Abbott, Patricia. Shot in Detroit. (2016) “Violet Hart is a photographer who has always returned to cobble out a life for herself in the oddly womblike interiors of Detroit. Nearing forty, she’s keenly aware that the time for artistic recognition is running out. When her lover, Bill, a Detroit mortician, needs a photograph of a body, she agrees to take the picture. It’s an artistic success and Violet is energized by the subject matter, persuading Bill to allow her to take pictures of some of his other “clients,” eventually settling on photographing young, black men. When Violet’s new portfolio is launched, she quickly strikes a deal, agreeing to produce a dozen pictures with a short deadline, confident because dead bodies are commonplace in Detroit and she has access to the city’s most prominent mortician. These demands soon place Violet in the position of having to strain to meet her quota.”–Amazon.com

Ajvide Lindqvist, John. Harbor. (2011) One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their six-year-old daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While the couple explore the lighthouse, Maja disappears — either into thin air or under thin ice — leaving not even a footprint in the snow. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to the island to regroup. He slowly realises that people are not telling him all they know; even his own mother, it seems, is keeping secrets. What is happening in Domaro, and what power does the sea have over the town’s inhabitants?
—.Little Star. (2012) Rescuing and raising an abandoned baby girl in the woods, a man enters the child in a singing competition when she develops an astonishingly beautiful voice, a performance that leads to the girl’s encounter with another youngster with whom she triggers a horrifying force.

Allbritten, Esri. Chihuahua of the Baskervilles. (2011) When the owner of a small-dog clothing catalog reports sightings of a canine ghost who some believe to be a former retail mascot, the eccentric staff of a low-budget paranormal periodical visit Colorado’s Manitou Springs to investigate. First in a series.

Allan, Barbara. Antiques Maul: A Trash ‘N Treasure Mystery. As Halloween approaches, Brandy and her meddling mother must unmask a killer when a body is found at the antiques mall, supposedly mauled to death by a good-natured pit bull, launching an investigation that results in the disappearance of her ten-year-old son. 2nd in a series.

Amis, Kingsley. The Green Man (1969). The alcoholic owner of an English countryside inn divides his time between trying to seduce the female guests and telling tales of ghosts rumored to haunt the inn. After an encounter with a spirit, the man and his cohorts realize that the ghosts are not only real, but after them as well.

Andrews,Donna. Lord of the Wings. Meg Langslow series; bk.19. Reluctantly volunteering her home after a haunted house exhibit burns down during her town’s over-the-top Halloween festival activities, Meg Langslow is challenged to save the day upon discovering a real murder victim among the creepy displays.

Anson,Jay. Amityville Horror (1977). Non-Fiction that’s really scary.

Anthony, Piers. Shade of the Tree. Ghosts of the living and the dead begin to haunt Joshua Pinson and his two children when he moves to a mysterious estate left to him by his eccentric uncle.

Armstrong, Kelly. Bitten. Excellent debut revolving around the only female werewolf and her pack.

Arsenault, Emily. The Evening Spider (2016). In 1855 New England, young mother Frances Barnett’s obsession with the details of a local murder trial lead her to a mental institution, while in the present day, young mother Abby Bernacki discovers Barnett’s diary and finds unsettling parallels with her own life.

Austen, Jane & Seth Grahame-Smith. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: A Classic Regency Romance–now with ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem. Followed by Dawn of the Dreadfuls (2010).

Austin, John. So Now You’re a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead (2010) . Humorous look at the undead phenomenon.

Bachman, Richard (AKA Stephen King). Thinner. Classic Stephen King.
—.Roadwork (1981)

Banerjee, Anjali. Haunting Jasmine. (2011) A call from the past brings divorcee Jasmine Mistry home to Shelter Island to run her beloved aunt’s bookstore, which has always been rumored to be haunted. Jasmine embarks on a mystical journey, guided by the highly emotional spirits of long-dead authors.

Barker, Clive. Great and Secret Show (1989). One of the greats in horror–the very best in short story form.

Barlow, Toby. Sharp Teeth (2008) An ancient race of lycanthropes have survived to the present day.

Barry, Brunonia. The Fifth Petal (2017) When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft.

Beagle, Peter.A Fine and Private Place (1994) . A kindly raven brings food to and is the companion of a man who has taken refuge in an abandoned mausoleum in a New York City cemetery for nineteen years.

Bennett, Robert Jackson. American Elsewhere. (2013) Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. When ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother’s home in Wink, New Mexico, she learns that the people of Wink are very, very different…

Bierce, Ambrose. Ghost and Horror Stories of Ambrose Bierce (1964).

Black, Campbell. Letters From the Dead (1985) . MYSTERY. The innocent game of two teenagers, Lindy and Tommy, the children of divorcees, Rosie and Martha, with a Ouija board releases a sinister spirit in their vacation home, a dark force that draws the teenagers and their mothers into a perilous circle of evil.

Black, Levi. Red Right Hand. (2016) Charlie isn’t a hero–she’s a survivor, always wrestling with the demons from her past. Arriving home one night, she finds herself attacked by three monstrous skinhounds straight out of a nightmare. Just when she’s about to give up hope, she is saved by a sinister Man in Black, dressed in a dark coat that seems to have a life of its own and wielding a black-bladed sword in his red right hand. In exchange for her rescue, the Man in Black, a diabolical elder god, demands her service as his Acolyte and her involvement in a dark magick she never knew she possessed. To ensure her obedience, he takes her best friend Daniel hostage. As Acolyte, Charlie must help track down and destroy the other elder gods, which the Man in Black says will save humanity from being devoured. But is the Man in Black truly the lesser of two evils? Or is he a menace more treacherous than the eldritch horrors she’s battling in his name?

Blackwell, Juliet. If Walls Could Talk: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery. (2010)
—.Dead Bolt; bk.2 (2011) in series.

Blake, Heather. Ghost of a Potion: Magic Potion Mystery. (2015) #3 series.

Blatty, William Peter. The Exorcist (1971). Remains a Classic scare for a reason.

Bohjalian, Chris. The Night Strangers (2011) A riveting and dramatic ghost story: In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. The home’s new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters. Together they hope to rebuild their lives there after Chip, an airline pilot, had to ditch his 70-seat regional jet in Lake Champlain after double engine failure. Unlike the Miracle on the Hudson, however, most of the passengers aboard Flight 1611 died on impact or were drowned. The body count? Thirty-nine, a coincidence not lost on Chip when he discovers the number of bolts in that basement door. Meanwhile, Emily finds herself wondering about the women in this sparsely populated White Mountain village, self-proclaimed herbalists, and their interest in her fifth-grade daughters. Are the women mad? Or is it her husband, in the wake of the tragedy, whose grip on sanity has become desperately tenuous? The result is a powerful ghost story with a palpable sense of place, an unerring sense of the demons that drive us, and characters we care about deeply. The difference this time? Some of those characters are dead.

Borchardt, Alice. Silver Wolf. Followed by Night of the Wolf and The Wolf King. Werewolves and great sexual tension.

Boyd, Donna. The Passion. Werewolves at their attractive best in the Devoncroix Duo.

Bradbury, Ray. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962).

Brett, Peter V. The Warded Man: The Demon Cycle; bk.1 (2009) FANTASY. As darkness falls each night, demons known as the corelings rise, and three young survivors of demon attacks risk everything to recover the secrets of the past to defeat the corelings and stop their relentless assault against humans.
The Desert Spear (2010) & The Daylight War (2013)

Brite, Poppy Z. Exquisite Corpse (1996) . Escaping from prison and joining forces with a playboy murderer, serial killer Andrew Compton targets a young runaway boy as an ideal victim in his quest to perfect the art of creative killing.

Brooks, Max. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. (2006) Basis for the FILM.

Boone, Ezekiel. The Hatching (2016) & Skitter (2017). “The 1st & 2nd in a horror trilogy about an ancient race of carnivorous spiders who emerge from the center of the earth after being dormant for over ten thousand years”– Provided by publisher

Brown, Ryan. Play Dead (2010) . For the first time in Killington High School history, the Jackrabbits football team is one win away from the district championship where it will face its most vicious rival. On the way to the game, the Jackrabbits’ bus plunges into a river, killing every player except for bad-boy quarterback Cole Logan who is certain the crash was no accident. Bent on payback, Cole turns to a mysterious fan skilled in black magic to resurrect his teammates. But unless the undead Jackrabbits defeat their murderous rival on the field, the team is destined for hell. — from publisher description.

Buehlman, Christopher. Those Across the River (2012) Moving to rural Georgia, a failed academic plans to write a history of his family’s old plantation and the horrors that occurred there but instead discovers a sense of unspoken dread among the townspeople and a long-standing debt of blood.

Burley, W.J. Wycliffe and the Scapegoat (1978). Mystery #8 in the series.

Butcher, Jim. Ghost Story. (2011) “In his life, Harry’s been shot, stabbed, sliced, beaten, burned, crushed, and tortured. And after someone puts a bullet through his chest and leaves him to die in the waters of Lake Michigan, things really start going downhill. But even trapped in the realm between life and death, Harry can’t catch a break…So the late Harry Dresden will have to pull off the ultimate trick without using any magic–or face an eternity as just another lost soul”–Provided by publisher. Highly recommended that if you are unfamiliar with this series, you start with the first, Storm Front (2007).

Butler, Octavia. Fledgling (2005) Vampire horror

Cadnum, Michael. Horses of the Night (1993). tratton Fields leads a seemingly happy life, but he is plagued by occupational jealousy, the madness of his mother, and the gambling debts of his brother.

Cain, L.X. Bloodwalker. (2016) Lightning flashes. Another child disappears … Zorka Circus’s big top roars with laughter and cheers, but when it moves on, children vanish. Circus Security Chief Rurik suspects a killer hides among the performers, but they close ranks–they’ve always viewed lightning-scarred Rurik as the monster. He must find the culprit before anyone else disappears and his home is destroyed by the murders. Into Zorka Circus comes the Skomori clan, despised as gravedigging ghouls. A one-day truce allows bloodwalker Sylvie to marry. Instead, she finds a body. Alerting others will defy her clan’s strict code, break the truce, and leave her an outcast. When more bodies turn up, the killer’s trail becomes impossible to ignore. Rurik and Sylvie must follow the clues–even if they lead to something unimaginable ..

Campbell, Ramsey, almost anything–short stories and novels. The Kind Folk (2016)

Carey, M.R. Fellside. (2016) Confronting the possibility that she might be forced to spend the rest of her life in a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, Jess Moulson discovers that the prison is haunted by the ghost of a little boy who imparts a chilling message.

Carrington, Tori. Working Stiff: A Sofie Metropolis Novel Sofie’s latest adventure takes place just before Halloween. #4 in humorous series.

Chupeco. Ron. The Girl from the Well. (2014) Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

Clark, Francis. Waking Brigid (2008) Horror in late 1800s Georgia

Coffman, Elaine. The Return of Black Douglas (2011) HISTORICAL ROMANCE “Longing for a man like Mr. Darcy and haunted by the feeling she was born two hundred years too late, Isobella Douglas never dreamed she would get what she wished for– until she was hurled back five centuries to the Isle of Mull in the year 1515. She arrived in the midst of a battle between the Mackinnon’s and Maclean’s, only to be abandoned there by the capricious ghost of Black Douglas. “–from author’s web site.

Collins, Nancy A., excellent short horror stories, and check out the Sonja Blue vampire series.

Color of Evil. (2016) ed. David G. Hartwell. Short Stories.

Coyne, John. Hobgoblin (1981). Scott Gardiner–shattered by his father’s death, harassment by classmates, and his mother’s involvement with a colleague researching the heritage of an ancient castle–slips gradually into a horrifying world of dreams.

Crawford, Isis. A Catered Halloween: A Mystery with Recipes (2008). The Simmons sisters, Libby and Bernie, owners of A Little Taste of Heaven, are ecstatic to cater the Halloween festivities at the Peabody School, a place rumored to be haunted. Businessman Mark Kane is going all out to include construction of a haunted house with high tech special effects that a Hollywood horror movie would envy. The event promises to be absolutely stunning–that is until the torso and severed head of Amethyst Applegate ends up on the caterers’ table. Series#5. Also A Catered Costume Party(2016) #13.

Cutter, Nick. The Troop (2014) During a camping trip, on an uninhabited island off the coast of Prince Edward Island, Tim and his boy scout troop encounter an unexpected intruder who’s bioengineered body spreads horror faster than fear.
—.Little Heaven (2017)

Darnielle, John. Universal Harvester. (2017) Jeremy works at the counter of Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa. This is the late 1990s, pre-DVD, and the Hollywood Video in Ames poses an existential threat to Video Hut. It’s good enough for Jeremy: it’s a job; it’s quiet and regular; he gets to watch movies; he likes the owner, Sarah Jane; it gets him out of the house, where he and his dad try to avoid missing Mom, who died six years ago in a car wreck. But when Stephanie Parsons, a local schoolteacher, comes in to return her copy of Targets, starring Boris Karloff–she has an odd complaint: “There’s something on it,” she says, but doesn’t elaborate. Two days later, Lindsey Redinius brings back She’s All That, a new release, and complains that there’s something wrong with it: “There’s another movie on this tape.” So Jeremy takes a look. And indeed, in the middle of the movie the screen blinks dark for a moment and She’s All That is replaced by a black-and-white scene, shot in a barn, with only the faint sounds of someone breathing. Four minutes later, She’s All That is back. But there is something profoundly disturbing about that scene; Jeremy’s compelled to watch it three or four times. The scenes recorded onto Targets are similar, undoubtedly created by the same hand. Creepy. And the barn looks a lot like a barn just outside of town. And all of a sudden, what had once been the placid, regular old Iowa fields and farmhouses now feels haunted and threatening, imbued with loss and instability and profound foreboding. For Jeremy, and all those around him, life will never be the same.

Davis, Krista. The Diva Haunts the House: Domestic Diva #5 (2011) MYSTERY. While preparing for a community haunted house, domestic diva Sophie Winston becomes trapped in a web of mystery and murder after a party guest of rival domestic diva Natasha is found dead with two puncture wounds on his neck. Agatha Best Novel 2012 Nominee
The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer. Paws & Claws; bk.2

Donohue, Keith. The Motion of Puppets. (2016) “In the Old City of Québec, Kay Harper falls in love with a puppet in the window of the Quatre Mains, a toy shop that is never open. She is spending her summer working as an acrobat with the cirque while her husband, Theo, is translating a biography of the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Late one night, Kay fears someone is following her home. Surprised to see that the lights of the toy shop are on and the door is open, she takes shelter inside. The next morning Theo wakes up to discover his wife is missing. Under police suspicion and frantic at her disappearance, he obsessively searches the streets of the Old City. Meanwhile, Kay has been transformed into a puppet, and is now a prisoner of the back room of the Quatre Mains, trapped with an odd assemblage of puppets from all over the world who can only come alive between the hours of midnight and dawn. The only way she can return to the human world is if Theo can find her and recognize her in her new form. So begins a dual odyssey: of a husband determined to find his wife, and of a woman trapped in a magical world where her life is not her own”–Provided by publisher.

Drake, Shannon (Heather Graham). The Awakening. (2003) Alliance Vampires; bk.5. Megan O’Casey and her husband Finn still make good music together. Which is why they head to Salem, Massachusetts, Megan’s hometown; booked to perform a weeklong series of concerts culminating on Halloween? But as soon as they arrive, Finn seems different; sensual beyond belief one moment; cold and ruthless the next. As the full moon approaches, Megan senses that she, too, is in mortal danger.

Due, Tananarive. Try Devil’s Wake (2012)–the first in a Zombie duology with husband Steven Barnes. The eeriness of Devil’s Wake begins a week after tomorrow. An unprecedented infection has swept across the world, bringing an epidemic of mindless biting attacks from the infected that leave their victims “changed.” Society has broken down. The victims are more than mindless zombies. They are the result of a sinister alien life-form in the wake of the aliens’ insidious plot, humanity ultimately becomes enmeshed in a brutal struggle for control of its home, planet Earth. Part Dawn of the Dead and part Road Warrior, Devil’s Wake is a testimony to courage, friendship, and the power of faith. Horrifying and heartbreaking, exciting and challenging, it is a compelling, brilliant story on the edge of what could be the end of it all”– Provided by publisher.

Dunnett, Kaitlyn. Vampires, Bones and Treacle Scones: Liss MacCrimmon #7 (2013) MYSTERY. Halloween is approaching and newlywed Liss MacCrimmon Ruskin is tapped by the Moosetookalook Small Business Association to organize a community fundraiser. Liss throws herself into plans to turn an abandoned mansion into a “haunted house.” And then, to Liss’ horror, the fake skeleton she’s acquired for a special effect is replaced with a real body — and it’s someone she knows.

Elrod, P.N. My Big, Fat, Supernatural Wedding (2006) & My Big, Fat, Supernatural Honeymoon. (2008) Short Stories

Erskine, Barbara. House of Echoes (1996) . Romance with vampires.

Farris, John. You Don’t Scare Me (2007). Ten years after the death of her evil stepfather, Crow Tillman, twenty-four-year-old Chase Emrick remains haunted by the horrors of her past until she meets Adam Cameron, but to beat Crow once and for all they both must confront a netherworld of horror

Ferris, Monica. Blackwork. Needlecraft Mystery (2009); bk.13. It’s Halloween-and Betsy Devonshire, owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, is haunted by murder. In the town of Excelsior, Minnesota, Leona Cunningham, owner of a popular microbrewery, is a practitioner of Wicca, the nature-based religion often mistaken for black magic. But that doesn’t bother the thirsty crowds. Then, after one too many pints, a local blames Leona for the series of “accidents” that have happened throughout town. When he ends up dead without a mark on his body, Leona’s the main suspect. But Betsy’s on the case, and that spells trouble for the killer.

Flower, Amanda. Murder in A Basket: An India Hayes Mystery. (2012) College librarian and struggling artist India Hayes isn’t sure how her older sister Carmen talked her into managing a face-painting booth at the Stripling, Ohio, Founders’ Day Festival or how Carmen convinced her to wear the pink gingham pioneer dress, including mobcap and granny boots, but that’s where she finds herself in a chilly October just before Halloween. India’s annoyance turns to suspicion as she discovers the body of Zen-like basket weaver, Tess Ross, on the festival grounds. #2 in series.

Forry, Lauren A. Abigale Hall (2017) Historical ghost story. A creepy psychological thriller in a Victorian gothic tradition that recalls Shirley Jackson.

Freedman, Dave. Natural Selection (2006). Monsters in CA

Freydont, Shelley. Halloween Murder: A Lindy Haggerty Mystery (2002). #4 in series. Asked to direct a theatrical revue for the Mischief Night Marathon, former dancer and amateur sleuth Linda Haggerty finds herself investigating a series of bizarre and frightening practical jokes that turns deadly.

Frost, Mark. List of 7 (1993). Arthur Conan Doyle supernatural Mystery series.

Gaiman, Neil. Neverwhere (1997). Helping a young woman who lies dirty and bleeding in the street leads the main character into London Below–the long-forgotten parts of historic London–a place so overrun with monsters that it is terrifying (Novelist, 10/2/02).
—.The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013) It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

Ghost Stories (2002). Everyman’s Library edition includes Robert Louis Stevenson, Ray Bradbury and Edith Wharton among many others.

Glidewell, Jeanne. Haunted: A Lexie Starr Mystery Novel (2012). Stone Van Patten has recently renovated an old mansion in the historic region of the small town of Rockdale, Missouri and turned it into a thriving bed and breakfast. Stone’s girlfriend Lexie Starr and her daughter decide to promote the inn by turning it into a haunted house for Halloween. When the young man Lexie hires to dress as a vampire turns up dead in a makeshift coffin, Lexie decides to get involved with the murder investigation. Series#3.

Golden, Christopher. Ararat. (2017) “When a newly engaged couple climbs Mount Ararat in Turkey, an avalanche forces them to seek shelter inside a massive cave uncovered by the snow fall. The cave is actually an ancient, buried ship that many quickly come to believe is really Noah’s Ark. But when a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark for the first time, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses … and when they break it open, they find that the cadaver within is an ugly, misshapen thing … and it has horns. A massive blizzard blows in, trapping them in that cave thousands of meters up the side of a remote mountain … but they are not alone”– Provided by publisher.

Goshgarian, Gary. The Stone Circle (1997). When professor of archaeology, Peter Van Zandt, hurries to uncover a circle of stones on a Massachusetts island where a casino is to be built, he finds himself catapulted into a menacing nightmare world that demands the ultimate sacrifice.

Grace, Margaret. (Camille Minichino) Monster in Miniature (2010). –Gerldine Porter mystery#5.

Graham, Lorna. The Ghost of Greenwich Village. (2011) A young woman moves to Manhattan seeking romance and excitement, only to find that her apartment is haunted by the ghost of a cantankerous Beat Generation writer in need of a rather huge favor.

Grahame-Smith, Seth. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. (2010) What if? mashup from author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on this list.

Grant, Helen The Glass Demon (2011) . When seventeen-year-old Lin and her family move to an ancient German castle for a year while her medievalist father searches for the famed Allerheiligen glass–lost stained glass windows that are said to be haunted by a terrifying demon–she becomes involved in a horrific murder mystery.

Grant, Mira. Feed (2010) The newsflesh trilogy; bk. 1–combining zombies & SF Deadline (2011). bk.2 Blackout. (2012) bk.3

Haines, Carolyn. Hallowed Bones(2004). Southern ghost story mystery; #5. Sarah Booth Delaney is both a Southern lady and a skilled detective, but her latest case takes her into the murky world of New Orleans where motives for murder, and a list of suspects, are numerous.

Halloween Horrors (1996). Short stories.

Hambly, Barbara. Those Who Hunt the Night (1988). Vampires, of course. James Asher, Vampire, series #1
—.Renfield: Slave of Dracula (2006)..

Hamilton, Laurell K. Guilty Pleasures (1993). First in a series of mystery, romance & suspense combined with vampires & the occult.

Harper, Karen. Return to Grace. (2012) Romantic Suspense. Having fled her Amish community to pursue her dreams of a singing career, Hannah Esh returns with four friends to the Amish graveyard near her family home for a Halloween party. But when shots are fired and one of her friends is killed, Hannah is pulled back into the world of her past. Caught between her former betrothed Seth Lantz and FBI agent Linc Armstrong, between old and new, between Amish and worldly, Hannah must choose her future. Unless a killer, bent on secrecy, chooses it for her.

Harris, Thomas. His Hannibal Lector series is one of the scariest trilogies in existence. Begin with Hannibal Rising (2006).

Hart, Carolyn G. Ghost at Work: A Ruth Bailey Mystery (2008) First in series. When the pastor’s wife discovers a murdered body on her porch, ghost sleuth Bailey Ruth Raeburn applies her beyond-the-grave talents for solving puzzles to keep suspicion from falling on the innocent pastor. By the author of Murder Walks the Plank.

Harwood, John. The Ghost Writer(2004). Timid, solitary librarian Gerard Freeman lives for just two things: his elusive pen pal Alice and a story he found hidden in his mother s drawer years ago. Written by his great-grandmother Viola, it hints at his mother’s role in a sinister crime. And as he discovers more of Viola s chilling tales, he realizes that they might hold the key to finding Alice and unveiling his family’s mystery or will they bring him the untimely death they seem to foretell?

Hendrix, Grady. My Best Friend’s Exorcism (2016) 1988. Charleston, South Carolina. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinnydipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act–different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries–and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?

Hill, Joe. Heart-Shaped Box (2007) A collector of obscure and macabre artifacts, unscrupulous metal band musician Judas Coyne is unable to resist purchasing a ghost over the Internet, which turns out to be the vengeful spirit of his late girlfriend’s stepfather.
—.Horns (2010). After his childhood sweetheart is brutally killed and suspicion falls on him, Ig Parrish goes on a drinking binge and wakes up with horns on his head, hate in his heart, and an incredible new power which he uses in the name of vengeance.
—.NOS4AS (2013) When Charles Talent Manx, an unstoppable monster who transforms children into his own terrifying likeness, kidnaps her son, Victoria McQueen, the only person to ever escape his unmitigated evil, must engage in a life-and-death battle of wills to get her son back.
—.The Fireman (2016). The Fireman is a novel that will keep you up reading all night. No one really knows where the deadly Dragonscale spore originated but many theories abound. The most likely is that as the planet heats up, the spore is released into the atmosphere. Harper Willowes is a young, pregnant nurse who risks her own health to tend to others. (Novelist 9/08/17)

Hockensmith, Steve. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. (2010) Austen and Horror mash-up continues (See Austen on this list.) with great illustrations.

Holmes, E.E. The Spirit Legacy: Gateway Trilogy; bk.1 (2013) College student Jess Ballard’s mother has gone-dead under mysterious circumstances; her life uprooted to stay with estranged relatives she’s never met; and … and there’s something odd about some of the people she’s been meeting at school: They’re dead! Aided by Tia, her neurotic roommate, and Dr. David Pierce, a ghost-hunting professor, Jess must unravel the mystery behind her hauntings.

Horror Writers’ Association Presents Blood Lite: An Anthology of Humorous Horror Stories (2008)

Hubbard, Susan. The Society of S (2007) . Trilogy#1
—.Year of Disappearances (2008) Trilogy#2. Different take on Vampires & coming of age

Jackson, Shirley. Haunting of Hill House (1959). An 80-year-old mansion harboring dark secrets comes to menacing life in this classic spine-tingling tale.

James, M. R. Casting the runes. (2002) Classic Ghost Stories.

Keene, Brian. The Rising (2003). Great Zombie action
—.Darkness on the Edge of Town (2010)

Kenyon, Nate. Bloodstone (2006) In the New England town of White Falls, an ancient evil is awakened, spreading madness from neighbor to neighbor as the dead watch, hidden by the growing darkness

Kenyon, Sherrilyn. Dark-Hunter Vampire tales of love and terror. Begin with Fantasy Lover (2002).

Kessler, Kate. Two Can Play: An Audrey Harte novel (2016) :#2 “Halloween is approaching, and criminal psychologist Audrey Harte has been hired by the prosecution to help prepare for the trial of 19-year-old serial killer Ian “Boy Scout” Monroe. His one surviving victim, Tori Scott, is the star witness, but when someone begins killing with Monroe’s M.O., the authorities — and Audrey — begin to wonder if Monroe had a partner. Keeping Tori safe is the main concern, but Audrey has also attracted the copy-cat’s attention. Audrey is drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, and when someone close to her is abducted by the killer, Audrey has no choice but to play”– Provided by publisher.

King, Stephen. There is good reason for this prolific writer’s reputation. Start with Carrie (1974), if you don’t believe!

King, Tabitha. Candles Burning (2006). Seven-year-old Calley Dakin is daddy’s little girl, but her well-born mother persists in her contempt for the Dakin name. When her daddy is tortured and murdered by two women with no discernible motivation, Calley and her mother find themselves caught up in inexplicable events that exile them to Pensacola Beach. There another woman awaits their presence, a woman who knows what Calley is and who seeks to control her. For Calley is no ordinary little girl.

Klause, Annette Curtis. Blood and Chocolate (1997). Werewolf Sexual Tension.

Klavan, Andrew. Animal Hour (1993). When Nancy Kincaid arrives at her downtown office, she is chased from her building by her colleagues, who claim that they have never seen her before, while photographer Zach Perkins turns up missing after the headless corpse of a woman is found in his bed.

Koike, Mariko. The Graveyard Apartment. (2016) “Originally published in Japan in 1986, Koike’s novel is the suspenseful tale of a young family that believes it has found the perfect home to grow into, only to realize that the apartment’s idyllic setting harbors the specter of evil and that longer they stay, the more trapped they become.”– Provided by publisher.

Koontz, Dean. Another master of the truly scary, Phantoms (1983) is a great start: They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred and fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California. At first they thought it was the work of a maniac. Or terrorists. Or toxic contamination. Or a bizarre new disease. But then they found the truth. And they saw it in the flesh. And it was worse than anything any of them had ever imagined.
—.Or his re-visioning of Frankenstein. Start with Frankenstein: Prodigal Son (2005).
—.The Dead Town (2011). #5 in the series. The war against humanity is raging. As the small town of Rainbow Falls, Montana, comes under siege, scattered survivors come together to weather the onslaught of the creatures set loose upon the world. As they ready for battle against overwhelming odds, they will learn the full scope of Victor Frankenstein’s nihilistic plan to remake the future–and the terrifying reach of his shadowy, powerful supporters. Now the good will make their last, best stand. In a climax that will shatter every expectation, their destinies and the fate of humanity hang in the balance.

Koryta, Michael. So Cold the River. (2010) After he is hired by Alyssa Bradford to research the life of her 95-year-old billionaire father-in-law, Eric Shaw visits the man’s hometown, where he discovers a restored hotel that has a checkered past–and a newly reawakened evil bent on revenge.
—.The Ridge (2011). For years, a lighthouse at the top of a hill called Blade Ridge has lit up the surrounding woods. But when the lighthouse keeper is found dead, strange things begin happening to the people and animals in the area.

Kostova, Elizabeth. The Historian (2006) Excellent Literary vampire horror.

Laurie, Victoria. Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls: A Ghost Hunter Mystery. (2011) While in Ireland at the haunted ruins of Dunlow Castle, M. J. and the crew of “Ghoul Getters” face their most dangerous foe yet in the form of a deadly phantom who is guarding a hidden treasure. #5 in series–start with What’s a Ghoul to Do?

Lavalle, Victor D. The Devil in Silver. (2012) A big, violent troublemaker named Pepper finds himself locked up in a mental hospital, where the police can place him with a minimum of paperwork. The hearing he’s supposed to receive within 72 hours keeps being delayed for obscure reasons, and it’s almost as if he’s reliving Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Laymon, Richard. Try The Lake (2005) Gory scary. Keep the lights on.

Lee, Patrick. Ghost Country (2011) . What Paige Campbell saw when she opened a door into seventy years from now scared the hell out of her. She and her Tangent colleagues brought their terrible discovery to the President–and were met with a hail of automatic gunfire after leaving the White House. Only Paige survived. Fearing a terrifying personal destiny revealed to him from the other side of the Breach, Travis Chase abandoned Tangent . . . and Paige Campbell. Now he must rescue her–because Paige knows tomorrow’s world is desolate and dead, a ghost country scattered with the bones of billions. And Doomsday will dawn in just four short months . . . unless they can find the answers buried in the ruins to come. But once they cross the nightmare border into Ghost Country, they might never find their way back . . . — publisher.

Lennon, J. F. Soul Trapper (2011) Kane Pryce is a twenty-seven-year-old Hollywood musician, and occasional substance abuser. Like a lot of slackers, he is also a hopeless romantic. But unlike all the rest of them, he possesses a treasure of other worldly power – a supernaturally charged object called the Soul Trap that allows him to hunt down, capture, and send ghosts from the earthly realm to the afterlife. As an underground legend, Kane attracts the attention of Eva Kells, a crack reporter. Kane is persuaded to let her into his life, and the sparks soon fly. Risking his heart is soon the least of Kane’s worries after he receives a call from a terrified priest desperate to rid his church of a deceased little boy’s soul who won’t pass on. A nail-biting, darkly humorous tale that will dazzle fans of “World of Warcraft”, “Medium”, “Ghost Whisperer”, and other iconic fantasy adventure title…(NoveList Plus 10/18/11)

Levin, Ira. Rosemary’s Baby (1967). The grandmother of all demonic possession books.

Levine, Laura. Death of a Neighborhood Witch. (2012) When Cryptessa Muldoon, a Hollywood has-been who spends her days making enemies with everyone on the street, is found murdered on Halloween night, Jaine Austen, to prove her own innocence, must unmask a killer among a neighborhood filled with suspects. #11 Jaine Austen series.

Little, Bentley. The Academy (2008) Good vs evil in high school

Logan, Kylie. The Legend of Sleepy Harlow. (2014) League of Literary Ladies Mystery; bk.3

Lumley, Brian. A riveting series, Necroscope (1995) is probably the best of the bunch–for vampire thrills.

Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius. Edited by John Joseph Adams. (2013) An anthology of original horror tales featuring “evil genius” archetype characters intent on ruling the world features contributions by Diana Gabaldon, Daniel Wilson, and Austin Grossman.

Marasco, Robert. Burnt Offerings (1973). As gruesome as the name implies.

Marion, Isaac. Warm Bodies (2012) . A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love with a human, in this original debut novel. R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Not just another zombie novel, this is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

Masterton, Graham. Brutally clever scary.

Matheson, Richard specializes in ordinary people caught up in terrifying situations. Try his short stories in The Box (2008).

McBain, Ed. Tricks: An 87th Precinct Novel (1987). Police procedural.

McCammon, Robert R. Boy’s Life (1991). A twelve-year-old’s father finds a dead man handcuffed to a car’s steering wheel that has plunged into Zephyr’s Lake in 1964, and they realize that all is not as it seems in their quiet town.

McGrath, Patrick, start with The Grotesque (1989) but try them all.

McGuire, Seanan. Down Among the Sticks and Bones. (2017) (2016). “Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children … Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter–polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline. Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter–adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got. They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted. They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.”– Dust jacket flap. #2 series–First is Every Heart a Doorway

McKevett, G.A. Poisoned Tarts: A Savannah Reid Mystery. (2008). As Halloween approaches, P.I. Savannah Reid finds herself knee-deep in tricks and treats when a member of The Skeleton Key Three, a celebutante clique, goes missing, and the wealthy host of the annual Halloween bash is murdered. #13 in the series.

Meier, Leslie. Wicked Witch Murder: a Lucy Stone Mystery (2010). bk.16
—.Candy Corn Murder (2015). Lucy Stone; bk.22.

Moorat, A.E. Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter. (2009) Great mash-up of biography and fantasy.

Moore, Christopher. Bloodsucking Fiends (1995), You Suck (2007), and Bite Me (2010) . Humorous and absurd vampire love stories.

Murphy, C.E. Walking Dead (2009) Urban Fantasy.Walker Papers; bk.4

Mugavero, Liz. A Biscuit, a Casket. (2014) Pawsatively Organic Mystery; bk.2

Nasaw, Jonathan Lewis. The World on Blood. Mystery.

Nevill, Adam. Last Days. (2012) Filmmaker Kyle Freeman is shooting a documentary on the cult The Temple of Last Days, whose members had all been murdered thirty years before. When Kyle interviews those involved in the case, those who haven’t broken silence in decades, a series of uncanny events plague the shoots. Troubling out-of-body experiences, nocturnal visitations, the sudden demise of their interviewees, and the discovery of ghastly artifacts make Kyle question what exactly it is the cult has awoken…as well as its interest in him.

Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror. (2016) ed. By Ellen Datlow. Short Stories

Novak, Chase. Breed. (2012) A couple obsessed with their infertility travels to Slovenia to have an unusual and painful procedure that results in horrible consequences they manage to hide until their twins, Adam and Alice, turn ten years old and start asking questions.

Oates, Joyce Carol. (AKA Rosamund Smith) As Oates look for Zombie (1995) and Bellefleur (1980) among others to chill you.

O’Brien, Rory. Gallows Hill. (2014) Murder mystery set in modern day Salem during Halloween.

Olde Heuvelt, Thomas. Hex (2016) “Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s beds for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear. The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated by being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers, decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.”–Jacket.

On a Raven’s Wing: New Tales in Honor of Edgar Allen Poe (2009). ed. Stuart M. Kaminsky.

O’Nan, Stewart. The Night Country, or, the Darkness on the Edge of Town (2003). Modern New England Ghost story.

Pekearo, Nicholas. The Wolfman. (2009). Like generations of his ancestors before him, Marlowe Higgins is a werewolf–but he manages to assuage his thirst for human blood each full moon by killing only the worst members of society. With clues he extracts from a detective friend, Higgins investigates unsolved crimes and then attacks the perpetrators in lupine form. When his hit on a serial killer goes tragically awry, Higgins becomes even more determined to kill the killer–leading to an unforgettable confrontation.

Perreti, Frank E. & Ted Dekker. House (2006). Very Haunted.

Perry, Carol J. Caught Dead Handed. Witch City Mystery (2014); bk.1 She’s not a psychic–she just plays one on TV. Most folks associate the city of Salem, Massachusetts with witches, but for Lee Barrett, it’s home. This October she’s returned to her hometown–where her beloved Aunt Ibby still lives–to interview for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV. But the only opening is for a call-in psychic to host the late night horror movies. It seems the previous host, Ariel Constellation, never saw her own murder coming. Lee reluctantly takes the job, but when she starts seeing real events in the obsidian ball she’s using as a prop, she wonders if she might really have psychic abilities. Also Grave Errors (2017) #5

Perry, Leigh. The Skeleton Haunts a House:Family Skeleton Mystery (2015) #3 series

Pickard, Nancy. Twilight (2005). #10 Jenny Cain Mystery.

Poe, Edgar Allan. Tales of Poe (1979) is a nice beginning.

Priest, Cherie. The Family Plot. (2016) Dahlia Dutton’s father is thrilled when the aged and esteemed Augusta Winthrow appears in his office and makes a deal for his company, Music City Salvage, to take over and liquidate her massive family estate in Chattanooga. He gives the job to Dahlia, who gathers a crew and a couple of trucks and heads for the estate–an ancient house, a barn, a carriage house, and a small, overgrown cemetery that Augusta Winthrow left out of the paperwork. She left out a lot of things. Although in unusually great shape, the empty house is harboring something angry and lost, and this is its last chance to raise hell before the house is gone forever. After all, there’s still room in the strange little family plot. — adapted from book jacket.

Priest, Christopher. The Prestige (1996). Excellent movie too, Obsessive Magicians

Prouty, Royce. Stoker’s Manuscript. (2013) “Joseph Barkeley gets more than he bargains for when he agrees to authenticate the original manuscript of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and personally transport it to Romania”

Rice, Anne. Interview With the Vampire (1976) is just the beginning of a repertoire of solidly sensual and thrilling vampire and witch tales (The Witching Hour [1990]).

Roberts, Gillian. Hole in Juan: An Amanda Pepper Mystery (2006). #13 in series.

Rowland, Diana. My Life as a White Trash Zombie (2011) . “Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She’s a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she’s made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay ‘alive’”–From amazon.com

Saul, John. The Right Hand of Evil (1999) is one of his classics–Don’t turn out the light. . . . Just as their troubled marriage is reaching the breaking point, Ted and Janet Conway receive tragic news that unexpectedly gives them a chance to start again. After the lingering death of his estranged aunt, Ted inherits the Conway home in the small Louisiana town of St. Albans, an imposing structure that has been in the family for more than a century…But the house has a life of its own. Abandoned for the last forty years, surrounded by thick trees and a stifling sense of melancholy, the sprawling three-story Victorian house seems to swallow up the sunlight, along with people’s lives. For deep within the cold cellar and etched into the very walls is a long, dark history of the Conway name–a grim bloodline poisoned by suicide, strange disappearances, voodoo rituals, and rumors of murder. But the Conways know nothing of the soul-shattering secrets that snake through generations of their family’s past. They do not know that terror awaits them . . . – from the back cover

Schlozman, Steven C. The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse (2011). Based on the research of renowned zombie expert Dr. Stanley Blum, performed at a remote island where a crack medical team has been sent to explore a radical theory that may lead to a cure for the zombie epidemic, this notebook documents for the first time the unique biology of zombie organisms.

Sigler, Scott. Ancestor. (2010) Horror in the Frankenstein/cloning tradition with SF twists.

Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort (1989). Vampires.
—.The Terror (2007). A story of the 1840s Franklin expedition and its doomed search for the Northwest Passage. Some of the men perish from the cold or poisoned food, and madness after being shipwrecked for two years, while others are killed by a monstrous creature.

Sokoloff,Alexandra. The Harrowing (2006). Ghost Story

Small, Bertrice. Moment in Time (1991) . Romantic witchcraft.

Smith, Rosamond. (AKA Joyce Carol Oates).

Spruill, Steven G. Rulers of Darkness (1995) is the first in a nicely done vampire series.

Stein, Jeanne C. The Becoming:Anna Strong Chronicles; (2006) bk.1 Vampire Hunter

Stoker, Bram. Dracula (1897).

Straub, Peter. Ghost Story (1979) is a great place to start, or Magic Terror (2000) for short stories that will curl your hair.

Strieber, Whitley. Billy (1990). This suspenseful thriller provides a chilling glimpse into the soul of a psychopath who abducts a well-adjusted twelve-year-old and holds him prisoner. (Novelist Plus 9/16/17)

Swanson, Denise. Murder of a Royal Pain Scumble River Mystery (2009). #11 in the series.

Tremblay, Paul. Disappearance at Devil’s Rock. (2017) When her fourteen-year-old son disappears during a summer sleepover at Devil’s Rock, Elizabeth and other residents of the town begin to see his ghost throughout the town, which leads her to believe that he is dead. She tries to maintain a sense of calm to help her younger daughter, Katie, but her anxiety builds when she begins to find crumpled pages of Tommy’s journal which contain disturbing connections between Tommy’s father’s death, a stranger named Arnold, and a macabre folk tale.

Tripp, Ben. The Fifth House of the Heart (2015) “Filled with characters as menacing as they are memorable, this chilling twist on vampire fiction packs a punch in the bestselling tradition of ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. Asmodeus “Sax” Saxon-Tang, a vainglorious and well-established antiques dealer, has made a fortune over many years by globetrotting for the finest lost objects in the world. Only Sax knows the true secret to his success: at certain points of his life, he’s killed vampires for their priceless hoards of treasure. But now Sax’s past actions are quite literally coming back to haunt him, and the lives of those he holds most dear are in mortal danger. To counter this unnatural threat, and with the blessing of the Holy Roman Church, a cowardly but cunning Sax must travel across Europe in pursuit of incalculable evil–and immeasurable wealth–with a ragtag team of mercenaries and vampire killers to hunt a terrifying, ageless monster…one who is hunting Sax in turn.— Provided by publisher.

Tryon, Thomas. Night Magic (1995).

Turner, Joan Frances. Dust (2010) Wholly new way of viewing zombies.

Washburn, Livia. Trick or Deadly Treat: A Fresh-baked Mystery. (2014) #9 in series.

Waters, Sarah. The Little Stranger (2009). British Ghost Story

Wellington, David. Monster Island (2006), #1 in trilogy.

Wolff, Dana L. The Prisoner of Hell Gate. (2016) “Karalee Soper, a graduate student at Havermeyer University’s school of public health, grew up hearing tales of her heroic great grandfather, George A. Soper, who tracked down and locked away Irish immigrant cook Mary Mallon–the infamous disease carrier who came to be called Typhoid Mary. So when partying on a pleasure cruise with her closest friends, she finds herself in an area of the East River known as Hell Gate–in sight of the long-uninhabited island where Mary languished bitterly for decades–and can’t resist the temptation to sneak ashore for a secret visit. Soon five curious and precocious twentysomethings are wandering among the macabre ruins of abandoned Riverside Hospital. Budding experts on the history of communicable disease, these students think they’ve mastered everything there is to know about Typhoid Mary and North Brother Island. But they don’t know who tends the garden by the crumbling greenhouse. They don’t know about the ghosts of the General Slocum shipwreck. They don’t know the intentions of the hermit woman who offers to cook them dinner. And, worst of all, they know nothing of the sinister history lurking in the DNA of Karalee Soper, who will soon learn to her horror that the real prisoner of Hell Gate is the person she least suspects”– Provided by publisher.

Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn. Count Saint-Germaine’s vampire makes Lestat look uncouth!

Zampano. Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves (2000) One of the most acclaimed fiction debuts of 2000, national best-seller House of Leaves influenced, and was influenced by, the music of POE, Mark Z. Danielewski’s sister.

Zeltserman, Dave. The Caretaker of Lorne Field. (2010) Very scary carnivorous plants