Now that it’s getting to be fall, I feel like reading a lot of gothic horror kind of novels (and “beach reads,” to be fair). I’ve come up with a list of ten books that fit that mood: scary, but fun. There are books that feature scary children and there are books that feature things that scare children, and all of them are extremely useful if you don’t want to fall asleep at night.
(If you need more book recs for RIP VI, this is a good list to peruse!)
- Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp (1969). Reviewed here at Birdbrain(ed)!
- The Witch Saga by Phyliss Reynolds Naylor (1975-1992?). Starts with Witch’s Sister. I’m pretty sure I only ever read the first three or four of this series, because they scared the pants off of me when I was 10/11.
- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (1981?). The new edition (that I’ve linked to) has illustrations by Brett Helquist. I haven’t seen them so I don’t know how scary they are, but the version I have, with Stephen Gammell’s illustrations, is basically what kept me from sleeping for about a week when I was 12.
- Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy (1983). I’m…not actually sure if this is supposed to be horror or not, but moving dolls are scary, right?
- The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (2009). Reviewed here at Birdbrain(ed)!
- The House With a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs (1973). I think maybe some of his Johnny Dixon books are a bit scarier, but this one is my favorite so I’m putting it on the list.
- Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (2007). Okay, so it’s not overtly horror like some of these other books, but this book, and especially the later books, have some pretty scary stuff in them.
What’s your favorite kidlit/YA horror book?
Thanks to Once Upon a Bookshelf for the list-y inspiration!