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Published on October 29th, 2014 | by Andrea Liu

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Spooky Spine-Tingling Stories

With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to get into the spooky spirit than with some creepy reads. Grab a flashlight, be sure to check under your bed, and get ready to be scared silly with these spine-tingling stories.

mary-the-summoningMary: The Summoning

By Hillary Monahan, published by Disney-Hyperion

“Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY.”

What’s more terrifying than the urban legend of Bloody Mary? Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna have perfected their method. Successfully summoning this shadowy spirit, the four teens decide that once isn’t enough. But when Bloody Mary escapes from the shadows during one of their sessions, the girls must face her evil and vengeful wrath. Friendships are tested as they desperately try to uncover the true story of Bloody Mary but will they be able to figure it out before it’s too late?

 

 

 

coldest-girl-in-coldtownThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown

By Holly Black, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

After a perfectly normal party, Tana wakes up in a house surrounded by corpses. Besides Tana, there are only two other survivors: her ex-boyfriend whom she discovers is newly infected with vampirism and a mysterious boy who is hiding a terrible secret. Racing against the clock, they soon realize that the solution to all of their problems lie in the heart of Coldtown. Unfortunately Coldtowns are walled cities where monsters and humans are forced to live (and die) in a horrifying never-ending cycle of predator versus prey… and once you enter Coldtown, you can never leave. Before long, the trio find themselves battling sinister beings and facing all sorts of terror lurking in every corner. Will they be able to get out alive?

 

amityAmity

By Micol Ostow, published by EgmontUSA

Strange visions and haunting voices start plaguing Gwen when her and her family move into a house called Amity. What Gwen doesn’t know is that ten years ago, Connor’s family used to live in Amity where Connor also suffered from disturbing dreams filled with gore, demons, and destruction… dreams that he kind of liked… dreams that he could make come true with Amity’s help. And now Amity is planning to use Gwen to make it’s sinister plans come to life. Inspired by a true-crime story, Amity is a spine-chilling tale full of terror, rage, insanity and death.

 

 

anna-dressed-in-bloodAnna Dressed in Blood

By Kendare Blake, published by Tor Teen

Cas Lowood’s father was killed by a ghost, his mother is a witch, and his cat can sniff out spirits. And Cas? Well, he can kill the dead.

On a hunt to track, find, and kill a ghost called Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas stumbles upon the ghost of a girl who was brutally murdered in 1958. Since her death, Anna has killed every single person who dared to step into her deserted Victorian home. Except for Cas whom she allows to live. But why Cas? And why does Cas feel a need to help Anna when his quest is to destroy her. This deliciously creepy ghost story will definitely have your hair standing on end.

 

 

asylumAsylum

By Madeleine Roux, published by HarperTeen

When Dan Crawford enters New Hampshire College Prep in the summer before starting college, he finally feels at home… until he discovers that his dorm used to be part of an asylum for the criminally insane. As Dan and his two new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore their creepy surroundings, they begin to uncover pieces of the asylum’s fascinating yet macabre history. As unsettling truths come to light, Dan and his friends discover that some secrets refuse to stay beneath the surface.

Featuring real photos of abandoned asylums, Asylum is an eerie story that questions the thin line between genius and insanity.

 

 

of-monsters-and-madnessOf Monsters and Madness

By Jessica Verday, published by EgmontUSA

Of Monsters and Madness is an homage to the darkly romantic classic Gothic horror genre featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee.

In 1820’s Philadelphia, a series of brutally gruesome murders seem to point towards Annabel’s father. Curiosity forces Annabel to poke around her father’s home and lab as she tries to unearth the secret behind his scientific experiments. As Annabel finds herself surrounded by death and madness, she takes solace in the company of one of her father’s apprentices, Allan Poe, who is completely unlike his cruel and ill-tempered brother Edgar Poe (her father’s other apprentice). But the murders continue and soon, Annabel can’t ignore the fact that these violent attacks may not be related to her father but instead, may be pointing directly at the Poe brothers.

party-gamesParty Games: A Fear Street Novel

By R.L. Stine, published by St. Martin’s Griffin

R.L. Stine, the King of spooky stories, returns to Shadyside, a town where things definitely go bump in the night, with Party Games, a new book in his highly popular Fear Street series.

Rachel Martin has a huge crush on Brendan Fear and despite warnings from her friends, she decides to attend his birthday party at his family’s estate on mysterious Fear Island. Plenty of party games are planned but as guests start dying one by one, Rachel realizes that there is someone or something that’s out to kill them all. Stuck on this tiny island with no one to trust, Rachel must figure out a way to escape this deadly game or suffer the fate of becoming another victim of Fear Island.

 

rot-and-ruinRot & Ruin

By Jonathan Maberry, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Zombies have infested America and Benny Imura has no choice but to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his older brother Tom. Whacking zombies may be a tedious job but if Benny doesn’t work, his rations will be cut in half. As Benny goes about his job, he soon realizes that the fight between zombies and humans may not be as black and white as he initially believed and that the living dead may not be the biggest evil out there.

Rot & Ruin is the first book in the Benny Imura series by Jonathan Maberry. Filled with pulse-pounding action, gory bits, and fantastic characters, there’s no better way to enjoy Halloween than with a book on the living dead.

 

the-replacementThe Replacement

By Brenna Yovanoff, published by Razorbill

Mackie Doyle may look like one of us, he may act like one of us and talk like us but he is most certainly not one of us.

Mackie is The Replacement.

Sixteen years ago he was left in the crib of a human baby; now, as a teen, Mackie is struggling to survive in the human world as he fights a daily battle against the awful effects that iron, blood, and consecrated ground has on his person. But when his crush’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie knows that it’s time he visits his birthplace. As he enters the underworld of Gentry, Mackie must face the dark creatures who call Gentry their home and eventually decide… does he belong in the human world or does his fate lie in Gentry?

 

welcome-to-the-dark-houseWelcome to the Dark House

By Laurie Faria Stolarz, published by Disney-Hyperion

Everyone has nightmares… for Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of the killer that terrifies her at night and for Parker Bradley, he can’t stand the bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither into his dreams.

When seven students with award-winning essays based on their worst nightmare get a chance to have an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project, it’s an opportunity of a lifetime to face one’s fears. But things seem a little strange especially when the seventh student goes missing. Will they be able to figure out what’s going on behind-the-scenes or are they really trapped in a real-life nightmare with no hope of waking up?

 

 

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Andrea Liu is a reader, blogger and all-around digital content enthusiast. You can usually find her skulking around the pages and sleuthing between the lines looking for the next best read. Currently working in digital production at Harlequin.



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