What, exactly is horror? To me, monsters come in all shapes and sizes. They can be real or unreal. They can be your next door neighbor or in the your closet when the lights go out. For some reason, I can read horror, but I CANNOT watch it (Paranormal Activity scarred me for LIFE!) Teens love terror, so here’s a great booklist with a little blurb on several books to share with them, including some throwbacks you should dig back up and some humorous horror too, for those who don’t want to truly terrifying.
The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by David Hutchinson. 2019, Simon Pulse. Dino keeps it together when he begins the task of preparing his best friend, July, for her funeral. But then he REALLY needs to keep it together when she sits up and asks what’s going on! Nothing can be more confusing (and smelly!) hanging out with your dead best friend and trying to figure out what’s going on. You’ll laugh your way through this one!
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara. 2018, Harper. This non-fiction adult book is a first hand look of the author’s life as she grew up in California in the hunting grounds during the 70’s when the Golden State Killer was loose. She details her experience and those of the victims through primary source documents. Not for the faint at heart.
Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer. 2018, Houghton Mifflin. Helping your mom with her job can be satisfying, especially if you’re the one that gets to dissect them. But when you don’t do something correctly and it’s you getting parts cut off, that’s a whole other thing, especially when your parts bring the most money in on the paranormal black market.
The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart. 2018, Viking Books. Word of caution, do NOT mess with ancient boxes in the middle of the forest. And whatever you do, do NOT put sacrifices in the box, make a pact and then break it!! If you do, the evil undead will come back, not only for you, but for your town!
S.T.A.G.S by M.A Bennett. 2018, Delacorte Press. There is nothing more scary than a group of teens who have dark and evil intents. And what’s even scarier, is that adults ALLOW them to continue some dark family traditions to ensure they stay in control. Nothing better than a psychological thriller with beautiful monsters!
Uncanny by David Macinnis Gill. 2017, Greenwillow Books. Willow Jane doesn’t understand the dark power behind a old family heirloom her mother has. She also doesn’t know the Shadowless have come back to not only retrieve the heirloom, but also to use Willow Jane to become even more powerful. Set in modern day Boston, book captures new and old horror that only Boston can.
Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics. 2016, Harlequin Teen. Lucy’s mother has passed away, and she lives in an isolated mansion with her father, who makes himself quite absent. But spending time in the attic has become a catalyst to dark, evil things and soon Lucy can hear scratches and voices in the wall…right behind her bed… Amy is making a name for herself in the realm of YA horror, so you MUST check out all of her books! Daughters Unto Devils was HORRIFYING!
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo. 2016, Jimmy Patterson Books. There can be no truer monster than Jack the Ripper, and in this book (the first of a stand-alone series), one very headstrong girl finds herself in the same circle as the mysterious murderer…Maniscalo’s other books have her chasing the Devil in the White City and Dracula, among others (2017-2019)!
THROWBACK! The Infects by Sean Beaudoin. 2012, Candlewick. Nothing can be more scary or hilarious than bad fried chicken, a field trip into the wilderness, and your friends turning into zombies!