but when an EMP goes off, knocking out all electronics, she suddenly finds herself fighting for survival against nature and something more sinister.
 


The Hallowed Ones
by Laura Bickle

YA Fiction
As Katie prepares for her Rumspringa, a time in an Amish life when teens can get a taste of the outside world, she discovers a gravely injured young man on her doorstep and brings danger into her community.
 


Anna Dressed in Blood
by Kendare Blake
YA Fiction
For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.
 


The Diviners
by Libba Bray

YA Fiction
Evie is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.
 


Thirteen Days to Midnight
by Patrick Carman
YA Fiction
In the aftermath of the accident that killed his foster father, high school student Jacob Fielding discovers that he has acquired the power of indestructibility, and the more he learns about it the more he realizes that it is a heavy burden, if not a curse.
 


City of Bones
by Cassandra Clare

YA Fiction,
YA Audiobooks
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears.
 


Wounded
by Stephen Cole
YA Fiction
Sixteen-year-old Tom Anderson and seventeen-year-old Kate Folan try to escape Kate's werewolf family--and fight becoming werewolves themselves--by making a cross-country journey in search of a mysterious man who might have a cure.
 


I Know What You Did Last Summer
by Lois Duncan

YA Fiction
Four teenagers who have desperately tried to conceal their responsibility for a hit-and-run accident are pursued by a mystery figure seeking revenge.
 


The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman

YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
 


Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales
YA Fiction
Drawing on dark fantasy and the fairy tale as well as horror and wild humor, ten acclaimed authors pay homage to the gothic tale in wide-ranging stories of the supernatural and surreal.
 


Evernight
by Claudia Gray
YA Fiction
Sixteen-year-old Bianca, a new girl at the sinister Evernight boarding school, finds herself drawn to another outsider, Lucas, but dark forces threaten to tear them apart and destroy Bianca's entire world.
 


Once Dead, Twice Shy
by Kim Harrison

YA Fiction, Ebook
Spunky teen Madison, though technically dead, uses a stolen amulet to retain the illusion of a body and help her in the struggle between Light and Dark reapers.
 


Haunting Violet
by Alyxandra Harvey
YA Fiction
Sixteen-year-old Violet Willoughby has been part of her mother's Spiritualist scam since she was nine, but during an 1872 house party in Hampshire, England, she is horrified to learn that she can actually see ghosts, one of whom wants Violet to solve her murder.
 


Vampire Rising
by Jason Henderson
YA Fiction
At a boarding school in Switzerland, fourteen-year-old Alex Van Helsing learns that vampires are real, that he has a natural ability to sense them, and that an agency called the Polidorium has been helping his family fight them since 1821.
 


The Enemy
by Charlie Higson

YA Fiction
After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.
 


The Devouring
by Simon Holt

YA Fiction
The existence of Vours, supernatural creatures who feast on fear and attack on the eve of the winter solstice, becomes a terrifying reality for fifteen-year-old Reggie when she begins to suspect that her timid younger brother might be one of their victims.
 


Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You'd Never Read
by Anthony Horowitz

YA Fiction
Nine horror stories set in England focus on everyday items that have sinister qualities.
 


Raven's Gate
by Anthony Horowitz

YA Fiction
Sent to live in a foster home in a remote Yorkshire village, Matt, a troubled fourteen-year-old English boy, uncovers an evil plot involving witchcraft and the site of an ancient stone circle.
 


The Name of the Star
by Maureen Johnson
YA Fiction
Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.
 


Blood and Chocolate
by Annette Curtis Klause

YA Fiction
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.
 


House of Dark Shadows
by Robert Liparulo

YA Fiction
When fifteen-year-old Xander and his family move into an old, abandoned house in the middle of a dense forest outside of a small California town, they discover that not only are some of the rooms portals into other places, but that malevolent forces are at work.
 


Attack of the Vampire Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales
by David Lubar
YA Fiction
Thirty creepy stories about warped technology, revengeful ants, sadistic gym teachers, and other terrifying things. Includes author's notes on how he got his ideas for these stories.
 


Rot and Ruin
by Jonathan Maberry
YA Fiction
In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.
 


Morpheus Road: The Light
by D. J. MacHale
YA Fiction
Sixteen-year-old Marshall Seaver is expecting a boring summer when his best friend goes away, but instead he finds himself haunted--and hunted--by ghosts that want something from him which he cannot decipher.

 


Beyond
by Graham McNamee

YA Fiction
Jane’s shadow seems to be pulling her into near-fatal accidents, but when she and her best friend Lexi investigate, they discover she may be connected to a serial killer.
 


Ten
by Gretchen McNeil

YA Fiction
An exclusive house party on Henry Island goes terribly wrong when the murders begin.
 

 


Blood Wounds
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
YA Fiction
Willa seems to have a perfect life as a member of a loving blended family until the estranged father she barely remembers murders his wife and children, then heads toward Willa and her mother.
 


Thirst No. 1
by Christopher Pike
YA Fiction
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.
 


Mister Creecher
by Chris Priestley
YA Fiction
In 1918 London, fifteen-year-old Billy, a pickpocket, meets Mr. Creecher, a monstrous giant, and their relationship swiftly turns from pure convenience to a strong bond as they journey northwards on the trail of Victor Frankenstein.
 


The Turning
by Francine Prose

YA Fiction
Jack is babysitting for the summer on an island with no Internet or cell phone access and only two children and a housekeeper for company. Then he starts seeing others -- but no one else sees them.
 


The Waking: Dreams of the Dead
by Thomas Randall
YA Fiction
After her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Kara and her father move to Japan, where he teaches and she attends school, but she is haunted by a series of frightening nightmares and deaths that might be revenge--or something worse.
 


Slice of Cherry
by Dia Reeves

YA Fiction
Portero, Texas, teens Kit and Fancy Cordelle share their infamous father's fascination with killing, and despite their tendency to shun others they bring two boys with similar tendencies to a world of endless possibilities they have discovered behind a mysterious door.
 


The Death Collector
by Justin Richards

YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
Three teens and a curator of unclassified artifacts at the British Museum match wits with a madman determined to use unorthodox methods to reanimate the dead, both humans and dinosaurs.
 


The Prince of Mist
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
In 1943, in a seaside town where their family has gone to be safe from war, thirteen-year-old Max Carver and sister, fifteen-year-old Alicia, with new friend Roland, face off against an evil magician who is striving to complete a bargain made before he died.
 


The Forest of Hands and Teeth
by Carrie Ryan

YA Fiction
Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.
 


The Book of Dead Days
by Marcus Sedgwick

YA Fiction
With the help of his servant and an orphan girl, a magician named Valerian searches graveyards, churches, and underground waterways for a book he hopes will save him from a pact he has made with evil.
 


Birth of a Killer
by Darren Shan
YA Fiction
When his cousin is murdered at the factory where they both work as child laborers, young Larten Crepsley commits a horrific act and must live on the run until he meets a vampire named Seba Nile who offers him protection and training as a vampire's assistant.
 


Cirque du Freak
by Darren Shan

YA Fiction
Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices.

 


666: The Number of the Beast
YA Fiction
Eighteen winners of the Bram Stoker award contribute tales of evil, darkness, and beasts.

 


The Marbury Lens
by Andrew Smith
YA Fiction
After being kidnapped and barely escaping, sixteen-year-old Jack goes to London with his best friend Connor, where someone gives him a pair of glasses that send him to an alternate universe where war is raging, he is responsible for the survival of two younger boys, and Connor is trying to kill them all.
 


Lockdown: Escape from Furnace
by Alexander Gordon Smith

YA Fiction
When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.
 


The Betrayal
by R.L. Stine

YA Fiction
The saga of the feud between the Goode and Fier families begins during the witch hunts in Massachusetts in the late seventeenth century.
 


Wish You Were Dead
by Todd Strasser

YA Fiction
Madison, a senior at a suburban New York high school, tries to uncover who is responsible for the disappearance of her friends, popular students mentioned in the posts of an anonymous blogger, while she, herself, is being stalked online and in-person.
 


Killer Pizza
by Greg Taylor

YA Fiction
While working as summer employees in a local pizza parlor, three teenagers are recruited by an underground organization of monster hunters.

 


My Soul to Take
by Rachel Vincent
YA Fiction
Kaylee has become a "soul screamer"--she knows when someone is going to die and is compelled to scream, as if in warning. But her classmates keep dying!
 


The Secret Hour
by Scott Westerfeld

YA Fiction
Upon moving to Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Jessica Day learns that she is one of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures living in an hour hidden at midnight; creatures that seem determined to destroy Jess.
 


The Monstrumologist
by Rick Yancey

YA Fiction
In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.