Horror Fiction (Teen)

Alameda, Courtney.  Shutter.  Y FIC Alameda
When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before . . . or die trying.

Alender, Katie.  The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall.  Y FIC Alender
Murdered by a spirit in her house, which was previously an insane asylum, sixteen-year-old Cordelia wanders the house, meeting other trapped ghosts and learning the houses dark secrets, searching for a way to save her family, and perhaps herself.

Auxier, Jonathan.  The Night Gardener: A Scary Story.  Y FIC Auxier
Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

Avi.  School of the Dead.  Y FIC Avi
When Uncle Charlie dies suddenly, Tony is devastated. Then he starts seeing Uncle Charlie everywhere! It doesn’t help that Tony switched schools—it was Uncle Charlie’s dying wish that Tony attend the Penda School, where Uncle Charlie himself went as a kid. The Penda School is eerie enough without his uncle’s ghost making it worse. On top of that, rumors have been circulating about a student who went missing shortly before Tony arrived. Could that somehow be related to Uncle Charlie’s ghost?

Becker, Tom.  Darkside.  Y FIC Becker  (SERIES)
Jonathan Starling’s father is in an asylum and his home has been attacked when, while running away from kidnappers, he stumbles upon Darkside, a terrifying and hidden part of London ruled by the descendants of Jack the Ripper, where Jonathan is in mortal danger if he cannot find the way out.

Black, Jenna.  Nightstruck.  Y FIC Black
Struggling with her parents’ divorce and high expectations while working on her college applications, Becket is tricked into opening a door between worlds and unleashing magical monsters into her Philadelphia community.

Blake, Kendare.  Anna Dressed in Blood.  Y FIC Blake  (SERIES)
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.  SEQUELGirl of Nightmares (2012).

Brewer, Heather.  The Cemetery Boys.  YPB Brewer
When Stephen moves to the mid-western town where his father grew up, he quickly falls in with punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon, but the town has a dark secret, and the twins are caught in the middle of it.

Cohen, Marina.  The Inn Between.  Y FIC Cohen
During a long car trip, best friends Quinn and Kara explore the strange and creepy goings-on at a remote Nevada inn when Kara’s family stops for the night.

Davies, Anna.  Followers.  YPB Davies
Failing to land a starring role in the school play, Briana agrees to serve as the drama department’s “social media director” until her Twitter account is hacked by someone who sends disturbing messages before her rival is found murdered.

Dennard, Susan.  Something Strange and Deadly.  Y FIC Dennard  (SERIES)
In an alternate nineteenth-century Philadelphia, Eleanor Fitt sets out to rescue her brother, who seems to have been captured by an evil necromancer in control of an army of Undead. SEQUELS: A Darkness Strange and Lovely (2013) & Strange and Ever After (2014).

Gantos, Jack.  The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs. Y FIC Gantos
A young woman named Ivy, who made a shocking discovery in her small western Pennsylvania town when she was seven years old and learned a surprising secret nine years later, questions whether she has inherited the Rumbaugh curse of having excessive love for one’s mother.

Garsee, Jeannine.  The Unquiet.  Y FIC Garsee
When sixteen-year-old Rinn, who has bipolar disorder, and her mother move back to her mother’s hometown in Ohio and settle in a house where the previous owner hanged herself, Rinn discovers that both the town and her mother have some uncomfortable secrets in their past and that the ghost that supposedly haunts the school seems to be out for revenge.

Hahn, Mary Downing.  Took: A Ghost Story.  Y FIC Hahn
A witch called Old Auntie is lurking near Dan’s family’s new home. He doesn’t believe in her at first, but is forced to accept that she is real and take action when his little sister, Erica, is ‘took‘ to become Auntie’s slave for the next fifty years.

Jay, Stacey.  You Are So Undead to Me.  YPB Jay
Megan Berry, a Carol, Arkansas, high school student who can communicate with the Undead, must team up with her childhood friend Ethan to save homecoming from an army of flesh-hungry zombies.

Knudsen, Michelle.  Evil Librarian.  Y FIC Knudsen
Feeling suspicious about a gorgeous high school librarian who has become the object of her best friend’s affections, Cynthia discovers that the man is actually a demon who is sucking the life force from the entire student population.

Lauren, Christina.  The House.  Y FIC Lauren
Told in their separate voices, Gavin, a loner outcast, and Delilah, back in small-town Kansas after years at a Massachusetts boarding school, reconnect their senior year, but as their relationship deepens, it is clear that the eerie house Gavin dwells in will do anything to keep the two apart.

Lettrick, Robert.  Frenzy.  Y FIC Lettrick
Chaos ensues at Camp Harmony when a virus turns the animals in the surrounding wilderness into raging, foam-spewing predators.

Lubar, David.  Extremities.  Y SS Lubar
A collection of 13 macabre tales by the author of the Nathan Abercrombie series finds a group of high school girls seeking revenge on a sadistic gym teacher, two stowaways discovering that they have landed on a ship for the dead and an ancient predator stalking the wrong victim.

Lukavics, Amy.  The Woman in the Walls.  Y FIC Lukavics
While living in her family’s Victorian mansion, Lucy and her cousin, Margaret, begin to hear voices coming from the walls of the old house.

McGann, Erika.  The Demon Notebook.  Y FIC McGann  (SERIES)
Grace and her four best friends, Jenny, Rachel, Adie, and Una, are failed spell casters, but the first time they use a Ouija board they stumble upon real magical powers and watch helplessly as their notebook of useless spells takes on a diabolical life of its own.  SEQUEL: The Broken Spell (2014).

Maberry, Jonathan.  Rot & Ruin.  Y FIC Maberry  (SERIES)
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. SEQUELS: Dust & Decay (2011), Flesh & Bone (2012) & Fire & Ash (2013).

Martin, Michael T.  The End Games.  Y FIC Martin
In the rural mountains of West Virginia, seventeen-year-old Michael Faris tries to protect his fragile younger brother from the horrors of the zombie apocalypse.

Miranda, Megan.  Hysteria.  Y FIC Miranda
After stabbing and killing her boyfriend, sixteen-year-old Mallory, who has no memory of the event, is sent away to a boarding school to escape the gossip and threats, but someone or something is following her.

Olson, Norah.  What the Dead Want.  Y FIC Olson
Inheriting a love of photography, an old camera and countless questions years after the disappearance of her mother, 16-year-old Gretchen returns to a decaying family mansion, where ancestral photos and letters dating back centuries reveal her family’s haunted past.

Ostow, Micol.  The Devil and Winnie Flynn.  Y FIC Ostow
While working as a production assistant on her aunt’s television show about the paranormal, a seventeen-year-old girl discovers a psychic ability of her own, which may provide clues to her mother’s death.

Parker, Amy Christine.  Gated.  Y FIC Parker
Seventeen-year-old Lyla feels ambivalent when the charismatic leader of her isolated suburban community is told that the end of the world is near and when it arrives they must all be ready to defend themselves against the unchosen.

Poblocki, Dan.  Shadow House.  Y FIC Poblocki
Poppy Caldwell is an orphan who keeps seeing a figure standing behind her in the mirror at the group home where she lives, but she does not associate this ghost with the letter that mysteriously appears in her file, claiming to be from a long-lost aunt, and inviting her to Larkspur House–and she is just one of five children who find themselves gathered in this strange house with a deadly past, and apparently no intention of letting the children escape.

Ponti, James.  Dead City.  Y FIC Ponti  (SERIES)
Seventh-grader Molly has always been an outsider, even at New York City’s elite Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology, but that changes when she is recruited to join the Omegas, a secret group that polices and protects zombies.  SEQUEL: Blue Moon (2013).

Rollins, Danielle.  Burning.  Y FIC Rollins
After three years in juvenile detention, Angela is just months shy of release, but then ten-year-old Jessica arrives in shackles and is placed in segregation, and while no one knows what she did to end up there, creepy things begin to happen and it becomes clear that Jessica and her possible supernatural powers are more dangerous than anyone expected.

Roux, Madeleine.  Asylum.  Y FIC Roux  (SERIES)
Three teens at a summer program for gifted students uncover shocking secrets in the sanatorium-turned-dorm where they’re staying–secrets that link them all to the asylum’s dark past.  SEQUEL: Sanctum (2014).

Ruiz Zafon, Carlos.  Marina.  Y FIC Ruiz Zafon
When boarding-school student Oscar Drai meets Marina, she promises him a mystery and takes him to a secret graveyard deep in Barcelona, where they witness a woman dressed in black lay a single rose atop a gravestone etched with a black butterfly. Their curiosity leads them down a dangerous path, and they discover a decades-old conspiracy that puts their lives in the hands of forces more sinister and mystical than they could have believed possible.

Shan, Darren.  Lord Loss.  YPB Shan  (Demonata SERIES)
Presumably the only witness to the horrific and bloody murder of his entire family, a teenage boy must outwit not only the mental health professionals determined to cure his delusion, but also the demonic forces only he can see.

Shan, Darren.  Killers of the Dawn. Y FIC Shan
As his battles against the vampaneze continue, Darren Shan is framed as public enemy number one. Check out the rest of the Saga.

Sheff, Nic.  Harmony House.  Y FIC Sheff
Relocating with her mentally ill father to the Jersey Shore in the aftermath of her alcoholic mother’s death, Jen learns the creepy history of the manor house that becomes her new home and experiences strange visions that compel her to escape a past she didn’t know was haunting her, and the mysterious, terrible power she didn’t realize she had.

Stine, R.L.  Don’t Stay Up Late.  Y FIC Stine
Ever since a car accident killed her father and gave her a severe concussion, high school junior Lisa has been plagued by nightmares and hallucinations, but when she accepts a babysitting job in hopes it will banish the disturbing images, she faces new terror as she begins to question exactly who–or what–she is babysitting.

Stratton, Allan.  The Dogs.  Y FIC Stratton
Cameron and his mom have been on the run for five years. His father is hunting them. At least, that’s what Cameron’s been told. When they settle in an isolated farmhouse, Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren’t possible. Soon he’s questioning everything he thought he knew — including his own sanity. What’s hiding in the night? Buried in the past? Cameron must uncover the dark secrets before they tear him apart.

West, Carly Anne.  Murmurings.  Y FIC West
After her older sister dies from an apparent suicide and her body is found hanging upside down by one toe from a tree, sixteen-year-old Sophie starts to hear the same voices that drove her sister to a psychotic break.

Young, Suzanne.  Hotel Ruby.  Y FIC Young
On the way to spend a summer with her grandmother after the sudden death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Audrey, her older brother Daniel, and their father happen upon the Hotel Ruby, a luxurious place filled with unusual guests and little chance of ever leaving.

Yovanoff, Brenna.  Fiendish.  Y FIC Yovanoff
Clementine DeVore, seventeen, is determined to learn what happened ten years ago that led to her magical imprisonment and problems in her town, but a dangerous attraction to Fisher, the boy who freed her, town politics, and the terrifying Hollow get in the way.

Zindel, Paul.  The Doom Stone.  Y FIC Zindel
When fifteen-year-old Jackson visits his aunt in England, he becomes caught up in a chase to capture an unknown creature who is stalking and killing people on the plains surrounding ancient Stonehenge

Zindel, Paul.  Night of the Bat.  Y FIC Zindel
Teenage Jake joins his father on an expedition to study bats in the Brazilian rain forest and finds the project menaced by a giant brain-eating bat.

Zindel, Paul.  Raptor.  Y Zindel
Zack and his Ute Indian friend find themselves trapped in a cave with a living dinosaur–the deadly Utahraptor

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