With Halloween coming up, it’s time for things to get spooky! Here are a few horrifying, scary, spooky books for teens!
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Made into a Netflix movie, this book starts off with a Dr. John Montague, who studies the paranormal. He finds Hill House and conducts a study to analyze the paranormal. While he conducts his study, he needs assistants and ends up writing to the characters: Theodora, Luke Sanderson, and Eleanor Vance. From there, all of the characters experience horrifying paranormal activities from the terrifying house, which by the way, strangely urges its inhabitants to mysterious deaths and suicides.
- Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
Hannah, plagued with hallucinations, a cabinet full of pills, and a closet of violet dresses- is tired of being the outcast of her town, so she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home. Though, the town is just as crazy as she is. Meaning, all things are possible and that no one is safe.
- Carrie by Stephen King
A high school teenage girl named Carrie, equipped with telekinetic powers, is constantly abused by her extremely religious mother and her peers at school. When she arrives at prom, a deadly prank is pulled on her, but Carrie, with her powers, decides to kill everyone at the prom. Later on in the story, she continues to kill anyone who stands in her way.
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Young thirteen-year-old Connor O’Malley is struck with horrible nightmares every night, that result in him screaming in terror. Each night he is visited by a monster, who tells him that he will tell Connor three true stories. If Connor does not tell a true one, the monster will eat him. Though as the monster visits Connor every night, things start to fall apart in Connor’s life. The book does not specifically name the hero or the villain, but it definitely portrays a description of the complexity of human nature.
By Diana Ho