Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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No stranger to tragedy at thirty-two—a survivor of a fatherless childhood and a mother's hopeless dementia— Audrey is obsessively determined to make her own way in a city that often strangles the weak. But is it something otherworldly or Audrey's own increasing instability that's to blame for the dark visions that haunt her . . . and for the voice that demands that she build a door? A door it would be true madness to open . . .

Built on the Upper West Side, the elegant Breviary claims a regal history. But despite 14B's astonishingly low rental price, the recent tragedy within its walls has frightened away all potential tenants . . . except for Audrey Lucas.
You've watched the movie, or you've seen the gifs that surface the internet. But have you really read the book cover the cover? William Peter Blatty's classic remains as such simply because it is great catholic horror writing. And nothing comes close to the perfect marriage of religion, horror and femininity than this.
Following accusations that her scientist father gruesomely experimented on animals, sixteen-year-old Juliet watched as her family and her genteel life in London crumbled around her—and only recently has she managed to piece her world back together. But when Juliet learns her father is still alive and working on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the old accusations are true.

So is it all just a bad dream? Or is Juliet about to uncover an even nightmarish reality?
Please. The mother of sci-fi horror HAS to make an appearance in any Halloween-themed shelf.
A Dark and Stormy Night, Mary Shelley
A teenage witch who battles dark forces in her small town. A boy cursed with visions that lead to madness. A girl granted the powers to save him. As soon as Nadia arrives in Captive's Sound, she knows something is seriously wrong. The town is shrouded in dark magic, more powerful and complex than she has ever seen.
First there's the old and dusty book of children's fairy tales that belonged to a young girl named Maisie. Hannah learns that the girl died mysteriously at age eleven in this very house nearly 140 years ago.Then, when Hannah draws a portrait of Maisie, things begin to fall apart. The house seems to be reverting to its nineteenth-century form, and Hannah's not sure whether it or Maisie herself is sending her messages. Hannah must solve the mystery of Maisie's death, because if she doesn't help her, Maisie may never leave Hannah alone. . . .
They say nothing hell hath no fury than a woman scorned.

Lilah has spent the last four years by her boyfriend Carter's side, and everyone thinks their relationship is rock solid. But behind closed doors, things are beginning to crumble. Just as Lilah's intensifying mood swings are making Carter think about distancing himself from her, another girl enters the picture. Jules is beautiful, funny, smart, and artistic. Carter can't help but fall under her spell. But one stolen night of passion has consequences they could never imagine.
This is not the zombie fallout that you're expecting. The only fallout from this is an ending where two teenagers in love might not end up together - because they're zombies.

After eating through the brains of their senior year class, Jake and Amanda deal with the existential guilt of eating their best friends and set off in search of a cure for the zombie virus. It's an epic journey across the country and make them question what it means to truly be alive. Or undead.
Growing up rootless with her flighty mother, Ella Dane, a self-proclaimed psychic, Lacey is determined to give her unborn baby the stability she never had.But shortly after she and her husband, Eric, move in, the warm and welcoming house becomes cold and dark. There is something malevolent within these walls that wants to hurt her unborn child—a terrifying presence that only she can sense. And there is Drew, a demanding and temperamental little boy who mysteriously appears when Lacey is alone.To protect her unborn child and save her family, Lacy must discover the truth about her dream house and the troubled Drew—a decades-old mystery involving secrets, violence, and guilt—and confront an evil that has lingered in wait for years.
What do you do when the demons you have to fight are within yourself? A Head Full of Ghosts is a chilling thriller that brilliantly blends domestic drama, psychological suspense, and a touch of modern horror.

Fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Then the family turns to reality TV to pay the mounting health bills.

It's got quite the touch of The Exorcist and The Haunting of Hill House. But one of the most terrifying moments is when the lives of Majorie's family are being sold to television. It'll make you think - which is the bigger nightmare?
Frank Cotton's insatiable appetite for the dark pleasures of pain led him to the puzzle of Lemarchand's Box, and from there, to a death only a sick-minded soul could invent.

But when he opens the box, he finds something so grisly and out of this world that his life is changed forever. Clive Barker's gory, visceral novel is not one for the faint hearted, but if you dare, this is one story that will be 100% scare.
If you thought the movie was a horrifying concept, then you must read this book to get the full scope of it. When Ignatius Perrish finds horns growing out of his head one morning, he finds himself being somewhat of an Aunt Agony. Everyone, EVERYONE, is suddenly opening their hearts out to him - from the terrible lies they've told to crimes. Is he the devil incarnate, or perhaps, could he be the second coming? Joe Hills' novel is monstrous perfection, in the creation of a human/devil hybrid, but also in the sense that it is our humanity itself that could twist in such terrible forms.
When it comes to the master of scary tales, Edgar Allan Poe does it perfectly. From The Telltale Heart, to long epics like The Raven, Poe conjures up an image so spooky and terrifying. You can't help but feel something - even if its just your imagination - crawl up your back.
While not gruesome by any means, these classic tales of apparitions and other supernatural horrors remain chilling to this day.
A giant squid, an unsightly anthropoid, a rubber-like figure. We'll never know what Cthulhu really is. But H.P. Lovecraft's narration of an unsightly creature from the depths of the sea has endured for almost a century, and till date, we can't help but wonder - what if something like this really lives under the sea?
The Call of Cthulhu, Howard Lovecraft
Henry James is most known for his observant stories on the Americas and the clash between old and new money, but The Turn of the Screw remains one of his best horror work. This psychological tale of terror begins in an old house on Christmas Eve, where a governess becomes disturbed when she begins to see ghosts. Real? Or just a figment of her imagination?
The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
With a title like Zombie Apocalypse, you'd think this would be a World War Z type of disaster. But what this is is actually a rather , in a way, hopeful sort of ending (or beginning?) for the world.

Mick and Minerva were the most brilliant genetically-enhanced clones on the planet. But when they go back in time to stop a full-scale nuclear war, things screw up and they go into the future instead. A future where filled with strange humanoid mutants and incredible new technology, and a world where their most passionate fantasies were about to become reality!
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