Dark Academia

The halls are hushed, the shadows deep, the ivy clambering up the walls hides secrets here and the lingering scent of a just-snuffed candle curls through the library. Dark Academia is collegiate, gothic, atmospheric, often sinister, occasionally Romantic, sometimes but not always magical. Here there be sinister happenings and sharp intrigues.

And, of course, style.

Books which can be called Dark Academia can take place in boarding schools or universities. Books which can be called Dark Academia straddle a wide range of moods and genres and, as the season turns and so many of us go back to school, why not take a little tour of these lovely fictional schools and the stories which happen because of them or within them. This list has new titles, old titles, mystery/thriller, fantasy, horror, literary fiction, works in translation, and young adult.

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The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) By Donna Tartt Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • A contemporary literary classic and "an accomplished psychological thriller ... absolutely chilling" (Village Voice), from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Goldfinch.


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A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance #1) By Naomi Novik Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593128503
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Published: Del Rey - May 4th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver comes the first book of the Scholomance trilogy, the story of an unwilling dark sorceress who is destined to rewrite the rules of magic.


The Ballerinas: A Novel By Rachel Kapelke-Dale Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250274236
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Published: St. Martin's Press - December 7th, 2021

Dare Me meets Black Swan and Luckiest Girl Alive in a captivating, voice-driven debut novel about a trio of ballerinas who meet as students at the Paris Opera Ballet School.

"Enthralling...irresistible." ––New York Times
"A standing ovation to this debut." ––E! News


A Lesson in Vengeance By Victoria Lee Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780593305850
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Published: Ember - August 9th, 2022

A dark, twisty thriller about a centuries-old, ivy-covered boarding school haunted by its history of witchcraft and two girls dangerously close to digging up the past. The dangerous romance and atmospheric setting makes it a perfect read for fans of dark academia.


The Maidens: A Novel By Alex Michaelides Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250304469
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Published: Celadon Books - May 24th, 2022

**THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**

"Alex Michaelides’s long-awaited next novel, 'The Maidens,' is finally here...the premise is enticing and the elements irresistible."
—The New York Times


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Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) By Leigh Bardugo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250751362
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 20th, 2020

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo comes a mesmerizing tale of power, privilege, and dark magic set among the Ivy League elite.


The Atlas Six (Atlas Series #1) By Olivie Blake Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250854544
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Published: Tor Books - September 6th, 2022

An instant New York Times bestseller!

The much-acclaimed viral sensation from Olivie Blake, The Atlas Six--now newly revised and edited with additional content.


The tag #theatlassix has millions of views on TikTok


The Starless Sea: A Novel By Erin Morgenstern Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101971383
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Published: Anchor - August 4th, 2020

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.


Heaven By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator) Cover Image
By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781609457457
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Published: Europa Editions - August 16th, 2022

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2022 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE


"A raw, painful, and tender portrait of adolescent misery... This book is very likely to make you cry."--Lily Meyer, NPR


The Girls Are All So Nice Here: A Novel By Laurie Elizabeth Flynn Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982144630
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 3rd, 2022

Two former best friends return to their college reunion to find that they’re being circled by someone who wants revenge for what they did ten years before—and will stop at nothing to get it—in this “propulsive” (Megan Miranda, bestselling author of The Girl from Widow Hills) psychological thriller.

A lot has changed since Ambrosia Wellington gradu


Seton Girls By Charlene Thomas Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593529348
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

A smart and twisty debut YA that starts off like Friday Night Lights and ends with the power and insight of Dear White People.


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The Last Graduate: A Novel (The Scholomance #2) By Naomi Novik Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593128886
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Published: Del Rey - June 28th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The specter of graduation looms large as Naomi Novik’s groundbreaking, New York Times bestselling trilogy continues in the stunning sequel to A Deadly Education.


The Witchery By S. Isabelle Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338758962
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 26th, 2022

The Witchery is a dark, delicious delight. S. Isabelle is a debut to watch.” --Justina Ireland, New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation

The Haunting Season is here and the Wolves are awake.

Haelsford, Florida, is a hellmouth.


The Plot: A Novel By Jean Hanff Korelitz Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250790750
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Published: Celadon Books - May 3rd, 2022

** NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! ** The Tonight Show Summer Reads Winner ** A New York Times Notable Book of 2021 **

"Insanely readable."
—Stephen King

Hailed as "breathtakingly suspenseful," Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot is a propulsive read about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it.


The Golden Enclaves: A Novel (The Scholomance #3) By Naomi Novik Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593158357
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Published: Del Rey - September 27th, 2022

Saving the world is a test no school of magic can prepare you for in the triumphant conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate.


Ghosts of Harvard: A Novel By Francesca Serritella Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525510383
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 22nd, 2021

TEEN VOGUE BOOK CLUB PICK • A Harvard freshman becomes obsessed with her schizophrenic brother’s suicide. Then she starts hearing voices.


The Temple House Vanishing By Rachel Donohue Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643750279
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Published: Algonquin Books - July 6th, 2021

The New York Times Best Thrillers of 2021
"Steamily atmospheric . . . A twisted Gothic tale, emotional in its language and febrile in its atmosphere, and it will appeal to readers who love to hear about obsession, repression . . .


Picnic at Hanging Rock By Joan Lindsay, Maile Meloy (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Joan Lindsay, Maile Meloy (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143132059
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 3rd, 2017

*Now a six-part TV series starring Natalie Dormer, from Amazon Prime*

A 50th-anniversary edition of the landmark novel about three “gone girls” that inspired the acclaimed 1975 film, featuring a foreword by Maile Meloy, author of Do Not Become Alarmed


Hex: A Novel By Rebecca Dinerstein Knight Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984877390
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Published: Penguin Books - March 30th, 2021

One of Vanity Fair's 21 Best Books of 2020 (So Far)

A Vulture, LitHub, and PureWow Most Anticipated Book of 2020

"As precise as any scientific observation and far more tantalizing." --Vogue


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Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle) By Tracy Deonn Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781534441613
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - February 1st, 2022

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!
Winner of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award

Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy reinvents the King Arthur legend and “braids together Southern folk traditions and Black Girl Magic into a searing modern tale of grief, powe


A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Series #1) By Deborah Harkness Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143119685
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Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2011

Book one of the New York Times-bestselling All Souls trilogy—"a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People).

All three seasons of the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches” are streaming now on AMC+, Sundance Now and Shudder.


Wilder Girls By Rory Power Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525645610
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Published: Ember - June 2nd, 2020

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

"The perfect kind of story for our current era."Hypable

Featured in Vulture’s "11 Books to Read If You Already Miss Yellowjackets"!


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Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062942869
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 5th, 2021

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

The award-winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post makes her adult debut with this highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls—a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit.