13 Teen Horror Novels That Are Actually Perfect for All Ages!
YA horror to get you ready for Halloween!
Bonechilling Teen Horror Books
As Halloween approaches, many people begin reading horror novels with fervor. If you are one of those folks who likes to incorporate horror books into their seasonal reading, one place to find great stories is young adult horror!
Too many people write off young adult as immature and don't give them a chance. While YA is geared toward teens, it consistently offers some of the best and most diverse books published today, and that includes horror! If you're already a fan of YA, then you're in for some great horror recs when you scroll on. If you haven't given it a chance, please do! You'll thank yourself!
1. Ten by Gretchen McNeil
A modern adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, Ten is the story of ten teens who head to Henry Island for the weekend. What's supposed to be a fun weekend for best friends Meg and Minnie grows dark when a message is discovered: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there. A storm cuts them off from the mainland and, one by one, Meg's friends begin dying. As they turn on each other, Meg must figure out who the killer is. Before she's next.
2. The Haunted by Danielle Vega
When Hendricks Becker-O'Malley's family move to tiny Dearfield, New York, it's to start over. All Hendricks wants is to forget her past, forget him, and to lay low. Then she learns the at school the house her parents bought, Steele House, has a reputation in town. People say it's haunted. Before long, Hendricks isn't sure if she's being haunted by her new housemates or demons of her past. She just knows she needs to put a stop to it.
3. The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
Maybe you've never considered an Amish zombie book before, but surely you will now! Just before her Rumspringa, the Amish elders establish a new rule: "No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in." There are rumors of things, terrible things, happening out there and the only way to protect themselves is to isolate. However, Katie finds an injured man and, unable to leave him to die, smuggles him into her family's barn to care for, setting off a chain reaction she can't take back.
4. Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
The Verner family is looking for a fresh start when they move from their mountain home to a cabin on the vast, open prairie. They want a fresh start after their devastating winter. But when they get to their new home, abandoned by previous owners, they discover blood everywhere. And it isn't long before sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner realizes that something about their new prairie home is off, is wrong.
5. The Fade by Demitria Lunetta
Haley and her family move from Chicago to a strange, new house. Straight away, she hears of a cold case involving four missing girls. That's when Haley realizes the ghosts she's been sensing the house belong to the four girls, that they were murdered in her new house. The girls want to cross over and need Haley's help to do so. And the only way to do it is to catch their killer. Before Haley becomes his next victim.
6. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
For centuries, Okiku has wandered this world. Once the victim of a heinous crime, she now frees the spirits of those who have been murdered and gets her vengeance on murderers. But helping others doesn't bring her the peace she seeks. Then Okiku meets Tark, a teen who is feared because of the evil that clings to him, held in place by a series of tattoos. Okiku sees that Tark isn't bad and needs to be free. The problem is that if she releases the demon from him, Tark will die too.
7. As I Descended by Robin Talley
In this retelling of MacBeth, power couple Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten have bright futures ahead of them. Or they would if Delilah Dufrey was out of the picture. They're willing to do anything if it means they can attend Stanford together, including hold a séance in the attempt to harness a rumored dark power to wield against Delilah. Things quickly spin out of control because that séance let out an excess of spirits and now it's up to them to put a stop to it before things get worse.
8. Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
Told in a "faux-documentary style," Rules for Vanishing shares a campfire story of the ghost Lucy Gallows. In Lucy's game, if you lose, you disappear. That's what happened to Sara's sister Becca, who disappeared a year ago, and Sara is the only one who knows what happened. Sara and her friends gather to walk Lucy's road to search for Becca, a road that leads out of the world they know and into one of vengeful spirits and "broken, angry creatures." There will be a toll to pay, but Sara is willing. Her sister needs her.
9. Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
We've all heard of Bloody Mary, the woman who comes to get you if you call her name in a mirror. Through her research, Jess has found there's a right and wrong way to summon Mary and, gathering three of her friends to join hands and summon her the right way. Mary comes, but Jess needs more and summons Mary again. Their summoning circle shatters and Mary is able to slide through the glass into their world. She wants revenge and the girls' friendship is tested. Shauna scrambles to discover Mary's origins to stop her--and Jess-- before it's too late for them all.
10. Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal
Every summer, Lupe Dávila heads to Puerto Rico to spend time with her Tío Esteban and Tía Maria. She never expects to end up thrust into a murder investigation right upon arrival. Just after Lupe arrives, there are two murders and her cousin Izzy goes missing. Are the cases linked? She teams up with Javier Utierre, a friend of one of the victims. Together, they try to uncover the murderer and find Izzy before it's too late. They get closer to uncovering the truth and discover the legendary El Cuco is at the center of it all.
11. There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Haunted by her past in Hawaii, Makani Young moved in with her grandmother in Nebraska a year ago. Then her classmates begin to die one by one and Makani and her friends race to find a pattern between the students and to uncover the killer. Makani's love interest Ollie is a loner and immediately a suspect, but then he and Makani are attacked together, just managing to fend off the attacker. Everyone is a suspect and before long, Makani finds herself the next target. Will she survive it?
12. The Special Ones by Em Bailey
Esther is Special, one of the four young spiritual guides living with a mysterious cult leader. Around the clock, he watches them, always ready to punish if they forget themselves. They are being broadcast to the outside world to their loyal fans. If Esther stops being Special, their leader will "renew" her. That means she'll disappear from the farm, never seen again. She doesn't know what happens after that, but she knows it's bad. Esther must keep up her performance if she wants to survive long enough to make her escape.
13. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Two centuries ago in the town of Sparrow, three sisters were put to death by drowning for witchcraft. Each summer, the sister take over three bodies and, seeking revenge, lure "boys into the harbor and [pull] them under." Penny Talbot has accepted this about Sparrow. However, this year just before the sisters return, Bo Carver comes to Sparrow, completely unaware of the danger. Distrust radiates through Sparrow and Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. In the end, Penny will be forced to choose to choose between Bo's life and her own.
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