Summer is on and the temperature is rising, and what’s better during the heat of the day than to curl up in a nice, cool corner with a great book to read? For the adult horror fan, it’s pretty easy to find something that fits your tastes, but for the younger horror fan who isn’t quite ready for Stephen King and Dean Koontz, it’s a little harder to find something that brings just enough of the thrills and chills without them sleeping with you for a month because they’re terrified. S0, I decided to put together a list of ten great books and book series that just might fit the needs of your young horror hound.
Things That Go Bump in the Night edited by, Jane Yolen and Martin Harry Greenberg
Ages: 12 and up
I remember wandering through the library when I was in about the 6th or 7th grade when I found this book sitting unnoticed on the shelf. It was a bit dusty when I pulled it off the shelf, but just from the cover, I knew this was the book for me. I read it numerous times over the following years, and still have a copy today. The stories range from solid scary to horror comedy. There’s definitely something for every kid in this book. One of my favorites was “Duffy’s Jacket”, which taught me to appreciate the value of a good twist at the ending of a story. You can buy your copy here.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by, Alvin Schwartz with illustrations by Stephen Gammell
Ages: 8 and up
If you’re reading this list, then at some point in your youth, you were probably a fan of this amazing series of short stories. The stories were great by themselves, but it was the illustrations by Stephen Gammell that put this collection over the top. These images stick with you, perfectly enhancing the stories, and make them effective to this day. Pick up a copy here for your kids today, and you just might find that you’re a fan, yourself, all over again.
Ghosts I Have Been by, Richard Peck
Ages: 10 and up
Young, outspoken Blossom Culp is forever finding herself in trouble. Her mother is the town “fortune teller”, and she often finds herself telling stories to frighten her fellow students. The real trouble comes, as it often does in these tales, when Blossom’s stories become reality, and she finds herself with the ability to see spirits. The next thing you know, she’s transported by these spirits to the deck of the Titanic as it is sinking. This is just the first book in the series of Culp’s adventures, and I highly recommend them. Peck has an incredible sense of the moment and scene. You and your young reader will find yourselves right next to Blossom as the cold water draws closer. Pick up a copy here today.
Goosebumps by, R.L. Stine
Ages: 8 and up
What’s not to love about R.L. Stine’s now classic series of Goosebumps books? Short, tightly written horror stories for the kid in all of us, the books had a Tales from the Crypt flair with lots of twists and turns to keep the kids coming back for more. Browse through this epic series of books and find just the right ones for your reader today. Take a look at book one here.
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