Goosebumps (both the books and the series) was an amazing awakening for thriller lovers growing up. It was when we first learned that we enjoyed suspense, fear, and loved to be terrified of the unknown. From zombies to haunted masks to werewolves, these terrifying stories turned us into bookworms and fans of anthology horror. If you grew up with Goosebumps, these YA tales of terror will keep you up well into the night, while also giving a taste of that nostalgic comfort.
Nightbooks by J.A. White
Alex has always loved dreaming up scary tales, and now, they might just be what keeps him alive when he finds himself trapped in a witch’s apartment. Natacha promises to keep Alex alive if he promises to tell her one of his famous and terrifying tales each night. As Alex uses his imagination to survive, he also hopes he doesn’t have an ending scarier than one he can dream up.
What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
After a horrible incident at her boarding school, Eleanor reluctantly returns to her home that she left behind and reunites with the family she’s been estranged from for years. Upon her return, Eleanor finds herself struggling to adjust to the family of monsters who prowl the woods—not to mention reading fortunes in the guts of birds. Now she must face the secrets of her family to save them all.
White Smoke by Tiffany D Jackson
Mari moves from California to the Midwest when her mother accepts a new job that comes with a free, newly renovated house. Although her new home is one she has to share with her ten-year-old stepsister, Piper, Mari thinks this is just what she needs for a new beginning. But when doors begin to shut on their own and mysterious shadows that are seen, Mari questions if ghosts are real. As Piper begins talking about a friend who wants Mari gone, Mari’s luck gets worse when she finds out it’s not just this one house that’s haunted—but the whole town.
Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power
Margot grew up wanting a family; it’s just been her and her mother her whole life and they haven’t always seen eye to eye. When Margot finds a photograph, it’s the clue to her past she’s been dying to find. Traveling to an unfamiliar town, somehow when Margot arrives everyone knows who she is—and she may get answers she isn’t prepared for when a girl who looks just like her is pulled from a fire. Did Margot’s mother flee this town with her to protect her or to hide?
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglas
Jake Livingston is no ordinary sixteen year old: he just so happens to be a medium and one of the only Black students at his prep school. Dealing with racism and dead people on a daily basis, things begin to look up for Jake as he meets the new handsome Black student, Allister. When a new ghost named Sawyer Doon begins to show his true intentions and begins haunting Jake, Jake realizes he has much more to learn about being a medium.