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.

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

As only great Gothic novelists know how, Tucholke blends a setting of decaying decadence and characters who are wrapped up in their pasts with a Gothic plot line that you won’t soon forget. In fact, it’s the kind of creepy tale that might be the stuff of nightmares, but for me, caused a sort of macabre fascination. Read more →

The “Rules”: Katie Williams Discusses Her Use Of Ghost Story Conventions in Absent

Katie Williams had a lot of fun (and, sure, headaches) playing with the rules of a ghost story. My goals were to work within the convention while offering something unique and to make my characters’ ghost world resonate with real-world emotions and experiences. Read more →