For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horrorA host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.Fans of TV’s The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors:Kendare Blake A. G. HowardJay Kristoff Marie LuJonathan Maberry Danielle PaigeCarrie Ryan Megan ShepherdNova Ren Suma McCormick TemplemanApril Genevieve Tucholke Cat Winters
There are ten movies I’ve watched over the years that left such an indelible impression on me, I experienced temporary (and sometimes permanent) phobias. Here’s a countdown, along with the emotional scars they left behind:
10. The Omen
Daemonophobia – Fear of demons, most especially if they’re named Damien and ride a red tricycle. *shudders*
9. The Ring
Chaetophobia – Fear of long, black hair – particularly the kind that hangs in one’s face as they’re crawling through the TV screen.
Aracnophobia – Fear of spiders. Note to self: when a movie is actually named after a phobia you already have, probably not a smart idea to watch it.
Coulrophobia – Fear of clowns. The gif says it all.
6. The Birds
Ornithophobia – Fear of birds. To this day, any ominous gathering of black birds can set my teeth to chatter. They don’t call it a murder of crows for nothing.
Spectrophobia – Fear of mirrors. Who says it’s not a twisted, more sinister *you* looking back, sizing up a way to step into your life and take over?
Mnemophobia – Fear of memories, especially those you’ve tried very hard to forget.
Aichmophobia – Fear of needles or pointed objects. After this movie, I’ll never think of the phrase “Pinhead” the same.
2. Nightmare on Elm Street
Hypnophobia – Fear of sleep or of being hypnotized. A premise like this makes you think long and hard about how vulnerable you are while you’re sleeping or unconscious.
1. Dead Silence
Automatonophobia – Fear of ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues, or anything that resembles a sentient being. Given I already had an intense fear of dolls before watching it, this one’s a no brainer for the #1 spot. Take a look at that dummy’s murderous eyes and gnarled, razor-sharp fingertip. Now imagine hundreds of them—in all shapes and sizes—coming to life in their dusty cases inside a dark, abandoned theater, and turning their heads to look at you. No further explanation required…
Have any of you experienced phobias after watching gruesome or disturbing horror flicks? I’d love to hear about them! Oh, and FYI, I’ve read all the stories in Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. Be prepared to develop a phobia or two … maybe even some new ones that have yet to be discovered.