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By R. L. Stine. 2012
The New York Times bestselling author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series delivers a terrifying horror novel for adults…centered on a town in the grip of a sinister revolt.After travel writer Lea Sutter barely survives a merciless hurricane on a tiny island off the South Carolina coast, she impulsively brings two orphaned twin boys home with her to Long Island. Samuel and Daniel seem amiable and intensely grateful at first, but no one in Lea&’s family anticipates the twins&’ true evil nature—or predicts that within a few weeks&’ time her husband, a controversial child psychologist, will be implicated in two brutal murders. &“The horror is grisly&” (Associated Press) in legendary author R.L. Stine&’s &“creepy, fun read&” (Library Journal)—an homage to the millions of adult fans who grew up reading his classic series and a must-read for every fan of deviously inventive chillers.
By Ally Wilkes. 2022
A Bram Stoker Award nominee &“Some of the best survival horror we&’ve read in years, with a uniquely menacing adversary…at its heart.&” —Vulture, The Best Horror Novels of 2022 &“Epic.&” —Esquire, The 22 Best Horror Books of 2022 Something deadly and mysterious stalks the members of an isolated polar expedition in this haunting and spellbinding historical horror novel, perfect for fans of Dan Simmons&’s The Terror and Alma Katsu&’s The Hunger.In the wake of the First World War, Jonathan Morgan stows away on an Antarctic expedition, determined to find his rightful place in the world of men. Aboard the expeditionary ship of his hero, the world-famous explorer James &“Australis&” Randall, Jonathan may live as his true self—and true gender—and have the adventures he has always been denied. But not all is smooth sailing: the war casts its long shadow over them all, and grief, guilt, and mistrust skulk among the explorers. When disaster strikes in Antarctica&’s frozen Weddell Sea, the men must take to the land and overwinter somewhere which immediately seems both eerie and wrong; a place not marked on any of their part-drawn maps of the vast white continent. Now completely isolated, Randall&’s expedition has no ability to contact the outside world. And no one is coming to rescue them. In the freezing darkness of the Polar night, where the aurora creeps across the sky, something terrible has been waiting to lure them out into its deadly landscape… As the harsh Antarctic winter descends, this supernatural force will prey on their deepest desires and deepest fears to pick them off one by one. It is up to Jonathan to overcome his own ghosts before he and the expedition are utterly destroyed.
By Z. A. Recht. 2006
The “zombie apocalypse,” once on the fringes of horror, has become one of the most buzzworthy genres in popular culture.…Now, in Plague of the Dead, Z.A. Recht delivers an intelligent, gripping thriller that will leave both new and die-hard zombie fans breathless. The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. But it doesn’t end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic. In one fell swoop, the necessities of life become much more basic. Gone are petty everyday concerns. Gone are the amenities of civilized life. Yet a single law of nature remains: Live, or die. Kill, or be killed. On one side of the world, a battle-hardened general surveys the remnants of his command: a young medic, a veteran photographer, a brash Private, and dozens of refugees, all are his responsibility—all thousands of miles from home. Back in the United States, an Army colonel discovers the darker side of Morningstar virus and begins to collaborate with a well-known journalist to leak the information to the public...and the Morningstar Saga has begun.
By Luke Dumas. 2022
This &“disorienting, creepy, paranoia-inducing reimagining of the devil-made-me-do-it tale&” (Paul Tremblay, author of The Cabin at the End of the…World) follows the harrowing downfall of a tortured graduate student arrested for murder.Grayson Hale, the most infamous murderer in Scotland, is better known by a different name: the Devil&’s Advocate. The twenty-five-year-old American grad student rose to instant notoriety when he confessed to the slaughter of his classmate Liam Stewart, claiming the Devil made him do it. When Hale is found hanged in his prison cell, officers uncover a handwritten manuscript that promises to answer the question that&’s haunted the nation for years: was Hale a lunatic, or had he been telling the truth all along? The first-person narrative reveals an acerbic young atheist, newly enrolled at the University of Edinburgh to carry on the legacy of his recently deceased father. In need of cash, he takes a job ghostwriting a mysterious book for a dark stranger—but he has misgivings when the project begins to reawaken his satanophobia, a rare condition that causes him to live in terror that the Devil is after him. As he struggles to disentangle fact from fear, Grayson&’s world is turned upside-down after events force him to confront his growing suspicion that he&’s working for the one he has feared all this time—and that the book is only the beginning of their partnership. &“A modern-day Gothic tale with claws&” (Jennifer Fawcett, author of Beneath the Stairs), A History of Fear marries dread-inducing atmosphere with heart-palpitating storytelling.
By Beth Goobie. 2001
Having barely survived a brain aneurysm two years earlier, fifteen-year-old Adrien, working at her Aunt Erin's summer camp, is caught…between the land of the living and the spirit world, unsure where she belongs. As she struggles to understand the message delivered by the spirits of the five young women that only she sees, she learns of the tragic consequences of their connection to her aunt. Faced with the knowledge that another aneurysm could strike her at any time and mostly shunned by the other staff because she is the boss's niece, Adrien finds a soulmate in Paul, the camp handyman, who is convinced that he has seen his own death foretold.
By Mel Odom. 2001
By Mel Odom. 2002
By Eoin Colfer. 2006
Marty, Will, and the rest of the family are spending the summer in a trailer on the beach. Marty makes…Will walk home from a local dance, planning to scare him with the ghostly voice of Captain Crow, but Marty's the one who's scared when the rocks light up as described in the local legend. Grades 2-4
By Gertrude Chandler Warner. 1992
Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who lived as orphans in a boxcar until their grandfather found them, happily share his…home. Now, they will be around even more family because their cousins, Joe and Alice, are moving to Greenfield. The children want to help fix up Joe and Alice's new house before they arrive. But the house is either haunted or someone is trying to scare them away. A Boxcar Children book for grades 3-6
By Gertrude Chandler Warner. 2005
By John Vornholt, Esther Friesner, Esther M. Friesner. 1999
This is no "bored" game!When your dad normally gets his kicks hanging out on the rings of Saturn, finding a…unique Father's Day gift is a real dilemma. But Sabrina thinks shehas the perfect solution for her warlock dad: Witchopoly, a magical new board game.Everyone thinks it's just part of the game when Sabrina's dad loses his powers and Salem gets a double dose of magic. But when they're all sent to a realm full of monsters, suddenly they're not having fun anymore. Sabrina's dad can't rescue them -- he's a mere mortal now. And Salem -- well, with all that magic, he's got a world to conquer!Is Sabrina's magic strong enough to save her father and herself? And save Salem from himself?
By Michelle Harrison. 2021
In this sequel to A Pinch of Magic, the three sisters face a haunted shipwreck, a fierce pirate, and, of course,…a little magic!The Widdershin family curse has been lifted, and the three sisters—Betty, Fliss, and Charlie—are free to leave the misty prison isle of Crowstone. But when a mysterious girl arrives at their inn accompanied by a will-o’-the-wisp, or ghost, it seems another adventure is afoot. The stranger, named Willow, is an escaped prisoner from nearby Lament, desperate to clear her father’s name before he’s executed for a crime he didn’t commit. Then Charlie is kidnapped by poachers, swept away on a dangerous mission in search of pirate treasure that’s protected by a vengeful ghost. Betty, Fliss, and Willow pile into their trusty boat and embark on a journey to a mythic island that exists only in legends.
By Betty Ren Wright. 1998
What do you do when you&’re being bullied—by a ghost? Find out in this story that &“nicely blends the comic…and the sinister&” (Booklist). Three months ago, when Ernie P. Barber came to Treverton from Los Angeles, he&’d been like a missile aimed at trouble. And Ernie had chosen Jeff to be his best friend, whether he liked it or not. &“You&’re my buddy, old buddy,&” Ernie would always say, &“. . . and I&’m going to cut you in on my T.S.P.&” But when Ernie dies as a result of a freak accident, Jeff&’s troubles are only beginning. The ghost of Ernie P. starts to haunt Jeff. At first, Jeff thinks he&’s going crazy. But when the letters T.S.P. (Ernie&’s code for Top Secret Plan) and some newspaper clippings keep mysteriously appearing, Jeff is convinced that Ernie&’s ghost wants him to carry out the T.S.P. alone—whatever it might be. Not until Jeff faces terrible danger and stands up to the ghost of Ernie P. does the mystery of the T.S.P. unravel.
By Betty Ren Wright. 1984
Something chilling lurks underground, and two step-siblings must unite to uncover the truth in this &“engrossing mystery&” (Booklist). Katie knows…that something eerie is happening in the old, deserted town where she, her stepbrother, and her newly widowed mother are spending the summer taking care of Uncle Frank. Sometimes, when Katie puts her ear to the ground in Uncle Frank&’s backyard, she hears a groaning noise that sounds almost human. But when a crippled ghost-girl appears to her out of the gloom in an abandoned mine, Katie is at once terrified and puzzled. Could the girl&’s chilling appearance have something to do with a tragic mining accident thirty years before? In a fiery climax, Katie and her rebellious stepbrother learn the truth about the past and discover things about each other that strengthen their fragile relationship.
By Del Howison. 2010
&“Without a doubt the ultimate guide to werewolves&”—and survival tips for when the snarling shapeshifters go on the prowl (HorrorNews.net).…The history of lycanthropes stretches back to man&’s beginnings. From cave drawings and tribal folklore to the Inquisition and the twentieth century, man&’s fascination with werewolves has never wavered. The field of study has been ripped wide open with new information uncovered daily. Now there is finally a book that covers all the diverse elements of these cursed but greatly misunderstood creatures. From the bloodstained history of Europe and into the New World, especially the United States, these creatures have been documented like no other. But there is also a need for practical information. When Werewolves Attack supplies just that type of insight. How do you detect a werewolf when they are in human form? What if a family member is a werewolf? How do you defend yourself from an attack, in terms of weaponry and fortification, whether you are inside or out in the woods? How do you escape from an attack of savage lycanthropes? Don&’t be caught flat-footed again. This is the field guide everybody needs to protect themselves and their family.
By Jeff Gelb, Michael Garrett. 1995
Beguiling and bewitching stories from Ramsey Campbell, Brian Lumley, Graham Masterton, and others will give you goosebumps—in more ways than…one . . . Sex and horror, intertwined since the beginning of the human race, take on all new twists, turns, and contortions in Stranger by Night, sixth in the Hot Blood erotic horror anthology series—with one of its most illustrious lists of contributors. Two of the United Kingdom&’s greatest horror writers, Ramsey Campbell and Brian Lumley, both appear. Actress and scream queen Brinke Stevens contributes original fiction. Comics illustrator and TV writer Bruce Jones features in the Hot Blood series for the first time, while Graham Masterton returns with another classic. Lucy Taylor and Brian Hodge are among the other brilliant horror writers, eighteen stories in all, that probe every dark desire. The Heliocentric Net said, &“whatever your tastes, be prepared to be titillated and terrorized,&” and according to Deathrealm, &“Stranger by Night demonstrates that the Hot Blood books haven&’t lost their steam in any sense of the phrase.&” Praise for the Hot Blood series &“Read Hot Blood late at night when the wind is blowing hard and the moon is full.&” —Playboy &“Outstanding . . . A daring combination of sex and terror.&” —Cemetery Dance &“Will appeal to your every kink.&” —Locus &“Seek out this one (or its predecessors) for some naughty fun.&” —Booklovers
By James Crawford. 2015
One man battles against zombies and aliens for the fate of the planet in this action-packed sequel to Blood Soaked…and Invaded.Zombies aren’t an evolutionary dead end—they’re just the beginning of an alien life cycle. Their overlords, the Progeny, are out to take our world, and we’re the only ones capable of stopping them.The world I grew up in, my family, my dear friends, and my unborn child—all gone. Lost to traitors, zombies, and their alien masters. They’re getting more powerful, creative, and aggressive. We know they’re coming for us.War can take everything from you, including your hope, and your humanity.Praise for Blood Soaked and Contagious“I give it an “EW!” factor of +10!” —Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of the Outlander Series
By Adalyn Grace. 2023
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller! Foxglove is the captivating sequel to the Gothic-infused Belladonna, in which Signa and…Death face a supernatural foe determined to tear them apart. A duke has been murdered. The lord of Thorn Grove has been framed. And Fate, the elusive brother of Death, has taken up residence in a sumptuous palace nearby. He's hell-bent on revenge after Death took the life of the woman he loved many years ago...and now he&’s determined to have Signa for himself, no matter the cost. Signa and her cousin Blythe are certain that Fate can save Elijah Hawthorne from wrongful imprisonment if the girls will entertain Fate&’s presence. But the more time they spend with him, the more frightening their reality becomes as Signa exhibits dramatic new powers that link her to Fate&’s past. With mysteries and danger around every corner, the cousins must decide whom they can trust as they navigate their futures in high society, unravel the murders that haunt their family, and play Fate&’s unexpected games—all with their destinies hanging in the balance. Daring, suspenseful, and seductive, this sequel to Death and Signa's story is as utterly romantic as it is perfectly deadly.
By Rachel Caine. 2011
Claire discovers that an extreme sport pitting vampire against vampire--and sometimes vampire against human--is being broadcast on the internet and…tries to stop it. Strong language, descriptions of sex, and some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2011
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia. 2020
Mexico City, 1950. After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a…mysterious doom, socialite Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. Both the home and its owners seem to have a dark past. Strong language. 2020