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Creepy/scary children's books

Please use this sub-forum to discuss both middle-grade and younger children's books, including picture books, easy readers, and children's chapter books. Topics for books aimed at children 12 and under go in this forum.

Creepy/scary children's books

Post Number:#1 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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Re: Creepy/scary children's books

Post Number:#2 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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Re: Creepy/scary children's books

Post Number:#3 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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