A build-up of anticipation and cliff hangers drive every story. But all stories need antagonists, and everyone knows that the best villains are monsters. They create a thrill, a suspense of mystery and horror as we await and learn what they are capable of. In this list, we explore the variety in monsters: the bad, the cool and even the framed.
1. Monsters on the Moors
Embroiled and down a deadly mystery they go: Bobby Holmes, Brenda Watson, and friends are determined to fight to the death. Set in the eerie North York Moors of England, a vicious beast is loose, and as it roams, it craves blood. After one of their friends go missing, they take directions from a librarian who may be more than she seems. Magical gifts, a gypsy king, a mysterious stranger, and other magnificent beings surface in the Monster on the Moors by J.M. Kelly.
2. A Wistful Tale of Gods Men and Monsters
What is the town of Brunswick, New York hiding? And how many missing children will have to disappear before they speak up? In A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men and Monsters by David Ruggerio, a small town falls victim to evil forces. During a snowy Halloween, a young William Willowsby teams up with an odd character to save his town from unspeakable evil.
4. Straight Outta Tombstone
Seventeen stories put a new and weird spin on the Old Wild West. These short stories aren’t your ordinary Westerns, you’ll be met with demons, ghosts, and historical fantasy. Among the contributing authors are bestselling author Larry Correia, and short story award-winning author Naomi Brett Rourke. Straight Outta Tombstone is the Weird Wild West. Where anything is possible, will the main characters make it out alive?
3. The Tracker Hive Academy
In The Tracker Hive Academy by Avery Song, bullying, threats, traps, and schemes are thrown at Jade’s Storm, and she’s ready to handle it. Jade carries all eight magic elements, and enemies have sought her out from every dark corner. At eighteen, she is the youngest recruit at the Tracker Hive Academy, and the Troubled Four — Zeke, Zion, Zackery, and Zeus — have plans to send turmoil her way.
4. The Talisman: A Novel
From the collaboration of the bestselling authors Stephen King and Peter Staub comes The Talisman— a story of a twelve-year-old boy, Jack Sawyer. On a whim, Jack’s mother moves them from New York City to New Hampshire. He begins to ask himself, what is his mother running away from? On a quest to save his mother’s life, he searches for a prize through dangerous landscapes, lies, a pure realm and monsters.
5. Oath Taker: Kingdom of Runes Book 1
Oath Taker: Kingdom of Runes Book 1 by Audrey Grey follows seventeen-year-old, Haven Ashwood. After being rescued by the Prince of Penryth, she expresses her gratitude by protecting him. But there is another side to Haven. At night she spends her time fighting monsters outside the castle walls. When one of the monsters take Prince of Penryth, Haven must seek help from Archeron Halfbane, an ally and his crew of immortal friends.
6. Monsters (Prodigium Academy Book 1)
In the horror comedy, Monsters (Prodigium Academy Book 1) by Katie May, Dracula sends his daughter to Prodigium—otherwise known as the Monster Academy to help her become a better monster. But when dead bodies are found on campus, and their blood is drained, she becomes the prime suspect. You’ll gush over the interesting characters, which include children whose parents are Frankenstein, Medusa, and Dr. Jekyll.
7. The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher
The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski follows Geralt the Witcher who stands between the world and the places filled with monsters. With magic powers a mysterious elixir, Geralt the Witcher is a merciless assassin. Protecting the land and the innocent, he soon finds out that not everything that appears fair is good.
8. Sunny with a Chance of Monsters
Sunny with a Chance of Monsters by Sara King and Fred Garnetis setin the futuristic version of Alaska, where even granite floats. Sunny Day, a former EMT, and who is down on her luck, clings on to a sign of hope: A bounty of 100,000 dollars. While trying to catch one gangly math teacher, she realizes that he isn’t a man after all. Now the hunted, Sunny’s family and everything she loves is in danger, and she must do everything in her power to keep them safe.
Each of the books listed involves monsters in different genres, from Teen and Young Adult Thrillers, New Adult and College Fantasy Action, Fantasy Anthologies to Comedy Horror. The titles listed are available on Amazon and will vary in format.