Horror & Suspense

Don't turn out the lights. Don't go out alone. And whatever you do, don't let down your guard. Because your neighbors might seem normal but why do they collect knives and eat their steaks so bloody? And when the boy of your dreams finally asks you out, why is there something so . . . lupine . . . about him? And if your brother's fear of the dark is so childish, how do you explain those shadows creeping out of your closet? In thirteen blood-chilling stories from true masters of suspense nothing is what it seems, and no one is safe. . . .

Horror 

As Dead as it Gets by Katie Alender
It's been three months since Alexis helplessly witnessed Lydia Small's violent death, and all she wants is for her life to return to normal. But normal people don’t see decaying bodies haunting photographs. Normal people don’t have to deal with regular intrusions from Lydia’s angry ghost. At first, it seems that Lydia wants revenge on Alexis alone. But when a girl from school disappears and Alexis spots one of Lydia’s signature yellow roses lying on the girl’s dresser, it becomes clear that several of Alexis’s friends are in danger, and that she's the only person who can save them. But as she tries to intervene, Alexis realizes that her enemy is a much more powerful ghost than she's ever faced before and that its fate is tied to hers in ways she couldn't possibly imagine. Not even in her worst nightmares.

Long Lankin by  Lindsey Barraclough
When Cora and her younger sister, Mimi, are sent to stay with their elderly aunt in the isolated village of Byers Guerdon, they receive a less-than-warm welcome. Auntie Ida is eccentric and rigid and the girls are desperate to go back to London. But what they don't know is that their aunt's life was devastated the last time two young sisters were at Guerdon Hall and she is determined to protect her nieces from an evil that has lain hidden for years. Along with Roger and Peter, two village boys, Cora must uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries--before it's too late for little Mimi.

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: he kills the dead. So did his father, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost. Now Cas travels the country with his mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead. When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted house she used to call home. But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: he's being hunted by a vampire killer. First in a series.

The Vours are evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies during the darkest hours of the winter solstice. When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it's clear that these creatures exist beyond a madwoman's imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life. To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own terrifying fears before they devour her? First in The Devouring Series.

On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming
Set in White Cemetery, an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each of these ten stories takes place during a different time period from the 1860s to the present, and ends with the narrator's death. Some teens die heroically, others ironically, but all due to supernatural causes. Readers will meet walking corpses and witness demonic possession, all against the backdrop of Chicago's rich history--the Great Depression, the World's Fair, Al Capone and his fellow gangsters.

The Poisoned House by Michael Ford
Life can be cruel for a servant girl in 1850s London. Fifteen-year-old Abi is a scullery maid in Greave Hall, an elegant but troubled household. The widowed master of the house is slowly slipping into madness, and the tyrannical housekeeper, Mrs.Cotton, takes on more power and punishes Abi without mercy. But there's something else going on in Greave Hall, too. An otherworldly presence is making itself known, and a deadly secret will reveal itself---this ghostly presence's secret will shatter everything Abi knows.

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee
When Rinn Jacobs moves to a new town she hopes it will be a fresh start--a place where nobody knows about her past. At first, everything goes according to plan. She falls in with the popular girls at her new school and falls for the very cute Nate. But River Hills High School has a secret. The ghost of a girl who died back when Rinn's mom was a student supposedly haunts a hallway. Rinn's not sure she believes it, but when strange things start happening to her friends, Rinn decides there's only one way to know for sure. She needs to ditch her bipolar meds and see what the voices are really trying to say... Fans of films like Black Swan will be fascinated by this psychological thriller.

Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Jett is a girl disguised as a boy, living as a gambler in the old West as she searches for her long-lost brother. Honoria Gibbons is a smart, self-sufficient young woman who also happens to be a fabulous inventor. Both young women travel the prairie alone - until they are brought together by a zombie invasion! As Jett and Honoria investigate, they soon learn that these zombies aren't rising from the dead of their own accord ... but who would want an undead army? And why?

Danny's dad takes a job as caretaker at a marina on the shore of a vast, frozen lake in Harvest Cove, a tiny town tucked away in Canada's Big Empty. If you're looking for somewhere to hide, this is it. It's the worst winter in years. One night, running in the dark, Danny is attacked by a creature so strange and terrifying he tries to convince himself he was hallucinating. Then he learns about Native American legends of a monster that's haunted the lake for a thousand years. And that every generation, in the coldest winters, kids have disappeared into the night. People think they ran away. Danny knows better because now the beast is after him.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives. Three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie look forward to three glorious days of boys, bonding, and fun-filled luxury. But what they expect is definitely not what they get and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. Suddenly, people are dying, and with a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the rest of the world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn't scheduled to return for three days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death? First in a series.

Darren Shan is an ordinary schoolboy, until he and his best friend Steve get tickets to the Cirque du Freak, a bizarre freak show featuring such arcane performers as Hans Hands, Gertha Teeth, the Wolf Man and Rhamus Twobellies. In the midst of the ghoulish excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers -- Mr Crepsley -- is in fact a vampire! Later, in a moment of insane daring, Darren sets out to steal the vampire's magnificent performing tarantula, an act which will have severe, tragic consequences for both Darren and Steve. Their lives will never be the same again... First in the Saga of Darren Shan. There's also a manga series.

When Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in Furnace Penitentiary buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world. First in the Escape from Furnace Series

After getting drunk at a party, Jack is kidnapped by a homicidal sadist. He narrowly escapes and the only person he tells about his kidnapping is his best friend, Conner. When the two arrive in London for spring break, a stranger hands Jack a pair of glasses that allow him to see an alternate reality called Marbury. But in this world of Marbury, Conner is also a sadistic killer and Jack may be the only one who can stop him. In the real world, Jack is afraid that he's losing his mind. Conner tells him it's going to be okay. But it's not.

This Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside.

Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer, is a re-imagined and expanded slasher edition of the first Gossip Girl novel. Just as in the original story, Serena returns from boarding school hoping to make amends with her BFF Blair Waldorf--things just haven't been the same since Nate Archibald came between them. But here's where our dark tale takes a turn: Serena decides that the only way for her to make things right with Blair is to eliminate Nate. If that means killing him, well, c'est la vie. Her attempted murder doesn't go unnoticed by Blair, however, who isn't about to let Serena kill whoever she wants-not when there's Cyrus Rose and Chuck Bass and Titi Coates and everyone else who's ever irritated Blair to get rid of first . . . .

Between by Jessica Warman
Elizabeth Valchar--pretty, popular, and perfect--wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday party on her family's yacht, where she'd been celebrating with her six closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she finds will change everything she thought she knew about her life, her friends, and everything in between. As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her birthday night, she will find that no one around her, least of all Liz herself, was perfect-or innocent.

Will Henry is the orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore War throp, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor and seen things he never imagined could be real. But when a grave robber comes with the body of a young girl and the monster that was eating her, Will's world is about to change forever. The Doctor has discovered a baby Anthropophagus--a headless monster that feed through a mouth in its chest--and it signals a growing number of Anthropophagi. Now Will must face the the horror threatening to overtake and consume our world.  First in the Monstrumologist Series.

Suspense 

Shift by Em Bailey
Olive Corbett is not crazy. Not anymore. She obediently takes her meds and stays under the radar at school. After "the incident," Olive just wants to avoid any more trouble so she knows the smartest thing is to stay clear of the new girl who is rumored to have quite the creepy past. But there's no avoiding Miranda Vaile. Mousy Miranda edges her way into the popular group, right up to the side of queen bee Katie and pushes the other girls right out. Only Olive seems to notice that something strange is going on. Something almost . . . parasitic. Either Olive is losing her grip on reality or Miranda Vaile is stealing Katie's life. But who would ever believe crazy Olive? And what if Olive is the next target?

Angered by her parents and aching to be older, Gemma allows herself a small flirtation in a Bangkok airport cafe with a handsome man she doesn't know. But Ty doesn't consider himself a stranger. He has been waiting for this moment for years, the opportunity to drug Gemma and steal her away to the rugged Australian outback. Ty believes if he can just get her alone, he can prove his love and win hers in return.Written as a letter from a victim to her captor, this is Gemma's desperate story of survival; of how she has to come to terms with her living nightmare--or die trying to fight it.

Raised in abusive foster homes, Nickel escapes at the age of ten and makes a steady living by blackmailing online pedophiles, selling marijuana to high school students, and working as a private investigator. When a beautiful high school girl named Arrow asks him to find her runaway sister Shelby, Nickel takes the case, but what he finds is as ugly a truth as he's ever seen. Nickel discovers children for sale, and adults with souls black as the devil. And people like that aren't about to let some kid ruin their game.

Ames Ford finds her perfect life shattered when her father is accused of embezzling from his clients and company. ripped from her home in Colorado, Ames is transplanted to a tough ghetto neighborhood living in one of her grandparents' rental properties. Even as Ames cries out for attention and love, a rift between her parents grows. The only one who seems to understand is Marc, a gun-obsessed abuser who preys upon her vulnerability as he begins to plan a murderous plot. Gail Giles is a master of suspense and horror novels. Be sure to also read Giles' What Happened to Cass McBride?--a gripping story about being buried alive.
 
The disease only affects people sixteen or older. It starts with the symptoms of a cold. Then the skin begins to itch, and spots appear--spots that soon turn into pus-filled boils. But the worst part is the headache, the inner voices that tell you that you need to eat them . . . the young ones. When the Disaster strikes, the world turns upside down for Ed, Jack, Bam and the other students at Rowhurst School. The parents and older siblings they left back at home are dead--or worse. Once the teachers go on the attack, the kids know it's time to escape and make their way to the city. It's got to be better in London . . . or will it be worse? 

When Locke gets angry, he loses control. He has named the malevolent force that overtakes him "the Venom." As much as he tries to fight the Venom, it seems to be growing in magnitude and scope. New relationships with emotionally fragile Renee and combative Casey make Locke realize that mastering the Venom is his only way to move on from past traumas in his life. 

Kill Switch by Chris Lynch
All Daniel wants to do is spend one last summer with his grandfather before he moves away for college and his grandfather's dementia pulls them apart. But when his dear old Da starts to let things slip about the job he used to hold--people he's killed, countries he's overthrown--old work "friends" show up to make sure he stays quiet. Was his grandfather really involved in a world of assassinations and coups, or are the stories just delusions of a crumbling mind? On the run from the police (and possibly something worse) before he has time to find out, Daniel may have to sacrifice everything to protect his grandfather from those who would do him harm.

The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive. . . . Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision. . . .

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser
The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes popular girl Lucy would die, she vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with guilt is Madison Archer, Lucy’s friend and the last person to see her the night she disappeared. When two more popular students disappear after their names are mentioned on Str-S-d’s blog, the residents of Soundview panic. Meanwhile, Madison receives anonymous notes warning that she could be next. Desperate to solve the mystery before anyone else disappears, Madison turns to Tyler, but can she trust him when it becomes clear that he knows more than he’s sharing? The clock is ticking. Madison must uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearances before her name appears in Str-S-d’s blog. Also, be sure to read: Blood on My Hands and Kill You Last

Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman
Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins--so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they've lived with since their parents passed away, can't tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress. So when one twin mysteriously disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong--especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact that nobody has touched her. As the search commences to find her sister, the twin left behind must rely on their intense bond to uncover the truth. But is there anyone around her she can trust, when everyone could be a suspect? And ultimately, can she even trust herself ?