Sunday, October 21, 2018

RA RA Read: Scary Stories from Beginning to End

Interest in scary stories waxes and wanes, but it's always there. Over the past years I've gotten more and more requests for scary stories for younger listeners and readers, which is always tricky. "Scary" is very individual too, much like humor. However, here are my favorite recommendations to get started.

Scary Picture Books
  • Bone soup by Cambria Evans
  • The Monster and the Tailor by Paul Galdone (OP)
  • The Book That Eats People by John Perry
  • Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
  • Cinderella Skeleton by Robert San Souci
Easy Readers and Beginning Chapters
  • Eek! Stories to make you shriek by Jane O'Connor
    • All the other books in this series are out of print
  • Scary Tales by James Preller
  • Ghosts! Ghostly stories from folklore; In a dark, dark room by Alvin Schwartz
Middle Grade
Young Adult
  • Through the woods by Emily Carroll (GN)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (Series)
    • Not so much horror as dark fantasy; these are being republished fall 2018!
  • Natasha Preston
  • Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan (Series)
    • Multiple related and unrelated series and manga adaption, which I don't think is scary at all.
  • Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith (Series)

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