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Spooooky Books for Brave Children

Do you have a Wednesday or Pugsley Addams in your home, or a junior paranormal expert? These books are sure to cause teeth-chattering shivers for fans of ghost stories, and delight those rare and special youngsters who aren't prone to nightmares.


Nightmare Hour
Not just this book, but ANY of the R. L. Stine books are good for creeping out middle school kids!
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything
This one is not THAT scary, and is good for the little ones still prone to nightmares.
The Girl With the Silver Eyes
Katie can "do things" that other's can not, just using her mind. Wandering around with her strange silver eyes, she finds herself getting into trouble.
Behind the Attic Wall
Maggie, the unlovable outsider, hears voices from the empty attic of her new home in an old boarding school. What is waiting for her behind the attic wall?
Bunnicula
Well, it may not be the spookiest book out there, but a bunny with fangs definitely suits the Halloween season!
Wait Till Helen Comes
Nothing's spookier than a ghost haunting your new home, unless it possesses your odd little sister. I remember reading this book and NOT SLEEPING FOR DAYS.
The October Country
Ray Bradbury has an amazing gift for providing a dark, eerie tone in this short story collection.
The Tailypo
This tale (TAIL!) scared me half to death when I was in first grade. *shudder*
The House With a Clock In Its Walls
John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis
The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman, modern master of macabre and fairytale, spins this yarn based loosely on "The Jungle Book."
The Gilded Bat
Edward Gorey - I can't say enough about him.
The Gashlycrumb Tinies
Delightful, and horrible, all at the same time!
The Witches
Roald Dahl does it again, this time with the tale of bald, creepy witches who want to turn all of the world's children into mice!
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Yes, it is Stephen King, but it is a shorter tale, and comparable to Lord of the Flies with intensity.
Amphigorey
Edward Gorey was a master of gothic art and poetry. His Edwardian and Victorian influenced limericks and verse are light-hearted, yet tragic and over the top with dreadful comic mishaps, as illustrated in one of the stories included, The Gashlycrumb Tin
Lord Of the Flies
  Even though Lord of the Flies is a frequent submission on any banned books list, many high school students are first introduced to this classic piece of literature in their freshman English class. Using very young protagonists set in a harsh, wi
Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a famous short story by Washington Irving that was published in 1820 in his collection, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. It tells the tale of Ichabod Crane, a poor school teacher who falls in love with a lo
Coraline
Coraline is a fantasy/horror novel by British author Neil Gaiman, published in 2002 by Bloomsbury and Harper Collins. It was awarded the 2003 Hugo Award for Best Novella, the 2003 Nebula Award for Best Novella, and the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Best Wo
His Dark Materials Trilogy
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1), The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2), and The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3) are the three books that make up the controversial and moving trilogy by Philip Pullman.
The Thief Of Always
The Thief of Always is a novel by Clive Barker that was published in 1992. It is a fable written for children, it is included for adults too. The book contains many black and white drawings by the author, and the cover illustrated by the author. His offic
Complete Stories and Poems Of Edgar Allan Poe
This single volume brings together all of the poems and stories of Edgar Allen Poe.
Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark
Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark is the first of three in a series of children's books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. The scary stories of the title are pieces of folklore and urban legends collected and adapted for mo
More Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark
More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories #2) This collection includes the chilling stories One Sunday Morning, The Little Black Dog, Clinkity-Clink, The Drum, Wonderful Sausage ,  Oh, Susannah , and many more tales to del
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, tell the story of a young girl in a fantasy world filled with peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The classic tale of literary nonse