7 Best Horror Books For Young Adults Update 05/2022

Horror Books For Young Adults

Young adult horror books have been getting a lot of attention recently. A whole new group of teenagers are in love with the movies.

Young adult horror authors like RL Stein and Cristopher Pike are writing spine-chilling stories that are being revisited. There’s a whole new group of YA horror authors who are taking the lead with their spine-chilling stories.

The horror genre has always been a big hit with both young and old readers. In the world of horror, Stephen King is the best. He has written so many scary and gripping books that it seems like there is no end in sight to his collection.

These books are so exciting that they often become big movies. These movies make even people who don’t like to read want to pick up a paperback and go into a new, scary world in a book.

There is nothing better than reading a good scary story, even on the big screen. When we read, we can make our own special place in our own minds by making it our own. You, the reader, are in charge of how the characters look, how they sound, and how the setting looks.

That’s why horror movies are so appealing to teenagers. When we read the book, we get to go into a world that the author has drawn for us. We also get to go into our own minds, even if that is scary.

In the run-up to Halloween, I’ve been in the mood for some scary stories to read on the cold nights.

The reason I made this list of spine-tingling young adult horror books is because I know that they’ll keep you up at night.

Here are my favorite young adult horror books to read this fall. They range from some classics to new authors who have a lot of potential.

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Sofia Flores is like most teenagers when she moves to a new high school. She wants to make new friends and fit in. So when she gets into the most popular clique at school, she can’t believe it. Sofia soon finds out that even though these girls look perfect, they also have a dark side.

Among the teenagers they pick out is a young woman named Brooklyn who they think has a bad spirit in her.

Sofia’s new friends say that they want to help Brooklyn, but Sofia soon realizes that their help is more like cruel, gruesome torture. Sofia is now too far in. No, she can’t.

If you like Mean Girls, but you also like stories that make you scream, this could be your new favorite book. Merciless is the first in a series of four books, so you’ll have something to keep you up at night all the way through fall.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

As soon as Meg and Minnie find out that they’re going to the most luxurious and exclusive party on Henry Island, they’re over the moon! We thought we were going to have a weekend full of hot guys drinking and having a lot of fun. Instead, things took a scary turn.

Their group is trapped on an island by a huge storm. They find a terrifying message on a DVD. A serial killer is after them, and there’s no way to get away from him.

They are killed one by one for three harrowing days by the elusive and mysterious killer, who brutally stabs them to death one after the other. A lot of people start to turn on each other because each death is more weird and gruesome than the last one. Before it’s too late, can Meg find and stop the killer?

Ten is based on Agatha Christie’s classic book, “And Then There Were None.” It was written by the same person who made Netflix’s “Get Even.” If Gretchen McNeil’s book sounds scary, you won’t be able to put it down, no matter how scary it is.

Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie is a person who has been through a lot. Her life at school and at home is a living hell. At school, she’s constantly bullied by her classmates in a mean way. Carrie is kept under lock and key by her mother, who is obsessed with religion.

Even though no one else knows about it, Carrie has a secret talent. She can move things with the power of her mind.

At the high school prom, Carrie can’t believe Tommy Ross asked her to go with him. It’s possible that all these years of torment and abuse could be forgotten now that she has the chance to live a normal life. Even though things look like they should be, Carrie doesn’t have a lot of luck. And her secret talent could be a deadly secret weapon in the long run, as well.

If you’re a teen who likes young adult horror books, Carrie is a must-read for you to get through. This book by Stephen King, a master of the horror genre, was first published in 1974, but it still scares us to this day.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

It’s a good thing Makani Young moves from Hawaii to Nebraska so she can live with her grandmother. She wants to forget about her dark past. At first, everything looks good. She’s made friends and is getting used to her new school. Her secret romance with the mysterious Ollie Larsson even gets more serious than she thought it would be.

A shocking series of murders start to happen at her new high school soon after she moves there. In each murder, the person who did it doesn’t want to stop. Is Makani going to get rid of her demons for good? There are some secrets that won’t stay hidden, as Makani is going to learn in the coming days.

Stephanie Perkins knows how to get her readers interested right from the start of her books. The title of this one is already a good sign.

There’s Someone in Your House has a lot of twists and turns that are both scary and surprising. This book is for people who like slasher movies with a little romance in them, so they will love it.

Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

It broke Paige’s heart to have to leave her home in LA to live with her mother in a small town in Idaho. When she sees the old house that will be her new home, she thinks her life is over.

It’s not going to get any better. In the night, strange and spooky things start to happen, and Paige has a strong sense that something is very wrong.

She thinks her weird neighbor down the hall knows more than he’s telling her. When she finds out about a dark history of evil rituals and a secret cult, it’s clear that whatever is living in that house with her isn’t going to give up.

Diary of Haunting reads like a diary, with letters and photos that show Paige and her family’s terrifying experiences. If you’re a fan of the supernatural, you’ll love this book by M. Verano, a supernatural fan and professor.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, where the American Civil War is in full swing, is where the dead start to rise up and walk the earth.

We start with Jane McKeene, a young black girl who was born into a world that is very scary. She has to learn how to stay alive and protect herself and her people from the zombies who want to eat them.

For her job, Jane is learning how to be an Attendant, which is like a guard for white people. It’s not what she wants to do to protect the rich and powerful. She is good at hand-to-hand combat and defense.

As time goes on, Jane finds herself in a terrifying fight against forces even more evil than the zombies that live on the earth.

First of two hard-hitting and provocative horror novels written by Justina Ireland: Dread Nation is the first of two books called “Dread Nation.” It looks at scary stories about the living dead, as well as the real-life racism that happened in the United States in the past.

For 10 years, it has been one of the most talked about young adult horror and alternative history zombie books. It has become an international bestseller and one of the most talked about young adult zombie books of the last decade.

Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

As long as it has been around, Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein hasn’t gone out of style. By telling this story, Shelley shows how one man, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, takes his scientific work too far.

His mentor told him not to do this, but he goes ahead and makes life in order to avoid death. But just as he was told, he ends up making a monster, an abomination that scares him to death.

Victor thinks his creation will die and wither on its own while he starts a new life. But Victor didn’t know that the monster was still alive. Learns to read and write. Then, it comes back for its bloody revenge.

It was just 18 years old when Mary Shelley came up with her world-famous story. It’s a great book for young people who like to read about scary things.


These scary stories are a great way to get into the Halloween spirit this fall. This is just a small sample of the many scary stories for young adults. After you read these suggestions, there are many more to read.

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