Staff Picks

Scary Stories Pt. 1 - There are Monsters and Then There are Monsters

With Fall just around the corner and Halloween nipping at its heels, it's time for some Teen horror picks. We'll be blogging and putting up booklists for a number of types of horror books over the next seven weeks - feel free to add titles of your own in the comments sections, or to write book reviews for the Teen book review section.

This booklist is filled with horror titles that don't have any supernatural monsters - just creatures and people doing horrific things. Creepy, freaky, and scary for those of you who don't need to read another book with vampires or werewolves. Enjoy!

Chris H.
Creature of the Night     Creature of the Night    
Kate Thompson
    Y Thompso

Bobby lives a reckless life smoking, drinking, and stealing cars in Dublin. So his mother moves the family to the country. But Bobby suspects their cottage might not be as quaint as it seems. And spooky details of the history of their little cottage gradually turn Bobby into a detective of night creatures real and imagined.

Don't Look Now     Don't Look Now    
Daphne Du Maurier
    Dumauri

A selection of du Maurier's stories shows her at her most chilling and most psychologically astute: a dead child reappears in the alleyways of Venice; routine eye surgery reveals the beast within to a meek housewife; nature revolts against man's abuse by turning a benign species into an annihilating force; a dalliance with a beautiful stranger offers something more dangerous than a broken heart. Includes "The Birds."

Jekel Loves Hyde     Jekel Loves Hyde    
Beth Fantaskey
    Y Fantask

As seventeen-year-old Jill Jekel and classmate Tristen Hyde work together on a chemistry project, hoping to win a scholarship for her and a cure for his curse, they also uncover family secrets and a chemistry of their own.

Rotters     Rotters    
Daniel Kraus
    Y Kraus

Sixteen-year-old Joey's life takes a very strange turn when his mother's tragic death forces him to move from Chicago to rural Iowa with the father he's never known, and who's the town pariah - and a grave-robber.

The Curse of the Wendigo     The Curse of the Wendigo    
Rick Yancey
    Y Yancey
Monstrumologist Bk. 2

In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a New England scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy the Wendigo, a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh.

The Isle of Blood     The Isle of Blood    
Rick Yancey
    Y Yancey
Monstrumologist Bk. 3

When Dr. Warthrop goes hunting for the "Holy Grail of Monstrumology" in 1888, twelve-year-old orphan Will Henry follows him to Socotra, plunging into depths of horror worse than anything he has experienced so far.

The Monstrumologist     The Monstrumologist    
Rick Yancey
    Y Yancey
Monstrumologist Bk. 1

In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist (cryptozoologist) who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi. The creatures in this and the following two entries in this series are treated simply as undiscovered animals, not supernatural beings.

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden     The Vanishing of Katharina Linden    
Helen Grant
    Grant

Pia, bullied for being the girl whose grandmother exploded, investigates the disappearances of children in her small German town, just possibly the work of witchcraft.

This Dark Endeavor     This Dark Endeavor    
Kenneth Oppel
    Y Oppel
Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein Bk. 1

When his twin brother falls ill in the family's chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family's secret Biblioteka Obscura.

Under the Dome     Under the Dome    
Stephen King
    King

The small town of Chester's Mill, Maine, is faced with a big dilemma when it is mysteriously sealed off by an invisible and completely impenetrable force field. With cars and airplanes exploding on contact, the force field has completely isolated the townspeople from the outside world. Now, Iraq war vet Dale Barbara and a group of the town's more sensible citizens must overcome the tyrannical rule of Big Jim Rennie, a politician bent on controlling everything within the Dome.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle     We Have Always Lived in the Castle    
Shirley Jackson
    Jackson

Since the mysterious death of four family members, the superstitious Merricat Blackwood, her ailing uncle Julian, and agoraphobic sister Constance have lived in a bizarre but contented state of isolation. But when cousin Charles arrives in search of the Blackwood fortune, a terrible family secret is revealed.

White Crow     White Crow    
Marcus Sedgwick
    Y Sedgwi

Sixteen-year-old Rebecca moves with her father from London to a small, seaside village, where she befriends another motherless girl and they spend the summer together exploring the village's sinister history.