10 YA Horror Novel Recommendations in Time for Halloween

Halloween 2019 is approaching. We are all excited. But more importantly, we are craving a good scare. Here are 10 YA horror novels that deserve your attention this Halloween.

1.  Wilder Girls by Rory Power

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

2. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.

The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?

Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.

3. Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil’s Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations…

Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember–so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?

In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward–one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.

1583. Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and mansion in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she will need all her strength to defeat it.

Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching…
 

4. The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.

One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.

5. Here There are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé

The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls in this story of codependent sisterhood, the struggle to claim one’s own space, and the power of secrets

Sixteen-year-old Skye is done playing the knight in shining armor for her insufferable younger sister, Deirdre. Moving across the country seems like the perfect chance to start over.

In their isolated new neighborhood, Skye manages to fit in, but Deirdre withdraws from everyone, becoming fixated on the swampy woods behind their house and building monstrous sculptures out of sticks and bones.

Then Deirdre disappears.

And when something awful comes scratching at Skye’s window in the middle of the night, claiming she’s the only one who can save Deirdre, Skye knows she will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.

6. The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman 

On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening…

Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either—her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.

When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes?

8. The Haunted by Danielle Vega

Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her. With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her parents moved her to has much to offer her in terms of excitement. She plans on laying low, but when she’s suddenly welcomed into the popular crowd at school, things don’t go as expected.

Hendricks learns from her new friends that the fixer-upper her parents are so excited about is notorious in town. Local legend says it’s haunted. Hendricks doesn’t believe it. Until she’s forced to. Blood-curdling screams erupt from the basement, her little brother wakes up covered in scratches, and something, or someone pushes her dad down the stairs. With help from the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take down the ghosts . . . if they don’t take her first.

9. The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

10. Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal

If Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre can survive each other’s company, together they can solve a series of grisly murders sweeping though Puerto Rico. But the clues lead them out of the real world and into the realm of myths and legends. And if they want to catch the killer, they’ll have to step into the shadows to see what’s lurking there—murderer, or monster?

What will you be reading this Halloween?

 

There are many more excellent YA Horrors coming after Halloween, which I will be sure to keep you updated about nearer the time.

What will you be reading for Halloween?

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TEETH IS A BUZZBOOK AND OTHER BOOKISH THINGS + GIVEAWAYS

Hello lovely readers!

The sun has been shining and I’m just feeling the Spring air. I can’t get enough. Loads of cool things have happened so I’m going to go through them all briefly.

Firstly, a reader got the cover of THE DEAD HOUSE tattooed on her body! I am in awe and utterly mesmerised. Doesn’t it look cool??! I never in my wildest dreams thought this would happen (except me doing it to myself, maybe!) Shout out to Sammie Marie for being my first reader tattoo!

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The next cool thing that happened is that TEETH IN THE MIST was named one of Publisher’s Marketplace’s Buzzbooks of Spring/Summer for 2019. I mean, WHAT??? That. Is. So. Cool. *falls over*

More news! TEETH is going to have DECKLED EDGES!!! Don’t know what deckled edges are? They are these pretty things:

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So pretty! I think it will add to the spooky, Victorian vibe. One thing I realised recently was that Vic-Lit was a thing (Victorian Literature—books written in that period and style), and that large parts of TEETH fall into that category. Niiiice.

The audiobook recording of TEETH is going well. And this time it has been so much fun, because my audiobook producer has been keeping me in the loop and even sending me snippets of the actors reading the book! I swear, I have chills. Real, huge, CHILLS. I had a video chat with two of the utterly amazing women working on the audiobook, Elece and Michelle, and it was like talking to family.

L-R Elece and Michelle and a teenie, tiny me!

L-R Elece and Michelle and a teenie, tiny me!

I’ve been getting awesome blurbs for TEETH, but I can’t share them yet. Instead, I’m going to share the amazing Kirkus review that TEETH got recently, which was so, so lovely and welcome!

Are you ready…. #BewaretheRam

Are you ready…. #BewaretheRam

Other than that, I’ve been working on the pre-order gift I’m going to be giving you guys. There will be 20-30 boxes of amazing things for you guys to win, but there will also be items that every single person who pre-orders will receive. It’s the biggest and best I’ve yet done! I’ll be sharing more on my social media, so don’t forget to give me a follow there to stay in the loop.

Last but not least, there are two giveaways running until the 18th of April, so if you’d like to win a copy, go here:

That’s it from me!

Love,

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COVER REVEAL: Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

It’s finally here! THE COVER FOR TEETH IN THE MIST!!! It was revealed over at the NOVL and the love I’ve been getting for it so far has been amazing. Thank you, endlessly!

I went on Instagram Live (my favourite thing at the moment!) and chatted about why I love this book so much, and why I’m nervous for you guys to like it. See, when I went in to this book, I wanted to write a horror version of epic-fantasy. I saw epic-fantasy novel, these sprawling tales that had far-reaching consequences across the centuries, but I never saw anything like that in the horror genre. I decided I wanted to have a go at it. What I ended up with was a Gothic horror-fantasy.

TEETH IN THE MIST is a cross-genre book that has definite horror and gothic elements, but also has magic and sigils and powers and lessons and a quest. So this book become much more than it was meant to be. So I’m eager to see if you guys might like and accept it. My little book feels like the new kid on the block.

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As for the cover, I LOVE IT. I wrote about the process of the cover evolution over on the NOVL, and I hope you’ll go and read it about it there and leave a comment so they know that you like the cover and want to see them do more reveals and surprises in future.

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I’m also doing something a little different this time! If you guys would repost the cover image of TEETH IN THE MIST on your instagram page or twitter, then I’ll comment on it and give you a follow! This way, we can spread the word about the book and I can get to know you guys better. If you’re game, don’t forget to use the hashtag: #TEETHINTHEMIST so I can find you!

Lastly, I’m still running two giveaways (one over on twitter—it’s pinned to my profile— and one on instagram). All you have to do is repost the image, follow me, and you could win a 2018 book of your choice from the book depository (provided they ship to your country).

Thank you for all the amazing support for this book. It nearly killed me, but it was totally worth it!

Love,

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Today, in Paperback: Trees, Oh, the trees

Howdy happy bananas!

Today, the 29th of August, is a very cool day—because the paperback of AND THE TREES CREPT IN is out now! *falls over*

In summary:

  • this is a creepy story
  • maybe about ghosts
  • maybe about love
  • maybe about a creepy monster that is hidden in the trees
  • maybe those trees inch closer every day
  • there is kissing
  • there is loss
  • there is so much more

 

I am so proud of this little book. I hope you guys will pick up your own copy and dive in for a cosy Fall read, which is exactly what this book is perfect for. I’m giving away ONE copy (US and CA only) on my YouTube channel, where I’ve put together a little 30 Facts About Me video.

Happy paperback birthday, little book! Go, go, go!

Don’t forget: And The Trees Crept In is also available on Audible as an audiobook! 1 Credit only 🙂

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Thank you lovely readers for all your warmth, love and support. I adore you beyond words.

 

Dawn,

out.

On Isolation

Today was wonderful.

I went to a lake surrounded by pines; I had some earl grey tea, I ate some lunch, and I wrote. I’m working to deadline now, which I couldn’t be happier about. THESE UNCLOSED FEW (TUF) will be with you guys in Fall of 2018 (by the way, it’s up on Goodreads, so why not add it to your TBR?). But right now, this book is still mine. I’m living in the world I’m building, spending time with my characters , and trying to figure out what the heck going on.

All part of the process.

Unlike my other books, TUF demands isolation. My characters are by themselves. There is no-one to help them, no-one to call. They are alone. And because of that, I’ve been shutting myself away. It’s something I need  to do. I don’t mean to be anti-social or hermitic, but I am. I’m not sorry. I’m on a journey.

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I’ve contemplated taking myself off the grid for a while. Renting a tiny house somewhere in some forest with no Wi-fi, no phones and no TV. At this point, the only thing stopping me is my cats! Maybe I’ll take them with me. *ponders*

I thought about buying a camper van and going off somewhere no one’s ever heard off. I thought of flying to the Swiss Alps. I considered everything from Finland to buying a storage crater and locking myself inside of it. But mostly, I daydreamed about a cabin lost in the woods with a stone fireplace and a fifty mile isolation zone surrounding it.

And honestly, aside from this book, I have no reason to want more isolation! I write in a cottage in the hills—it’s plenty isolated. So I have to imagine that it is simply one of those strange things my mind demands in relation to a new book. For example, I could only write at night when I wrote The Dead House. I needed lots of trees while penning And The Trees Crept In / The Creeper Man.

In seeking out this isolation, I even lived and worked in a tent in my garden. It was my sanctuary. I did it in winter and it was glorious. The winds and rain pummelled my tiny shelter every night and I felt completely alone with my characters. And most of the time I wasn’t even putting words on the computer. I was just lying on the floor, imagining. Yes, it was scary, yes it was lonely, and yes, it was cold. Luckily for me, when I got too uncomfortable, I just switched on my torch and ran back to the house for a cup of tea and a cuddle.

But what about true isolation—have any of us actually experienced it? I know I haven’t. And I’m craving it. Those alps, those dark undiscovered forests, those caves and those caverns—they are all so very appealing. I might have to take myself off to the antarctic, eh?

So, while I battle and journey and explore TUF and all the people within it (and the mountain they are stuck on—a very bad mountain I might add), I’ll continue my search for isolation.

And when all of this is done, I wonder who I’ll be.

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Today, at least, I got to lie in the grass, look at the sky and write by a lake. It felt really, really good.

 

So excited about this one, guys.

Dawn, out.

The Dead House: NAIDA is out in the UK!

I am so excited that this has finally happened! Ever since the sequel e-novella to The Dead House was released in the US, I’ve had a stream of questions from readers asking when it will be available in the UK. Well, now it is! Hooray!!

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If you’d like to read it (and I hope you do, since it answers a lot of questions!), then you can buy it here (and it’s only 99p! Come on, that’s a bargain!)

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Enjoy reading, my happy bananas!