Scared Stiff

  • Scared Stiff

Let your imagination run wild as you introduce yourself to creepy characters and haunting atmospheres.  These books will have you sleeping with the lights on and one eye open.

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Books of Blood, Vol. 1

Clive Barker

EVERYBODY IS A BOOK OF BLOOD; WHEREVER WE'RE OPENED, WE'RE RED. — Clive Barker Few authors can claim to have marked a genre so thoroughly and personally that their words have leaked into every aspect of modern pop culture. Clive Barker is

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The Supernatural Enhancements

Edgar Cantero

EVERYBODY LOVES A CONSPIRACY. DON’T THEY? When Ambrose Wells dies jumping out of his bedroom window in Axton House, forgetting to open it first, a distant relative with an unusual companion takes possession of the gothic estate at Point Bless, Virg

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The Saturday Night Ghost Club

Craig Davidson

An infectious and heartbreaking novel from "one of this country's great kinetic writers" (Globe and Mail)--Craig Davidson's first new literary fiction since his bestselling, Giller-shortlisted Cataract City When neurosurgeon Jake

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Winter Tide

Ruthanna Emrys

"Winter Tide is a weird, lyrical mystery — truly strange and compellingly grim. It's an innovative gem that turns Lovecraft on his head with cleverness and heart" —Cherie Priest After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. gove

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Experimental Film

Gemma Files

A former film critic searches for the connection between a socialite's mysterious disappearance and the haunted celluloid she left behind.

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The Other Child

Joanne Fluke

Where Innocence Dies. . . Expectant parents Karen and Mike Houston are excited about restoring their old rambling Victorian mansion to its former glory. With its endless maze of rooms, hallways, and hiding places, it's a wonderful place for thei

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Black Wings

Megan Hart

Briella Blake has always been wicked smart. When she's invited to attend a special school for gifted students, she finally has the chance to focus on a project that begins to consume her - the ability to recreate and save copies of a person'

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My Best Friend's Exorcism

Grady Hendrix

An unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist that blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of '80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have b

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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

Grady Hendrix

Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the '90s about a women's book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out t

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Thomas Olde Heuvelt

The English language debut of the bestselling Dutch novel, Hex, from Thomas Olde Heuvelt--a Hugo and World Fantasy award nominated talent to watch Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles, never leaves. Welcome to Blac

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Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones

Micah Dean Hicks

“[T]his novel is extraordinary . . . It is Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, mixed with H. G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau, set in the creepiest screwed-up town since ’Salem’s Lot . . . [A] major achievement.” — Adam-Troy Castro, Sci

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NOS4A2 [TV Tie-in]

Joe Hill

The spine-tingling, bone-chilling novel of supernatural suspense from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman and Horns—now an AMC original series starring Zachary Quinto, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Ashleigh Cummings. “A masterwork o

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Heart-Shaped Box with Bonus Material

Joe Hill

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals . . . a used hangman's noose . . . a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses o

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The Fifth Doll

Charlie N. Holmberg

The bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series transports readers to a darkly whimsical new world where strange magic threatens a quiet village that only a desperate woman can save. Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centere

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Devil's Day

Andrew Michael Hurley

"A gripping and unsettling new novel by the award-winning author of The Loney that asks how much we owe to tradition, and how far we will go to preserve it"--

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The Haunting of Hill House

Shirley Jackson

Part of a new six-volume series of the best in classic horror, selected by Academy Award-winning director of The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin H

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The Grip of It

Jemc Jac

THE GRIP OF IT is a psychologically intense literary horror novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it in turn makes us A chilling literary horror novel, Jac Jemc’s THE GRIP OF IT tells the story Julie and James, a young coupl

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The Hunger

Alma Katsu

As featured in The New York Times Book Review Summer Reading Issue "Supernatural suspense at its finest...The best thing about The Hunger is that it will scare the pants off you."--The New York Times Book Review "Deeply, deeply disturb

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Stephen King

Stephen King's legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates. Carrie White may be picked on by her classmates, but she has a gift. She can move things with her mind. Doors lock. Candles fall. This is her p

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Under the Dome: Part 2

Stephen King

After an invisible force field seals off Chester Mills, Maine, from the rest of the world, it is up to Dale Barbara, an Iraq veteran, and a select group of citizens to save the town, if they can get past Big Jim Rennie, a murderous politician, and hi

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The Ballad of Black Tom

Victor LaValle

"When [Charles Thomas Tester] delivers an occult book to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, [he] opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping"--Page 4 of cover.

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Rosemary's Baby

Ira Levin

A masterpiece of spellbinding suspense, where evil wears the most innocent face of all... Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly el

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The Monk

Matthew G. Lewis

The Monk shocked and titillated readers with its graphic portrayal of lust, sin, and violence when it was first published in 1796. A true classic of the Gothic novel, it has left an indelible mark on English literature and has influenced such eminent

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Let the Right One In

John Ajvide Lindqvist

Oskar doesn't have many friends. So when Eli moves in next door, things seem to be improving. She's a little strange, and her 'father' is frankly sinister, but at least she likes Oskar. Then a child's body is found hanging fr

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The Invited

Jennifer McMahon

A chilling ghost story with a twist: the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter People returns to the woods of Vermont to tell the story of a husband and wife who don't simply move into a haunted house, they start building one from scra

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Her Body and Other Parties

Carmen Maria Machado

Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction “[These stories] vibrate with originality, queerness, sensuality and the strange.”—Roxane Gay “In these formally brilliant and emotionally charged tales, Machado gives literal shape to women’

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Unbury Carol

Josh Malerman

"This one haunts you for reasons you can't quite put your finger on. . . . [Josh Malerman] defies categories and comparisons with other writers."-Kirkus Reviews Only three people know Carol Evers' secret. Her best friend, who'

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I Am Legend as American Myth

Amy J. Ransom

Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend has spawned a series of iconic horror and science fiction films, including The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971) and I Am Legend (2007). The compelling narrative of the last man on earth, strug

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The Curse of Jacob Tracy

Holly Messinger

Developing a terrifying ability to see ghosts after nearly dying on the battlefield at Antietam, Jacob Tracy reluctantly accepts a job from an Englishwoman who claims she can help him control his powers if she will help her claim a dead friend's

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House of Small Shadows

Adam Nevill

Catherine's last job ended badly forcing her to leave London. Determined to get her life back, with a new job things look much brighter. Especially when a challenging new project presents itself - cataloguing the late M H Mason's wildly ecc

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The Ritual

Adam Nevill

Now a Netflix Original Movie! When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still sin

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White is for Witching

Helen Oyeyemi

Haunting in every sense, White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi is a spine-tingling tribute to the power of magic, myth and memory. High on the cliffs near Dover, the Silver family is reeling from the loss of Lily, mother of twins Eliot and Miranda,

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Michelle Paver

A tale of mystery and imagination laced with terror. It is a masterwork in the modern gothic tradition that ranges from Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker to Neil Gaiman and Sarah Perry. By the bestselling author of Dark Matter and Thin Air , an outstandin

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Sarah Perry


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Feeding Ground

Sarah Pinborough

The spider creatures from Breeding Ground have begun to take over London. A small group of survivors decide to barricade themselves in an unused Underground Station, only to realize—too late—that it's right next to a storehouse for the spide

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The Fall of the House of Usher

Edgar Allan Poe

"The Fall of the House of Usher" is a narrative short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1839 in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine before being included in the collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque

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The Silent Companions

Laura Purcell

Winner of the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award As featured on the Radio 2 Book Club and the Zoe Ball ITV Book Club '[An] extraordinary, memorable and truly haunting book' Jojo Moyes '[It] shone, for originality for the sheer quality of

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Lovecraft Country

Matt Ruff

Soon to be a New HBO® Series from J.J. Abrams (Executive Producer of Westworld), Misha Green (Creator of Underground) and Jordan Peele (Director of Get Out) The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow Americ

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Frankenstein in Baghdad

Ahmed Saadawi


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Mary Shelley

200 years after it was first published, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has stood the test of time as a gothic masterpiece—a classic work of humanity and horror that blurs the line between man and monster... The story of Victor Frankenstein and th

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The Terror

Dan Simmons

'A brilliant, massive combination of history and supernatural horror' Stephen King The astonishing novel which inspired the chilling AMC Original TV series. The most advanced scientific enterprise ever mounted, Sir John Franklin’s 1845 ex

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Seth Grahame-Smith

Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sicknes

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Bram Stoker

A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written. It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters eve

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The Cabin at the End of the World

Paul Tremblay

The Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts adds an inventive twist to the home invasion horror story in a heart-palpitating novel of psychological suspense Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a r

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A People's History of the Vampire Uprising

Raymond A. Villareal

'I caught my breath, even from across the room. All I wanted to do was look into her eyes. It was as if she knew the reason I was there and that I was looking for her.' The body of a young woman found in an Arizona border town walks out of

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The Castle of Otranto

Horace Walpole

DIVIn a realm where a villain reigns, mysterious events aid in fulfilling a prophesy that spells doom for the ruler and justice for the rightful heir. One of the first, great Gothic novels. /div

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The Little Stranger

Sarah Waters

Soon to be a major motion picture, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson. "The #1 book of 2009...Several sleepless nights are guaranteed."—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly One postwar summer in his h

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We Eat Our Own

Kea Wilson

A “canny, funny, impressively detailed debut novel” (The New York Times) that blurs the lines between life and art with the story of a film director’s unthinkable experiment in the Amazon jungle. When a nameless, struggling actor in 1970s New Y

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