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One of my favorite times of year approaches: Halloween!  A time when costumes are encouraged, candy is plentiful, and there’s seasonal pumpkin crap everywhere!  And, as I am a giant nerd, I thought, “wouldn’t it be nice to eat some pumpkin pasties like Harry, Ron and Hermione do this time of year?”  So I made some using this recipe, and they were freaking delicious.

And along the same lines, here is a diverse selection of a few of my favorite teen horror novels:

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline’s parents are too busy to play, so she goes exploring in their new home.  She finds a door that leads only to a brick wall, until one day it doesn’t.  There’s a mirror world on the other side where her parents spoil her, and everything is wonderful.  Except her parents have buttons instead of eyes.  And there are ghosts.  And then her real parents go missing and it’s up to Coraline to face the horrors on the other side of that door.


Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

Vivian is a werewolf.  She loves the raw power and the danger, and she has no interest in getting to know the weak humans she goes to school with.  At least, not until she meets Aiden.  She’s drawn to him, but afraid of what he’ll do if he learns the truth about her.  And then Vivian starts blacking out and losing time, and dead bodies start showing up.


Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde

Kerry helps save a boy from being killed by a gang who thinks he’s a vampire.  But once the boy is free, she realizes what a dangerous person he is, and wonders if she did the right thing.  She even begins to wonder if he really is a vampire.  And if she’ll make it home alive.


The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

Jack is a normal sixteen year old boy until the night he’s kidnapped by a pedophile.  He gets away, but finds that there are some things that you can never escape.  And then he is given the gateway to Marbury.  Marbury is a ruined world, full of giant carnivorous bugs, ghosts, and even worse things.  Jack is terrified in Marbury, but he can’t stay away either.  This story is especially dark, with no real ending, but quite the ride while you’re on it.  Recently learned that there is a second book, called Passenger.  Need to read it!


I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Jasper Dent’s father raised him to follow in his footsteps.  Problem is, Jasper’s father might have been the most successful serial killer of the modern era.  A few years ago, his father was finally caught, and Jazz is trying to forget all the things his father taught him, to live a normal life.  But he feels like the entire world is just waiting for him to become the person his father wants him to be.  And then, bodies start showing up in Jazz’s quiet little town, and he’s positive it’s the work of a serial killer.  But no one believes him, so Jazz decides to take matters into his own hands, using his unique expertise.  It’s a dangerous game, hunting killers, but someone’s gotta do it.