Ginger Nuts of Horror
And so we come to the final part of Tony Jones' fascinating look at his top fifty young adult horror books. I hope you have had as much fun reading this as we have. If you have any comments about the books featured here, or any books that we have missed off the list, please leave a comment below. And if you enjoyed this rundown please share the article tagging your favourite author.
Tony Jones' excellent rundown of his top fifty young adult and kids horror books reaches its thrilling penultimate entry. Tony has carefully selected horror novels that will be ideal for any parent looking to introduce their younglings to the wonderful world of horror fiction. We have even added a handy purchase link at the bottom of the article if any of these books take your fancy.
Stay tuned for the final part of this countdown tomorrow.
My obsession with horror has lasted roughly four decades, beginning when I was a child, my rights of passages took me through Goosebumps, Point Horror and when I was 12 or 13 discovered Stephen King, James Herbert, Guy N Smith, John Saul and Shaun Hutson. When I was a teen in the 1980s I had no idea whether “teen” horror even existed, I didn’t need it, I had the big boys of King and Herbert to keep me company. These days the cool kids are those with the latest iphones or gadgets, for my generation of friends the top dogs (as we saw ourselves anyway) were those who had read “Rats” by Herbert, “Spawn” by Hudson or “Salem’s Lot” by The King. Flip forward thirty years and there is a whole new breed of Young Adult (commonly known as YA) literature and horror has expanded tremendously in recent years and may yet thrive. So the teens who don’t think they can cope with King or Herbert yet have a huge range of YA or younger horror titles to choose from, of which I am presenting fifty below. I doubt most adult horror readers pay much attention to YA horror, but as I have worked in education for over twenty years I have never stopped reading kids or YA horror, or enjoying it either. The list below are fifty of my favourites. It is simply a list of books I have really enjoyed for all sorts of personal reasons. It includes books mainly written in the last ten years and through the Ginger Nuts of Horror I will revisit YA horror with further selections later in the year, after all, fifty books merely scratches the surface of twenty years of reading teen and kids horror. Any juniors aged between 10-15 would manage many of the books here, but obviously some are more challenging than others. There are more children’s and YA books being published at any time in history and this small selection tick the horror box for me. I haven’t read some of these books for ages, so apologies to anyone if I have misremembered any plotlines. Try reading, or buy something from the list for a niece, nephew or yourself! Or try to get a kid who doesn’t read very much to try one of these great novels.