A most commonly asked question here in the library is recommendations on horror books. It has been a genre that continues to grow more and more each year it seems. Whether it’s because of the shock factor or the suspense they carry-it’s a genre worth noting! A horror kids book that I really enjoy myself is Coraline. I remember really wanting to read this book shortly after seeing the movie, and I legitimately thought it was very spooky. What this book does rather well is that it does not give off the vibe of being scary at all. It isn’t until halfway through the book it begins to transcend into the horror genre. Not to mention, this was the book that made me an absolute fan of the author, Neil Gaiman.
Typically, horror goes hand and hand with this other equally popular genre-mystery! These two genres are basically like peanut butter and jelly, or should I say, Sherlock Holmes and his esteem sidekick, Dr. Watson. This was an especially interesting genre to me since I typically, but Lois Lowry does it again with another novel that I love: The Willoughbys. With its quirky characters and compelling story line, this book was a quick read. I adored every single moment of it.
I have compiled a list that is half horror and half mystery, to create one ultimate suspense lover’s recommendation list. These are all fantastic titles that I’ve either read, heard others enjoy, or that I have stumbled across recently.
Which one of these books would you read to shock yourself?
The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Lee Stewart
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Flunke
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Dangerous Girls by R.L. Stine
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Scary Stories Series by Alvin Schwartz
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman