Scary Fiction

Not Too Scary Stories (Mary D'Eliso, Monroe County Public Library, IN): These are books for younger children, most in picture book format. Author, title, and summary provided. Over 55 books. Witches, ghosts, goblins, and monsters abound. Compiled 2001.

Youth Spooky Stories (Novi Public Library, MI): Author, title, grade level (from grades 1-10), summary for about 50 books, from Carol S. Adler's Footsteps on the Stairs: A Novel to Betty Wright's Haunted Summer.

Slighty Scary Stories (Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI): For pre-school through grade 2. Author, title, short summary for about 40 easy readers, beginning to read books, Halloween easy readers, and non-fiction scary stories, from Quentin Blake's Zagazoo to Kay Winters' Whooo's Haunting the Teeny Tiny Ghost?.

Horror (Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI): For grades 4-6. Author, title, short summary for over 50 fiction, mystery, story collections, and non-fiction books with an element of horror, from Nancy Butcher's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Dog to Jane Yolen's The Wizard's Map.

Chills and Thrills (Stanly County Public Library, NC): Books 'chock full of chills, thrills, and suspense.' Author, title, publication year, page count, summary for about 15 books, from Jay Bennett's The Dark Corridor to Robb White's Deathwatch. Also: Horror and Supernatural Fiction, tales of 'nosferatu, lycanthropes, ghosts, goblins, and other wee beasties that go bump in the night.' almost 30 books, from Joan Aiken's A Whisper in the Night: tales of terror and suspense to Patricia Windsor's The Blooding.

Scary (Los Angeles Public Library): Author, title, and one-line summary of about 20 scary books (mostly fiction) for younger readers (from Marc Brown's Scared Silly! A Book for the Brave to Rose Wyler's Spooky Tricks) and over 25 scary books for older readers (from Avi's Something Upstairs to Betty Ren Wright's Out of the Dark).

Scary Stories for 1st and 2nd Graders (Judith Ekblad, Elmhurst Public Library, IL): Author, title, page count, and summary for 35 scary books, in sections by reading level (picture books, beginning readers, fiction; and folktales).

Scary Books to Read Before Stephen King (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): This list was first published in Booklist, Jan. 1995. Author, title, grade level, and summary for over 25 scary books.

25 Terrifying Tales (Irving Public Library, TX): Title and author for 25 scary stories, from Something Upstairs by Avi to Loch by Paul Zindel. Also a few non-fiction tales.

Horror (Reading Matters, UK): Author, title, summary of 3 books for younger readers and about 10 for older readers.

Books About Hauntings (Reading Matters, UK): Not necessarily all scary. About 8 books for younger readers and almost 20 for older readers, with author, title, summary. Includes Cold Tom by Sally Prue, Moondial by Helen Cresswell, Kit's Wilderness by David Almond, When Marnie Was There by Joan G Robinson, more.

Horror Series/Authors for Kids (Ipswitch Library, Australia): Lists author and horror series (no summaries), from J R Black's Shadow Zone series to books by Robert Swindells. About 15 series/authors listed.