Tony Abbott. "The Haunting of Derek Stone" (Series)
Here is a great new gothic horror series for upper elementary/middle school kids. A bizarre
confluence of two accidents opens a rift between the land of the living and the land of the dead, and
they are coming for us!
City of the Dead. (Scholastic, 2009)
Bayou Dogs. (Scholastic, 2009)
The Red House. (Scholastic, 2009)
The Ghost Road. (Scholastic, 2009)

Ying Chang Compestine.
A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts: A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales.
(Holt, 2009)
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!

Joseph Delaney. "The Last Apprentice" (Series):   
Revenge of the Witch. (GreenwillowBooks, 2006)
Curse of the Bane. (Greenwillow Books, 2007)
Night of the Soul Stealer. (Greenwillow Books, 2007)
Attack of the Fiend. (Greenwillow Books, 2008)
Wrath of the Bloodeye. (Greenwillow Books, 2008)
The Spook’s Tale, And Other Horrors. (HarperCollins, 2009)
Clash of the Demons. (Greenwillow Books, 2009)
Rise of the Huntress. (Greenillow Books, 2010)
Rage of the Fallen. (Greenwillow Books, 2011)
The Spook's Beastiary: A Guide to Creatures of the Dark. (Greenwillow Books, 2011)

Candice Fleming.
On the Die I Died: Stories From the Grave. (Schwartz & Wade, 2012)
Everybody loves ghost stories, but what if the ghosts themselves were telling the stories?

Neil Gaiman. The Graveyard Book. (HarperCollins, 2008)

Charles Gilman. “Tales From Lovecraft Middle School” (Series)
Professor Gargoyle. [#1] (Quirk Books, 2012)
The Slither Sisters. [#2] (Quirk Books, 2013)
Teacher’s Pest. [#3] (Quirk Books, 2013)
Well, they always said middle school was Hell…

Chris Grabenstein. The Crossroads. (Random House, 2008)

Chris Grabenstein.
Hanging Hill. (Random House, 2009)

Anthony Horowitz. “Horowitz Horror” (Series):
Night Bus. (Orchard Books, 2008)
Killer Camera. (Orchard Books, 2008)
The Phone Goes Dead. (Orchard Books, 2008)
Burnt. (Orchard Books, 2008)
Twist Cottage. (Orchard Books, 2008)
Scared. (Orchard Books, 2008)

Anthony Horowitz. Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You Never Read. (Philomel, 2006)

More Horowitz Horror: More Stories You'll Wish You Never Read. (Philomel, 2007)

Peg Kehret. The Ghost's Grave. (Dutton, 2005)   

Jerel Law. "Jonah Stone: Son of Angels" (Series)
Spirit Fighter. [Book One] (Thomas Nelson, 2011)
The Fire Prophet. [Book Two] (Thomas Nelson, 2012)
Gird yourself in the armor of God; you’re going to need it. When the grandson of a fallen angel comes
face to face with all the forces of Hell on earth, a flaming sword might come in very handy.

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

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

Dan Poblocki. The Ghost of Graylock. (Scholastic, 2012)
Abandoned buildings are spooky. Abandoned buildings in the woods are creepier. Put it in the
mountains, on an island in the middle of a lake and you have the perfect setting for a horror story. Add
to that the fact that the abandoned building was an insane asylum, with a special ward for troubled
teenagers who ended up dead at an alarming rate, and stories are bound to circulate. Nobody would
be crazy enough to go poking around in there… would they?

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.  

Jamie Rix. "Grizzly Tales: Cautionary Tales for Lovers of Squeam" (Series)
Nasty Little Beasts. (Orion, 2010)
Who doesn't like to see the mean, the nasty, and the selfish get their due? These creepy little tales of
the inhabitants of the Hothell Darkness warn of the demonic retribution for those little children who
don't clean their rooms, are mean to pets or little sisters, or start every sentence with "I want!"
Ghastly and giggly, and just a little British, these kids' bedtime stories are a cross between Edgar
Allen Poe and Roald Dahl.
Gruesome Grown-ups. (Orion, 2010)
The "ME!" Monsters. (Orion, 2010)
Freaks of Nature. (Orion, 2010)
Terror Time Toys. (Orion, 2010)
Blubbers and Sicksters. (Orion, 2010)

Darren Shan. “Cirque Du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan” (Series):
Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare. (Little, Brown, 2001)
The Vampire's Assistant. (Little, Brown, 2001)
Tunnels of Blood. (Little, Brown, 2002)
Vampire Mountain . (Little, Brown, 2002)
Trials of Death. (Little, Brown, 2003)
The Vampire Prince. (Little, Brown, 2003)  
Hunters of the Dusk. (Little, Brown, 2004)
Allies of the Night. (Little, Brown, 2004)
Killers of the Dawn. (Little, Brown, 2005)
The Lake of Souls . (Little, Brown, 2006)
Lord of the Shadows. (Little, Brown, 2006)
Sons of Destiny. (Little, Brown, 2006)

Michael P. Spradlin, illustrated by Jeff Weigel.
Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill: A Book of Zombie Nursery
(Harper, 2011)
You never realize how many sheep there are in nursery rhymes until you see that the most timid of
creatures make the most ravenous undead.

Stewart and Chris Riddell. “Barnaby Grimes” (Series):
Curse of the Night Wolf. (David Fickling Books, 2007)
Return of the Emerald Skull. (David Fickling Books, 2009)
Legion of the Dead. (Doubleday, 2008)
Phantom of Blood Alley. (David Fickling Books, 2010)

Brad Strickland. “John Bellairs’s Lewis Barnevelt” (Series):
The Specter From the Magician’s Museum. (Dial, 1998)
The Beast From the Wizard’s Bridge. (Dial, 2000)
The Tower at the End of the World. (Dial, 2001)
The Whistle, The Grave, and the Ghost. (Dial, 2003)
The House Where Nobody Lived. (Dial, 2006)
The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer. (Dial, 2008)

Bram Stoker, Michael Mucci. Dracula. [All-Action Classics] ( Sterling , 2007)

Michael Teitelbaum. The Scary States of America. (Delacorte, 2007)

Bill Wallace. Skinny-Dipping at Monster Lake. (Simon & Schuster, 2003)     

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, October 2010)
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Shaun Tan. The Haunted Playground. (Stone Arch, 2008)
Come, come play with us... said the creepy girl in the park who only comes out when the sun goes
down and the lights come on.

Charles Gilman. The Slither Sisters. [Tales from Lovecraft Middle School, #2] (Quirk Books, 2013)
I'm an ancient demon monster disguised as a pretty and popular thirteen-year-old girl, and I want to
be your student council president!

Joseph Delaney. Slither. [The Last Apprentice, #11] (Greenwillow Books, 2013)
Slither is a hearder, a cattleman of sorts. He watches over his flock and culls them for food. He is
not of the dark or the light; he is just what his people are. And then one of his cattle presses her
forehead to his, and suddenly these are not nameless food. But that is a dangerous belief in a
society of monsters that lives on the blood of others. Caring for these others could make him an
outcast, hunted by his own people. What will Slither risk for a race that should mean nothing to him...