Frightful Books for Halloween!

Looking for some spooky reads to add a chill to this Halloween season? Here are some terribly scary reads for young and old alike, recommended by AACPL library staff. What would you add to this list?

Kid Friendly

The Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Bod has grown up in a graveyard, under the protection of spirits, vampires, and werewolves. Now he must learn to face the world of the living and stay ahead of the mysterious organization behind his parents' murder. Ages 8 and up, but adults shouldn't overlook anything by Gaiman!.
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Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing HahnWait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
Set in Maryland countryside, a brother and sister try to protect their young sister from a ghost named Helen who keeps talking with her. They torment and tease their younger sister who finds an ally in the ghost who may be coming for them next. Comes highly recommended as a "first-rate thriller".
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Teen Friendly

Bonechiller by Graham McNameeBonechiller by Graham McNamee
One winter night, Danny is walking home and something attacks him in the dark. He manages to escape but the creature has left him wounded and with each passing day, he can feel his body getting colder...
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The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1) by Rick YanceyThe Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
The first in a series, this story is not for the faint of heart or those with weak stomachs. Will Henry's parents die in a mysterious incident and the scientist that they worked for adopts Will. He quickly learns both to fear the things that go bump in the night and how to defend himself from them.
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For Adults

The Terror by Dan SimmonsThe Terror by Dan Simmons
A 19th-century arctic exploration is scary enough, but when the 200 men aboard the HMS Terror encounter a deadly supernatural being, the horror gets ramped up to an unbelievable degree.
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A Dark Matter by Peter StraubA Dark Matter by Peter Straub
An occult ceremony in 1966 leaves four participants scarred for life and one dead. Decades later, the husband of one of the participants seeks to find out what happened.
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20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
Hill has gained a lot of press as Stephen King's son, and while his novels NOS4A2 and Horns are excellent scares, I prefer Hill's short story collection 20th Century Ghosts.
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The Weird  A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories by Jeff VanderMeerThe Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
This mammoth anthology of short stories may be labeled as Science Fiction, but many of its stories are classics of horror and unsettling stories from other countries translated into English for the first time.
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The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, #1) by Guillermo del ToroThe Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
A plane lands at JFK airport in New York City and everyone on board has mysteriously died. But their bodies were not discovered hunched over or with horrified looks on their faces - they were all sitting peacefully in their seats. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather ("Eph" for short) drags himself away from a weekend with his son to examine the incident. But things don't add up. There's no evidence of terrorist attack, there's no problems with the plane and the strangest thing they have found is a large wooden cabinet in the cargo hold filled with dirt...
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The Ruins by Scott B. SmithRuins by Scott Smith
Two young couples are on vacation in Mexico, enjoying the sand and surf and drink and mixing with the other tourists. They befriend a German man who tells them his brother has gone missing after leaving with a woman for an archaelogical dig in the jungle. The friends offer to help and soon they find themselves in the jungle...and in trouble.
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Sharp Teeth by Toby BarlowSharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
Interwoven stories of three werewolf gangs in LA, paired with meth cookers, a policeman, a reluctant dogcatcher, and the lonely, scarred, and lost souls that surround them.
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American Vampire, Vol. 1 by Scott SnyderAmerican Vampire by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, Rafael Albuquerque (illustrator) (Graphic Novel)
A mix of historical fiction and horror, these comics follow the stories of several vampires and the paths they choose, using their supernatural powers for good or for evil.
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