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Horror - Young Adult - Fall 2020

If you like to be scared, check out these super scary horror books!

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1) by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake

From the publisher:
Cas Lowood, armed with his late father's mysterious athame, set out to kill a ghost known as Anna Dressed in Blood, but what he believes will be a routine task turns deadly when he discovers Anna is unlike any ghost he has ever encountered before.

The Babysitters Coven (The Babysitters Coven, #1)

The Babysitter’s Coven - Kate Williams

From the publisher:
After new student Cassandra Heaven joins seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl's babysitters club, the girls learn that being a babysitter really means a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from evil.

The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1) by Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful / The Damned - Renee Ahdieh

From the publisher:
In 19th century New Orleans, Celine, a dressmaker from Paris, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery that's connected to a glamorous supernatural cohort.

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

The Bone Houses - Emily Lloyd-Jones

From the publisher:
Aderyn ("Ryn") only cares about two things: her family and her family's graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. 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?

Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the deeply-buried truths about themselves.

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

Clown in a Cornfield - Adam Cesare

From the publisher:
Quinn Maybrook and her father have moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs. But what they don't know is that ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. It's a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there.

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray

The Diviners - Libba Bray [series]

From the publisher:
Roaring 20s is brought to life! Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is thrilled! New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces. Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult, also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1) by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation / Deathless Divide - Justina Ireland

From the publisher:
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania--derailingthe War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of afew, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities--and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It's a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society's expectations. But that's not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston's School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn't pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies.

Escape Room by Maren Stoffels

Escape Room - Maren Stoffels

From the publisher:
There's no escape from this room. Full of menace and suspense, it's an unputdownable thriller--and a paperback original! Alissa, Sky, Miles and Mint are ready for a night of fun at the Escape Room. It's simple. Choose their game. Get locked in a room. Find the clues. Solve the puzzles. And escape the room in 60 minutes. But what happens if the Game Master has no intention of letting them go?

The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)

The Girl from the Well - Rin Chupeco

From the publisher:
Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

Girls Save the World in This One by Ash Parsons

Girls Save the World in This One - Ash Parsons

From the publisher:
When ZombieCon comes to their small town, June and her best friends battle long lines for photo ops, meet their favorite actors, and save the world from actual zombies when things get real.

Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

Harrow Lake - Kat Ellis

From the publisher:
Lola Nox is sent to live with her estranged maternal grandmother in the mining town where her horror movie director father's most iconic film was set, when paranormal incidents and whispers of a century-old monster make her question if she'll make it out alive.

The Haunted (The Haunted, #1) by Danielle Vega

The Haunted - Danielle Vega

From the publisher:
To evade her manipulative ex-boyfriend, sixteen-year-old Hendricks' family moves to small-town New York, where she joins the popular crowd, but only her outcast neighbor, Eddie, can help chase vindictive ghosts from her new house.

Haunted Hospital by Marty Chan

Haunted Hospital - Marty Chan

From the publisher:
Four young teens find themselves in serious danger during a role-playing game in a supposedly abandoned hospital.

His Hideous Heart by Dahlia Adler

His Hideous Heart: Thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe's Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined - edited by Dahlia Adler

From the publisher:
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. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways.

Horrid by Katrina Leno

Horrid - Katrina Leno

From the publisher:
Following her father's sudden death, Jane North-Robinson and her mother are forced to move to the old North house in Maine, where Jane uncovers her family's disturbing secrets.

Into the Pit (Five Nights at Freddy’s: Fazbear Frights #1)

Into the Pit (Fazbear Frights #1) - Scott Cawthorn

From the publisher:
What do you wish for most? It's a questions that Oswald, Sarah, and Millie think they know the answer to. Oswald wishes his summer wasn't so boring, Sarah wishes to be beautiful, and Millie wishes she could just disappear form the face of the earth. But in the twisted world of 'Five nights at Freddy's', their hearts' deepest desires have an unexpected cost.

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1) by Zoraida Córdova

Labyrinth Lost - Zoraida Córdova

From the publisher:
Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family. But she's hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air. When a curse she performs to rid herself of magic backfires and her family vanishes, she must travel to Los Lagos, a land in-between as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland, to get her family back.

Lie to Me by Kaitlin Ward

Lie to Me - Kaitlin Ward

From the publisher:
When Amelia woke up in the hospital with bruises, broken bones, and a concussion, everybody insisted that she accidentally fell down the embankment and almost into the river; but Amelia cannot shake the feeling that she was pushed, especially since another young woman was found nearby, dead--and so, with the help of a new friend, Liam, and despite her best friend's reservations, she sets out to discover the truth, even though her search seems to be leading her ever deeper into danger.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs [series]

From the publisher:
Sixteen-year-old Jacob, having traveled to a remote island after a family tragedy, discovers an abandoned orphanage, and, after some investigating, he learns the children who lived there may have been dangerous and quarantined and may also still be alive.

The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki

The Nightmarys - Dan Poblocki

From the publisher:
Timothy July has a secret. And it's giving him nightmares.
Abigail Tremens has a problem. Her nightmares are haunting her . . . while she is awake.

Timothy July and his new friend Abigail try to break a curse that is causing them and others to be tormented by their greatest fears brought to life.

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Pitch Dark - Courtney Alameda

From the publisher:
Lost to time, Tuck Morgan and his crew have slept in stasis aboard theUSS John Muir for centuries. Their ship harbors a chunk of Earth, which unbeknownst to them, is the last hope for the failing human race.

Laura Cruz is a shipraider searching the galaxy for the history that was scattered to the stars. Once her family locates theJohn Muir and its precious cargo, they are certain human civilization is saved.

When Tuck's and Laura's worlds collide--literally--the two teens must outwit their enemies, evade brutal monsters that kill with sound, and work together to save the John Muir . . . and the whole human race.

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

Rules for Vanishing - Kate Alice Marshall

From the publisher:
Once a year, a road appears in the forest. And at the end of it, the ghost of Lucy Gallows beckons. Lucy's game isn't for the faint of heart. If you win, you escape with your life. But if you lose . . . Sara's sister disappeared one year ago--and only Sara knows where she is. Becca went to find the ghost of Lucy Gallows and is trapped on the road that leads to her. In the sleepy town of Briar Glen, Lucy's road is nothing more than local lore. But Sara knows it's real, and she's going to find it. When Sara and her skeptical friends meet in the forest to search for Becca, the mysterious road unfurls before them. All they have to do is walk down it. But the path to Lucy is not of this world, and it has its own rules.

Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves

Slice of Cherry - Dia Reeves

From the publisher:
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.

Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Shutter - Courtney Alameda

From the publisher:
Seventeen-year-old Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat, able to see ghosts in color and capture them on film, but when a routine hunt goes awry, Micheline is infected with a curse known as a soulchain and if she is unable to exorcise the entity in seven days, she will be destroyed, body and soul.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Ten - Gretchen McNeil

From the publisher:
Ten teens. Three days. One killer.

Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast only for them to be picked off by a killer one by one.