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The Best YA Horror Books

October 2, 2017
Scariest YA Books

“What are the best YA Horror books?” We looked at 214 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

Last year, in the run-up to Halloween, we looked at the Scariest Books Of All-Time. This year we decided to look at individual genres that make up the horror genera.

The top 31 books, all appearing on 3 or more, “Best YA Horror” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The books include images, descriptions, and links. The remaining 150+ books, as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

For more Best Horror and Scary Book lists, see below!

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Top 31 YA Horror Books



31 .) A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • BookRiot
  • Ginger Nuts Of Horror 2

In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen—terrified, but intrigued—is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.

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30 .) A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Horror Novels
  • Brightly
  • Goodreads

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

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29 .) Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • Epic Reads
  • Goodreads

“The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn’s haunting debut.

On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.

A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.

Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.”

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28 .) Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • Goodreads
  • Novel Novice

“It could happen tomorrow . . .

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.
Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.”

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27 .) Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • Goodreads
  • Novel Novice

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town . . . until River comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery . . . who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

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26 .) Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads

“Determined to find her mother when she disappears, Ash follows her to Quivara, Kansas, the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Her mother is nowhere to be found, but Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love, murder, alchemy, and immortality. Charming traditions give way to a string of deaths. And Ash feels herself drawn to Dane, a mysterious, forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash fights to save her mother, her lover, and herself. She must discover the truth about Quivara before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.”

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25 .) Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • Goodreads
  • The Seattle Public Library

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. Riveting and intensely atmospheric, this stunning debut will hold readers in its spell long after the last page is turned.

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24 .) Rotters by Daniel Kraus

Lists It Appears On:

  • Awake At midnight
  • Epic Reads
  • Ginger Nuts Of Horror

“Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey’s life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.

Everything changes when Joey’s mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey’s father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey’s life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.

Daniel Kraus’s masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality.”

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23 .) Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads

“Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat-a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before . . . or die trying.”

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22 .) The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Kate Alender

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads

“Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females — an insane asylum nicknamed “”Hysteria Hall.”” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep “”troubled”” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia becomes trapped. And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the hallways in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia learns that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, too, harbors shocking truths within its walls — truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

And she’ll need to act quickly — before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.”

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21 .) The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • BuzzFeed
  • Epic Reads

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.

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20 .) The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • Novel Novice
  • The Seattle Public Library

“They called it the killing day. Twelve people murdered, in the space of a few hours, their killers also all dead by their own hand . . . except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town.

Something is waking in the sleepy town of Oleander, Kansas—something dark and hungry that lives in the flat earth and the open sky, in the vengeful hearts of its upstanding citizens. As the town begins a descent into blood and madness, five survivors of the killing day are the only ones who can stop Oleander from destroying itself.

They have nothing in common. They have nothing left to lose. And they have no way out. Which means they have no choice but to stand and fight, to face the darkness in their town—and in themselves.”

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19 .) This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Horror Novels
  • BuzzFeed
  • Novel Novice

“Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures…until the day their adventures turn all too real.
They stumble upon the Dark Library and discover secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies. Father forbids them from ever entering the room again, but when Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is drawn back to the Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Victor, along with his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and friend Henry, immediately set out to find a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help them create the formula.
Determined to save Konrad, the three friends scale the highest trees in Strumwald, dive into the deepest lakes, and even make an unthinkable sacrifice in their quest for the elixir’s ingredients. And as if their task was not complicated enough, a new realm of danger—that of illicit love—threatens to end the ordeal in tragedy.”

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18 .) The Fall by Bethany Griffin

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • Goodreads
  • Novel Novice
  • PopCrush

“Madeline Usher has been buried alive. The doomed heroine comes to the fore in this eerie reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story “”The Fall of the House of Usher.”” Gothic, moody, and suspenseful from beginning to end, The Fall is literary horror for fans of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Asylum.

Madeline awakes in a coffin. And she was put there by her own twin brother. But how did it come to this? In short, non-chronological chapters, Bethany Griffin masterfully spins a haunting and powerful tale of this tragic heroine and the curse on the Usher family. The house itself is alive, and it will never let Madeline escape, driving her to madness just as it has all of her ancestors. But she won’t let it have her brother, Roderick. She’ll do everything in her power to save him—and try to save herself—even if it means bringing the house down around them.”

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17 .) In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Horror Novels
  • BuzzFeed
  • PopCrush
  • The Seattle Public Library

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. At her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

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16 .) Through The Woods by Emily Carroll

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads
  • Novel Novice

“Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation “His Face All Red,” in print for the first time.

Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brother’s fiancée may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.” And of course you must revisit the horror of “His Face All Red,” the breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page.

Already revered for her work online, award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll’s stunning visual style and impeccable pacing is on grand display in this entrancing anthology, her print debut.”

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15 .) The Diviners by Libba Bray

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Horror Novels
  • BookRiot
  • BuzzFeed
  • Goodreads

“Do you believe there are ghosts and demons and Diviners among us?

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfurl in the city that never sleeps. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened….”

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14 .) The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Horror Novels
  • BookRiot
  • Goodreads
  • Novel Novice

The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him–the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

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13 .) The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • Epic Reads
  • Goodreads
  • Novel Novice

Following accusations that her scientist father gruesomely experimented on animals, sixteen-year-old Juliet watched as her family and her genteel life in London crumbled around her—and only recently has she managed to piece her world back together. But when Juliet learns her father is still alive and working on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the old accusations are true. Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward, Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s insanity. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

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12 .) Amity by Micol Ostow

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • BuzzFeed
  • Goodreads
  • The Seattle Public Library

“When Connor’s family moves to Amity, a secluded house on the peaceful banks of New England’s Concord River, his nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons. destruction, and revenge. Dreams he kind of likes. Dreams he could make real, with Amity’s help.

Ten years later, Gwen’s family moves to Amity for a fresh start. Instead, she’s haunted by lurid visions, disturbing voices, and questions about her own sanity. But with her history, who would ever believe her? And what could be done if they did?

Because Amity isn’t just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a violent end as she’s done before. As she’ll do again. And again. And again.

Inspired by a true-crime story, Amity spans generations to weave an overlapping, interconnected tale of terror, insanity, danger, and death.”

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11 .) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Awake At midnight
  • Best Horror Novels
  • Goodreads
  • Novel Novice

“Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.

Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?”

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10 .) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Seattle Public Library
  • Awake At midnight
  • Goodreads
  • Novel Novice

“A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.”

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9 .) The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Epic Reads
  • Goodreads
  • Novel Novice
  • PopCrush

Mackie Doyle is The Replacement – left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. He has been raised among us. But he is not one of us. Now, he must face the dark creatures of the slag heaps from which he came and find his rightful place – in our world or theirs.

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8 .) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ginger Nuts Of Horror 2
  • Novel Novice
  • Barnes & Noble
  • BookRiot
  • Goodreads

“Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. And once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.”

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7 .) Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Lists It Appears On:

  • Epic Reads
  • Goodreads
  • Best Horror Novels
  • Brightly
  • Awake At midnight

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

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6 .) The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Awake At midnight
  • Best Horror Novels
  • BuzzFeed
  • Goodreads
  • Novel Novice

“These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for nearly ninety years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me.

So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphan and assistant to a doctor with a most unusual specialty: monster hunting. In the short time he has lived with the doctor, Will has grown accustomed to his late night callers and dangerous business. But when one visitor 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 feeds through a mouth in its chest–and it signals a growing number of Anthropophagi. Now, Will and the doctor must face the horror threatenning to overtake and consume our world before it is too late. “

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5 .) Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • Bustle
  • Goodreads
  • Novel Novice
  • PopCrush
  • The Seattle Public Library

“Ten teens. Three days. One killer.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there.

With a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from the outside world . . . so when a mysterious killer begins picking them off one by one, there’s no escape. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on one another, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?”

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4 .) The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Awake At midnight
  • Novel Novice
  • Best Horror Novels
  • BookRiot
  • BuzzFeed
  • Goodreads
  • PopCrush

“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, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.
Now, 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?”

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3 .) The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco

Lists It Appears On:

  • Awake At midnight
  • Awake At midnight
  • BookRiot
  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Goodreads
  • PopCrush

“I am where dead children go.

Okiku is a lonely soul. She has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the spirits of the murdered-dead. Once a victim herself, she now takes the lives of killers with the vengeance they’re due. But releasing innocent ghosts from their ethereal tethers does not bring Okiku peace. Still she drifts on.

Such is her existence, until she meets Tark. Evil writhes beneath the moody teen’s skin, trapped by a series of intricate tattoos. While his neighbors fear him, Okiku knows the boy is not a monster. Tark needs to be freed from the malevolence that clings to him. There’s just one problem: if the demon dies, so does its host.”

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2 .) Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookRiot
  • Epic Reads
  • Goodreads
  • Novel Novice
  • The Seattle Public Library
  • Brightly
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Awake At midnight

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm—formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline’s twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum’s dark past. Because Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

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1 .) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Lists It Appears On:

  • Awake At midnight
  • Best Horror Novels
  • BookRiot
  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Epic Reads
  • Goodreads
  • Mashable
  • Novel Novice
  • PopCrush
  • The Seattle Public Library

“Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. 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 in 1958: 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 Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.”

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The 150+ Additional Best YA Horror Novels



 

# Books Authors Lists
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
32 Bad Girls Don’t Die Katie Alender Goodreads
Awake At midnight
33 Chain Letter Christopher Pike
Barnes & Noble
Brightly
34 Cirque Du Freak Darren Shan
Awake At midnight
Best Horror Novels
35 Cuckoo Song Frances Hardinge BookRiot
Goodreads
36 Daughters Unto Devils Amy Lukavics BookRiot
Goodreads
37 Doll Bones Holly Black
Best Horror Novels
Novel Novice
38 Frost Marianna Baer BookRiot
PopCrush
39 I Hunt Killers Barry Lyga
Awake At midnight
Goodreads
40 Jackaby William Ritter Mashable
Novel Novice
41 Mary: The Summoning Hillary Monahan BookRiot
Awake At midnight
42 My Secret to Tell Natalie Richards
Happy Ever After
The Book Smugglers
43 Nothing Left to Burn Patty Blount
Happy Ever After
The Book Smugglers
44 Possess Gretchen McNeil BuzzFeed
Epic Reads
45 Scowler Daniel Kraus Goodreads
The Seattle Public Library
46 Shallow Graves Kali Wallace Bustle
Goodreads
47 Teen Spirit Francesca Lia Block Mashable
MTV
48 The Dark Between Sonia Gensler BookRiot
Novel Novice
49 The Dead House Dawn Kurtagich BookRiot
Goodreads
50 The Dogs Allan Stratton
Happy Ever After
The Book Smugglers
51 The Enemy Charlie Higson Goodreads
Awake At midnight
52 The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray Chris Wooding
Best Horror Novels
BuzzFeed
53 The Spook’s Apprentice Joseph Delaney (series)
Awake At midnight
Ginger Nuts Of Horror 2
54 The Suffering Rin Chupeco
Happy Ever After
The Book Smugglers
55 The Turning Francine Prose BookRiot
Novel Novice
56 The Violet Hour Whitney A. Miller
Awake At midnight
BookRiot
57 There’s Someone Inside Your House Stephanie Perkins Goodreads
Bloomeration
58 Underworld Cathy MacPhail BookRiot
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59 Wait Till Helen Comes Mary Downing Hahn BookRiot
Barnes & Noble
60 We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson
Barnes & Noble
Brightly
61 Welcome to the Dark House Laurie Faria Stolarz Bustle
The Seattle Public Library
62 White Crow Marcus Sedgewick
Best Horror Novels
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(Titles Appear On 1 List Each)
63 (Don’t You) Forget About Me Kate Karyus Quinn
The Seattle Public Library
64 A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts Ying Compestine BookRiot
65 A Living Nightmare Darren Shan Goodreads
66 A Midsummer Night’s Scream R.L. Stine
Novel Novice
67 ABARAT Clive Barker
Barnes & Noble
68 Absent Katie Williams BookRiot
69 After the Woods Kim Savage Bustle
70 Afterworlds Scott Westerfield Mashable
71 All Those Broken Angels Peter Adam Salomon Mashable
72 And the Trees Crept In Dawn Kurtagich Goodreads
73 Anya’s Ghost Vera Brosgol BookRiot
74 Blood Magic Tessa Gratton BookRiot
75 BONECHILLER GRAHAM MCNAMEE ​
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76 Breathe Cliff McNish
Best Horror Novels
77 Camp so and so
Bloomeration
78 Carrie Stephen King Brightly
79 Charm & Strange Stephanie Kuehn BookRiot
80 Coraline Neil Gaiman
Novel Novice
81 Dangerous Girls Abigail Haas MTV
82 Dark Eden Patrick Carman
Novel Novice
83 Daughter of Smoke and Bone Laini Taylor
Awake At midnight
84 DEAD LANDS SERIES LILY HERNE (AKA SARA LOTZ)
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85 DEAD OF NIGHT SERIES JONATHAN MABERRY
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86 Dearly, Departed Lia Habel Epic Reads
87 DEVIANT ADRIAN MCKINTY
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88 Diary of A Haunting M. Verano
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89 Divah Susannah Appelbaum Bustle
90 DO THE CREEPY THING (KNOWN AS ‘THE EXCHANGE’ IN AMERICA) GRAHAM JOYCE
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91 Down a Dark Hall Lois Duncan BookRiot
92 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson Brightly
93 Dracula Bram Stoker Brightly
94 Eighth Grade Bites Heather Brewer
Awake At midnight
95 Enclave Ann Aguirre BookRiot
96 Everlost Neal Shusterman Everlost
Best Horror Novels
97 Evil Librarian Michelle Knudsen Mashable
98 Execution Alexander Gordon Smith
The Seattle Public Library
99 Fiendish Brenna Yovanoff BookRiot
100 Flesh & Bone Jonathan Maberry
The Seattle Public Library
101 Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus Mary Shelley Brightly
102 Game Barry Lyga
The Seattle Public Library
103 Girl of Nightmares Kendare Blake Goodreads
104 Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein Epic Reads
105 Half World Hiromi Goto BookRiot
106 HAUNTED WILLIAM HUSSEY
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107 Her Dark Curiosity Megan Shepherd Goodreads
108 Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Lish McBride Goodreads
109 Hollow City Ransom Riggs PopCrush
110 Hollowland Amanda Hocking BuzzFeed
111 House of Furies
Bloomeration
112 I AM THE CHEESE Robert Cormier
Barnes & Noble
113 I Know What You Did Last Summer Lois Duncan Goodreads
114 I’M THE KING OF THE CASTLE SUSAN HILL
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115 In the Forests of The Night Amelia Atwater-Rhodes BookRiot
116 In the Shadows Kiersten White & Jim DiBartolo
Novel Novice
117 Jane Emily Patricia Clapp BookRiot
118 Little Monsters
Bloomeration
119 Liv, Forever Amy Talkington Mashable
120 Lockdown Alexander Gordon Smith Goodreads
121 Locked in Time Lois Duncan
Best Horror Novels
122 Lockwood & Co Jonathan Stroud (series)
Awake At midnight
123 Lord Loss Darren Shan Goodreads
124 Masque of the Red Death Bethany Griffin
Novel Novice
125 MESSENGER OF FEAR SERIES MICHAEL GRANT
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126 MORTLOCK TRILOGY JON MAYHEW
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127 My Best Friend’s Exorcism Grady Hendrix Goodreads
128 Nevermore Kelly Creagh
Novel Novice
129 Night in the Lonesome October Roger Zelazny
Awake At midnight
130 Nightfall Jake Halpern Goodreads
131 OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE NEIL GAIMAN
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132 One of Us is Lying Karen M. McManus
Bloomeration
133 Paper Valentine Brenna Yovanoff Mashable
134 Pemba’s Song BookRiot
135 Pretty Monsters Kelly Link BookRiot
136 Remember Me Christopher Pike
Best Horror Novels
137 Rogelia’s House of Magic Jamie Martinez Wood BookRiot
138 Ruined Paula Morris BookRiot
139 SAMUEL JOHNSON VS THE DEVIL TRILOGY JOHN CONNOLLY
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140 Sanctuary Jennifer McKissack BookRiot
141 Sanctum Madeleine Roux PopCrush
142 SARA’S FACE MELVIN BURGESS
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143 SAY HER NAME JUNO DAWSON
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144 Servants of the Storm Delilah S. Dawson BookRiot
145 Shadowlands Kate Brian BookRiot
146 Shadows Ilsa J. Bick
The Seattle Public Library
147 SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL Louis Sachar
Barnes & Noble
148 Slasher Girls & Monster Boys April Genevieve Tucholke Goodreads
149 Sleepy Hollow Dax Varley BuzzFeed
150 Slice of Cherry Dia Reeves BookRiot
151 Something Strange and Deadly Susan Dennard Goodreads
152 Spellcaster Claudia Gray
Novel Novice
153 Splinters F. J. R. Titchenell
The Seattle Public Library
154 SUMMERTIME OF THE DEAD GREGORY HUGHES
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155 Survive the Night Danielle Vega
The Seattle Public Library
156 Tenderness Robert Cormier MTV
157 Texas Gothic Rosemary Clement-Moore BookRiot
158 THE ACCIDENT SEASON MOIRA FOWLEY-DOYLE
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159 The Bad Seed William March Brightly
160 The Blackhope Enigma Teresa Flavin
Novel Novice
161 The Call Peadar Ó Guilín Goodreads
162 The Crossroads Chris Grabenstein
Best Horror Novels
163 The Cure for Dreaming Cat Winters BookRiot
164 THE DEMONATA SERIES DARREN SHAN
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165 The Devil’s Footsteps E.E. Richardson
Best Horror Novels
166 The Dollhouse Anya Allyn BookRiot
167 The End Games T. Michael Martin
The Seattle Public Library
168 The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allen Poe. PopCrush
169 The Fever Megan Abbott Brightly
170 THE FURY ALEX GORDON SMITH
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171 The Graces Laure Eve Brightly
172 The In-Between Barbara Stewart BookRiot
173 The Infects Sean Beaudoin
Novel Novice
174 The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch Joseph Delaney
Best Horror Novels
175 THE LONG WEEKEND SAVITA KALHAN
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176 The Mall Ritchie Tankersley Cusick
Best Horror Novels
177 The May Queen Murders Sarah Jude Goodreads
178 The Merciless Danielle Vega Goodreads
179 The Murmurings Carly Anne West BookRiot
180 The Near Witch Victoria Schwab
The Seattle Public Library
181 The Rules Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié Bustle
182 The Sandcastle Empire
Bloomeration
183 The Silver Kiss Annette Curtis Klause
Best Horror Novels
184 The Telling Alexandra Sirowy Brightly
185 THE THIEF OF ALWAYS Clive Barker
Barnes & Noble
186 The Third Twin C.J. Omololu Bustle
187 THE TOYMAKER JEREMY DE QUIDT
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188 THE TRAP SARAH WRAY
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189 The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Michelle Hodkin MTV
190 The Vanishing Season Jodi Lynn Anderson MTV
191 The Waking: Dreams of the Dead Thomas Randall
Best Horror Novels
192 The Walls Around Us Nova Ren Suma BookRiot
193 The Way We Fall Megan Crewe
Best Horror Novels
194 The Witches Roald Dahl MTV
195 The Women in the Walls Amy Lukavics Goodreads
196 THIRTEEN (ADAM GRANT SERIES) TOM HOYLE
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197 This Is Not A Test Courtney Summers BookRiot
198 Tighter Adele Griffin BookRiot
199 To Catch a Killer
Bloomeration
200 TWELVE FINGERED BOY TRILOGY ​ JOHN HORNER JACOBS
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201 Twins Caroline B. Cooney BookRiot
202 Unbreakable Kami Garcia
Novel Novice
203 Unspoken Sarah Rees Brennan BookRiot
204 Unwind Neal Shusterman Epic Reads
205 Vampire Knight Matsuri Hino BookRiot
206 VIVIAN VERSUS THE APOCALYPSE SERIES KATIE COYLE
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207 We Were Liars E. Lockhart MTV
208 We’ll Never Be Apart Emiko Jean BookRiot
209 What Waits in The Woods Kieran Scott BookRiot
210 Wickedpedia Chris Van Etten
The Seattle Public Library
211 Wintergirls Laurie Halse Anderson MTV
212 Wuftoom Mary G. Thompson BookRiot
213 Zom-B Darren Shan
The Seattle Public Library
214 Zombie vs. Unicirns Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier Mashable


20 Scariest YA Book Sources/Lists



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Awake At midnight Top 10 Young Adult Horror Books
Barnes & Noble 5 YA Horror Novels We Love
Best Horror Novels Best Horror Books for Young Adults
Bloomeration 7 young adult horror books to read in 2017 based on your fave tv shows
Blum House 10 Young Adult Horror Novels that Should be Made into Movies Right Now!
BookRiot 65 GREAT YA HORROR READS BY WOMEN
Brightly Surefire YA Scares: 13 of the Best Teen Horror Books
Bustle 13 Spooky YA Novels For When You Want More Than Just The Cold To Give You Chills
BuzzFeed 13 Young Adult Novels To Spook You This Halloween
Epic Reads 12 Creepy YA Books That Should Be Made Into Horror Movies
Ginger Nuts Of Horror A FESTIVE 50: A PARENTS GUIDE TO BUYING YA HORROR FICTION
Ginger Nuts Of Horror 2 FESTIVE 50: A PARENTS GUIDE TO YA HORROR FICTION (PART 2)
Goodreads Popular Ya Horror Books
Happy Ever After YA horror and thriller authors share favorite scary books
Mashable 9 scary YA books for Halloween fans too old to trick-or-treat
MTV 8 YA BOOKS SO SCARY YOU’LL SLEEP WITH THE LIGHT ON
Novel Novice 31 SPOOKY YA READS FOR HALLOWEEN
PopCrush 10 Scary Young Adult Books to Read This Halloween
The Book Smugglers HALLOWEEN WEEK 2015: YA HORROR – THRILLS AND CHILLS
The Seattle Public Library Seattle Picks: Teen – Horror & Thrillers

 

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