YA Books Recs for Fans of Horror Movies
Nori’s Note: Today is exactly one week from Halloween, so I thought it Emma’s post would be perfect!
Now…Get ready for some epic recs!
THE RING + THE GIRL FROM THE WELL by Rin Chupeco.
Let’s start with the obvious: if you like ghost stories about murdered girls, try reading THE GIRL FROM THE WELL. Spooky and poetic, Okiku is like Samara if Samara had her shit together enough to only kill the people who deserve it. There’s even a sequel!
HALLOWEEN + MY SISTER ROSA by Justine Larbalestier
Rosa is a child psychopath, and her brother Che has no way to tell when or how she’ll lash out. Like Michael Myers, the scariest part is that there’s no reason behind the violence, they simply enjoy it. Larbalestier builds up the dread throughout the book until Rosa might as well be wandering around with a white mask.
PRIMAL FEAR + ALLEGEDLY by Tiffany D. Jackson
Did someone say psychological thriller? Yes, and yes it was me. Like PRIMAL FEAR, ALLEGEDLY deals with a horrific murder and a possibly innocent murderer. Living in a dysfunctional group home, Mary is determined to dig up the past and prove that she didn’t kill a baby. But can she be trusted to tell the truth about what happened? Edward Norton wishes he could play a character this complex.
GINGER SNAPS + BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE by Annette Curtis Klause
A deep cut, but two of my favorites. We don’t get enough werewolf books, and we definitely don’t get enough female werewolves. Like Ginger, Vivian is an outsider without many friends, partly because of the whole werewolf thing. Both girls start to lose control, the body parts start piling up, and we get a lot of mileage out of lycanthropy-as-a-metaphor-for-female-sexuality.
SUSPIRIA + THE WALLS AROUND US by Nova Ren Suma
Murderous ballerinas? Check. Creepy institutions? Check. Supernatural occurrences? Check. Writing that’s as beautiful as Argento’s film? CHECK.
THE OTHERS + WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson
WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE was written in the 60s and there’s a reason it’s still popular today. Merricat, her sister and their uncle are the only remaining Blackwoods, the rest of the family murdered six years ago. Like the family in THE OTHERS, the Blackwoods live in isolation and refuse to leave the house, even as the events of the past are slowly revealed. Dun dun duuuuun!
THE GRUDGE + ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake
Look, sometimes ghosts aren’t trying to hurt you, they just need you to know what happened to them. And sometimes they are also trying to hurt you. Cas is a ghost hunter, but Anna isn’t so easy to kill. Like THE GRUDGE, this ghost has a story she needs to tell, and Cas is the one who’s been chosen to hear it. Whether he remains alive after that is another story…
NIGHT WATCH + LABRYINTH LOST by Zoraida Córdova
Hear me out on this one. Like NIGHT WATCH, LABRYINTH LOST has a protagonist coming into her power who makes a big mistake. (Witches ALWAYS make things worse, ok?) Russian Others, meet Brooklyn Brujas, the Gloom, meet Los Lagos, supernatural thriller meet vivid urban fantasy. See? It works.
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER + THE TEN by Gretchen McNeil
Ok, technically I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER is also a YA book, but that feels like cheating. Instead, try THE TEN, an Agatha Christie retelling that has beautiful teens trapped in a house being slowly picked off one by one as the past comes back to haunt them. What are you waiting for, huh?
CRIMSON PEAK + HOUSE OF ASH by Hope Cook
Do you like beautiful gothic houses haunted by the horrors committed in them? Cool, me too. Like CRIMSON PEAK, HOUSE OF ASH has murder, mystery, ghosts, and doomed love, all wrapped up in a gorgeous package that spans across years. And that package may or may not be alive.
NOW GO FORTH AND BE FRIGHTENED!
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