middle grade horror


MG #Horror Book Find: The Screaming Staircase

A friend recommended the Lockwood & Co. series to me. I bought book one: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. I started reading it and ran here to share this middle grade horror delight! Be happy. Be excited. Be prepared for the creepy. Blurb... A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see—and eradicate—these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agenc[...]


Where to Query Your MG Horror Novel (Part 2)

The Where to Query series is now off to a running start and if I'm lucky, I'll have about as many addendums to this as there are Land Before Time movies. I wanted to do this because sometimes your eyes start to cross when you're researching agents. I know that sometimes I find myself wishing that someone would just make a list for me. So, here you go friends. A magical list put together just for your middle grade horror novel!   I've written one post previously on this, titled: Where to Query Your YA Horror Novel. That post is helpful for anyone to re[...]



Hello, lovelies! Sorry for the lame title but I can't think of any other way to express my fondness for middle grade horror. I LOVE it, and not just because I write it. There's something so magical about scaring kids. I remember hiding in the back shelves of the library, pouring over SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK. I was hooked on the shivers and the adrenaline I felt coursing through my veins when that girl's sore split open and spiders went ALL OVER HER FACE. When I read IN A DARK, DARK ROOM (and other scary stories), I became obsessed with the story, "Th[...]


Kids Need Scary, Too: A Plea for More Middle Grade Horror

We're celebrating middle grade horror this month. So I thought of middle grade me, and if you had asked kid-me if I liked horror, I would have said no. Maybe because Mom was all about the non-scary, about keeping us from things that she didn’t like. Maybe because Dad liked it, but being a not-so-talkative guy, there was never any discussion about it. But when I look back on my childhood, I did like horror. If Dad was watching some crazy, creepy movie, I watched it, the whole time knowing I “shouldn’t”. I had books I loved, only later realizing they were h[...]


Review: Beware the Monstrous Manther! (Fright Friends Adventures, #2)

I don’t read a lot of middle grade books. I like them, it’s just usually I’m craving something really dark and spooky and most middle grade novels don’t delve into the dark depths that I like. There are exceptions, naturally, and you can always look up long lists of middle grade horror books on Goodreads. When I was searching I found that this book already belonged to a ton of cool shelves on Goodreads, like Top 100 Middle School Must-reads, which I find pretty impressive. Last May I discovered a middle grade book called The House on Creep Street by the[...]


Review: The House on Creep Street

Man oh man oh man. I have just finished THE BEST BOOK. And now you all have to hear about it because you're welcome. If you have not heard of the middle grade book The House on Creep Street by The Blood Brothers, you are doing yourself a grave disservice. I can honestly say that The House on Creep Street is the best middle grade book I've ever read and it's one of the best I've read this year in any genre. There are several millions of reasons why I love this book but here are a few of the main reasons that I wanted to read this book in the first place. It in[...]