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Spooky and Horrific Tales

Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite

edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker

Fiction
Eleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction’s leading voices! In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out–and going out for their first kill–and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night. Welcome to the evolution of the vampire–and a revolution on the page.

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The Ballad of Black Tom

by Victor LaValle

Fiction
When Charles Thomas Tester delivers an occult book to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, he opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

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Pitch Dark

by Courtney Alameda

Fiction
Tuck Morgan and his crew have slept aboard the USS John Muir for centuries. Their space ship harbors a chunk of Earth that’s the last hope for the human race. Laura Cruz is searching for the history that was scattered to the stars. When their worlds collide, the two teens must outwit their enemies, evade brutal monsters, and work together to save the John Muir… and the whole human race.

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Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

edited by April Genevieve Tucholke

Fiction
Each story draws from a classic tale or two to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

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House of Salt and Sorrows

by Erin Craig

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life with her family. Once there were twelve daughters, but four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes suspicious that her sisters’ deaths were no accidents. They’ve been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether she should stop them or join them. When Annaleigh’s involvement with a stranger intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that follows her family — before it claims her next.

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The Indifferent Stars Above: the harrowing saga of a Donner Party Bride

by Daniel James Brown

Nonfiction
Head out west with the Donner Party and read about the harrowing hardships and ghastly horrors they experienced due to two problems that befall every family vacation: late starts and ill-advised shortcuts.

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There’s Someone Inside Your House

by Stephanie Perkins

Fiction
It’s been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother and she’s still adjusting to her new life in rural Nebraska. Then, one by one, students at her high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the body count rises and the terror grows closer, can Makani survive the killer’s twisted plan?

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Lovecraft Country

by Matt Ruff

Fiction 
In 1954, young Army veteran Atticus Turner travels to New England with his uncle and childhood friend to search for his missing father, only to encounter human and supernatural terrors at the estate of a descendant of slave owners.

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The Girl from the Well

by Rin Chupeco

Fiction
She has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the spirits of the murdered-dead. Once a victim herself, she now takes the lives of killers. She drifts on, until she meets Tark. Evil writhes beneath the teen’s skin, trapped by a series of intricate tattoos. Tark needs to be freed from the malevolence that clings to him, but there’s just one problem: if the demon dies, so does the host.

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Mexican Gothic

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Fiction 
A darkly enchanting reimagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a spirited young woman discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico.

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House of Leaves

by Mark Z. Danielewski

Fiction 
Story of a house that is larger on the inside than the outside. As you read about the main characters delving deeper into the impossible interior labyrinth, you will find yourself experiencing agoraphobia and claustrophobia at the same time.

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Hex

by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Fiction 
Welcome to the seemingly picturesque town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear…

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The River Has Teeth

by Erica Waters

Fiction
Girls have been going missing in the woods… When Natasha’s sister disappears, she desperately turns to Della, a local girl rumored to be a witch, in the hopes that magic will bring her sister home. But Della has her own secrets to hide. She thinks the beast who’s responsible for the disappearances is her own mother – who was turned into a terrible monster by magic gone wrong. Natasha is angry. Della has little to lose. Both are each other’s only hope.

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The Whisper Man

by Alex North

Fiction 
In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.

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Devils Unto Dust

by Emma Berquist

Fiction
A horrifying sickness has spread across the West Texas desert. Infected people – shakes – attack the living, and the surviving towns are only as safe as their perimeter walls are strong. Seventeen-year-old Willie has managed to keep her siblings safe. But when her father steals a fortune, Willie is on the hook for his debt. With two hunters as guides, Willie sets out across the desert to find her father. And the desert holds more dangers than just shakes.

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The Taking of Jake Livingston

by Ryan Douglass

Fiction
Jake Livingston is one of the only Black kids at St. Clair Prep. To make matters worse, Jake can see the dead. Most are harmless. But then Jake meets Sawyer. A troubled teen who killed six kids at a local high school before taking his own life. Now a powerful, ghost, he has plans for his afterlife – plans that include Jake.

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The Yellow Wallpaper

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Fiction 
Diagnosed with “temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency” by her physician husband, a woman is confined to an upstairs bedroom. Descending into psychosis at the complete lack of stimulation, she starts obsessing over the room’s yellow wallpaper.

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Annihilation

by Jeff VanderMeer

Fiction 

The first expedition into Area X  returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer. Find out what horrors await expedition team 12.

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Fever Dream

by Samanta Schweblin

Fiction 
A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family.

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The Broken Girls

by Simone St. James

Fiction 
When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced.

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The Turn of the Key

by Ruth Ware

Fiction 
A woman answers a job ad for a live-in nanny, but soon realizes something about the child, family, and house is not quite right.

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The Winter People

by Jennifer McMahon

Fiction 
Coming of age in an old farmhouse, nineteen-year-old Ruthie begins a search for her agoraphobic mother and discovers the century-old diary of the farmhouse’s long-ago resident, a grieving mother who died under mysterious circumstances.

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Bird Box

by Josh Malerman

Fiction 
Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from. A mother decides she’s not going to raise her children like this and attempts to escape. But they can’t open their eyes…

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The Bone Houses

by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Fiction
Seventeen-year-old Ryn cares about two things: her family and their graveyard. Since their parents died, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the village of Colbren. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead. The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?

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The Murders of Molly Southbourne

by Tade Thompson

Fiction
For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she’s been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction. Molly knows every way to kill herself, but she also knows that as long as she survives she’ll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?

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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

by Grady Hendrix

Fiction 
A supernatural thriller set in South Carolina in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious stranger who turns out to be a real monster.

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle

by Shirley Jackson

Fiction 
The quiet, isolated life of the Blackwoods–eighteen-year-old Merricat; her older sister, Constance, who may have poisoned their parents six years ago; and their wheelchair-bound uncle–is disrupted by the arrival of a cousin pursuing the family fortune.

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Contagion

by Erin Bowman

Fiction
After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission. When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the remains of the project—including its members’ dead bodies. As they try to piece together what could have possibly decimated an entire project, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

by Stephanie Oakes

Fiction
The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too. Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something – but she’s not talking. When an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of – if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

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The King in Yellow

by Robert W. Chambers

Fiction 
These four macabre, uncanny and unsettling stories, first published in 1895 have become a cult classic, and influenced many writers from the renowned master of cosmic horror H.P Lovecraft to the creators of HBO’s True Detective.

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His Hideous Heart

edited by Dahlia Adler

Fiction
Thirteen authors reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation. Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction.

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Anna Dressed in Blood

by Kendare Blake

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.

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A Blade So Black

by L. L. McKinney

Fiction
The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark realm known as Wonderland. Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before.

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Legendborn

by Tracy Deonn

Fiction
After her mother dies, Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” attempts – and fails – to wipe Bree’s memory and unlocks Bree’s own unique magic. Now Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than she thought, and she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn – a secret society that hunts monsters.

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White Smoke

by Tiffany D. Jackson

Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California town to the Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job that comes with a free house, one that Mari has to share with her bratty stepsister, Piper. And Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone. But “running from ghosts” is just a metaphor, right?

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

by Holly Black

Fiction
One morning, after a party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself, where quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey.

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Sawkill Girls

by Claire LeGrand

Fiction
Who are the Sawkill Girls? Marion: The newbie. Zoey: The pariah. Val: The queen bee. Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

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And the Trees Crept In

by Dawn Kurtagich

Fiction
When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the “blood manor” is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too – questions that Silla can’t ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that’s appeared from the woods? Who is the man that only her little sister sees? And why does it seem like the trees are creeping closer?

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