For me, horror fiction for young adults seemed to wane in a time where werewolves and vampires were having illicit romantic affairs. But it began to rear its scary head in recent years, and there have been some AWESOME horror novels for teens published in the last few years.
A frequently asked question, is what is the definition of YA horror? And to me, it's anything terrifying that happens to you in real life or on a paranormal level. Of course, this opens the playing field to a LOT of perspectives, so this list of 10 definitely is more paranormal heavy. But I couldn't help putting in two terrifying novels that are VERY reminiscent of horror in the real world.
** watch only if you dare...movie trailers may not be suitable to all audiences
There are in no particular order....
When you're covered with tattoos to protect you from evil, then encounter a huge flock of crows chasing you, you know something is about to happen. But it's when you show up at a cornfield knowing something evil lurks between the stalks...yes, it's that creepy!
Horror movie pair: Children of the Corn
Horror movie pair: Halloween
Horror movie pair: Saw
Horror movie pair: Final Destination
Okiku crawls out of the well, her black hair dangling in front of her deathly face. The next thing you know, she is hanging from the ceiling looking at the man who just committed murder. Then the lights go out and the terror begins...steeped in Japanese ghosts and Shinto exorcisms, this book will make you scream with pleasure.
Horror movie pair: The Ring
Jen and her father have just moved into Harmony House, home to several violent episodes, including the death of children. People in the small town seem to know what's going on, but Jen doesn't and the voices become more real with each day she lives and survives....
Horror movie pair: House on Haunted Hill
Evil is on the hunt for those strange and peculiar people who hide from him. But it's what happens when the hiding place is revealed. It's up to Jacob to keep these peculiar, and sometimes dangerous, children alive, if possible. The old pictures alone are sure to touch a nerve and fill it with dread.
Horror movie pair: I actually couldn't think of one for this because it's just so different and...peculiar (bwaaa-haa-haaa) Here's the movie trailer
Two young women are trying to run to safety in a world filled with sharp knives. The one thing they can't shake off is the fact they see the dead all around them. Not only do they see them, but the dead won't leave them alone....ever...Are they here to help or hinder?
Horror movie The Sixth Sense
The entire premise of this book is to take something sweet and turn it into something dark and horrible, and these writers hit the mark! Think you know Alice in Wonderland? How about Sleepless in Seattle? Think again....
Horror movie pair: The Birds or Psycho
Going down a detour is irritating as best. But going down one in the middle of the woods can cause a little different mood, unless you're narcissistic and on a cell phone. But when the main character wakes up from an accident and finds herself in a basement, you know something bad is about to happen...
Horror movie pair: Misery
Beautiful house, never for sale. It's been handed down through generations of a family, and it's special. But a lot of sadness has occurred within the walls of this house. Mom died, the aunt disappeared....but perhaps you can hear the scratching on the inside of the walls and the cry to let them out? CREEP FACTOR times TEN!
Horror movie pair: The Conjuring