Are You Afraid of the Dark? Really Scary Stories for Teens

Yeah, you’re going to want to sleep with the lights on. Enjoy these creepy when the sun is out!

Andrews, V.C. Flowers in the Attic. 2005, 1979.
Ensconced in the attic of their grandparents’ fabulous mansion by their abusive grandmother and dangerously selfish mother, Cathy, Chris, and their two younger siblings endure years of torment and become desperate to escape. You will not easily forget this story.

Barraclough, Lindsey. Long Lankin. 2012, 2011.
When Cora and her younger sister, Mimi, are sent to stay with their great Auntie Ida in an isolated village in 1958, they discover that they are in danger from a centuries-old evil and, along with village boys Roger and Peter, strive to uncover the horrifying truth before it’s too late. Sleep with a nightlight on.

Beaudoin, Sean. The Infects. 2012.
Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. These kids have seen zombie movies. They know the rules. Unfortunately, knowing the rules isn’t going to be enough.

Bray, Libba. The Diviners. 2012.
Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation. Make sure your calendar’s free – you won’t want to put this down.

Hale, Kathleen. No one else can have you. 2014.
When the homecoming queen of a quiet and peaceful Midwest community is found murdered, the victim’s best friend, Kippy, equips herself with her friend’s secret diary and rallies her own tenacious spirit to track down the killer. You won’t look at cornfields the same way again.

Kraus, Daniel. Scowler. 2013.
In the midst of a 1981 meteor shower in Iowa, a homicidal maniac escapes from prison and returns to the farm where his nineteen-year-old son, Ry, must summon three childhood toys, including one called Scowler, to protect himself, his eleven-year-old sister, Sarah, and their mother.

McNeal, Tom. Far Far Away. 2013.
When Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate, Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.

McNeil, Gretchen. Possess. 2011.
Enlisted to help in dangerous cases of demonic possession, a teenaged exorcist discovers a race of part-demons intent on raising their forefathers to the earth in human form.

Sedgwick, Marcus. My swordhand is singing. 2006.
In the dangerous dark of winter in an Eastern European village during the early seventeenth century, Peter learns from a gypsy girl that the Shadow Queen is behind the recent murders and reanimations, and his father’s secret past may hold the key to stopping her.

Strand, Jeff. A Bad Day for Voodoo. 2012.
When your best friend is just a tiny bit psychotic, you should never actually believe him when he says, “Trust me. This is gonna be awesome.” This book will have you both cringing and cracking up.