Calling all cold dead hearts: it’s Dark Reads Day! Halloween might be in our rearview mirror, but the nights are getting longer and we’re still lurking in the dark corners of the book world. You’ve probably heard of dark academia by now, but there’s lots more to discover. Today we’re looking at the enduring appeal of V.C. Andrews and why so many kids love dark books. Speaking of, for the Goosebump kids who are grown, we’ve got adult read-alikes! We’ve also got short fiction of the horror variety, goth-y goods for book nerds, and so much more.
Grab your flashlight, ignore that eerie howling from beyond, and join us, won’t you?
Dark Mystery & Thrillers Because Who Needs Sleep?
These mysteries and thrillers have a dark feel, or feel like a blend of horror and mystery/thriller or books with dark crimes.
YA Horror Books Inspired my Love of Reading
Reading horror books as a teen made me a more mature and brave reader all-around, and I never looked back since.
Why Should Children Read Dark Books?
Reading dark and scary books can help children develop the coping skills they'll need when scary situations arise in their lives.
Should Horror Protagonists Be Genre Savvy?
Genre-savvy protagonists in horror fiction wield their knowledge of tropes like a weapon. Is that a good or a bad thing?
Why Do So Many Kids Read V.C. Andrews?
V.C. Andrews' controversial 40-year-old books can still hold young readers in their thrall. Let's have a look at why her work endures.
The Bloody Joy of Horror Literary Magazines
From classics to new and inventive publications, delight in the discovery of dark fiction with these horror literary magazines.
Chilly and Killy: 10 Great Wintery Thrillers to Delight and Frighten You
Grab some hot cocoa and blankets, and get ready to get cozy with these 10 great winter thrillers to delight and frighten you!
9 Dark Novels in Verse
Verse novels combine a compelling story with stark and intricately spun poetry. There’s one for you in this list of dark novels in verse.
Bookish Goods for Goths
The best bookish gear for your literary lifestyle—the goth edition!—from stickers and tees to candles and prints.
10 Books You Should Read If You Enjoyed The Goosebumps Series As A Kid
If you loved the fun and feel of R.L. Stine's books as a kid, you'll love these books like Goosebumps for adults.