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Scary Fiction 2005

List created by -Maria Levetzow

  • Be Afraid! edited by Edo van Belkom
This collection of 15 tales of horror by award-winning authors includes warnings to "be afraid" of an innocent looking doll, and to "be afraid" of the awful changes occurring to a young boy as he matures. Everyday situations are recast in an unforgettable light.
After Molly's parents disappear, an unknown uncle steps forward to be her guardian.
  • Timon's Tide by Charles Butler
In this dark, sometimes confusing, completely creepy story, Daniel is still trying to deal with the death of his brother, Timon, 6 years before. When Timon reappears, though, Daniel is not as happy as you would think he should be. After all, just because he's talking to Timon doesn't mean he believes Timon is actually alive.
Sixteen-year-old Tom Anderson and seventeen-year-old Kate Folan try to escape Kate's werewolf family--and fight becoming werewolves themselves--by making a cross-country journey in search of a mysterious man who might have a cure.
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline and her parents have just moved into part of an old house that has been broken up into apartments. There's a door in the stuffy drawing room that opens onto a brick wall, a relic of when this was one house. But one day, when Coraline's mother is gone, Coraline gets the key, opens the door - and there's a hallway. It leads to an apartment that is a mirror of Coraline's, with slight differences. This apartment has good food in the fridge and neat toys in her interesting bedroom. And two parents that pay attention to her, instead of working all time. Parents with black buttons for eyes.
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
There's a whole world under the streets of London, in old tube sewer tunnels. Richard is an inhabitant of London Above, until he helps a girl from London Below escape from people wanting to kill her. After she's gone, Richard wakes up one day and no one sees him: his ex-girlfriend doesn't recognize him, his landlord rents him apartment with him in it, and taxis.
When 19-year-old Jack Dwyer's best friend, Artie, is murdered, Jack is devastated. But Artie's ghost appears to warn Jack about the deadly Prowlers--a gang of werewolves who prey on humans from city to city. First in a series.
  • Gothic!: ten original dark tales edited by Deborah Noyes
Truly creepy stories to keep you awake.
With the help of his servant and an orphan girl, a magician named Valerian searches graveyards, churches, and underground waterways for a book he hopes will save him from a pact he has made with evil.
When sixteen-year-old Blake goes to a mysterious, by-invitation-only carnival he somehow knows that it could save his comatose brother, but soon learns that much more is at stake if he fails to meet the challenge presented there by the beautiful Cassandra.
Darren and his friend Steve sneak out of the house to go see the Cirque du Freak - a freak show. Darren's up-to-now-innocent fascination with spiders turns ugly when he decides to steal the trained deadly spider from the show. The spider's owner is not your average pet owner, though, and crossing him was the worst idea Darren ever had. First in a series.
When fifteen-year-old Doug and his younger sister Colette move with their parents to a forested wilderness area, they encounter some weird creatures whose lives are endangered.
  • Tales of the Vampires by Joss Whedon
Tales of the Vampires presents stories ranging from medieval times to the Depression to today, all intricately woven around Joss Whedon's central story about a group of young Watchers in training.
  • Being Dead by Vivian Vande Velde
Unfinished business keeps them coming back, and if they have to take a living person to finish that business, they will.
  • The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral by Robert Westall
Soon after steeplejack Joe Clarke begins work on one of the spires of Muncaster's medieval cathedral, terrible things start to happen and Joe realizes that there is a malevolent force connected to the spire's gargoyle.
In a darkly Gothic London, Thaniel Fox follows his dead father's footsteps and is a wych-hunter. It's his very dangerous job to hunt down and kill all manner of horrifying beasts. But little does he know that the most horrifying adventure awaits him after he saves a beautiful young woman named Alaizabel Cray, who turns out to be much more than she seems.