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Initial post: Jun 22, 2012 3:09:12 PM PDT
mnix says:
My 14 year old daughter loves horror books and movies. She's looking for some book suggestions that aren't too much for her age.

Any help is really appreciated!!

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 9:24:05 AM PDT
dianon says:
shirley jackson may be a good choice, also the classics such as edgar Allen poe, bram stoker and so on. i recall reading some anthologies of classic horror stories which included "the yellow wallpaper", "camille" and other classic horror themes.
hope this helps a bit.

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 9:51:14 AM PDT
MommaCat says:
The Howling by Gary Brandner
Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King (he wrote it for his kids)

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 10:01:10 AM PDT
Welll, i would recommend Dean Koontz "Winter Moon" (theres not a ton of violence and no sex as far as i can remember) but it is a very creepy book, probably Koontz scariest book.
Also, Eyes of the Dragon is NOT horror book-its a decent read, but not scary at all. Also by King, "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" is about a young girl lost in the woods, a lighter read than King's other books but still creepy.
I could recoomend many other horror books, but i'm not sure exactly what you consider "appropriate"

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 11:02:29 AM PDT
mnix says:
Thank you everyone!

As to what she's looking for, the horror violence is OK, but explicit sex makes her uncomfortable.

Zombies are always a plus :)

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 2:14:45 PM PDT
James R. says:
Lovecraft is the place to start for the horror obsessed teen. Also, King is good.

Dead City is a top zombie book. World War Z. I really enjoyed Haters by David Moody too.

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 2:17:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2012 2:18:11 PM PDT
Has she read any Neil Gaiman? Neverwhere is a horror/dark fantasy mix with no explicit sex that I can remember. Plus it has a fabulous pair of bad guys with great vocabulary. Sounds weird I know, but I bet she would like it.
Another vote for The Yellow Wallpaper or perhaps Carmilla and there are some gothic, scary parts in Jane Eyre. All free and sex free as well, though there is a bit of insinuation in Carmilla.
As far as zombies Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel was awesome and relatively clean sex-wise.

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 2:22:19 PM PDT
James R. says:
Gaiman is amazing, I'd go with that. Arabat by Clive Barker is another good one.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 2:49:48 PM PDT
Kenneth RR Elroy: Haunted on the grandfather's farm

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 3:35:03 PM PDT
mnix says:
Thank you everyone for these suggestions! We're writing them down and going to check them all out.

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 3:58:13 PM PDT
I love Clive Barker. He is a great writer. There are some books of his however where there is explicit sexual themes, so I would advise looking over some of them so she isn't uncomfortable. He is a great influence, with a wonderful mind for the weird. Also, I enjoy Joe Hill, who writes some pretty good horror. For Clive Barker, I would recommend Books of Blood, his shorter stories. They are awesome.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 2:04:26 PM PDT
J.Prather says:
Try Rotters by Daniel Krauss. Very well written and exceedingly creepy. Also, The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. It's a great horror/historical combination that was so good it took my breath away. There are two sequels to that one... Also, Try Lockdown by Smith. These are all young adult fiction titles that don't skimp on the chills and thrills. All can be really gross though, so hope she's not squeamish.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 2:22:09 PM PDT
KinksRock says:
It's tough to recommend horror for a teen because a lot of modern horror has sex. It makes me want to recommend the classics: FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA, that kind.

Most of Graham Masterton's novels are aimed at an adult audience, but he has one that is aimed at a younger audience and contains no sex, and, in my opinion, that only helps it: House of Bones.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 2:31:24 PM PDT
J.Prather says:
ooh, thought of another YA horror. Charles Higson's The Enemy. Good zombie storytelling!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 2:49:57 PM PDT
Osiris says:
The HEROIN God's Own Medicine One and Two ebooks category horror, addiction have no sex, and will help steer readers away from drugs.

HEROIN God's Own Medicine: HEROIN horrors!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 4:45:27 PM PDT
davysim3 says:
Hi M. Nix,

I can recommend a gripping read by Danielle Linihan entitled A LIGHTER SHADE OF HELL. It is currently only available through Amazon Kindle books. Hope this helps your daughter out.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 9:48:17 AM PDT
Shannon M. says:
John Saul is a great writer of suspense, and most of his books involve teenagers. My personal favorite
is the Blackstone Chronicles, about cursed objects from an old insane asylum. It started out as a serial, several short books written separately, but you can buy the entire Chronicles in one volume now. It wasn't too gory or graphic, but it did have a few good scares.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 11:15:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 2, 2012 11:18:55 AM PDT
M. Carole says:
I second the recommendation for Rick Yancey's YA horror series starting with The Monstrumologist. Highly gory and entertaining, and I enjoyed them all even though I'm (technically) a grown up. I'd also suggest the Johannes Cabal series: Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 11:33:23 AM PDT
mnix says:
Thanks to everyone for the wonderful suggestions. We're keeping a list now!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 11:49:15 AM PDT
KinksRock says:
I could recommend more if it were not for the limitation on the explicit sex (there's a lot of sex in horror novels). Maybe in two years the parameters of what she's looking for will expand and we can make more recommendations.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 12:11:29 PM PDT
mnix says:
I think so too. She's at the awkward age now bored by the juvie books but not ready for the older ones.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 12:15:52 PM PDT
KinksRock says:
Hands down, I'd say the pre-teen period is the worst for finding good books. It's even worse if the pre-teen is a boy. At least there's a whole market aimed at pre-teen girls now; it sounds like your daughter is done with the books aimed at her.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 12:57:35 PM PDT
You know, I wish my Mom or Dad were as helpful with me as you are being with your daughter. I think it's just awesome. : )

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 1:35:14 PM PDT
M. Carole says:
There's actually a lot of horror without sex, but finding it takes some research. I also thought of:
Chris Wooding, start with: The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray.
Brenda Yovanoff: The Space Between
Anna Dressed in Blood

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 1:36:11 PM PDT
KinksRock says:
Yes, but while you are doing the research, you are being exposed to the sex.
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