Ginger Nuts of Horror
BY TONY JONES
With Christmas fast approaching and the dread of all that Christmas shopping ahead of you, why don't you let Ginger Nuts of Horror take some of the pressure of you? With our four part guide to purchase horror books suitable for your precious ones.
Our Festive 50 is designed as a buying guide for parents who would love to introduce their younglings to the horror genre, but who might be a little concerned with exposing them to something that might distress them too much. The books featured here have all been vetted and deemed suitable for teenage readers.
And as a special treat for you stressed out parents there is a handy click to purchase from Amazon.com and Amazon UK feature at the end of each of these articles.
by Tony Jones
“Work hard at it.” That’s really the single key piece of advice, and those who hear it and heed it will make good progression. Those who don’t, who are convinced that there are shortcuts and who go looking for them, will be looking for the secrets in vain forever."
Ginger Nuts of Horror was honoured to have the opportunity to chat to Darren Dash, the alter ego of the international best selling YA author Darren Shan. His initial breakthrough was with an adult book, in February 1999, called "Ayuamarca" (later republished as "Procession of the Dead"), the first of a trilogy of books known as "The City". That was followed by "Hell's Horizon" in February 2000. Then, several years later, when the first two were re-edited and re-released, he published the third book, "City of the Snakes".
In January 2000 Darren's first children’s book, "Cirque du Freak", which he’d written as a fun side-project, was published. The first book in a series titled "The Saga of Darren Shan" (or "Cirque du Freak" as it’s known in America), it attracted rave reviews and an ever-growing army of fans hungry to learn more about vampires which were quite unlike any that anyone had ever seen before!
Darren loved writing for children so much that for the next several years he focused almost exclusively on his books for younger readers. First, he wrote a total of twelve books about vampires. He quickly followed up his vampiric saga with "The Demonata," a series about demons. Running to ten books in total, "The Demonata" cemented Darren Shan’s place as the Master Of Children’s Horror, and saw him score his first UK #1 bestsellers. He also wrote a one-off short book, called "Koyasan", for World Book Day in the UK in 2006.
by Jim Mcleod
As every parent knows introducing your child to reading is one one of the most important things a parent can do. Igniting a passion for reading in your child will set them up for life. However, in the early stages of this task finding a book that doesn't make this task unbearable for he parent is a tough call. Too many of these books are just too twee, and far too often are filled with wimpy fairies, soft toys and precocious princesses.
Thankfully M.T. Weber's I want to be a Monster When I Grow Up bridges the gap between engaging the young reader and the parent looking for a fun filled read that doesn't want to make them sigh with boredom.
Hudson wants to be a monster when he grows up, and as nearly ever character in early reading books decides to explore this desire in rhyme. Fascinated with the spooky side of life Hudson loves his mommy's bedtime tales especially the ones with skeletons and snails.
This is a fun read written and illustrated by M.T. Weber, he touches upon such important issues as why monsters need to keep their teeth clean, why monsters and their brothers need to work together, and the importance of a good diet. This little story will raise a smile on both your face and your child's face. It brilliantly introduces your child to monsters galore without ever running the risk of scaring your child.
Aided by some great artwork, this book will become a firm favourite with with both you and your child.
“The annihilation of Earth is only a heartbeat away”