By Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinkis
Putnam (September 2015) $17.99
Genre: YA Horror Fantasy Fiction, Ages 14+
Dark horror (as in, it’s creepy factor is enough to get your heart pumping), psychological thriller, survival tale, aliens, dystopian-futuristic alter-planetary-tale
This one kept me turning the pages until I was done—late in the evening! A totally different concept made me pick up the book and kept me intrigued throughout, with a satisfying (though not ideal) ending. Mild enough I’d let my advanced middle-grade reader read, but the idea of being watched at night while sleeping is creepy enough to make younger readers need a light—or may send to the sleeping bag in Mom and Dad’s room..
The Dead I Know
By Scot Gardner
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (March 2015) $17.99
Genre: Dark Horror
Recurring nightmares of a dark event, a new job at a funeral home, and caring for his sick grandmother are things that mark Aaron's tragic but triumphant coming of age tale.
"Despite the heavy topics explored in the novel . . . Gardner writes with sensitivity and in a way that is accessible to teens. With humorous interactions and their unwavering belief that Aaron is worthwhile, Mr. Barton and his daughter, Skye, help him appreciate life in the midst of death and tragedy. A darkly funny book."
—School Library Journal, starred review
Serafina and the Black Cloak
By Robert Beatty
Disney-Hyperion (July 2015) $16.99
Genre: Middle grade fantasy,
Welcome to the Dark House
By Laurie Faria Stolarz
Hyperion (June 23, 2015) $9.99
By Kenneth Oppel, illustrations by Jon Klassen
Simon and Schuster (October 6, 2015) $16.99
Genre: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Spine-Chilling Horror
This utterly twisted tale takes scary stories to a new level, and creepy illustrations “up” the fear-factor. The queen first appears to Steve in his dreams, where she promises to help the BABY. He keeps the arrangement secret and does the Queen’s bidding, though she isn’t the angel he thought.
Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods:
20 Chilling Tales from the Wilderness
By Hal Johnson Illustrated by Tom Mead
Workman (2015) $14.95
Genre: Creepy American Folklore
The Poe Estate
By Polly Shulman
Penguin Random House $16.99
Genre: Supernatural Fiction involving ghosts and haunted houses
Sukie braves the twists and turns of spooky Poe Annex at the New-York Circulating Material Repository to untangle ancient family secrets, hide hidden treasure, and help the ghost who are haunting her house.
Anyone But Ivy Pocket
By Caleb Krisp
(April 21, 2015) $17.99
Genre: Humor, Spine-Chilling Horror,
Science Fiction, Fantasy
I’m Trying to Love Spiders
Written & Illustrated by Bethany Barton
Penguin Random House, Price $16.99
Ages: 4 & up
Children’s Scientific Nonfiction
Fun story and whimsical illustrations will help readers see arachnids in a whole new light.
Fell of Dark
By Patrick Downes
Philomel, (May 12, 2015) $17.99
Genre: Teens, Literature & Fiction, Social & Family Issues, Physical & Emotional Abuse
Guaranteed, this book will keep you up all night and haunt you long after. A dark story with a psychological twist about Erik, who performs miracles and believes he’s an angel; and Thorn, who hears voices and is controlled by demons. When the two are led to each other, the unexpected meets terrifying. Freakiest book ever!
A Curious Tale of the In-Between
By Lauren DeStefano
Bloomsbury, (September 1, 2015) $16.99
Age: 8-12 years
Genre: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Spine-Chilling Horror, Death & Dying
Ghost-story enthusiasts will die for Pram, a “ghost-whisperer” whose friends have all been ghosts since her mother died— until Pram meets Clarence. They embark on a mission to find Pram’s father, but they are duped by a sinister spiritualist named Lady Savant, who has her own plans for Pram’s unique talents.
Tell the Story to Its End
By Simon P. Clark
St. Martin's Press, 2015, $18.99
Genre: Magically Haunting Fiction
Six of Crows
By Leigh Bardugo
Henry Holt (September 29, 2015) $18.99
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kez’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction-if they don’t kill each other first.
By Lauren Oliver
HarperCollins (March 10, 2015) $18.99
Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction, Social & Family Issues, Siblings, Romance
Nick and Dara miss their lives as inseparable sisters, “the Dynamic Duo,” before the car accident and Parker came between them. But neither can overcome the aftermath of the accident, especially when Parker renters the scene. When Dara disappears, Nick is convinced her disappearance is related to another local girl gone missing. With a brilliant twist, the bond of sisterhood is absolute.