Monstrous Tales

Any time is a great time to read a scary story! Pick up one of these and be prepared to be freaked out.


Compiled by:
Sam O. and Becky F.
13 Days of Midnight

Leo Hunt
(Young Adult - Y Hunt)

When Luke Manchett's estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a Host of eight unique, powerful, and restless spirits. Unfortunately, Luke has no clue how to manage them, which the ghosts figure out pretty quickly. Armed with only his father's indecipherable notes, and a locked copy of "The Book of Eight", Luke struggles to adapt to his new role as a necromancer.


Allegedly

Tiffany D. Jackson
(Young Adult - Y Jackson)

When Mary, a teenager living in a group home, becomes pregnant, authorities take another look at the crime for which Mary was convicted when she was nine years old.


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

April Genevieve Tucholke
(Young Adult - Y Tucholk)

Violet is in love with River, a mysterious seventeen-year-old stranger renting the guest house behind the rotting seaside mansion where Violet lives, but when eerie, grim events begin to happen, Violet recalls her grandmother's frequent warnings about the devil and wonders if River is evil.


The Boneshaker

Kate Milford
(Young Adult - Y Milford)

When Jake Limberleg brings his traveling medicine show to a small Missouri town in 1913, thirteen-year-old Natalie senses that something is wrong and, after investigating, learns that her love of automata and other machines make her the only one who can set things right.


The Creeping

Alexandra Sirowy
(Young Adult - Sirowy)

Seventeen-year-old Stella has no recollection of the day her best friend disappeared while the two, then six, were picking strawberries, until the corpse of a similar girl turns up and Stella not only begins to remember, she learns that something dark has been at work in their little town for generations.


Daughters Unto Devils

Amy Lukavics
(Young Adult - Y Lukavic)

When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.


The Dead House

Dawn Kurtagich
(Young Adult - Y Kurtagi)

Told through journal entries, a psychotherapist's notes, court records, and more, relates the tale of Carly, a teen who was institutionalized after her parents' death but released to Elmbrige High School, where she is believed to have a second personality or soul named Kaitlyn, and/or be possessed by a demon.


The Diviners

Libba Bray
(Young Adult - Y Bray)

Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.


The Dolls

Kiki Sullivan
(Young Adult - Y Sullivan)

Eveny Cheval has just moved back to Carrefour, Louisiana—a town she left fourteen years ago in the wake of her mother's suicide. An outsider at first, Eveny quickly finds herself embroiled in a web of intrigue, betrayal, and lies. Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends collectively known as the Dolls. They want to bring Eveny into their circle and share their darkest truths with her.

Eveny is wary of these girls, but after murder strikes and she discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she's forced to turn to the Dolls for answers. Something's wrong in paradise, and it's up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.


The Grave Keepers

Elizabeth Byrne
Young Adult Fiction – Y Byrne

Lately, Athena Windham has been spending all her spare time in her grave: her parents are owners of a cemetery in Upstate New York. The new school year begins with mean girls, a new friend, and a runaway boy hiding out. Meanwhile, a ghost hangs around the Windham property.


Long Lankin

Lindsey Barraclough
(Young Adult - Y Barracl)

When Cora and her younger sister, Mimi, are sent to stay with their great Auntie Ida in an isolated village in 1958, they discover that they are in danger from a centuries-old evil and, along with village boys Roger and Peter, strive to uncover the horrifying truth before it is too late.


The Merciless

Danielle Vega
(Young Adult - Y Vega)

In an effort to make friends at her new school, Sofia gets involved with a group of popular girls who dislike Brooklyn, a loner who they believe to be evil.


Messenger of Fear

Michael Grant
(Young Adult - Y Grant)

The Messenger of Fear brings justice to those who do wrong, creating frightening games where the players earn their redemption--or lose their sanity--and somehow Mara, fifteen, has become his apprentice.


The Monster on the Road is Me

J. P. Romney
(Young Adult - Y Romney)

In Japan, a teenage boy with narcolepsy is able to steal the thoughts of supernatural beings in his sleep, and uses this ability to defeat a mountain demon that's causing a string of suicides at his school.


The Murmurings

Carly Anne West
(Young Adult - Y West)

After her older sister dies from an apparent suicide and her body is found hanging upside down by one toe from a tree, sixteen-year-old Sophie starts to hear the same voices that drove her sister to a psychotic break.


The Replacement

Brenna Yovanoff
(Young Adult - Y Yovanof)

Sixteen-year-old Mackie Doyle knows that he replaced a human child when he was just an infant, and when a friend's sister disappears he goes against his family's and town's deliberate denial of the problem to confront the beings that dwell under the town, tampering with human lives.


Revenge of the Witch

Joseph Delaney
(Young Adult - Y Delaney)

Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties." For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried-some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed?


Scowler

Daniel Kraus
(Young Adult - Y Kraus)

In the midst of a 1981 meteor shower in Iowa, a homicidal maniac escapes from prison and returns to the farm where his nineteen-year-old son, Ry, must summon three childhood toys--Mr. Furrington, Jesus Christ, and Scowler--to protect himself, his eleven-year-old sister, Sarah, and their mother.


Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

April Genevieve Tucholke
(Young Adult - Y Slasher)

Inspired by classic tales and films, a collection of fourteen short stories ranging from bloody horror, to psychological thrillers, to supernatural creatures, to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, by acclaimed YA authors of every genre.


A Taste for Monsters

Matthew Kirby
(Young Adult - Y Kirby)

In 1888 seventeen-year-old Evelyn Fallow, herself disfigured by the phosphorus in the match factory where she worked, has been hired as a maid to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man--but when the Jack the Ripper murders begin she and Merrick find themselves haunted by the ghosts of the slain women, and Evelyn is caught up in the mystery of Jack's identity.


The Telling

Alexandra Sirowy
(Young Adult - Y Sirowy)

A series of murders that are eerily similar to the dark stories Lana's deceased brother used to tell start happening in her home town, threatening her newfound popularity.


And the Trees Crept In

Dawn Kurtagich
(Young Adult - Y Kurtagi)

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too--the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer.


This Savage Song

Victoria Schwab
(Young Adult - Y Schwab)

There's no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent-- but he's one of the monsters. With the future of their home at stake, Kate and Augustus are the heirs to opposing sides, and should never have met. Now they're the only two who can do something to save the city.


What the Dead Want

Norah Olson
(Young Adult - Y Olson)

Inheriting a love of photography, an old camera and countless questions years after the disappearance of her mother, 16-year-old Gretchen returns to a decaying family mansion, where ancestral photos and letters dating back centuries reveal her family's haunted past.