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This was the first recent(ish) YA novel that got me excited to write about teens, because it made me think I was reading about, well . . . me.
is, most famously, the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events. He also plays a mean accordian.
This book contains fierce battles, a magic wand, illegal gambling, a sea serpent, many ghosts and a werewolf, although the werewolf in the book doesn't really appear in the book. This has been my favorite book since I was a tiny brat, and now that I am larger I try to make everyone read it.
This is another lifelong favorite of mine, about a poltergeist, which is either an invisible ghost throwing things around or somebody pretending to be an invisible ghost throwing things around.
Everybody knows Roald Dahl, but you might not know this book, which is not only a great suspense story but teaches you several methods of hunting pheasant illegally, which your parents have probably not taught you. Another thing you might not know about Roald Dahl is that if you go online you can take a virtual tour of the disgusting hut in which he wrote his books.
This starts out as a pleasant summer story about spending time with one’s cousins and then suddenly gets pretty scary.
This book is even scarier. It might be too scary for you. It is about some nasty, nasty children. I don't really like to think about this book, which is probably why I've read it three times.
OK, this book isn't nearly as scary. It's just about a young girl who gets murdered while bobbing for apples. Agatha Christie is fun to read because there's always a mystery, and often there's a list of characters in the front in case you start getting confused.
Here are some of my favorite spooky novels (in some cases thrillers or otherwise twisty), and in particular books that influenced me while I was working on Amity!
"The ne plus ultimate haunted house story, I like to think of Amity's Gwen as sort of a modern spin on Eleanor, a young woman seeing and experiencing ghostly things, whose mind and perceptions can't be trusted."
"A slow-burner filled with atmosphere. Merricat is the platonic ideal of an unreliable narrator."
"A suggestible man, prone to violence, isolated in a hotel that exerts evil force over his will... Jack Torrance is to Amity's Connor as Hill House's Eleanor is to Gwen."
"A modern take on The Turn of the Screw, Griffin draws from chilling source material and makes it her own for today's teen readers."
"A dark and twisty thriller (the movie's great, too) that serves up multiple POV's on a platter. I spent a lot of time poring over the many distinct voices of that book."
"Epic and sprawling, boldly visionary, and still she manages to tie all of her narrative threads together by the series' conclusion. To spend ten minutes in that woman's head!"
"Pacing, pacing, pacing. Totally un-put-downable."
"(That one probably goes without saying.)"
"The pages turn and the ending twists!"
Eliot Schrefer is a primate who writes novels about apes.
"The first fifty pages of the Dark Elf Trilogy have enough swordplay and plot twists to make you gasp."
"All the Oz books, actually. But I liked the Tin Woodsman the most, so this is the book I'm listing. Let's not psychoanalyze."
Also, The Mallorean. "When I was the new kid in school, the characters in these books were my buds. Funny, courageous, and there's 1000 pages worth of them."
"Funny and clever and full of heart."
by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. "I started with the computer game and then turned to the books. Lots of gods and glowy magic and giant spiders rearing in pain! Awesome."
Stephen Emond is an awesome author and illustrator whose engaging blend of novel and art is perfect for reluctant readers and guy audiences (among others). His novels include Happyface, Winter Town, and Bright Lights, Dark Nights.
This book is full of sketches of buildings and cityscapes, and was influential in the design of my novel Bright Lights, Dark Nights.
Really cool book with lots of full page sharp stills from noir films. I was very inspired by the downbeat storytelling and cool aesthetics of noir. Mixed with the urban settings of a lot of noir and the light and dark interplay gave me a lot to work with.