Monday, October 26, 2009

Scary Stories (YA)

I forgot to do a scary stories post for teen readers. Horror/supernatural books are huge right now. Vampires, of course, are all the rage, but werewolves and zombies are predicted to be the new trends. If you're looking for something to keep you up at night, try these books:

Another Faust

Horror with a literary twist! As you may have guessed, this is a (sort of?) retelling of Goethe's Faust. No vampires here, but it does involve another trend at its peak: snooty New York private schools! This is in my to-be-read pile, and I can't wait.

Blood and Chocolate

Ah, the timeless tale of love between a human boy and a gorgeous teenage werewolf girl. (!)

Vivian Van Velde is well-known for her YA horror stories. Naturally, her All Hallows' Eve collection of short stories is really popular right now.

R.L. Stine is famous for his Goosebumps series (written for younger kids). Teens who grew up reading the Goosebumps books will be interested in Beware! R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories (which include stories by Ray Bradbury, Jane Yolen, and Roald Dahl).

Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak/Saga of Darren Shan series is popular all year round. Shan's vampire is more of the horrific vampire rather than the sensitive and tortured vampire that's become popular of late (and despaired of by those who prefer their vampires to not be romantic).

Tired of vampires? Try The Forest of Hands and Teeth. An orphan and zombies-quite a mix!

If you have any other suggestions, send a comment!

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