“Scary Stories” in kids-books

“Scary Stories”

Horowitz Horror

by: Anthony Horowitz

Nine horror stories set in England focus on everyday items that have sinister qualities.

The Seer of Shadows

by: Avi

In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer's apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn.

Half-Minute Horrors

by: Susan Rich

An anthology of very short, scary stories by an assortment of authors and illustrators including Chris Raschka, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, and Lane Smith.

Ghost Towns

by: Sarah Parvis

Visit some deserted towns and learn the secrets hidden there.

The Ghost's Grave

by: Peg Kehret

Apprehensive about spending the summer in Washington State with his Aunt Ethel when his parents get an overseas job, twelve-year-old Josh soon finds adventure when he meets the ghost of a coal miner.


by: Neil Gaiman

Gr. 5-8. Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

All the Lovely Bad Ones

by: Mary Downing Hahn

While spending the summer at their grandmother's Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn's distant past who refuse to "rest in peace."

Guys read Thriller

by: Jon Scieszka

A collection of humorous stories featuring a teenage terrorist, a mysterious wish-granting machine, and the world's worst private detective.

Skulduggery Pleasant

by: Derek Landy

When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.