It’s Grace, hopefully soaking in the days before the best day of the year!!! but realistically probably studying for exams. Getting older makes Halloween less fun because it’s harder to get swept up in the magic of everything. I’m too health-conscious to gorge myself on candy, all my costumes revolve around either date functions or whatever the school happens to be doing, and homework is too involved for me to have Hocus Pocus on in the background.
But I’m determined to make it feel like the holiday this year. Go full-out. So, horror books feel like the way to go.
I get freaked out by anything that’s too scary, or just gruesome. It’s not so much that I dislike the idea of being scared, but some details just seem too extra. Like, did you really have to go there? In my head, there’s a difference between well-constructed eerie versus gross and twisted. Give me atmosphere!
So without further ado, here are some horror picks I’d actually read.
Novel: It by Stephen King | Goodreads
Release Date: November 18, 1990
Publisher: Viking (PRH)
To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered, a good place to live. It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, It lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each person’s deepest dread. Sometimes It reached up, seizing, tearing, killing…
The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of It was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until the grown-up children were called back, once more to confront It as It stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
Frightening, epic, and brilliant, Stephen King’s It is one of the greatest works of a true storytelling master.
I would love to read It. First of all, I need to read a Stephen King book in order to feel satisfied about myself as a reader. For another, the movie was filmed in the small town we go to in Canada every summer, so it’d be nice to feel connected to that. Also, I can deal with clowns. It won’t destroy me as a human being to read.
Novel: House of Furies by Madeleine Roux | Goodreads
Release Date: May 30, 2017
An all-new gothic horror series from the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum.
After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.
Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?
Featuring stunning interior illustrations from artist Iris Compiet, plus photo-collages that bring Coldthistle House to chilling life, House of Furies invites readers to a world where the line between monsters and men is ghostly thin.
To say that I want this book almost exclusively based on the cover would be startlingly accurate. Still, I rarely read historical fiction, and when I do, there’s normally some horror element involved. I love the idea of there being a sinister kind of boardinghouse. And all the reviews I’ve read cite atmosphere as what makes it work, so it’s definitely up my alley.
Novel: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys (edited by April Genevieve Tucholke) | Goodreads
Release Date: August 18, 2015
For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror
A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.
Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.
Fans of TV’s The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors:
A. G. Howard
Nova Ren Suma
April Genevieve Tucholke
I’ve started reading short stories more often than I used to, but I haven’t yet applied that to the YA sphere. I think normally the spirit of YA that I like — absorbing — doesn’t entirely translate to the short story taste I have because there’s not as much time to settle in. Still, especially since it’s horror, I could use a sampler of stories curated by one of my favorite writers, April Genevieve Tucholke. The cover is a little alarming, and the list of writers is top-notch.
Novel: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff | Goodreads
Release Date: September 21, 2010
Publisher: Razorbill (PRH)
Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.
Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.
Just look at that cover. One of the most haunting ones I’ve seen in young adult — also, reminds me very much of Wednesday Addams. I love the idea of a changeling, traditionally associated with fantasy, crossing over into straight-up horror. Also, I feel like that transition could be good for me because it’ll be associated with dark elegance rather than anything too macabre. I read Brenna Yovanoff’s Paper Valentine and loved it for a good dose of chilly horror, so I’d very much so read her earlier novel.