Haunting YA Titles for October

It’s October again, and with that brings cooler weather, things that go “Boo!” in the night and creepy crawlers in the shadows. Teen librarian Maeve presents some spooky books for October. 

In The Cemetery Boys, by Heather Brewer, Stephen has just moved to Spencer, Michigan, which is full of old-fashioned people, full of old-fashioned ideals. Soon, Spencer makes new friends with twin punk teens, Devon and Cara, who fight all the time. Devon likes to get into trouble at the local cemetery, which they call The Playground. Through all of this, Stephen learns of a legend of creatures, and sacrifices to the creatures to keep the old factory town afloat. Stephen doesn’t believe the legend, but Devon does. Could he believe it so much, he acts on these beliefs? 

Micol Ostow brings readers back to Amity, the town in New England that the movie The Amityville Horror is based on. Her book, Amity, brings readers to Connor and the horrible nightmares that he has, but also likes. Fast forward ten years to Gwen and her family, who have just moved into the same house. The story follows Connor and Gwen as the house in Amity tries to manipulate them into doing horrendous things. Will the house win?

 Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake follows Cas Lowood who can speak to the dead just like his father who was killed by a ghost. Along with his mother and cat, Cas chases legends of ghosts around the country, attempting to help them. Soon, he stumbles upon the legend of Anna Dressed in Blood, but this ghost is not what she seems. She is vengeful and full of rage, but why? Follow Cas to see if he can help Anna or not. 

Ray Bradbury’s classic spooky tale, Something Wicked This Way Comes, is about best friends Jim Nightshade and William Halloway and their scary adventure with a traveling carnival and Mr. Dark. Mr. Dark is not what he seems, he lures people to him by offering to give them everything, but really keeping them to serve him and his carnival. This is a classic read, and was also published as a  graphic novel by Ronald Wimberly. 

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco is very reminiscent of the movie, The Grudge. Okiku is a girl who was dropped in a well three hundred years ago by an evil man. Because of this, she does not rest, but hunts murderers. Tark is a boy who has just moved and is full of secrets and has mysterious tattoos all over his body; there is something dark growing in him that Okiku wants to find out. 

Lastly, a novel about the urban legend of Bloody Mary. Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan follows Jess, Kitty, Anna, and Shauna when they link hands in a circle, light a candle and chant “Bloody Mary” into the mirror. From the start, everything goes wrong as the mirror begins to shudder, but the adrenaline keeps Jess going. After a few times summoning Mary, the circle is broken and out comes Mary, set on revenge. 


The photograph scary house is by Flickr user Greg Wagoner.