All Library branches will be closed on Saturday, July 4.

The Library Springfield-Greene County Library District Springfield, Missouri
Books & Authors

Dive Into Horror With Summer Scares

Looking for a great read for the beach this summer? Why not one about werewolves? Thinking of learning about a new trade before school starts up? Try grave robbing. These are just a couple of the topics covered in the Horror Writers Association’s list of Summer Scares titles, a new summer reading endeavor in partnership with Library Journal, Book Riot, and United for Libraries to get horror in the hands of more readers of all ages. Whether you’re new to the genre, or a horror fanatic, this list of teen and adult titles hand selected by a Summer Scares committee of authors and librarians is the perfect place to start your summer reading off right.

Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow
Spending a summer with the reality television producer aunt she never knew in the aftermath of her mother's suicide, seventeen-year-old Winnie is drawn into a world of paranormal enthusiasts and discovers her own supernatural ability.

Doll Bones by Holly Black
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
Set in the deep South, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, and surprisingly funny novel that follows an unnamed narrator as he comes of age under the care of his aunt and uncle - who are werewolves.

My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
Jessica believes she has it all: a loving husband, a wonderful daughter and a rising career as a Miami Herald reporter. David, her husband, is a master of languages, history and jazz music. But unbeknownst to Jessica, he is also 500 years old. He belongs to the house of the Life Blood Brothers, an Ethiopian brotherhood of immortals.

Rotters by Daniel Kraus
Sixteen-year-old Joey's life takes a very strange turn when his mother's tragic death forces him to move from Chicago to rural Iowa with the father he's never known, and who's the town pariah.

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke
Inspired by classic tales and films, a collection of fourteen short stories ranging from bloody horror, to psychological thrillers, to supernatural creatures, to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, by acclaimed YA authors of every genre.


Find this article at