Scary Stories for all ages

By Julia a Bookloft bookseller

Admittedly, we all enjoy a thrill. One of the best ways to get that thrill is from scary movies & scary books. Stories have been told by the fireside for centuries; many have been meant to scare. Whether it's to frighten a young child so they mind their parents or for the simple thrill of it. Even many of our fairy tales started out with quite dark story lines. The original versions of the tales collected by the Brothers Grimm are quite bloody. In the 19th century it was traditional to tell ghost stories on Christmas eve by the fire, which is probably one the Charles Dickens' inspirations for "A Christmas Story." You may like to be frightened all year long, or perhaps might renew the old tradition of ghost stories on Christmas eve, but whichever your pleasure, I think we can all agree that Fall is the most inspirational season to be frightened. Here is a list of horror and ghost stories to start your seasonal thrill reading.

Fledgling Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780446696166
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 2nd, 2007

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The Library at Mount Char: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553418620
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Published: Crown - March 15th, 2016

We Cast a Shadow: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525509073
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Published: One World - February 4th, 2020

The Monster of Elendhaven Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250225689
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Published: Tordotcom - September 24th, 2019

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The Fisherman Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781939905215
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Published: Word Horde - June 30th, 2016

The Historian Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316070638
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 1st, 2009

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147514080
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Published: Speak - September 6th, 2016

The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious #3) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062338112
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 21st, 2020

Dracula (Word Cloud Classics) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781607105510
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Published: Canterbury Classics - September 1st, 2012

Down a Dark Hall Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780316098984
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 19th, 2011

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Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell (Scary Children's Books for Kids Age 9 to 12, Ghost Stories for Middle Schoolers) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781452171289
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 13th, 2019

Frankenstein (Classics Library) Cover Image
By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Scott McKowen (Illustrator), Arthur Pober (Afterword by)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781402743382
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Published: Sterling - November 1st, 2007

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Small Spaces Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525515043
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Published: Puffin Books - July 9th, 2019

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Cover Image
By Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062682826
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Published: HarperCollins - July 25th, 2017

Scare Me Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781338338812
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - July 7th, 2020

Ghosts Never Die (Haunted #4) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781728225852
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories: An Acorn Book (Mister Shivers) Cover Image
By Max Brallier, Letizia Rubegni (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781338318531
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 3rd, 2019

I Spy Spooky Night: A Book of Picture Riddles Cover Image
By Jean Marzollo, Walter Wick (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338353136
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Published: Cartwheel Books - July 30th, 2019

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories: Reillustrated Edition (I Can Read Level 2) Cover Image
By Alvin Schwartz, Victor Rivas (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780062643377
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Published: HarperCollins - July 25th, 2017