YA literature is one of the fastest-growing genres in the publishing industry. Within the YA division, YA horror is becoming an increasingly popular genre for both teenagers and adults. With so many new titles to choose from, it’s difficult to pick out a quality YA horror novel that’ll keep you up at night and send shivers down your spine. Here are some favorites!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is formatted using a unique combination of prose and creepy sepia photographs. Its protagonist is a young teenager named Jacob Portman who discovers an old, abandoned house that’s home to Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children, who all have superpowers. Jacob has to take on the challenge of protecting himself and the peculiar children from the hollowgasts and the wights, monsters hell-bent on wiping out the peculiar children for good. There are two more books in the series, as well as a movie adaptation starring Asa Butterfield and Eva Green.
Dracula by Bram Stoker may have been published over 120 years ago, but it’s just as scary now as it was in 1897. It’s one of the major cornerstones of vampire mythology and serves as the inspiration for countless movies, TV shows, and spinoff books, including Francis Ford Coppola’s film Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the short-lived NBC TV series Dracula. Its main characters are Jonathan Harker, an innocent British solicitor, Mina Murray, his strong-willed fiancée, Professor Van Helsing, a doctor and vampire hunter, and of course, Count Dracula himself. If you’re a fan of vampire stories and somehow haven’t read Dracula yet, you absolutely must!
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater is actually the second book in her four-part series, but it fits the YA horror genre most closely. It’s about Richard Campbell Gansey III, otherwise known as Gansey, and his friends Ronan, Adam, Noah, and Blue, who are all on a quest to find the burial place of the legendary Welsh king Owen Glendower. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, The Raven Boys, you definitely should before starting The Dream Thieves. If you’re a fan of fantasy and horror, and are specifically looking for a book with LGBT representation, you’ll love it.