The Everlasting Appeal Of Spooky Stories

Monday, January 26, 2009

With the last Harry Potter installment released, a lot of the new, splashy books are trending scary. Some librarians are proclaiming that "horror is the new fantasy," said Kate McClelland, president-elect of the Association for Library Services to Children.

"Scary" has always had strong appeal for children and teens. Halloween books are checked out year-round in many libraries. "They are safe scares," McLelland said. "You can slip inside that book and be really chilled by what you're reading, and at the same time know you are perfectly safe." But she warned they might not be the best bedtime reading.

A few new titles McLelland says might scare you sleepless include "The Black Book of Secrets" and "The Bone Magician," two grim tales by F.E. Higgins, and "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman.

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