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Archive for the ‘Scary & Suspenseful’ Category

BRIGHTWOOD, by Tania Unsworth

January 5, 2017

The story: Daisy has never stepped foot outside the grounds of her home on the Brightwood Estate. A long-ago tragedy has made her mother fear change–and other people. But one day, mum disappears and frightening James Gritting comes instead, claiming to be a long-lost cousin. It doesn’t take long for Daisy to realize he means […]

MAX HELSING & THE 13TH CURSE, by Curtis Jobling

August 22, 2016

The story: Max Helsing is the last in the line of (Van) Helsings, famed monster hunters. He feels like he’s got things down pretty well…but what Max doesn’t realize is that a long-dormant curse is about to fall on the 13th descendant of Liesbeth Van Helsing on his/her 13th birthday. It’s the 13th Curse–and it […]


June 15, 2016

The story: There’s an ancient evil lurking at Rookskill Castle, and when Kat and her siblings are sent there to escape the bombs of the London blitz, it just might turn out that they’ve gone out of the frying pan and straight into the fire. Only the magic chatelaine’s keys given to Kat by her […]

THE JUMBIES, by Tracey Baptiste

June 15, 2016

The story: Corinne and her father don’t believe in jumbies–trouble-making spirits that supposedly haunt their Caribbean island. At least, they don’t believe until they meet one…and by then, it’s almost too late. Can Corinne learn to use her dead mother’s magic to save them all? The library lady says: Here’s a story with just the […]

TOOK, by Mary Downing Hahn

February 18, 2016

The story: It’s bad enough that Daniel’s family moved to West Virginia, and even worse that his little sister seems to be losing it. But when Daniel hears the stories of Old Auntie and her half man, half razor-back hog companion–and when a girl who went missing 50 years turns back up and is still […]


February 4, 2016

The story: Serafina lives a secret life in the basement of the fabulous Biltmore mansion, hunting rats and helping her father. She’s never been allowed a friend, or even a conversation with one of the “sparkling” people upstairs–but when she witnesses a man in a black cloak murder a young girl deep in her basement […]

HOODOO, by Ronald L. Smith

January 27, 2016

The story: Hoodoo’s family practices folk magic, and what with his heart-shaped birthmark, he’s a shoo-in to have magical powers too. Except he doesn’t–until a scary demon comes to town, a family secret is uncovered, and Hoodoo realizes he’s going to have to defeat The Stranger, powers or not. Can Hoodoo finish what his daddy […]


January 25, 2016

The story: Murray can’t help it that he happens to live in the cemetery’s lawnmower shed. He also can’t help it that he can hear dead people speak–but he doesn’t want to get caught up in the voices he’s been hearing just outside the graveyard’s fence. It’s only when those voices get so loud that […]

SHUTTER, by Courtney Alameda

January 15, 2016

The story: Micheline and her team are the descendants of storied undead-hunters of old: Stoker, Van Helsing, Harker. They’re the best team at Helsing, a corporation that specializes in containing San Francisco’s supernatural creatures. But when the teens end up in a shattered hospital, unable to contain the evil presence set loose there, they’re infected […]


January 6, 2016

The story: Moss feels like she’s one of the prisoners at the Tower of London. She’s never been outside its walls, but life inside is gruesome enough: her father executes famous prisoners like Sir Thomas More and Henry VIII’s wife Anne Boleyn, while Moss catches their bloody heads in a basket below. She hates the […]