I have a bad case of Stranger Things withdrawal, and I know I’m not the only one! To fill the Stranger Things-shaped void in your life (until Season 2, anyway), check out one of these spooky read-alikes!
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires and her whole family vanishes into thin air. The only way to get her family back is to travel Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…
Wax by Gina Damico
A teenage girl stumbles into a secret workshop at the infamous Grosholtz Candle Factory. There, beneath the suffocating scent, she discovers a collection of wax sculptures that seem just a little too life-like…
The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue
Developing agoraphobia after a near-drowning incident, a 10-year-old boy draws increasingly disturbing pictures of monsters while his parents search for answers about strange noises coming from the nearby ocean at night.
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Told through journal entries, a psychotherapist’s notes, court records, and more, this novel relates the tale of Carly, a teen who was institutionalized after her parents’ death but released to Elmbrige High School, where she is believed to have a second personality or soul named Kaitlyn, and/or be possessed by a demon.
As I Descended by Robin Talley
A feud between three girls over an elite prize turns to fatalities and madness, and blurs the distinction between what’s real and what’s imagined.
The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
After a series of suicide-murders and a deadly storm, the residents of the town of Oleander, Kansas, start acting even more strangely than would be expected. Only the five witnesses of the murders retain their sound minds, and must band together to save the town from whatever has come over it.
Not familiar with Stranger Things? Check out the Netflix series’ trailer here, then pick up something stranger to read!