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666: The Number of the Beast

By Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and Joyce Carol Oates and Christopher Pike

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In 18 original supernatural stories by such renowned authors as Bentley Little, Joyce Carol Oates, and Christopher Pike, the nature of the beast is examined. Vampires, hauntings, sacrifices, and diabolical faeries abound in these works of suspense and horror.

 

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A Nightmare's Dozen: Stories From the Dark

By illustrated by Michael Hussar, edited by Michael Sterns

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Frightening tales from a multitude of authors promise to keep you awake at night.
 

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All Hallows' Eve: 13 Stories

By Vivian Vande Velde

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Presents thirteen tales of Halloween horrors, including ghosts, vampires, and pranks gone awry.
 

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Bizenghast, Volume 1

By M. Alice LeGrow

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Dinah, a teen who lost her parents in a car accident, lives with her aunt in a decrepit house in a run-down mill town in Bizenghast, MA. Dinah, who was also in the car, suffers from fits that keep her on the brink of madness and allow her to see ghosts. Her only friend is Vincent, a dreamy blond boy, and together they sneak out of the oppressiveness of the house for adventures. On one such excursion they come upon Bizenghast's biggest secret–an abandoned church and graveyard that no one can prove is really there. The teens disturb the inhabitants, and the consequence for Dinah is either to help the otherworldly creatures to release lost souls or to become one herself. (School Library Journal Review)
 

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Clay

By David Almond

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Davie and his friend Geordie are altar boys, but are beginning to doubt the value of their long-held religious beliefs. They live in fear of the bullying Mouldy, a hulking, drunken lout from a neighboring village whom they're sure is out to kill them. Enter Stephen, a slightly older boy whose father is dead, whose mother is mad, and who was reputedly kicked out of priestly training for some kind of trouble related to devil worship and performing a Black Mass. A talented sculptor, he proceeds to scare Davie silly with his talk of creating life, of creating, in fact, a monster that will wreak revenge on Mouldy. Davie sees Stephen's clay figures move. Is it hypnotism, faith, or madness? Whatever, their monster is eventually made real. (School Library Journal)
 

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Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales

By Deborah Noyes, editor

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Vampires, ghosts, witches, and haunted houses are featured in this compilation of frightening tales by various authors, including Joan Aiken, Barry Yourgrau, Neil Gaiman, and Garth Nix.
 

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Haunted Sister

By Lael Littke

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After a serious car accident, Janine has a near-death experience in which her twin sister, who died twelve years before, returns to live in her mind and to take control of Janine's life.
 

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Jade Green

By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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While living with her uncle in a house haunted by the ghost of a young woman, recently orphaned Judith Sparrow wonders if her one small transgression causes mysterious happenings.
 

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Lord Loss

By Darren Shan

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Presumably the only witness to the horrific and bloody murder of his entire family, a teenage boy must outwit not only the mental health professionals determined to cure his delusion, but also the demonic forces only he can see.
 

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Prom Nights From Hell

By Lauren Myracle and Meg Cabot and Stephenie Meyer

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This exciting collection of short stories by popular teen authors—Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer, and Lauren Myracle—embraces the dark side of a revered tradition. It starts with vampire-hunting Mary, who takes her mission of revenge on Dracula seriously enough to evoke his wrath by killing his son at her high school prom, and ends with the horned demon Sheba, who tries to wreak havoc at her prom. (School Library Journal Review)
 

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