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Spooky Stories


As Halloween approaches, here are some reading recommendations sure to evoke thrills and chills.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Doll Bones by Holly Black
  • The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter
  • Bone Jack by Sara Crowe
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
  • The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner
  • The Monstrous Devices by Damian Love
  • Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller
  • The House in Poplar Wood by K. E. Ormsbee
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Thornhill by Pam Smy

Young Adult Fiction

  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  • Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
  • Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
  • Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
  • There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
  • Jackaby by William Ritter
  • These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winter
  • Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

Adult Fiction

  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • Misery by Stephen King
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
  • Old Bones by Preston & Child
  • Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
  • If We Were Villians by M. L. Rio


  • From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty
  • The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher.
  • Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge
  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach




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