Stories to Stay Awake

The gift of a good horror story is that it reveals an aspect of the nature of humanity that makes us uncomfortable. Stories intended for juvenile audience can leave such messages so subtly that they remain in hidden crevices of our minds forever. Sarah McCoy, author of The Mapmaker's Children, inspired the first half of this thematic reading list for us. The second half for the more visually inclined plumbs the depths of graphic novel horror fiction. A reading list chock full of scary reads perfect for October.

Something Wicked This Way Comes Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9780380977277
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 8th, 1999

My seminal October read, this book truly captures the lure of the exotic and the power of love.


A Wrinkle in Time Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780312367541
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Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2007

A powerful story of love and courage in the face of creeping horror; I held the truth at the core of this story, that love intrinsically trumps evil, as a talisman through much of my adolescent years.


The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780385189514
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Published: Anchor Books - August 9th, 1983

I never read the Hans Christian Anderson tales as a child sticking instead to the Green, Red, Blue, and Yellow Fairy Books by Andrew Lang. When I picked this book up to read with my oldest son as bedtime stories; however, we quickly realized the mistake. These gruesome originals are definitely geared for an older audience.


Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Cover Image
By Robert C. O'Brien, Zena Bernstein (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689710681
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - March 1986

The White Mountains Cover Image
$6.39
ISBN: 9781481414777
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - May 13th, 2014

John Christopher's Tripods series which I devoured in seventh grade, along with Tolkien's The Hobbit, started me on a life-long love of science fiction and fantasy. The White Mountains will inhabit your dreams long after you've finished reading.


The Witches Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$6.39
ISBN: 9781101996997
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Published: Puffin Books - August 18th, 2015

Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake deftly combine humor and horror once again (am I the only person that thinks that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was not funny so much as a sad and scary story with happy ending?)


Watership Down Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9780743277709
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Published: Scribner Book Company - November 2005

Like Tolkien's The Hobbit, this is a tale of a great quest.


From Hell - New Cover Edition Cover Image
By Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell (Illustrator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780958578349
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - May 2004

Stephen King's N. Cover Image
By Marc Guggenheim, Alex Maleev (Illustrator), Stephen King (Contribution by)
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ISBN: 9780785134541
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Published: Marvel Comics Group - April 27th, 2011

The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye Cover Image
By Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore (Artist)
$11.99
ISBN: 9781582406725
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Published: Image Comics - February 19th, 2013

Wytches, Volume 1 Cover Image
By Scott Snyder, Jock (Artist)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781632153807
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Published: Image Comics - July 7th, 2015

Heathentown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607063056
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Published: Image Comics - July 20th, 2010

Green River Killer Cover Image
By Jeff Jensen, Jonathan Case (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781616558123
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Published: Dark Horse Books - November 10th, 2015