5 Kids Horror Series Besides Goosebumps.

Last week we talked about Goosebumps, but Goosebumps certainly isn’t/wasn’t the only kids horror series in existence. These series might not be as prolific as Stine’s Goosebumps, but they still might warrant your attention. From books published in the 1980s to books still being published today, we’ve got a decent selection.

5 Kids Horror Series Besides Goosebumps

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz.

This three three book series released its first book in 1981, the second in 1984, and the third in 1981.

Age range: 8-12

Buy on Amazon.

Book cover for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark


The Spooksville series by Christopher Pike

This 24 book series was published between 1995 and 1998.

Age range: 8-12

Buy the first 4 books on Amazon.

Book cover for Spooksville


American Chillers / Michigan Chillers series by Jonathan Rand

Jonathan Rand started with the Michigan Chillers series, which has 17 published books so far, according to Wikipedia. He then wrote an offshoot called the American Chillers series. Goodreads has 40 books listed in that particular series.

Age range: 8-12

Buy on Amazon.

Book cover for American Chillers


Lockwood and Company series by Jonathan Stroud

The first book in this series, The Screaming Staircase, was published in 2013. There are currently 4 (and a 1/2) published books, with another one expected to be published in September.

Age Range: 11-15

Buy on Amazon.


Scary Tales by James Preller, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno.

This 5 book series was published from 2013 to 2015.

Age range: 7-10

Buy on Amazon.



Out of all of these, I have to say that the Lockwood and Co books are definitely the ones I would recommend. I haven’t read beyond The Screaming Staircase, but I loved  that book. I’ve tried to read one of the Spooksville books, but I don’t know if it was simply that I didn’t grab the first book or what, but I just couldn’t get into them. The Scary Tales books were supposed to be for the 8-12 age range, but I lowered it to what I thought was more realistic. I honestly couldn’t see a twelve year old being able to stay interested at all in the overly simplistic stories, even if the illustrations are kind of neat.

Gracie is the one that recommended the American Chillers / Michigan Chillers series. I haven’t read a single one.


What about you? Have you read any of these other kids horror series?


4 thoughts on “5 Kids Horror Series Besides Goosebumps.

  1. I think I’ve read that first one. When I was a kid, my favourite horror books were by John Bellairs. His “The House with a Clock in its Walls” really frightened me! I was a big fan of his. Hmmmm, I think I’ll have to revisit those books!

  2. Ooh, lots of chillie willies. LOL These all look good. My son used to love it when we took turns reading Scary Stories out loud. have a lot of the books. They were fun when the power went out too. We’d use a torch and read away.

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