YA Scary Stories

YA Scary Stories

Like to be spooked? Here are some tales guaranteed to keep you up at night!


Compiled by:
Lizzy S.
The Agony House

Cherie Priest
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Priest)

Seventeen-year-old Denise Farber, her mom, and her stepfather are moving back to New Orleans, into the Argonne house, which is over 150 years old. Her mother plans to turn into a bed-and-breakfast--but old houses have histories, and sometimes ghosts, and a mysterious old comic book that Denise finds in the attic may hold the answer to a crime and the terrifying things that keep happening in what she thinks of as the "Agony" house.


Amity

Micol Ostow
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Ostow)

Two teens narrate the terrifying days and nights they spend living in a house of horrors.


Contagion

Erin Bowman
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Bowman)

After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission. When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the remains of the project including its members dead bodies. As they try to piece together what could have possibly decimated an entire project, they discover that some things are best left buried.


Devils Unto Dust

Emma Berquist
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Berquis)

A horrifying sickness has spread across the West Texas desert. Infected people-- shakes-- attack the living, and the surviving towns are only as safe as their perimeter walls are strong. The state is all but quarantined from the rest of the country. Glory, Texas, is a near ghost town. Still, seventeen-year-old Willie has managed to keep her siblings safe, even after the sickness took their mother. But then her good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most merciless shake hunters in town, and Willie is left on the hook for his debt.


Dreamfall

Amy Plum
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Plum)

Seven insomniac teenagers participate in an experimental sleep study and find themselves thrown together in a shared dreamworld where their worst nightmares come to life.


The Fade

Demitria Lunetta
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lunetta)

Fifteen-year-old Haley moves into a house haunted by the ghosts of murdered girls who hope Haley will be able to help them move on.


Fiendish

Brenna Yovanoff
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Yovanof)

Clementine DeVore, seventeen, is determined to learn what happened ten years ago that led to her magical imprisonment and problems in her town, but a dangerous attraction to Fisher, the boy who freed her, town politics, and the terrifying Hollow get in the way.


The Girl From the Well

Rin Chupeco
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Chupeco)

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.


The Good Demon

Jimmy Cajoleas
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Cajolea)

Clare has been miserable since her exorcism. The preacher that rid her of evil didn't understand that her demon simply known as Her was like a sister to Clare. Now, Clare will do almost anything to get Her back. After a chance encounter with the son of the preacher who exorcised her, Clare goes on an adventure through the dark underbelly of her small Southern town, discovering its deep-seated occult roots.


Long Lankin

Lindsey Barraclough
(Young Adult Fiction - 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 Madman's Daughter

Megan Shepherd
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Shepher)

Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father's island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle.


Not Even Bones

Rebecca Schaeffer
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Schaeff)

Nita doesn't murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet--her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they've been "acquired." Until her mom brings home a live specimen and Nita decides she wants out; dissecting a scared teenage boy is a step too far. But when she decides to save her mother's victim, she ends up sold in his place--because Nita herself isn't exactly "human."


Pitch Dark

Courtney Alameda
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Alameda)

Tuck Morgan and his crew have slept in stasis aboard the USS 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. When Tuck's and Laura's worlds collide-- literally-- the two must outwit their enemies, evade brutal monsters that kill with sound, and work together to save the John Muir.


The Replacement

Brenna Yovanoff
(Young Adult Fiction - 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.


The Sacrifice Box

Martin Stewart
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Stewart)

In the summer of 1982, five friends discover an ancient stone box hidden deep in the woods. They seal inside of it treasured objects from their childhoods, and they make a vow: Never come to the box alone. Never open it after dark. Never take back your sacrifice. Four years later, a series of strange and terrifying events begin to unfold. Someone broke the rules of the box, and now everyone has to pay.


Sawkill Girls

Claire Legrand
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Legrand)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn comes a breathtaking and spine-tingling novel about three teenage girls who face off against an insidious monster that preys upon young women.


Survive the Night

Danielle Vega
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Vega)

Casey regrets coming to Survive the Night, the all-night underground rave in the New York City subway. Her best friend Shana talked her into it, even though Casey just got out of rehab. Alone and lost in the dark, creepy tunnels, Casey doesn't think Survive the Night could get any worse... until she comes across her friend Julie's body, and the party turns deadly.


There's Someone Inside Your House

Stephanie Perkins
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Perkins)

It's been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she's still adjusting to her new life. Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets. 


Through the Woods

Emily Carroll
(Graphic Novels - Carroll)

A collection of five spine-tingling short stories.


What the Woods Keep

Katya De Becerra
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Debecer)

On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home--on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets. Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She's getting ready for college and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it's all catching up with her: her mother's mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father's outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden's own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.