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Read-Them-If-You Dare Horror Tales for Tweens

If your middle-schooler has a penchant for spooky stories, try these terrifying titles.


666: The Number of the Beast by Various Authors
A collection from modern day masters of horror, including tales of vampires, tortured ghosts, and perfectly innocent-looking zombies.

Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
Your horror fan won't want to miss this action-packed series starring a half-human, half-vampire teen.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
A delightfully creepy story about a girl who discovers a parallel world full of people that want to keep her with them—forever.

Dare to Be Scared by Robert D. San Souci
Spur young imaginations with 13 new stories that weave suspense, drama, and psychological power into eerie, evocative stories, including ghost tales, fantasy, and science fiction.

Darkside by Tom Becker
While running for his life, Jonathan stumbles upon London's greatest secret: Darkside.  Now Jonathan must find a way out of the world where fear and evil rule.

The Death Collector by Justin Richards
This page-turner follows three teens on a spine-tingling adventure involving a deadly plot, a secret division of The British Museum, and a gruesome creature at large in Victorian London.

The Doom Machine by Mark Teague
When aliens abduct the residents of Vern Hollow, Jack's Uncle Vernon knows they're looking for his invention.  Now the two must travel to the planet Skreepia to stop the aliens before they use Vernon's machine to take over the earth.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: And Other Stories of the Supernatural by Robert Louis Stevenson
Respectable citizen by day...killer by night? Rediscover Robert Louis Stevenson's harrowing tale of good and evil trapped in the same person.

The Empty Mirror by James Lincoln Collier
Nick is a 13-year-old orphan growing up in the wilds of New England in the 1930s, when his already troubled life takes a turn for the worse. Blamed for a murder, Nick discovers he must confront a ghost who is behind all the mayhem.

Encyclopedia Horrifica by Joshua Gee
Discover the terrifying truth about alien life on Earth,psychic super spies recruited by the U.S. government, vampires, ghosts, and other monsters.

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding
Thaniel and Cathaline are wych-hunters in the Old Quarter of London, where they meet Alaizabel Cray, who is possessed by an evil entity that attracts horrors from every dark corner. Together, they must discover its cause — and defend humanity at all costs! Learn more.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
You can't miss this classic story about what happens to a group of boys when they are shipwrecked on a desert island.

The Man Who Was Poe by Avi
Providence, R.I., 1848: Edgar Allan Poe reluctantly investigates the problems of Edmund, 11, whose family has mysteriously disappeared and whose story suggests a new Poe tale with a ghastly final twist. Learn more.

The Midnight Library by Damien Graves
Each of the edge-of-your-seat books in this series includes three delightfully thrilling tales. Learn more.

The Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Imagine a world where families are allowed only two children. What would happen if there were more? How would they live?

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
When Bella first moves to town, she's startled to encounter a clique of reformed vampires in her new school. Can they protect her from what awaits her?

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