Our Books - Age Appropriateness

Our goal is to always publish books that are appropriate for teenagers on up. This page details the genres and styles of our adult books so parents, teachers, guardians, librarians, and anyone else can make educated choices for their young readers.

Be sure to visit our Young Readers Bookstore for books specifically for kids!

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Horror and terror within a dark mass of short stories.

Strangely mystical and shockingly uncomfortable stories that will terrify and horrify, but also make the reader think. Includes diverse characters with common sense morals; an examination of humanity.

Similar to: Stephen King, Dean Koontz's early works, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury.

Appropriate for teenagers.

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The Tension of a Coming Storm
by
Adrian Ludens

Horror and terror within a dark mass of short stories.
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Tropical Leaves

Sci-fi dinosaur

action adventure

New Pangea is a world where dinosaurs and humans collide. And when a diplomat and a boy are kidnapped by raiders who tame dinosaurs, they must figure out how to escape before the raiders can execute their master plan.

Similar to: Michael Crichton, H.G. Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Appropriate for teenagers.

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Carnivore Keepers
by
Kevin M. Folliard

Sci-fi dinosaur
action adventure
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Sci-fi pulp adventure.

The adventures of the Last Star Warden and his trusted friend Quantum are chronicled in classic sci-fi stories reminiscent of the days of dime-store pulp fiction.

Similar to: Sci-fi pulp from the 50s, but with modern sensibilities.

Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

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The Last Star Warden Series
written and illustrated by
Jason S. McFarland

Sci-fi pulp adventure
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Weird western anthology.

Genre fiction stories that take place in the North American Old West. Includes sci-fi, horror, thriller, fantasy, and mystery stories, all in the background of the Old West.

Similar to: Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz, Richard Matheson.

 

Appropriate for teenagers.

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Something Wicked This Way Rides
by
various authors

Weird western anthology
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Genre fiction collection.

A collection of stories in the sci-fi, fantasy, horror, thriller, and speculative fiction genres exploring various themes concerning life, death, and the struggles between.

Similar to: Shirley Jackson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia E. Butler.

 

Appropriate for teenagers.

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No Lesser Angels,
No Greater Devils
by
Laura J. Campbell

Genre fiction collection
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Sci-fi alien conspiracy action adventure

Based on a real UFO incident in 1947, four elite WWII veterans are sent to investigate. They find much more is involved than just a potential chance encounter with aliens.

 

Similar to: The X-Files, detective and sci-fi pulp stories of the 30s and 40s.

 

Appropriate for teenagers.

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Project Notebook
by
Jason J. McCuiston

Sci-fi alien conspiracy action adventure
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Gritty, grindhouse

sci-fi thriller

A super soldier alien crash lands on earth and is tracked by the military. She teams up with a man on the run from the Dixie Mafia, and they work together to keep their pursuers at bay, leaving carnage and chaos in their wake. 

Similar to: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Garth Ennis

Appropriate for teenagers.

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The Wicked Twisted Road
by
D.S. Hamilton

Gritty, grindhouse
sci-fi thriller
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Gothic historical fiction.

Two novels and a short story collection that are tied to the town of Ste. Odile, the characters connected by harrowing events and frightful circumstances. Deals with medial anomalies and tragic historical events of the late 1880s into the 1920s.

 

Similar to: Edgar Allan Poe, M.R. James, Shirley Jackson.

 

Appropriate for teenagers.

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The Gothic Stories of Ste. Odile
imagined and written by
John S. McFarland

Gothic historical fiction
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Comedic mythological fantasy adventure

An epic hero, a beautiful warrior princess, a fat Grecian, and an escaped slave travel to find the Golden Malak and steal it from the ancient god who stole it from its rightful owner. A bumbling, hilarious misadventure.

Similar to: A mix of Mark Twain and Terry Pratchett with a base of Homer.

Appropriate for teenagers.

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The Malakiad
by
Gustavo Bondoni

Comedic mythological fantasy
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High fantasy comedy.

After beheading their king, again, the Kingdom of Ugh needs a new ruler. A witch and wizard must figure out a way to stop the beheadings and make the subjects happy.

 

Similar to: Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Terry Gilliam.

 

Appropriate for teenagers.

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Just About Anyone
by
Carl R. Jennings

High fantasy comedy
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Epic fantasy adventure.

In a land where telling stories dictates the world around them, an old man who has the gift to be able to tell such tales must gather a fellowship to stop the Fallen Lord and save the Storied Lands.

Similar to: J.R.R. Tolkien, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, Mercedes Lackey.

 

Appropriate for ages 11 and up.

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The Keeper of Tales
by
Jonathon Mast

Epic fantasy adventure
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Spent a week in Los Angeles with my frie

An anthology with 58 stories from 39 authors, each honoring the art of storytelling by incorporating a festival of some kind in the fantasy, horror/thriller, mystery, and science fiction genres.

 

Similar to: General anthologies of genre fiction.

 

Appropriate for teenagers.

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A Celebration of Storytelling
by
various authors

Genre fiction anthology
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