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Wizrd by Steve Zell


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Betrayal: The Betrayal; The Secret; The Burning


R.L. Stine - 1993
    Unspeakable horrors haunt those who’ve walked on its terrifying path. And it all started with one family—the Fears.Go back to how it all began and discover the dark family secrets buried underneath years of terror, from who sentenced an innocent woman to burn at the stake, to why the Fear mansion caught on fire, and how forbidden love, a bloody feud, and dark magic unleashed the curse that has lasted for far too long.And how Fear Street became the evil place it is today.

The Speed of the Dark


Alex Shearer - 2003
    He visits his gallery often on his way home from school to marvel at the creations. They are so tiny and perfect they appear almost real. One day, the impossible happens - Christopher sees a sculpture move and dance. It even seems to breathe.

Sage's Eyes


V.C. Andrews - 2016
    Her adoptive parents watch her obsessively, as if studying her for warning signs of…something. And maybe they’re right to—even she can’t make sense of the strange things she sees and hears. She possesses knowledge that other teenagers don’t, that her parents and teachers—no adult—could possibly have. So when Sage finally makes a friend who understands her alarming gift, he becomes her confidant, a precarious link to the truth about who she really is. For Sage and the alluring new boy at school share many things in common. Perhaps, they’ll learn, far too many things.

Sleepless


Thomas Fahy - 2009
    A few days after the first time youwalk in your sleep, you kill someone.That's how the end begins.Emma Montgomery has been having gruesome nightmares. Even worse, when she wakes up, she isn't where she was when she fell asleep. And she's not the only one. One by one the students of Saint Opportuna High start having nightmares, and sleepwalking. And the next morning one of their classmates turns up dead. Something is making them kill in their sleep. Emma and her friends need to band together, to keep themselves awake until they can figure out what's behind the murders-before anyone else dies.

Hellraisers


Alexander Gordon Smith - 2015
    It can make any wish come true—as long as you are willing to put your life on the line. When a sixteen-year-old asthmatic kid named Marlow Green finds himself trapped in a surreal firefight against nightmarish creatures in the middle of his New York City neighborhood, he discovers a squad of secret soldiers dedicated to battling the legions of the Devil himself. Faced with monstrous apparitions, ancient weaponry, and his own hellishly tedious high school existence, Marlow submits to a demonic deal with the infernal device that enables him to join the battle—if it doesn’t kill him first.

The Tethering


Megan O'Russell - 2019
    Now a spell might tear them apart forever.All Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance.After losing everything he has ever known, Jacob is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to humans. Jacob is determined to find a way to fit into Emilia’s life, but as his powers grow, so does the danger. With the death toll mounting, Jacob is accused of murder and must fight to stay in a world he’s only just beginning to discover. When Emilia’s life is threatened, Jacob risks everything to save her. Does he have the power to rescue her in time? And what could their survival cost?

The Violet Hour


Whitney A. Miller - 2014
    I can't stop it.Some call VisionCrest the pinnacle of religious enlightenment. Others call it a powerful cult. For seventeen years, Harlow Wintergreen has called it her life.As the daughter of VisionCrest's patriarch, Harlow is expected to be perfect at all times. She must be considered a paragon of integrity by the other Ministry teens and a future leader in the eyes of the world.Despite the constant scrutiny Harlow is keeping a dark and dangerous secret, even from her best friend and the boy she loves. She hears a voice in her head that seems to have a mind of its own, plaguing her with violent and bloody visions. It commands her to kill. And the urge to obey is getting harder and harder to control ....

The Gallows Curse


Andrew Hammond - 2011
    Jud is their star agent. Jud has just landed his biggest case yet. People have been disappearing in mysterious circumstances while others are viciously attacked, yet there are no suspects.

The Plant


Stephen King - 2000
    The manuscript is about magic, but it also contains photographs that seem very real. The editor writes the author a rejection slip, but because of the photographs, he also notifies the police where the author lives. This enrages the author, who sends a mysterious plant to the editor's office.The story is told in epistolary format, consisting entirely of letters, memos and correspondence.

Beauty


Patria L. Dunn - 2012
    I’d never had a wish granted in my life. That was the stuff kids believed in. I wasn’t a kid anymore…”Plain. Invisible. Ugly. Fat. When nineteen year old Evelyn Barns wakes up two hundred and forty-three pounds lighter, her heart’s desire suddenly becomes her curse. "Your fate is in your hands," were the witch's words, but when every bad deed counts, there's not much she can do to stop the weight from packing back on, even with coke as her new best friend. It was all moving too fast, her pain only masked by a high that was becoming harder to keep. A new life and social status was all she ever wanted but what she finds leaves her drowning in a beautiful nightmare that only gets worse. Suicidal and guilt ridden, Evelyn must decide if loving herself is worth letting go of everything else. There was beauty somewhere in there. She just had to find it.

Twice Shy


Patrick Freivald - 2012
    It's worse when you're dead............. Ohneka Falls is a small, Western New York town where everyone knows everyone and nothing of note happens. Ani Romero is a sixteen-year-old girl who wants to play sports, hang out, and kiss Mike, her middle-school crush. A childhood carrier of the zombie virus, she died at fourteen but didn't become a mindless, brain-eating monster. Her controlling mother forces her to join the emo crowd to hide her condition behind a wall of black clothes and makeup, and her friends abandon her. When creeper Dylan learns her secret, he falls into obsession, with Ani and with death. She bites him in self-defense. Persecuted by the jocks and ignored by Mike, Ani struggles through the motions of life hoping her mother's research unveils a cure, or Dylan dooms them all to a hungry, walking death. As her emo facade crumbles in the face of jealousy and obsession, Ani knows that the worst thing she can do is be true to herself.

Fingers


William Sleator - 2006
    But now that Humphrey is fifteen, the one-time child prodigy isn't able to get any more bookings. Sam's mother refuses to accept that Humphrey's career is over and devises a scheme to recapture his fame: Sam will compose "new works" by a long dead gypsy composer, and they will tell the world that the composer is dictating the music to Humphrey from the grave. The scheme is a wild success--until some ghostly occurrences convince Sam that the spirit of the dead composer has actually taken over Humphrey's fingers. Have Sam and his family unleashed a force from beyond the grave?

Mammon: Dark Rift Rising


J.B. Thomas - 2011
    Joe is a Ferryman, with the rare power to open rifts into other dimensions. His sister, Grace, has rapidly growing telepathic powers. Their gifts fascinate and terrify those around them, and the siblings are set to become the most influential players in the war. But Mammon grows stronger every day, and now he wants Joe to open a dark rift to the demon world, where a Hellborn army is waiting.

An Apple For Zoë


Thomas Amo - 2011
    A series of occult murders has led, Inspector Thomas James, to a crime scene similar to a murder committed 90 years ago in the once grand Aleris Hotel. A place where power barons of the early 20th Century engaged in witchcraft. And silent film stars indulged in the most wicked of sins.A place where no one questions the black smoke that rises from the hotel's incinerators in the middle of the night.

Residue


Steve Diamond - 2015
    As he looks for his father, he begins to notice that he can see the psychic residue left behind by monsters and murder victims. Along with the mind-reading Alexandra (Alex) Courtney, Jack uses his growing ESP abilities to stop the deaths in the town, and find out why his father was taken.