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Favourite horror books for older children

An image of the cover of Flesh and Blood by Chris Priestley

Looking for things that go bump in the night and give you a shiver down the spine? You've come to the right place...

These book sare perfectlly scary for older children but not quite as scary as our teen booklist.

Find more horror books for older children

  • Coraline

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Dave McKean

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Coraline

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Dave McKean

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 11+

    One day Coraline unlocks a mysterious door that opens onto another world, a twisted parody of Coraline's own dimension.

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  • Birth of a Killer

    Author: Darren Shan

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Birth of a Killer

    Author: Darren Shan

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Birth of a Killer is the first book in a new series that form a prequel to the best-selling sequence The Saga of Darren Shan.

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  • Haunted

    Author: Susan Cooper Joseph Delaney Berlie Doherty Jamila Gavin Matt Haig Robin Jarvis Derek Landy Sam Llewellyn Mal Peet Philip Reeve

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Haunted

    Author: Susan Cooper Joseph Delaney Berlie Doherty Jamila Gavin Matt Haig Robin Jarvis Derek Landy Sam Llewellyn Mal Peet Philip Reeve

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 10+

    A scintillating selection of supremely scary tales from 11 well-known children’s authors

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  • The Front Room

    Author: Michelle Magorian Illustrator: Vladimir Stankovic

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Front Room

    Author: Michelle Magorian Illustrator: Vladimir Stankovic

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 7+

    Hannah and her brother Benjy are on holiday. But instead of relaxing, Hannah is terrified: convinced there's something dreadful in…

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  • The Feathered Man

    Author: Jeremy De Quidt

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Feathered Man

    Author: Jeremy De Quidt

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

    Long ago in a German town, Klaus, the tooth-puller’s boy, sees his master steal a diamond from the teeth of a dead man in th…

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  • The Front Room

    Author: Michelle Magorian Illustrator: Vladimir Stankovic

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Front Room

    Author: Michelle Magorian Illustrator: Vladimir Stankovic

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 7+

    Hannah and her brother Benjy are on holiday. But instead of relaxing, Hannah is terrified: convinced there's something dreadful in…

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  • Tales From Weird Street

    Author: Anne Fine Illustrator: Vicki Gausden

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Tales From Weird Street

    Author: Anne Fine Illustrator: Vicki Gausden

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Interspersed with black-and-white illustrations to complement the super readable text, this masterclass in storytelling from a dis…

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  • The Enemy

    Author: Charlie Higson

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Enemy

    Author: Charlie Higson

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

    When the sickness came, the adults became ill. The lucky ones died but many mutated into brainless, deformed monsters with a seemi…

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  • Birth of a Killer

    Author: Darren Shan

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Birth of a Killer

    Author: Darren Shan

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Birth of a Killer is the first book in a new series that form a prequel to the best-selling sequence The Saga of Darren Shan.

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  • The Witches

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Witches

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Real witches disguise themselves as lovely ladies, when secretly they want to squish and squelch all the wretched children they de…

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  • Trollhunters

    Author: Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Trollhunters

    Author: Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 11+

    This black comedy has a highly visual, cinematic feel. It is wildly imaginative and rich in description, comedy gore and elaborate…

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  • Christmas Dinner of Souls

    Author: Ross Montgomery Illustrator: David Litchfield

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

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  • Christmas Dinner of Souls

    Author: Ross Montgomery Illustrator: David Litchfield

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

    Although it has an overarching narrative, Christmas Dinner of Souls is also a collection of hair-raising and spine-tingl…

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  • Dancing Jax

    Author: Robin Jarvis

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Dancing Jax

    Author: Robin Jarvis

    Interest level: 12-15

    Reading age: 10+

    Sinister occultist Austerly Fellowes died in 1936. Didn't he? A truly disturbing supernatural thriller which may well keep readers…

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  • Flesh and Blood

    Author: Chris Priestley

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Flesh and Blood

    Author: Chris Priestley

    Interest level: 10-13

    Reading age: 8+

    Bill thinks his wish for a brother has come true when his family takes in a boy injured during a World War Two air raid - but is h…

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  • Death or Ice Cream?

    Author: Gareth P Jones

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Death or Ice Cream?

    Author: Gareth P Jones

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 11+

    Larkin Mills is no ordinary town. It's a place of contradictions and enigma, of secrets and mysteries. A place with an exquisite i…

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  • The Toymaker

    Author: Jeremy de Quidt Illustrator: Gary Blythe

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Toymaker

    Author: Jeremy de Quidt Illustrator: Gary Blythe

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

    Mathias’ life is in danger. He is being pursued by the evil Dr Leiter and his cruel dwarf, for a small, blank piece of paper…

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