Creepy/scary children's books

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Creepy/scary children's books

Post by Zupanatural » 05 Sep 2017, 17:10

Some kids books, esp from bygone days, can be absolutely terrifying on account of either the story or the illustrations. Which ones freaked you out in your younger years and why?

The ones that stand out for me (now in my mid-thirties) are the original Moomins books, which were written in Finland by Tove Jansson in the 1940s & 50s. The illustrations are just sinister (lots of darkness, trees & half-hidden creatures) and have always scared the hell out of me.


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Post by Brandi Noelle » 20 Oct 2017, 20:35

I loved the "Goosebumps" series when I was a kid. I think my favorite scary book was "The Dollhouse Murders."

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Post by Lincolnshirelass » 01 Nov 2017, 03:42

I was freaked out by 'Struwelpeter' (which I read in the original German and unexpurgated!) but also by some things you may not think - my (much) older brother was into astronomy and I remember one of his books describing how the earth would end and it scared me so much I couldn't even look at the page. I was also one of those children (and I'm not entirely rid of it now) who found anything to do with clowns unsettling.
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Post by JusCally » 09 Feb 2018, 14:27

Does anyone remember Scary Stories to Read in the Dark? To this day I haven't read anything (fictional) that scared me as much as those stories did back in the day! In my mind is one specific illustration
of a woman's skeletal head, with which my loving sister would ambush me at every opportunity.

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