Unlike the horror movies, where the creep factors come from the music and the special effects, here are some books that manages to creep you with just words.
Best Young Adult Horror Books
1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for peculiar children
This is a story about a boy called Jacob, whose grandfather used to tell him stories about an orphanage that he used to live in when he was young. This children of this orphanage had special talents. When Jacob was young, he used to believe the stories that his grandfather told him, even though his parents told him they were just fabricated. But as he grows up, his faith in these stories starts to dwindle.
One day his grandfather dies, and Jacob thinks he saw something. But he does not want to believe or even acknowledge what he saw. But then, his life gets interrupted by a letter his grandfather had left him, which takes him to the island on which the orphanage was once built.
The book contains black and white pictures and it is not exactly a horror story, but it is horror cum mystery cum eerie.
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2. The Forests of Hands and Teeth
Ever since Mary was a kid, her life was based on three simple truths. The first is that the sisterhood is always right. Secondly, the guardians would always protect her and lastly, the unconsecrated are relentless.
But, a series of events make her question her beliefs. Now, in the midst of all the chaos, she has to make the ultimate choice: her future or her village?
[schema type=”book” name=”The Forests of Hands and Teeth” author=”Carrie Ryan ” publisher=”Gollancz ” isbn=”0575090855 ” ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” hardcover=”yes” ]
3. The Replacement
Even though he lives in other world, he has come from a darker world, a world in dark tunnels that is full of living dead girls that is ruled by tattooed princess. Mickey was left as a replacement in a human crib, 16 years ago, and now he would have to go back for Tate’s sister.
[schema type=”book” name=”The Replacement” author=”Brenna Yovanoff” publisher=”Penguin” pubdate=”2014-09-21″ isbn=”1595143378 ” ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” hardcover=”yes” ]
4. Anna Dressed in Blood
Told from a male perspective, Anna dressed in blood is about a boy named Cas, who is into practicing a very unique profession of killing the dead. Armed with the skills that he inherits from his dad, cas helps people get free from gruesome ghosts. He is not necessarily worried about where these ghosts go, as long as they leave the place.
Cas travels with his mother and his cat to different places based on different lores. It is in one of his travels that he comes across Anna. She is the most gruesome ghost, who kills everyone who passes her house. She still lives in the house where she grew up in, and was murdered in. It is now up to Cas to try to stop her.
This is the first part of a duology, and the next book in the series is “Girl of Nightmares”.
[schema type=”book” name=”Anna Dressed in Blood” author=”Kendare Blake ” publisher=”Tom Doherty” pubdate=”2007-10-17″ isbn=”0765328658 ” ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” hardcover=”yes” ]
5. A certain slant of light
Well, It kind of is…the only difference is that Helen has been dead for 130 years now and the only reason the boy can see her is because his body is possessed by a male ghost. In their trials to be together, they discover more about themselves and each other, as well as the lives of the young people whose bodies they possess.
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6. Rabbits in the Garden
At the age of 13, Avery Norton lost it all. Avery is arrested for a murder she never committed, and is imprisoned in Taunton State Lunatic Asylum. It all started when a crypt was discovered in her basement.
The book deals with Avery’s struggle to clear her name, prove her innocence, and leave the lunatic asylum with a clear mind.
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