Monday, August 29, 2011

The YA Horror Book Project

So I've been working on putting together a list a current young adult horror titles and it's not been an easy task and is nowhere near being finished. Here's a video that discusses the process and why I think it's important (hint: the genre is shrinking)...

And here's the list!

Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman
Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda
The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement Moore
The Gates by John Connoly
The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle
Sleepless by Thomas Fahy
The Poisoned House by Michael Ford
The Sleepwalkers by J. Gabriel Gates
Soulless by Christopher Golden
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
Tighter by Adele Griffin
The Enemy by Charlie Higson
The Dead by Charlie Higson
Possessions by Nancy Holder
The Evil Within by Nancy Holder
The Screaming Season by Nancy Holder
The Devouring by Simon Holt
Soulstice by Simon Holt
Fearscape by Simon Holt
Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
Rotters by Daniel Kraus
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry
Bonechiller by Graham McNamee
Possess by Gretchen McNeil
Uninvited by Justine Musk
Bliss by Lauren Myracle
The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki
Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall (Christopher Golden)
Spirits of the Noh by Thomas Randall (Christopher Golden)
A Winter of Ghosts by Thomas Randall (Christopher Golden)
Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick
Lord Loss by Darren Shan
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith
The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith
Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey
I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
The Cellar by A.J. Whitten
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Feel free to add your selections of current YA horror in the comment thread!


  1. I do appreciate it! I've been looking for a list of YA horror and would be interested in what you'll be reading for Halloween Horror month. Thanks again :-)

  2. A bunch of these are on my to-read list, and I'm reviewing Anna Dressed in Blood for my Halloween event this year.

    (also, no offense to Hoppcus, but I don't consider Shadow Hills horror in any way. Meh.)

  3. You should totally read The Monstrumologist. He's a little wordy, but I like the audiobooks. And there are parts in it that are SO fucking disgusting that it made me think of you. ;)

  4. Your writing, of course. Not

    (Y hallo thar foot, you taste awesome)

  5. Skeleton Creek is not scary! the videos may be a little scary but the actual book is not. Don't waste your time reading a kids book if you are looking for horror.

  6. Delighted to be included on your list.

  7. Remember the days of Point Horror? Yeah, those were the days. I think this is a great idea. :)

    Anyway here are a few other suggestions:

    - The Waking trilogy (Dreams of the Dead, Spirits of the Noh and A Winter of Ghosts (forthcoming)) by Thomas Randall (aka Christopher Golden). Horror set in Japan with creatures from Japanese folklore.

    - Possessions series (Possessions, The Evil Within and The Screaming Season) by Nancy Holder. Murder, ghosts, possession, stuff like that.

  8. I love horror and have read many of the books on your list! I remember being in jr. high and trying to read as many of RL Stine's Fear Street books as I could! Thanks for the list. Now I know what to keep an eye out for :)

  9. It might be a bit young to be considered YA but Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac is creepy. Since I have Iroquois/Mohawk heritage it caught my interest:)

  10. Great list Daniel! Can't wait to read some of these.

    And if you're ever looking for more, I list the new YA & Kids horror releases each month on the first at

    I'm from Australia, so it's the Aussie new release dates (though the titles are from all over the world), but you might see some more there you didn't know about. Glad to find another YA horror fan!

  11. THANK YOU! I loved Stephen King books growing up. I'm always looking for a good scary books. :D Wow...I'm so excited now.

  12. Just a perfect website for zombie games fans

  13. I was very interested in your discussion on YA horror.
    It seems most YA now is focused on romance, or at least has romance as the main element.
    I'd say The Hunger Games is a type of hack/slash horror.
    My book, Dollhouse, is a psychological horror.

    I agree with what you said in your video in regard to the best books being a medium where we experience strong emotion (fear being one of these strong emotions.
    I think experiencing fear in a safe medium such a book can be helpful because you realise that you were scared out of your skin but you survived. It's a helpful life skill to know that all things pass and life goes on.