Staff Picks

Scary Stories Pt. 2 - All Kinds of Darkness

Like to read horror? Tired of picking up a vampire book and getting more romance than frights? The books in this list cover true horror fiction, from vampires and werewolves, to ghosts, zombies, demons, and forgotten horrors from the dawn of time. All of these titles are more horror than humor or romance, so pick one up and lock the doors for a terrifying read!

Chris Hosler
A Dark Matter     A Dark Matter    
Peter Straub
    Straub

Old friends try to come to grips with the darkness of the past--a secret ritual that left behind a gruesomely dismembered body--and find themselves face-to-face with the evil they helped create.

Ashes     Ashes    
Ilsa Bick
    Y Bick
Ashes Trilogy

Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world's population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.

By These Ten Bones     By These Ten Bones    
Clare B. Dunkle
    Y Dunkle

After a mysterious young wood carver with a horrifying secret arrives in her small Scottish town, Maddie gains his trust--and his heart--and seeks a way to save both him and her townspeople from an ancient evil.

Carrion Comfort     Carrion Comfort    
Dan Simmons
    Simmons

Plunging into the darkest corners of 20th-century history, Simmons weaves fact with the fantastic to reveal a secret society of beings that may--or may not--exist behind the world's most horrible and violent events.

Collected Ghost Stories     Collected Ghost Stories    
M. R. James
    James

All of the ghost and demon short stories from the English master!

Department 19     Department 19    
Will Hill
    Y Hill
Department 19

After watching his father's brutal murder, sixteen-year-old Jamie Carpenter joins Department 19, a secret government agency, where he learns of the existence of vampires and the history that ties him to the team destined to stop them.

Fallen     Fallen    
Tim Lebbon
    SF Lebbon

Voyagers Nomi Hyden and Ramus Rheel would be mortal enemies if their lives and fates weren't so closely entwined. But now the unlikely pair are brought together for what will be their greatest--and perhaps final--journey. When a grim wanderer named Ten arrives with an ancient parchment he claims to have brought back from the Divide, its arcane glyphs hint at the existence of a realm most consider a myth...and at something amazing sleeping there.

Fathom     Fathom    
Cherie Priest
    SF Priest

While the survivors of an ancient band of monsters plot revenge against a human race that prompted their exile, unwilling heroine Nia emerges from a frozen sanctuary and prepares to intervene in coastal Florida.

Heart-Shaped Box     Heart-Shaped Box    
Joe Hill
    Hill

A collector of obscure and macabre artifacts, from a cannibal cookbook to a used hangman's noose, unscrupulous metal band musician Judas Coyne is unable to resist purchasing a ghost over the Internet, which turns out to be the vengeful spirit of his late girlfriend's stepfather.

Kit's Wilderness     Kit's Wilderness    
David Almond
    Y Almond

Thirteen-year-old Kit goes to live with his grandfather in the decaying coal mining town of Stoneygate, England, and finds both the old man and the town haunted by ghosts of the past.

Liar     Liar    
Justine Larbalestier
    Y Larbale

Compulsive liar Micah promises to tell the truth after revealing that her boyfriend has been murdered.

My Swordhand Is Singing     My Swordhand Is Singing    
Marcus Sedgwick
    Y Sedgwic

In the dangerous dark of winter in an Eastern European village during the early seventeenth century, Peter learns from a gypsy girl that the Shadow Queen is behind the recent murders and reanimations, and his father's secret past may hold the key to stopping her.

Prophecy of the Sisters     Prophecy of the Sisters    
Michelle Zink
    Y Zink
Prophecy of the Sisters

In late nineteenth-century New York state, wealthy sixteen-year-old twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe find that they are on opposite sides of an ancient prophecy that has destroyed their parents and seeks to do even more harm.

Rot & Ruin     Rot & Ruin    
Jonathan Maberry
    Y Maberry
Benny Imura

In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

Sisters Red     Sisters Red    
Jackson Pearce
    Y Pearce

After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman's son.

The Best of H. P. Lovecraft     The Best of H. P. Lovecraft    
H. P. Lovecraft
    SF Lovecra

This is the collection that true fans of horror fiction have been waiting for: sixteen of H.P. Lovecraft's most horrifying visions, including Lovecraft's masterpiece, The Shadow Out of Time-- the shocking revelation of the mysterious forces that hold all mankind in their fearsome grip.

The Diviners     The Diviners    
Libba Bray
    Y Bray
Diviners

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 Forest of Hands and Teeth     The Forest of Hands and Teeth    
Carrie Ryan
    Y Ryan
The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

The Frenzy Way     The Frenzy Way    
Gregory Lamberson
    Lambers

They live among us in the shadows: a species unknown to man except in legend. Highly intelligent, with the ability to adapt their flesh to new forms, they are capable of great destruction and ruthless behavior but desire only to live in peace. In New York City, a rogue member of their underground society threatens to reveal their existence to mankind, which will provoke a terrifying war unlike any seen before. Anthony Mace, the heroic captain of an NYPD homicide unit, is a media darling because of his successful record in apprehending serial killers. But Mace faces the case of his career, a case no one else wants to touch, when a series of vicious and bloody murders sends the city reeling in panic. His only clue is a historic artifact discovered at one of the crime scenes: the hilt of a sword with a broken silver blade, bearing the likeness of a pious Inquisitor . . . and an angry wolf. Each horrifying murder leads Mace closer to an impossible truth that his superiors refuse to consider. In the midst of a national media firestorm, Mace must risk his career, and his very life, to stop this supernatural horror.

The House of Dead Maids     The House of Dead Maids    
Clare B. Dunkle
    Y Dunkle

Eleven-year-old Tabby Aykroyd, who would later serve as housekeeper for thirty years to the Brönte sisters, is taken from an orphanage to a ghost-filled house, where she and a wild young boy are needed for a pagan ritual.

The Hunt     The Hunt    
Andrew Fukuda
    Y Fukuda
The Hunt trilogy

Seventeen-year-old Gene has passed as a vampire for years, carefully following every rule, but now, just as he finds a girl worth fighting for, he is chosen to participate in the hunt for the last remaining humans among ruthless vampires who soon suspect his true nature.

The Infects     The Infects    
Sean Beaudoin
    Y Beaudoi

Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an "Inward Trek." As if that weren't bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. These kids have seen zombie movies. They know the rules. Unfortunately, knowing the rules isn't going to be enough.

The Parliament of Blood     The Parliament of Blood    
Justin Richard
    Y Richards

In Victorian London, after discovering that vampires really do exist and plot to end the human race, friends George, Liz, and Eddie join Sir William Protheroe in an increasingly desperate effort to find ways to stop them from overthrowing Parliament and, eventually, taking over the world.

The Strain     The Strain    
Guillermo del Toro
    Toro
The Strain trilogy

A vampiric virus infects New York and spreads outward, threatening the city and then the world, as a CDC doctor and a Holocaust survivor fight to save humanity.

The White Devil     The White Devil    
Justin Evans
    Evans

When Andrew Taylor is sent to the Harrow School, a British institution for privileged adolescents, he is spurned by nearly all of his peers, and becomes immersed in a two-hundred-year-old literary mystery when he finds a friend in the school's poet-in-residence.

Thirsty     Thirsty    
M. T. Anderson
    Y Anderso

From the moment he knows that he is destined to be a vampire, Chris thirsts for the blood of people around him while also struggling to remain human.

This Is Not a Test     This Is Not a Test    
Courtney Summers
    Y Summers

Barricaded in Cortege High with five other teens while zombies try to get in, Sloane Price observes her fellow captives become more unpredictable and violent as time passes although they each have much more reason to live than she has.

Z     Z    
Michael Thomas Ford
    Y Ford

In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.

Zombies vs. Unicorns     Zombies vs. Unicorns    
Various Authors
    Y Zombies

Twelve short stories by a variety of authors seek to answer the question of whether zombies are better than unicorns.