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4 YA Books That Pair Perfectly with Your Horror Flick Faves

Happy October, Swooners!

Whether you’re a fair-weather horror fan from Oct 1st to the 31st, or you get down with the thrills and chills all year round, this post is for you!

We’ve got four Swoon reads that will be the perfect companion to some of your favorite spooky entertainment. The Gomez to your Morticia.

If you loved The Seventh Seal in your Intro to Film class, or you’re bingeing the Showtime cult favorite Dead Like Me, you’ll DIE FOR:

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Rhett always thought that death was the end of everything. But after he dies, he discovers it’s only the beginning.

He awakens in the afterlife and is immediately recruited to join the crew of the Harbinger, a colossal seafaring vessel tasked with ferrying the souls of the dead. To where exactly, no one knows. But they must get them there, and they have to protect them from vicious soul-eating monsters that will stop at nothing to take the ship and all of its occupants.

Rhett and his new friends have a hard enough time fighting back the monsters that grow bolder and more ferocious every day. But then a new threat emerges, a demon who wants something that Rhett has. And if she gets it, it could mean the end of everything . . . for both the living and the dead.

If you worship at the altar of Sam and Dean on Supernatural or consider yourself one of the Scoobies from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you'll want to sink your teeth into:

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Shelby Black has spent the past six months training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy—a Catholic priest—has put her through exorcist boot camp hell, hoping to develop her talent, but ohmygod, he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own.

High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity to herself. The last thing she wants is for her crush, Spencer, to find out what she does in her off time.

But Shelby knows how to keep a secret—even a big one. Like the fact that her mom left under mysterious circumstances and it’s all her fault. Shelby is hellbent on finding her mom, no matter what it costs her—even if what it ends up costing her is her soul AND a relationship with Spencer.

Whether you're a fan of the Argento original or are foaming at the mouth for the remake, fans of Suspiria will spin out for:

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Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by a mysterious and handsome young master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate.

But when flashes of memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading start to appear, Penny begins to question the world around her. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules she has to follow. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

If you've been getting witchy with the ladies of The Craft, making sure things stay buried with the Owens sisters in Practical Magic, dabbling in a touch of satanism with Sabrina with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, or just kicking it with the Sanderson sisters in Hocus Pocus, we have your cup of brew in the form of:

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Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined.

But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She's suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend.

Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she's not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?

Go forth into that spooky night Swooners! Just don’t forget a book.

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Liz O.

Brooklyn resident, sarcasm connoisseur, pop culture junkie, food obsessed. I am on the editorial board for Swoon, binge reading manuscripts …

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