What is Horror? by Jennifer Brannen (NoveList Plus)

It’s all about being scared. Horror, unlike many other genres, is defined by the emotional response it’s intended to evoke rather than its specific content or structure. The scariness can be subtle or brutal, supernatural or all too human. So by default, horror is both intense and amorphous; it has to be broadly encompassing as a genre while a given story is tightly focused on the goal of scaring the reader. Reading something for the pleasure of being scared is reading horror.


Through the Woods by Emily CarrollThrough the Woods by Emily Carroll

A collection of five spine-tingling short stories that all take place in the terrifying world of: the woods.  It’s graphic is every sense of the word.




The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-DoyleThe Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Every October Cara and her family become mysteriously and dangerously accident-prone, but this year, the year Cara, her ex-stepbrother, and her best friend turn 17, is when Cara will begin to unravel the accident season’s dark origins.



Into the Grey by Celine KiernanInto the Grey by Celine Kiernan

When they must move to an isolated seashore cottage after a fire, twins Dom and Pat see a strange boy, possibly a ghost, and Pat realizes his twin is dying and only he can help by finding clues in his dreams and his grandmother’s memory.



Zebulon Finch by Daniel KrausThe Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus

The story follows Zebulon Finch, a teenager murdered in 1896 Chicago who inexplicably returns from the dead and searches for redemption through the ages.




Soul Eater by Atsushi OkuboSoul Eater by Atsushi Okubo

Charged with the task of reaping tainted souls, Maka and her fellow meisters strive to master their weapons as they face off against the bizarre and dangerous minions of the underworld.




The Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol OstowThe Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow

While working as a production assistant on her aunt’s television show about the paranormal, a seventeen-year-old girl discovers a psychic ability of her own, which may provide clues to her mother’s death.




Jackaby by William RitterJackaby by William Ritter

Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.



The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren SumaThe Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Orianna and Violet are ballet dancers and best friends, but when the ballerinas who have been harassing Violet are murdered, Orianna is accused of the crime and sent to a juvenile detention center where she meets Amber and they experience supernatural events linking the girls together.



Trollhunters by Guillermo del ToroTrollhunters by Guillermo del Toro

Everything changes for San Bernardino teenage suburbanite Jim Sturges when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.



Diary of a Haunting by M. VeranoDiary of a Haunting by M. Verano

After her parents’ high-profile divorce, sixteen-year-old Paige is forced to leave Los Angeles for a rambling Victorian mansion in small-town Idaho where she soon notices strange occurrences that seem to be building toward some unspeakable horror.


last updated: February 2016

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