Thursday, October 27, 2011

Scary Reads: Part 2

I'm a huge scaredy cat. Scary movies freak me out. Scary stories keep me up at night. And thoughts of monsters make me flee dark corners.

That's one of the reasons why stories about children who overcome frightful odds are so gripping. Normal kids finding the strength and courage to face dragons and defeat monsters are some of my favorite reads. Halloween Reads Part 1 covered vintage titles. For Part 2, I've got three titles featuring young heroes and heroines standing up to their worst fears.

Scary Reads for Halloween
Part 2: Nightmare Fuel

1. It by Stephen King

The first book that ever scared me was written by the king of horror himself. I remember turning page after page, wide eyed and terrified. And leaving the light on for nights afterward. Follow the kids of Derry, Maine as they go up against the worst of nightmares: an evil man-eating clown.

2. The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

Like Pinocchio on Pleasure Island, the young hero of this book finds a wonderland house of endless magic and surprises. But this house holds dark secrets. BONUS POINTS: The book features the holiday of Halloween in fine fashion.

3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

You've heard of boys raised by wolves, but what about a boy raised by ghouls? This story fittingly takes place in a cemetery, and Gaiman skillfully makes this setting (wait for it) come alive in this unusual undead coming-of-age.

Bonus Reads: Gaiman's Coraline, a great thriller about a girl who overcomes a really scary nemesis.

Extra Credit: Can you remember the first book or story that really, truly scared you?

Scary Reads Part 1: Vintage Frights
Scary Reads Part 3: Candy Stash

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