It’s a little surprising that I haven’t talked about books yet this month, so here we go with a post about books!
This year I really wanted to focus my Halloween TBR on spooky YA books (and also a little bit of horror manga) because for some reason whenever I think of horror books my mind always goes to adult fiction and authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, or it goes to classic horror and classic Gothic.
Even though my knowledge of YA horror was fairly slim I obviously have managed to put together a TBR of YA books and I’ve even looked through my big TBR to see if I had any that could be classed as “horror” and it turns out that there’s quite a few!
Sometimes I feel like horror is a genre that’s kind of skipped out on in YA because there might be that worry of certain things being too scary for the demographic, but there are some pretty heavy things that go on in even contemporary books so I think YA readers can handle horror. Besides, the Goosebumps series was written for children, so YA readers should be fine.
*also i’m a little unsure if some of these books are actually horror, and also whether one of them is YA or not, but whatever.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
I currently have The Girl from the Well at the top of my TBR pile for this month which is by the same author, and while I didn’t have time to squeeze this book onto my TBR, I am still very excited to read it later on in the year. I haven’t read a lot of books about witches because a little gripe I have about witch media is sort of the same as I have with vampire media: it gets very white European at times. With vampires, it’s a little hard to escape since they come from Eastern European folklore, but witches are a pretty universal thing, so to come across a book about witches that isn’t European/Wiccan is such a good thing for me.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Gothic fiction is a genre that is very close to my heart because I’ve studied it pretty intensely for a few years, and Frankenstein is one of my favourite books ever so the idea of the story being retold from Elizabeth’s perspective is such an interesting idea to me. Even though Mary Shelley was the daughter of one of the first feminists, the female characters in her book are passive (the men are complete idiots too but that’s not really my point), however, Elizabeth is the one who takes the most action when Justine is falsely convicted for murder. I have heard some mixed responses to this book, but since Frankenstein is one of my favourites (and Shelley is my birthday twin) I’m still excited about it.
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Yay for modern Gothic books! Even I will admit that classic Gothic books can be tough so I’m always on the look for modern Gothic books, even though a lot of people are more hesitant to label modern books as Gothic because they assume that it has to be a musty old book from the Victorian era (Gothic actually originated in the Georgian era which was 1714-1830). Enough of my bougie nonsense, Rick Yancey is an author who I have only read one book by and it’s one that completely blew me away when I read it, so I’m very excited to see how this one fares.
This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Zombies are probably my least favourite monsters to read about or watch things about, so the fact that I’ve wanted to read this book for such a long time is still a little surprising to me. Because I’m so pretentious, it’s sort of the more philosophical or existential aspect of this book that draws me in. For me, it’s not enough for there to be zombies just because they’re “cool” or whatever, I like to have them represent something other than the standard “media and consumerism have taken away our abilities to think for ourselves” because that take is boring and overdone to me.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
I’m not entirely sure if this book counts as a horror book, but since it revolves around the Ripper murders in Victorian London (remember kids, victorian≠gothic and vice versa), I’m counting it as a horror book. Plus, the Goodreads blurb calls it one so I will call it one too. I have pretty high expectations for this series as a whole because I know that it is so highly regarded by the bookish community, so hopefully it delivers.
The Merciless by Danielle Vega
When this book first came out I told myself to stay away from it because of the symbols on the cover, but now they don’t bother me anymore because I’m not religious anymore, and also one of them has nothing to do with witchcraft or Satanism (it’s the inverted cross. that’s actually a catholic symbol). Anyway, I haven’t read many books about exorcism, and horror with huge religious connotations isn’t my thing (demons and stuff) but this book sounds pretty dang terrifying, so I’m going to give it a go.
Tommy Nightmare by JL Bryan
It has been a million years since I read Jenny Pox and for some reason, I just never continued on with the series and they’ve been sitting in my Kindle wishlist ever since waiting for me to buy them. I will get around to finishing this series hopefully soon because I really loved Jenny Pox, and JL Bryan is such a great writer that I should really get my butt in gear and finish it.