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13 Creepy Books That Aren’t Scary

October 28, 2019
Julie Jarema
Riveted Editorial Board

I’m not at all into blood and gore, but I do love the haunted, eerie atmospheric worlds inside books until my own house feels full of ghosts and just a little bit off. Curl up under the covers with these chilling books that’ll get under your skin, but not make you want to run away screaming.

13 Creepy Books That Aren’t Scary

1. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

I think it’s safe to say that dark mysterious woods are fairly creepy especially when they have a history of being haunted by ghosts. Now Nora, a rumored witch, is trapped in the wicked woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven during a snow storm with a mysterious boy named Oliver, who went missing weeks ago. What will happen? You’ll have to read to find out.

 

2. Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village will sacrifice a young man to the Devil’s Forest to ensure that the village remains prosperous. But when the Slaughter Moon rises early, a witch, a future saint, and an outcast all must play a role in fulfilling the devil’s bargain.

 

3. The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowry

Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again. Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.

 

4. The House by Christina Lauren

Gavin lives in the house, the one at the edge of town. Spooky and maybe haunted. Something worse than haunted. And Gavin is trapped by its secrets. Delilah and Gavin can’t resist each other. But staying together will exact a price beyond their imagining.

 

5. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

This spooky graphic novel features tales about lonely walks in the snow, creepy houses, buried brothers, and other sinister fairytales. The stunning art will lure you in until the late hours of the night.

 

6. The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi

This cozy series will whisk you off to the magical world of faerie. A group of siblings find a secret library in the decrepit estate that they’ve moved into, which then leads them to find an old book, and that’s when the magic and danger begin.

 

7. The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

Alys sees soul eaters, abandoned twin sisters who grew into something not quite human. The soul eaters are believed to be guided by the Beast. But the Beast is not what they think he is. And neither is Alys.

 

8. The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

This one is for fans of Coraline. Steve wants to save his sick baby brother. In order to do this, he begins to make deals. Things take a turn for the strange and disturbing when he realizes who he’s making deals with in his dreams.

 

9. Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Winterspell by Claire LeGrand

This is a dark and romantic retelling of The Nutcracker that will enchant you to a magical world with plenty of love and intrigue along the way.

 

10. The Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black

This faerie tale involves deep rivalries between kingdoms, placing sixteen-year-old Kaye at the center of the battle. Obviously, these are not normal faeries—they’re up to much more diabolical ploys in this story.

 

11. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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This story will definitely send shivers up your spine. There are secrets in the town of Sparrow that requires seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot to make a huge decision in order to save the people she loves.

 

12. The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker

Sure, this story involves ghosts and make make you burrow under the covers, but the story itself is full of intrigue and features a strong heroine, Rilla, who you’ll root for throughout the entire book.

 

13. Lizzie by Dawn Ius

Lizzie is an edge-of-your-seat reimagining of one of the most chilling mysteries in modern history—Lizzie Borden.

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