We sat down with AISB’s librarian, Cristina Cuzuc, and asked her to choose the library’s best horror stories to read this Halloween. If you’re interested in checking out these books, send her an email (ccuzuc@goaisb.ro) with your requests, then she’ll let you know when they’re ready for pickup in the atrium. For a full selection of what’s available, you can check the library catalog.

1. The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Steve’s baby brother is sick and the whole family is concerned about his health. When Steve dreams about a swarm of magical wasps that offer to cure his brother, he thinks all he has to do is say yes. However, all wishes come with a twist.

Cuzuc says that “this story is so well-written and creepy” that it “gave her goosebumps.”

2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

This is the story of Nobody “Bod” Owens, a young boy raised by ghosts, in a graveyard, after his family is gruesomely murdered.

““Like a bite of dark Halloween chocolate, this novel proves rich, bittersweet and very satisfying.” —Washington Post

3. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Irish orphans Molly and Kip travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house. Soon after their arrival, the children are confronted by a mysterious ghost and a life-threatening curse.

“It honestly gives you chills, but there’s a positive message in the book as well,” says Cuzuc.

4. Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones by Christopher Krovatin

Ian, PJ and Kendra get lost in the woods during a school trip. As they discover they’re being followed by a pack of zombies, the trio meets other supernatural creatures that help them fight off the monsters. Will they succeed?

“Beware. If you read Gravediggers, you’re in for dangers and lots of horrifying surprises. This is my kind of book―fast, frightening, and all TOO REAL!” —R.L. Stine

5. Gone by Michael Grant

The sudden disappearance of everyone over the age of 15 in a small town in California creates chaos amongst the remaining residents. As they discover they have superpowers, an evil creature comes along and the battles begin.

“A tour de force that will leave readers dazed, disturbed, and utterly breathless.” —Booklist

Tell us: Have you read any spooky Halloween books? If so, comment below with your recommendations!