Three YA Novels for Halloween

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Micol Ostow's Amity, inspired by a true-crime story about a house that is more than wood and nails -- it's a horrible, living presence, has been called "heart-stopping and chilling," "a fine madness" and "flat-out terrifying." Today, Ostow is here to share three new Young Adult horror novels she's looking forward to reading this fall. Get ready for a scare:

You guys, I am so excited that October’s here! No lie, Halloween is my favorite holiday, and if my latest release weren’t enough of a tip-off, I’m a huge horror fan.

So now that it’s officially sweater-weather here in Brooklyn, I've found are three hot-off-the-presses YA horror novels I can’t wait to dive into!

 Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday. Atmospheric, gothic ghostliness at its very best. Following her mother’s death in 1826, Annabelle Lee returns to Philadelphia to live with her father, a maybe-mad scientist prone to unconventional -- and sometimes unsavory -- experiments. Mix in a little murder and a young Edgar Allan Poe, and you’ve got a recipe for major goose bumps.

 Party Games by R.L. Stine. Speaking of goosebumps, kidlit horror master R.L. Stine himself is back with a new Fear Street thriller! Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear's birthday party at his family's estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to get the invite. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party -- the game of murder. Think Ten Little Indians with a Stine twist.

 Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz. A majorly meta take on classic horror tropes. For seven essay contestants, it's their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at cult-favorite horror director Justin Blake's latest, confidential project . It doesn’t take long for things to get weird. By the time the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf hits the scene, it may be too late to wake up and run.