Spooky teen reads for autumn and winter nights

Three Dark Crowns

Now the nights are dark and long, there's a definite chill in the air. But is that shiver down your spine caused by the cold weather or something else?

If you like to spook yourself silly, prepare to be scared with these enjoyably eerie books about ghosts, gods, nightmares and monsters. Don't say we didn't warn you...

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  • Book of Lies

    Author: Terri Terry
    Publisher: Orchard
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    Piper and Quinn find out they're identical twins when their mother dies. Written with alternating viewpoint chapters between the twins, there is a genuinely spooky feel to this excellent psychological and supernatural thriller.

  • The Hawkweed Prophecy

    Author: Irena Brignull
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    Strong characters, complex relationships, and important themes of family, belonging, identity, love and loneliness, drive this absorbing story of magic and painful family secrets.

  • And I Darken

    Author: Kiersten White
    Publisher: Corgi
    Interest age: 12-16
    Reading age: 12+

    And I Darken is a fictional retelling of the rise of Vlad the Impaler - except, in White's thrilling take on it, Vlad isn't Vlad but Lady Lada. The political intrigue and character relationships are wonderfully done, and Lada is an anti-heroine to root for.

  • Three Dark Crowns

    Author: Kendare Blake
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 13-18
    Reading age: 13+

    Three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and possessor of a coveted magic - and when they are 16, they must battle to the death to become Queen of the island. This story is feminist, fierce and unforgettable - perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.

  • Barefoot on the Wind

    Author: Zoe Marriott
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    This stylish reworking of Beauty and the Beast unfolds in mythical Japan. Beautiful visual imagery, viscerally brutal action and desperate passions make this retelling feel fresh.

  • The Wrong Train

    Author: Jeremy De Quidt
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 10+

    Getting on the wrong train is usually just a minor inconvenience but, as this masterful piece of horror writing confirms, it can sometimes become one of your worst nightmares. Utterly chilling and haunting.

  • The Otherlife

    Author: Julia Gray
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    An intelligent and insightful read, this YA novel manages to merge Norse myth, competitive parenting, bullying, class issues and exam pressures into a taut and chilling thriller. Perfect for fans of Sarah Govett and Neil Gaiman.

  • Haunt Me

    Author: Liz Kessler
    Publisher: Orion
    Interest age: 12-16
    Reading age: 12+

    Introverted Erin has just moved to a new house and school - and finds her new bedroom is haunted by teenager Joe. With a mature and sensitive approach to bereavement, loss and teen relationships, this proves a thought-provoking read.

  • The Creeper Man

    Author: Dawn Kurtagich
    Publisher: Orion
    Interest age: 12-13
    Reading age: 12+

    Kurtagich has created an incredibly assured, claustrophobic horror with a fractured and troubled teen narrator that will have you gripped to the very last page.

  • The Graces

    Author: Laure Eve
    Publisher: Faber and Faber
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    Like everyone else in town, River is obsessed with the Graces: attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? A beautifully written, deliciously dark YA fantasy with a fresh take on witches.