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Creepy Fiction: Good Scares Suitable for Teens and Adults


Recommended by Kevin, a former teen librarian and adult reference librarian at the Canton Public Library.

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The Silence of the Lambs

by Thomas Harris
1015217.jpg A rookie FBI agent reasons that the best way to catch a serial killer is to ask one. Her interviews with the cannibalistic Dr. Lecter expose Agent Starling to a darker and dangerous world.


by Dean Koontz
1071978.jpg Travis thought that he was rescuing a stray dog. Einstein proves to be no ordinary dog; he is one of two altered life forms escaped from a top-secret lab. The otherThe Outsideris a deadly hybrid. To protect themselves, Einsteins owners, Travis and Nora, must learn to be deadly as well.

The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold
1243695.jpg The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Susie isn't ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part.


by Clive Barker
1264965.jpg Candy Quackenbush is a troubled yet good-natured Minnesotan girl, but when she ventures into an empty field one day and meets John Mischief, a creature with seven extra talking heads on his antlers, she's rendered awestruck and knows she's bound for a heap of adventure.


by Stephen King
1065791.jpg It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them could withstand the force that drew them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.