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Looking for more titles about ghosts, vampires, zombies, and other supernatural events and creatures? Check out the Supernatural book list!

Thirteen Days to Midnight (YA CAR)

by Patrick Carman

In the aftermath of the accident that killed his foster father, high school student Jacob Fielding discovers that he has acquired the power of indestructibility. The more he learns about it the more he realizes that it is a heavy burden, if not a curse.

Revenge of the Witch (YA DEL, YA CD DEL)

by Joseph Delaney (1st in The Last Apprentice series)

Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from “ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties.”

The Black Tattoo (YA ENT, YA CD ENT)

by Sam Enthoven

When his best friend, Charlie, is possessed by an ancient demon, fourteen-year-old Jack, accompanied by a girl with superhuman powers, battles all over London and into Hell to save him.

Coraline (YA GAI, YA CD GAI, YA LP GAI, YA GR NOVEL COR, DVD FAMILY COR)

by Neil Gaiman

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different, from her own. There she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

Gothic!: Ten Original Dark Tales (YA GOT)

edited by Deborah Noyes

Drawing on dark fantasy and the fairy tale as well as horror, ten acclaimed authors pay homage to the gothic tale in wide-ranging stories of the supernatural and surreal.

The Enemy (YA HIG)

by Charles Higson

After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out on a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.

The Light (YA MAC)

by D.J. MacHale (1st in The Morpheus Road series)

Sixteen-year-old Marshall Seaver is expecting a boring summer when his best friend goes away, but instead he finds himself haunted—and hunted—by ghosts that want something from him which he cannot decipher.

The Thin Executioner (YA SHA)

by Darren Shan

In a nation of warriors where weakness is shunned and all crimes, no matter how minor, are punishable by beheading, young Jebel Rum, along with a slave who is fated to be sacrificed, sets forth on a long and arduous quest to petition the Fire God for invincibility.

Darkness Creeping: Twenty Twisted Tales (YA SHU)

by Neal Shusterman

Imagine being trapped forever in someone else’s nightmare, with no means of escape. Enter the world of Darkness Creeping, where hollow-eyed skulls arrive in the mail and nothing is as it seems.

The Boy Who Couldn’t Die (YA SLE)

by William Sleator

When his best friend dies in a plane crash, sixteen-year-old Ken has a ritual performed that will make him invulnerable, but soon learns that he had good reason to be suspicious of the woman he paid to lock his soul away.

Buried Fire (YA STR)

by Jonathan Stroud

When the unearthing of a broken, ancient cross unleashes the power of a long-buried dragon, Stephen, Sarah, and Tom try to stop the dragon’s awakening, even though it means fighting their own brother, Michael, who has fallen under the dragon’s evil spell.

Killer Pizza (YA TAY)

by Greg Taylor

While working as summer employees in a local pizza parlor, three teenagers are recruited by an underground organization of monster hunters.

Being Dead (YA VAN)

by Vivian Vande Velde

A collection of seven supernatural stories that all tell of ghosts and death.

The Monstrumologist: William James Henry (YA YAN)

by Richard Yancey

In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.