In my youth I read a lot of horror, Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King being my favorites. I've been reading a lot of quite scary young adult fiction lately. I've listed here 10 of the best which include a dark fairy tale, nightmares, monsters who feast on human flesh, a city of demons where murder and pleasure are offered up for sale, a paranormal thriller, a boy who can bring things out of his dreams, a gothic horror tale, grisly murders echoing those committed by Jack the Ripper, a murder mystery starring a teenage girl with obsessive compulsive disorder and a modern graphic novel of a classic tale using the original 1918 text. Quite a feast of horrors! Lock all the doors, turn on all the lights, snuggle down and enjoy!
Being a children's book collector, a bookseller and former "librarian" children's books are a major part of my life and I think about them and about literacy often. Inspiration usually comes to me while I'm in the shower and is promptly washed down the drain. I'm finally going to try to write down some of these pearls and share them!
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