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Scary Books

The Crossroads
by Chris Grabenstein

50 years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at a crossroad that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since. During a huge storm, lightning hits the tree, releasing the spirit, who decides his evil spree isn't over...
Zack and his dad and new stepmother have just moved to the house next to the crossroads.
» Other books in the Haunted Mystery series.

It's the First Day of School...Forever!
by R. L. Stine

On the first day of school, Artie falls out of his bed and hits his head. Hard. He tells his mom he's dizzy and she says: "You're just worried about your first day in a new school."
On the second day of school, Artie falls out of bed and hits his head again, and his mom tells him he's just worried about his first day of school.
Huh? Today is just like the day before. Can Artie find a way to change it, before it's the first day of school . . . forever?

Half-Minute Horrors
by various authors

These scary stories may only take half a minute to read, but they are going to scare you for a long time after that.

Horowitz Horror
by Anthony Horowitz

You may know Anthony Horowitz from his Alex Rider series, but he also writes some scary stories, set in England and feature everyday items with sinister qualities.

by Neil Gaiman

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Dead Boys
by Royce Buckingham

In the desert town of Richland, Washington, there stands a giant sycamore tree. Horribly mutated by nuclear waste, it feeds on the life energy of boys that it snags with its living roots. And when Teddy Matthews moves to town, the tree trains its sights on its next victim.

Ghosthunters series
by Carol Matas

Maybe it's a family curse, or just bad luck, but the men in the Barnett family tend to drop dead the day before they turn 35. Molly and Adam's dad's birthday is coming up, and they have to fight against one after another freakish "accident" to protect their dad.

Skeleton Man
by Joseph Bruchac

After her parents disappear and she is turned over to the care of a strange "great-uncle", Molly must rely on her dreams about an old Mohawk story for her safety and perhaps even for her life.

The Last Apprentice series
by Joseph 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.

Cirque Du Freak series
by Darren Shan

Darren Shan is just an ordinary schoolboy - until he gets an invitation to visit the Cirque du Freak. Soon, Darren and his friend are caught in a deadly trap, and the only deal to be made is in blood.

» Don't miss the prequel The Saga of Larten Crepsley series.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
by Alvin Schwartz

Filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright. There is a story here for everyone - skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer, a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney, and more...