YA Gothic Lit

I’ll never get too old for a well-crafted and eerie ghost or horror story. Perhaps, it’s a little nostalgia for my days as a teen, who liked thinking about monsters lurking in the attic or jumping out of my closet. Or maybe my love of getting scared started with horror movies, and just naturally progressed to include books as well. However, my love for YA Gothic lit has only gotten more intense as studied their form while at university. If you want to revel in the uncanny, then these Gothic selections will more than suffice.


The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong

This book’s description immediately drew me into the book with it’s mix of Gothic and contemporary themes. In addition, the creepy, illustrated cover with fingers scratching through the cover art made me want to know more, so when I was offered the chance to review the entire series for a magazine, I jumped at the chance. When this experience led to an opportunity to feature Armstrong on my blog as part of the official Secrets blog tour, I couldn’t pass it up. If you’ve read either Armstrong’s contribution to the series or any of the other six books written by Eric Walters, Teresa Toten, Vicki Grant, Marthe Jocelyn, Norah McClintock, and Kathy Kacer, you’ll understand why. Read more →


Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

As with most classic Gothic literature, Verday doesn’t set out to scare her readers. Even though the prologue presents a scene that is rather alarming and soaked in blood, you don’t need to worry about reading this book after lights out if you aren’t a fan of scary stories. Instead, it will make you ask questions about the nature of science and experimentation, especially when those experiments take on a dark life of their own. Read more →