Horror Books for Kids and Teens

Sometimes a good scare is just the thing. These horror stories are deliciously spooky without being too terrifying -- perfect for a fall night by the fire! But it doesn't need to be Halloween time for kids and teens to enjoy these picks. These gripping tales full of zombies, haunted houses, and other supernatural scares will keep kids turning pages late into the night. And unlike horror movies that often rely on jump scares and gore, these well-written scary books provide all the creepiness without those concerns. So try out one of our favorite horror books, and for more spooky stories, try our Best Ghost Stories for Kids and Teens.

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Eerie Elementary Series Book Poster Image
Spooky tales of kids at a school that's alive and angry.
By Jack Chabert
(2016)
(2014)
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Jason Strange:  The Graveyard Plot Book Poster Image
Spine-tingling fun for young horror fans.
By Jason Strange
(2014)
(2012)
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Nightmares!: Nightmares, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Empowering, sweet story about the fears that haunt us.
By Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
(2014)
(2014)
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Serafina and the Black Cloak Book Poster Image
Spooky mystery-thriller about supernatural evil.
By Robert Beatty
(2015)
(2015)
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Zombie Mommy Book Poster Image
Humor and horror mix in fun, fast-paced series installment.
By M.T. Anderson
(2011)
(2011)
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Case File 13: Zombie Kid Book Poster Image
Goofy horror tale has light scares and lots of body humor.
By J. Scott Savage
(2013)
(2012)
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The Graveyard Book Book Poster Image
Tale of boy raised by ghosts is both creepy and warmhearted.
By Neil Gaiman
(2008)
(2008)
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The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1 Book Poster Image
Gorgeous adaptation catches all the magic of original novel.
By Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell
(2014)
(2014)
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Professor Gargoyle: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1 Book Poster Image
Humorous homage to classic horror is perfect for tween boys.
By Charles Gilman
(2012)
(2012)
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Zombie Baseball Beatdown Book Poster Image
Goofy horror/action comedy has serious underpinnings.
By Paolo Bacigalupi
(2013)
(2013)
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The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls Book Poster Image
Deeply creepy, thought-provoking tale of weird school.
By Claire Legrand
(2012)
(2012)
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Constable & Toop Book Poster Image
Thrilling ghost adventure has great characters, plus gore.
By Gareth P. Jones
(2013)
(2013)
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Doll Bones Book Poster Image
Tween tale is both creepy and sweetly poignant.
By Holly Black
(2013)
(2013)
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Hoodoo Book Poster Image
Creepy chills galore in Southern supernatural thriller.
By Ronald L. Smith
(2016)
(2015)
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The Night Gardener Book Poster Image
Deliciously macabre, well-spun tale for fans of horror.
By Jonathan Auxier
(2014)
(2014)
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The Screaming Staircase: Lockwood & Co., Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting ghost-hunter series start is very, very scary.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2013)
(2013)
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This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein Book Poster Image
Gripping, fascinating story of one soon-to-be-mad scientist.
By Kenneth Oppel
(2011)
(2011)
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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Teen girl helps lingering spirits in chilling horror tale.
By Paige McKenzie
(2015)
(2015)
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In the Shadow of Blackbirds Book Poster Image
Spine-tingling ghost story haunts long after reading.
By Cat Winters
(2013)
(2013)
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Jackaby Book Poster Image
Delightfully creepy 1890s mystery has some light horror.
By William Ritter
(2014)
(2014)
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Marina Book Poster Image
Gothic tale set in Barcelona raises goosebumps.
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
(2014)
(2014)
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Revenge of the Witch: The Last Apprentice, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Stalwart tween fights dark forces in deliciously scary read.
By Joseph Delaney
(2012)
(2006)
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Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Book Poster Image
Anthology delivers series of short, sharp shocks.
By April Genevieve Tucholke
(2015)
(2015)
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Tales of the Peculiar Book Poster Image
Gore, sweetness in kids' tales from Miss Peregrine's world.
By Ransom Riggs
(2016)
(2016)
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Jane, Unlimited Book Poster Image
Five offbeat, inventive stories in one wild mansion.
By Kristin Cashore
(2017)
(2017)
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Man Made Boy Book Poster Image
Frankenstein's son takes road trip in clever horror fantasy.
By Jon Skovron
(2013)
(2013)
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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Haunting gothic horror novel is a devil of a tale.
By April Genevieve Tucholke
(2013)
(2013)
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Carrie Book Poster Image
Tale of telekinetic teen still packs a punch.
By Stephen King
(2014)
(1974)
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The Dead House Book Poster Image
Intense horror thriller might go too far for some readers.
By Dawn Kurtagich
(2015)
(2015)
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Evil Librarian Book Poster Image
Chills and laughs as teen girl fights school demon invasion.
By Michelle Knudsen
(2014)
(2014)
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Frankenstein Book Poster Image
Classic of scientist haunted by his creation still timely.
By Mary Shelley
(2011)
(2011)
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The Girl from the Well Book Poster Image
Creepy, gory horror story based on Japanese folktale.
By Rin Chupeco
(2014)
(2014)
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Gris Grimly's Frankenstein Book Poster Image
Illustrated version puts fresh, surreal spin on classic.
By Mary Shelley
(2013)
(2013)
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House of Furies, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Devilish doings drive suspenseful Victorian tale of terror.
By Madeleine Roux
(2017)
(2017)
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The Madman's Daughter Book Poster Image
Extra horror, romance in "Island of Dr. Moreau" update.
By Megan Shepherd
(2013)
(2013)
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Shutter Book Poster Image
Scary horror thriller offers a fresh take on old monsters.
By Courtney Alameda
(2015)
(2015)
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Anna Dressed in Blood Book Poster Image
Hip, gory teen ghost hunter story delivers on its title.
By Kendare Blake
(2016)
(2011)
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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Book Poster Image
Dark, violent, sensuous vampire tale best for older teens.
By Holly Black
(2013)
(2013)
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