Category Archives: Genre: Horror

Scary Stories Treasury

Scary Stories TreasuryScary Stories Treasury

Alvin Schwartz

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 325

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 1985

Genre: Horror

Just how scary are these tales of horror? They are so frightening that this is one of the most often banned or challenged books in the country! This edition collects all three of the original Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books in one place. In these classic tales, perfect for reading out loud over a campfire or just creeping yourself out at night, you will encounter ghosts, living scarecrows, haunted houses, evil animals, escaped murderers, invasive insects, and sinister strangers. Balancing out the horror, many of the stories have a lot of humor too!

This is a perfect book for the horror lover. Many of the tales and images haunt me to this day. After I first read these stories as a kid, I was scared to even open the book again! My favorite story is “Harold”. A warning: the Scary Stories series has recently been republished with new illustrations by Brett Helquist. The original drawings by Stephen Gammell are far better and much scarier. Make sure to pick up a copy of the books with Gammell’s illustrations!

– Mr. Pearson

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: Alvin Schwartz, Genre: Horror, Page Count: 300-400, Part of a Series, Year: 1980s

Half Upon a Time

Half Upon a Time

James Riley

Quick Stats:Half Upon a Time

Page Count: 416

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 2011

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

The main character, Jack, son of the infamous Jack and the Bean Stalk, lives in the fairy tale world. Trying to restore his family’s reputation, he embarks on an adventure with a princess name May. May, however isn’t a princess, she is from our world. Together with Jack, they both adventured on this crazy and wild fairy tale land.

This book is fun and hilarious, I know every one will enjoy it. For City of Lakes AmeriCorps members, it’ll bring back childhood memories and for middle school students, it’ll help them realized how fun it is to be young and full of energy.

– Ms. Nancy

 

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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: James Riley, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Genre: Horror, Page Count: 400-500, Part of a Series, Year: 2010s

Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable. Undead

Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable. Undead

Chris PaulsUnknown

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 222

Age Range: 13 and up

Year: 2012

Genre: Adventure, Historical, Horror, Thriller

Imagine, the historic ship Titanic sinking because of… Zombies? In this action packed thriller, a German scientist unleashes a plague on the ill-fated Titanic as it travels across the Atlantic, turning passengers into zombies. Captain Smith of the Titanic and his crew fight of a horde of zombified passengers as the ship unknowingly cruises towards the fatal iceberg.

Teens who are fascinated by both history and horror will find this book riveting, especially teens who enjoy zombie thrillers.

Ms. Kost

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Chris Paul, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Horror, Genre: LGBT Issues, Genre: Thriller, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 2010s

43 Old Cemetery Road

43 Old Cemetery Road
Kate Klise

Quick Stats:
Page Count: 155Unknown-3
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 2009
Genre:Horror, Humor, Mystery

Mr. Grumply has writer’s block and can not finish his book. He decides to rent a place that is “QUIET” so he can finish it. Without reading the description of the house he has chosen to rent, he leaves right away. Things starts happening to him.

I recommend this book to every one. It’s funny and a quick read. It’s the kind of book that makes you want to keep READING.

Ms. Nancy

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Genre: Horror, Genre: Humor, Genre: Mystery, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 2010s

A Tale Dark & Grimm

A Tale Dark & Grimm
Adam Gidwitz

Quick Stats:
Page Count: 2567825557
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 2010
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

A fairytale story about the TRUTH of Hansel and Gretel. It shares about their adventures and how they come across evil creatures. It also talks about how “children are the future.”

I think who ever likes fairytale stories and horror/gruesome stories, put together, would really enjoy reading this book. I personally enjoy the author’s side notes warning younger children not to read this book, (too funny). It also has a good moral ending to the story!

Ms. Nancy

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fantasy, Genre: Horror, Genre: Thriller, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 2010s

Shattered Mirror

Shattered Mirror
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Fun fact: These came out before "Paranormal Romance" was a genre.

Fun fact: These came out before “Paranormal Romance” was a genre.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 240
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 2003
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Series: 3rd of 4

Sarah Tigress Vida is a witch in a long line of Vampire hunters. She takes pride in her ancestry and her skills as a hunter. Christopher is a benign vampire who feeds off the blood of animals or willing humans. The last thing Sarah wants to do is befriend her mortal enemy, but that is exactly what happens when Christopher woos her with his soft, artistic nature. Suddenly their relationship begins to shatter when Sarah learns that Christopher’s twin brother is Nikolas, a vampire  who takes pleasure in killing and maiming his human victims. It is Sarah’s job in life to destroy all vampires, and unless she is willing to go against her family’s honor, she must destroy the brothers at any cost.

This is a great book for anyone who loves vampires. You do not need to have read the other two books of the series to understand what is going on but I would highly recommend those books as well

-Ms. Caitlin

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Genre: Fantasy, Genre: Horror, Page Count: 200-300, Part of a Series, Year: 2000s

Demon in My View

Demon in My View
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

This story sounds suspiciously like the author's own life...

This story sounds suspiciously like the author’s own life…

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 192
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 2001
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Series: 2nd of 4

Jessica Allodola is human teenager who writes vampire novels when she’s not in school. Shunned by most of her classmates because of her gothic look and strange obsession with the mystical world, she stays at home and writes stories from her imagination. Recently she published a book under her pen name Ash Night. Shortly after, the main character from her book, Aubrey, comes to her school as a student. Although no one else suspects he is, Jessica is convinced he is the vampire she has written about in her book. To discover the truth about him and how it is possible that he is real and not imaginary,  Jessica must become close to him, risking her life and her future.

People who love horror will love this book and the characters in this book will pop up again later in the series.

-Ms. Caitlin

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Genre: Fantasy, Genre: Horror, Page Count: 100-200, Part of a Series, Year: 2000s