Teen Boys: Gothic Horror
Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. (Quirk Books, 2009)
Ying Chang Compestine. A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts: A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales.
Creepy and cross-cultural, this is a series of ghost stories set in ancient and modern China, with a
strong emphasis on revenge. There are even recipes so the reader can recreate some of the dishes
the ghosts used to do in their own murderers!
Gary Cross. Plague of the Undead. (Puffin New Zealand , 2009)
Gina Damico. Croak. (Houghton Mifflin, 2012)
What do you do with a teenager who is violent, foul mouthed, and out of control? Put them in charge of
death. Yeah, that outta work.
Andrew Fukuda. "The Hunt" (Series)
The Hunt. [Book One] (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012)
The Prey. [Book Two] (St. Martin's Griffin, 2012)
There are vampires lurking amid the hordes of humans… no, wait! It’s the other way around! If one is
frightening, the other is terrifying. One slip, one human emotion, and you are doomed. In such a world,
can you really be human at all?
Chris Grabenstein. The Crossroads. (Random House, 2008)
"The Crossroads" is the first in a new series (#2 is "Hanging Hill") of supernatural thrillers. High on
tension and low on gore, it is a great intro the genre for 9-12 year olds. Zack Jennings is a character
that readers will love to follow: brave despite his fears, cursed with an ability to see ghosts, and
blessed with some secret strength to fight the ones that are bent on evil. The crossroads outside his
new home are not just a meeting place for two roads, but a nexus of different times and different
worlds. A bus collided with a car in this place fifty years ago, and deaths that day echo right up till
today. Now Zack has to bury the past before it buries him!
Chris Grabenstein. Hanging Hill. (Random House, 2009)
Seth Grahame-Smith. Unholy Night. (Grand Central Publishing, 2012)
The author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter brings a gothic
sensibility to, of all things, the Nativity story. Forbidden magic, torture, swarms of homicidal insects,
what dark secrets may lurk behind the ultimate story of peace and hope?
Anthony Horowitz. "The Gatekeepers" (Series)
Raven’s Gate. (Scholastic, 2005)
Evil Star. (Scholastic, 2006)
Nightrise. (Scholastic, 2007)
Necropolis. (Scholastic, 2009)
A. M. Jenkins. Night Road. (HarperTeen, 2008)
A. M. Jenkins. Repossessed. (HarperTeen, 2007)
Andrew Klavan. Crazy Dangerous. (Thomas Nelson, 2012)
Do right. Fear nothing. Great advice, unless you are Sam Hopkins whose world is about to spiral into a
nightmare of sadistic thugs, conspiracies, and murder, where your only tie to the truth is a crazy girl
who hears demons whispering and sees visions of horrors to come. And somewhere out there, a
dark figure is pulling all the strings. It is Stephen King with a hauntingly believable teen boy's voice.
Jonathan Maberry. Rot & Ruin. (Simon & Schuster, 2010)
In the midst of a zombie apocalypse, what if the most frightening thing were us? Just who are the
monsters here anyway?
Jonathan Maberry. Dust & Decay. (Simon & Schuster, 2011)
The follow-up to Rot & Ruin, the apocolyptic zombie horror, is just as good as the first. It is good
versus evil, but the zombies are neither. The good and evil are there within the humans; the zombies
just bring out their true nature. Thrilling and fascinating at the same time.
D.J. MacHale. The Light. [Morpheus Road] (Aladdin, 2010)
Marsh is going crazy, or at least he hopes so. Crazy would be so much better than what he thinks is
really going on. A character he created jumps off the page to wave a pick shovel at him, boats
explode, walls of blood threaten to drown him. And if it is all in his head than people he knows, and
some he loves may not be dead. This is a Stephen King style thriller from the author of the Pendragon
series, and will have you covering your eyes then peeking through to read the next hair-raising
Christopher Moore. Bloodsucking Fiends. (Simon & Schuster, 1995)
Christopher Moore. A Dirty Job. (William Morrow, 2006)
Christopher Moore. You Suck: A Love Story. (William Morrow, 2007)
Donna Jo Napoli. The Wager. (Henry Holt, 2010)
R. A. Nelson. Days of Little Texas. (Knopf, 2009)
The story of a young teen celebrity preacher takes a decidedly horrific twist. Christians may talk a lot
about the devil, but wait until they come face to face with him!
Patrick Ness. A Monster Calls. (Candlewick, 2011)
This book reminds us of the great secret of gothic literature: the dark isn't necessarily evil, it is
something far more frightening - it is the unknown. One of the most unique and haunting tales of the
Kenneth Oppel. “The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein” (Series)
This Dark Endeavor. (Simon & Schuster, 2011)
Such Wicked Intent. (Simon & Schuster, 2012)
The great men, powerful men, even terrible men, they don't just appear on the pages of history. Even
monsters come from somewhere. Even Frankenstein was a boy once...
Dan Poblocki. The Stone Child. (Random House, 2009)
Horror stories are terrifying enough, but then they come to life for Eddie Fennicks. Worse still, it
seems there is a new tale of terror being written, and he is right in the middle of it. He has a code to
break, a lost author to find, an entire paranoid town to navigate, hell hounds and dark spirits to avoid,
and his family to protect in this startling good first novel. The perfect read before you take on Stephen
King's The Dark Half.
Darren Shan. "The Demonata" (Series):
Lord Loss. (Little, Brown Young Readers, 2005)
The Demon Thief. (Little, Brown Young Readers, 2006)
Slawter. (Little, Brown Young Readers, 2006)
Bec. (Little, Brown Young Readers, 2007)
Blood Beast. (Little, Brown Young Readers, 2007)
Demon Apocalypse. (Little, Brown Young Readers, 2007)
Death’s Shadow. (Little, Brown Young Readers, 2008)
Wolf Island. (Little, Brown Young Readers, 2009)
Stephen Spignesi. The Weird 100: A Collection of the Strange and the Unexplained. (Citadel Press,
Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, Stephen King. American Vampire. (Vertigo, 2010)
“Here’s what vampires shouldn’t be: pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and only work at night;
lovelorn southern gentlemen; anorexic teenage girls; boy-toys with big dewy eyes.
What should they be?
Killers, honey. Stone killers…" (from the intro by Stephen King)
Rich Wallace. Restless: A Ghost's Story. (Speak, 2003)
Here is a ghost story for the high school sports fan. We have all seen stories of living people peering
into the shadow world of the dead, but this is told through the eyes of the dead peering into the world
of the living. Frank died too young, just a teenager, and there is something holding him to this world.
He has his little brother Herbie to watch over, sure, but there is more, and it probably has something
to do with that angry spirit who is stalking Herbie through the graveyard every night.
Chris Wooding. Malice. (Scholastic, 2009)
Come get pulled into a dark world of mechanized evil, a comic book hell that is all too real for those
kids who dare to escape the deadly monotony of daily life. Told both in words and comic-style
pictures, this first tale in a new series just jumps off the page.
Chris Wooding. Havoc. (Scholastic, 2010)
Paul Zindel. Loch. (HarperCollins, 1994)
V.M. Zito. The Return Man. (Orbit, 2012)
It's Dust and Decay without all those pesky characters and plots, just nonstop zombie apocalypse
Zombies vs. Unicorns. Edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier. (Margaret K. McElderry Books,
Don't be fooled into thinking these stories fall into predictable lines, girly unicorns and blood-thirsty
zombies. Garth Nix and Kathleen Duey bat for Team Unicorn. Libra Bray is on Team Zombie. Unicorns
are sometimes viscious killers, and zombies fall in love. For the three people who ever, before this,
dreamed of a zombie/unicorn book, you never dreamed it would be like this. Three words: Rainbow...
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