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As we emerge from the haze of Stranger Things, we’re not yet ready to give up the universe. We’ve put together our ten favourite novels that remind us of the Stranger Things universe.

Jeff Coltrane is raising his daughter Amity alone, ever since his wife Michelle went missing. A friend on the run gives Jeff a ‘key to everything’ to hide. The temptation of finding his missing wife is too much and he activates it.

It seems, to begin with, that nothing has changed. But Jeff starts to notice subtle differences around the house, and outside, the weather has changed and they appear to have different neighbours. Down in the town, everything is a little more shabby. In the park, Amity kicks over some pebbles, before realising they are bloodied teeth. There’s the smell of burning books on the air. Overlooking the town, thirteen large crows perch, waiting.

‘The body is in the library,’ Colonel Osborne said. ‘Come this way.’

Following the discovery of the corpse of a highly respected parish priest at Ballyglass House which is the Co. Wexford family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family. Detective Inspector St John Strafford is called in from Dublin to investigate.

Strafford faces obstruction from all angles, but carries on determinedly in his pursuit of the murderer. As the snow continues to fall, the people of Ballyglass are just as determined to keep their secrets.

A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison

The Widdershins sisters are trapped.

An ancient family curse prevents them from leaving their home. When they inherit three magical objects with the power to change their fate, adventure beckons. But are they being led into even greater danger?

Summer, 1977. The Blyton Summer Detective Club solved their final mystery and unmasked the elusive Sleepy Lake monster.

1990. The former detectives have grown up and apart. They are all haunted by disturbing memories of their final mystery. There are too many strange, half-remembered memories that Andy is tired of running from. She needs answers.

It’s time to get the team back together, and find out what actually happened all those years ago. It’s their only chance to end the nightmares and, perhaps, save the world.

No one has ever escaped from the institute….

Luke Ellis, a super-smart twelve-year-old with an exceptional gift, is the latest in a long line of kids abducted and taken to a secret government facility, hidden deep in the forest in Maine.

Here, kids with special talents – telekinesis and telepathy – like Luke’s new friends Kalisha, Nick and Iris, are subjected to a series of experiments.There seems to be no hope of escape. Until Luke teams up with an even younger boy whose powers of telepathy are off the scale.

Meanwhile, far away in a small town in South Carolina, former cop Tim Jamieson, looking for the quiet life, has taken a job working for the local sheriff. He doesn’t know he’s about to take on the biggest case of his career . . .

Aging death-metal rock legend Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. His collections includes a cookbook for cannibals, a used hangman’s noose, and a snuff film. Nothing he possesses is as unique or as dreadful as his latest purchase; a musty dead man’s suit still inhabited by the spirit of its late owner. It arrives at his door in a black heart-shaped box.

And now everywhere Judas Coyne goes, the old man is there. Always watching, waiting, dangling a razor blade on a chain from his bony hand…..

No human has ever returned from Navia, the Slavic afterlife. But twelve-year-old Mara is not entirely human. She is the granddaughter of Stribog, the god of winter winds.

She is determined to bring her father back from the dead. Though powerless, Mara and her best friend Torniv, set out on an epic journey to rescue her father.

But they have set terrible forces in motion, for the world is full of darkness. Mara will have to rely on her wits to survive.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a breathtaking debut. It is about discovery, conquering fear and taking identity into your own hands.

Zafira is the Hunter. Forced to disguise herself as a man, she risks everything to provide for her people. Nasir is an assassin who must serve his father, the sultan. Both are legends in their kingdom – but neither wants to be. They both embark on a dangerous quest to return magic to their land. As their journey unfolds, an anvient evil begins to stir . . .

The most advanced scientific enterprise ever mounted, Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition in search of the fabled North-West Passage had every expectation of triumph. But for almost two years his ships HMS Terror and Erebus have been trapped in the Arctic ice. Supplies of fuel and food are running low. Scurvy, starvation and even madness beging to take their toll. And yet the real threat isn’t from the constantly shifting, alien landscape, the flesh-numbing temperatures or being crushed by the unyielding, frozen ocean. No, the real threat is far more terrifying.

There is something out there in the frigid darkness. It stalks the ships and snatches men. It is a nameless thing. At once nowhere and everywhere, this terror has become the expedition’s nemesis…


Following a plane crash on a desert island, a group of British school boys wait for their rescue party to arrive. By day, they learn to naviagte the tropical paradise they find themselves stranded in.

By night, however, their dreams are haunted by the image of a mysterious and terrifying beast. As the boys trust in each other breaks down, something primitive and violent stirs in them, and their behaviour takes on a savage and terrifying significance.