Ten years of Point Horror-not for the faint-hearted. Horror at its hideous best... Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick: The first time Martha sees the house she knows it's evil. Somewhere so cold and sinister couldn't be anything else. So she's not surprised to find that someone was murdered in it. Not surprised, just scared out of her mind. She's also sure someone's watching her. Following her. Making creepy phone calls. Martha's pretty certain that this Halloween is going to be the scariest of her life and possibly her last... April Fools by Richie Tankersley Cusick: Frank thinks he's King of the Fools. This is his day. So when he and his friends get cut up by some hotshot driver...well, fair game. But the game goes wrong and suddenly things aren't so funny any more... Two weeks later, the 'pranks' start. Someone saw what happened that night, and wants to join in the fun. But April Fools' Day is over and these jokes are for real... Blood Sinister by Celia Rees: The old, leather bound diary is just a diversion for Ellen at first. Sent to rest at her grandmother's house, she begins reading to take her mind off her mysterious illness. For no one knows why she's so pale, so bloodless...But the bizarre history that unfolds is so compelling, so strangely tangled up with her own life that Ellen begins to feel even more drained than before...could something be reaching across the centuries to claim her, bleeding her dry...?
This two-volume set offers comprehensive coverage of horror literature that spans its deep history, dominant themes, significant works, and major authors, such as Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Anne Rice, as well as lesser-known horror writers. • Describes horror literature during different periods, thus helping readers understand the roots of modern horror literature, how works of horror have engaged social issues, and how horror has evolved over time • Connects horror literature to popular culture through sidebars on film adaptations, television shows, video games, and other nonliterary, popular culture topics • Includes excerpts from selected literary works that exemplify topics discussed in the entries that support English language arts standards by enabling students to read these excerpts critically in light of the entries • Prompts students to consider the nature of horror as a genre, the relationship of horror literature and social issues, and how horror literature intersects with mainstream supernatural concerns, such as religion
Edited by Morag Styles and written by an international team of acknowledged experts, this series provides jargon-free, critical discussion and a comprehensive guide to literary and popular texts for children. Each book introduces the reader to a major genre of children's literature, covering the key authors, major works and contexts in which those texts are published, read and studied. The development of the horror genre in children's literature has been a startling phenomenon - one that has provoked strong, but mixed, reactions. Frightening Fiction provides a lucid and lively guide to that genre, ranging from analyses of such popular series as Point Horror, Goosebumps, the X Files and the Buffy stories, to the work of individual authors such as Robert Westall, David Almond, Philip Gross and Lesley Howarth.
Contemporary American horror literature for children and young adults has two bold messages for readers: adults are untrustworthy, unreliable and often dangerous; and the monster always wins (as it must if there is to be a sequel). Examining the young adult horror series and the religious horror series for children (Left Behind: the Kids) for the first time, and tracing the unstoppable monster to Seuss's Cat in the Hat, the author aims to shed new light on the problematic message produced by the combination of marketing and books for contemporary American young readers.