Micol Ostow's Amity, inspired by a true-crime story about a house that is more than wood and nails -- it's a horrible, living presence, has been called "heart-stopping and chilling," "a fine madness" and "flat-out terrifying." Today, Ostow is here to share three new Young Adult horror novels she's looking forward to reading this fall. Get ready for a scare:
You guys, I am so excited that October’s here! No lie, Halloween is my favorite holiday, and if my latest release weren’t enough of a tip-off, I’m a huge horror fan.
So now that it’s officially sweater-weather here in Brooklyn, I've found are three hot-off-the-presses YA horror novels I can’t wait to dive into!
☠ Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday. Atmospheric, gothic ghostliness at its very best. Following her mother’s death in 1826, Annabelle Lee returns to Philadelphia to live with her father, a maybe-mad scientist prone to unconventional -- and sometimes unsavory -- experiments. Mix in a little murder and a young Edgar Allan Poe, and you’ve got a recipe for major goose bumps.
☠ Party Games by R.L. Stine. Speaking of goosebumps, kidlit horror master R.L. Stine himself is back with a new Fear Street thriller! Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear's birthday party at his family's estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to get the invite. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party -- the game of murder. Think Ten Little Indians with a Stine twist.
☠ Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz. A majorly meta take on classic horror tropes. For seven essay contestants, it's their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at cult-favorite horror director Justin Blake's latest, confidential project . It doesn’t take long for things to get weird. By the time the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf hits the scene, it may be too late to wake up and run.