Short Stories – I LOVE a good horror story. You’ll find these quick reads in our seasonal Halloween display, or in various locations listed in the library.
Short and Shivery series. Robert San Souci. 398.2 SAN
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series. Alvin Schwartz. 398.2 SCH
Thirteen: 13 Tales of Horror by 13 Masters of Horror. SC THI
The Restless Dead: Ten Original Stories of the Supernatural. SC RES
Handle with Care: Frightening Stories. SC KAH
Be Afraid: Tales of Horror. SC BE
666: The Number of the Beast. SC 666
Horowitz Horror. Anthony Horowitz. FIC HOR
Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness. Illustrated by Gris Grimly. FIC POE (Classics section)
Favorite authors of creepy books:
Garth Nix. The Abhorsen Trilogy: Sabriel, Lirael & Abhorsen. Horror Fantasy. In a world where wild-magic necromancers bring the rotting dead to life, only the Abhorsen has the power to send them back.
Marcus Sedgewick. My Swordhand Is Singing. Reminiscent of an old-school folktale, this story features a woodcutter’s son fighting vampires who are actual undead monsters, not romantic heroes.
Chris Wooding. The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray is like a Victorian-era Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Poison is a fairy tale gone creepy.
Neil Gaiman. Don’t let its length, cover, or cartoon adaptation fool you: Coraline is one dark story that gave this librarian nightmares! Newbery winner The Graveyard Book starts with grim murder but then moves on to horror-tinged adventure.
Neal Shusterman. Full Tilt is a modern, ramped-up take on Something Wicked This Way Comes, where responsible Blake risks his soul to save his reckless younger brother Quinn from a supernatural carnival. The Skinjacker Trilogy (Everlost, Everwild so far) features “Afterlights” (“ghosts” isn’t polite) Nick and Allie struggling to accept their death while facing up to monsters such as the McGill and Mary Queen of Snots. In Unwind, three teens go on the run to escape being “unwound,” or turned into complete-body organ donors.
For older readers:
Stephen King is a modern master of horror. Skeleton Crew is a collection of short stories I read over and over as a teen, and includes the short novel The Mist. In the horror-fantasy The Talisman (co-written with Peter Straub) Jack travels across the country in two alternate realities to save his mother.
Rick Yancey’s gothic The Monstrumologist has received rave reviews but is a little too gory for our collection. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find it elsewhere! Back when I had a stomach for this kind of thing I’d’ve devoured it!