Salem Witch Trials
The tragedy in Salem saw many innocent people--primarily women--murdered by an unfair judicial system. Visiting the town and remembering the history is a powerful reminder of how frightening a paranoid society can be.
The Bartimaeus Trilogy
by Jonathan Stroud
This fantasy young adult novel gave us the idea of a summoned demon who grudgingly works for the magical person.
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
This delightful middle grade book about living in a graveyard inspired to have a "living" graveyard that was home to important figures and was a protected place rather than a menacing place.