October is my favorite month! With Halloween right around the corner, I am inclined to binge on spooky tv, podcasts and books. I am a dyed in the wool skeptic, but I love reading about the paranormal and all things strange and mysterious. If you are craving more strange stories, be sure to check out YA Friday: the 13th for some superstitions and more ghost stories; and our YA Horror staff picks book list for more fiction. Let us know your favorite spooky media in the comments below!
Ghosts Unveiled! by Kerrie Logan Hollihan
Kerrie Logan Hollihan takes a humorous but meticulously researched, well-balanced look at ghost appearances, unsolved mysteries, and eerie hauntings around the world-from the perennial Vanishing Hitchhiker, the child-nabbing La Llorona, and Korean water ghosts to school hauntings and wraiths in the White House (including the well-documented ghost of President Abraham Lincoln).
Jack the Ripper by Michael Burgan
Looks at one of history's most infamous serial killers known for committing gruesome murders in the late nineteenth-century who remains one of the world's most notorious criminals.
The Other Side: A Teen's Guide to Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal by Marley Gibson
Three paranormal investigators impart their wisdom to the next generation of ghost hunters, including information on how to set up a ghost-hunting team, the equipment needed and how to use it, safety, and where to look for spirits.
Missing: Mysterious Cases of People Gone Missing Through the Centuries by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Explores the stories of individuals who have disappeared throughout history, including Jimmy Hoffa, D.B. Cooper, and Amelia Earhart.
Witch-Hunt by Marc Aronson
What happened in Salem? Sifting through the facts, myths, half-truths, misinterpretations and theories the book presents a vivid narrative of one of the mysteries of American history.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reece go to extremes trying to uncover the dark truth about the mysterious disease that has had them quarantined at their boarding school on a Maine island.
Ghost Tree by Bobby Curnow
Seeking a refuge from an unhappy life, Brandt returns to his ancestral home in Japan to find a haunted tree and the departed souls that are drawn to it, including his Grandfather. Getting more involved with the tree's inhabitants he attempts to heal some of history's wounds but will he be able to find any measure of peace for himself when someone special from his past returns?
Dracula by Stacy King
A manga version of the classic.
When All the Girls are Sleeping by Emily Arsenault
When a disturbing video of her late ex-best friend surfaces, making it like look like she was murdered, Haley digs into what really happened and must solve this supernatural mystery before history has a chance to repeat itself.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass
When a murderous ghost begins to haunt sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston, high school soon becomes a different kind of survival game.
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
Two enemy witches must enter into a deadly alliance to take down a tyrant who threatens both their worlds-with unpredictable results.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Jordie Bellaire
A graphic novel based on the classic 90's tv show.