Scary Stories Pt. 2 - All Kinds of Darkness

Scary Stories Pt. 2 - All Kinds of Darkness

Like to read horror? Tired of picking up a vampire book and getting more romance than frights? The books in this list cover true horror fiction, from vampires and werewolves, to ghosts, zombies, demons, and forgotten horrors from the dawn of time. All of these titles are more horror than humor or romance, so pick one up and lock the doors for a terrifying read!

Chris Hosler
Anna Dressed in Blood     Anna Dressed in Blood    
Kendare Blake

For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.

Ashes     Ashes    
Ilsa Bick
    Y Bick
Ashes Trilogy

Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world's population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.

Department 19     Department 19    
Will Hill
    Y Hill
Department 19

After watching his father's brutal murder, sixteen-year-old Jamie Carpenter joins Department 19, a secret government agency, where he learns of the existence of vampires and the history that ties him to the team destined to stop them.

I Hunt Killers     I Hunt Killers    
Barry Lyga

Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious "Dear Old Dad," but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer, "The Impressionist."

Liar     Liar    
Justine Larbalestier
    Y Larbale

Compulsive liar Micah promises to tell the truth after revealing that her boyfriend has been murdered.

Long Lankin     Long Lankin    
Lindsey Barraclough

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 is too late.

My Swordhand Is Singing     My Swordhand Is Singing    
Marcus Sedgwick
    Y Sedgwic

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.

Prophecy of the Sisters     Prophecy of the Sisters    
Michelle Zink
    Y Zink
Prophecy of the Sisters

In late nineteenth-century New York state, wealthy sixteen-year-old twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe find that they are on opposite sides of an ancient prophecy that has destroyed their parents and seeks to do even more harm.

Rot & Ruin     Rot & Ruin    
Jonathan Maberry
    Y Maberry
Benny Imura

In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

Scowler     Scowler    
Daniel Kraus

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--Mr. Furrington, Jesus Christ, and Scowler--to protect himself, his eleven-year-old sister, Sarah, and their mother.

Sisters Red     Sisters Red    
Jackson Pearce
    Y Pearce

After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman's son.

The Diviners     The Diviners    
Libba Bray
    Y Bray
Diviners

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.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth     The Forest of Hands and Teeth    
Carrie Ryan
    Y Ryan
The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

The House of Dead Maids     The House of Dead Maids    
Clare B. Dunkle
    Y Dunkle

Eleven-year-old Tabby Aykroyd, who would later serve as housekeeper for thirty years to the Brönte sisters, is taken from an orphanage to a ghost-filled house, where she and a wild young boy are needed for a pagan ritual.

The Infects     The Infects    
Sean Beaudoin
    Y Beaudoi

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.

The Replacement     The Replacement    
Brenna Yovanoff

Sixteen-year-old Mackie Doyle knows that he replaced a human child when he was just an infant, and when a friend's sister disappears he goes against his family's and town's deliberate denial of the problem to confront the beings that dwell under the town, tampering with human lives.

Thirsty     Thirsty    
M. T. Anderson
    Y Anderso

From the moment he knows that he is destined to be a vampire, Chris thirsts for the blood of people around him while also struggling to remain human.

This Is Not a Test     This Is Not a Test    
Courtney Summers
    Y Summers

Barricaded in Cortege High with five other teens while zombies try to get in, Sloane Price observes her fellow captives become more unpredictable and violent as time passes although they each have much more reason to live than she has.

Z     Z    
Michael Thomas Ford
    Y Ford

In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.

Zombies vs. Unicorns     Zombies vs. Unicorns    
Various Authors
    Y Zombies

Twelve short stories by a variety of authors seek to answer the question of whether zombies are better than unicorns.