During that time I interviewed the family of author Alvin Schwartz, I interviewed authors R.L. Stine, Bruce Coville, Q.L. Peirce, Debbie Dadey, and many scholars and folklorists. All to talk about scary children’s books in all its many facets.
Horror is fascinating. And it begins in childhood. It’s fascinating because our first frights are when we are kids, and our first love of those frights are found during that time. And the scary kids books we discovered when we were young usually became a lifelong interest… for some, an obsession.
So after the long journey to make the documentary, I wanted to use Scary Studies as an avenue to continue to explore these topics. And this is part of it.
This is a Guide to Scary Books for Kids that spans the past 50 years. I plan on updating the list and this guide regularly to best reflect the influence these books have had on millions of people over the years.
There are some important things to note, as any list must take liberties with what is selected and why. You can read About This List below if you wish. But if you don’t care about that and just want to skip to it, feel free to browse the Table of Contents below.
Last Updated on February 2, 2022.