Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Favorite Scary Story Authors

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is My Top Ten Favorite Scary Story Authors.

A lot of you know that I don’t like reading scary stories. It is rare for me to pick up something with blood, gore, and grossness. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t read scary stories… I just prefer to read other things. Things that don’t give me bad dreams.

R. L. Stine
So many people have grown up reading his creepy tales. I had a ton of his books growing up and I am glad my students still read his books.

Neil Gaiman
Such a great (and creepy) writer. Words cannot describe how awesome he is.

Mary Downing Hahn
Wait Til Helen Comes….ahhhh! Such a good book.

Joseph Bruchac
1. He visited UMS and was a great speaker
2. He told some scary stories and made students scream
3. His scary stories are actually really good.

Christopher Pike
Yet another author I read a lot of when I was in middle school.

Lois Duncan
Even the covers of her books are eerie.

Alvin Schwartz
He is great at compiling and writing short scary stories.

Robert D. San Souci
Robert is the author of books like Dare to be Scared and Short and Shivery which many students & staff enjoy.

Jane Yolen
I can’t even guess how many books Jane Yolen has written. Definitely hundreds. She writes all sorts of tales, but quite a few are creepy stories that are perfect for Halloween. I do have to say, though, that I LOVE her children's books too!

Edgar Allan Poe
A scary story author list would not be complete without Poe. His stories truly give me bad dreams and make me feel uneasy for weeks at a time. He was an amazing and twisted author whose life had many unfortunate events.


  1. i love R.L Stine and Neil Gainman, great picks!


    Katie @ Inkk

  2. Great choice for this time of year! I LOVED Lois Duncan in my teen years. RL Stine too. And I love that you put Edgar Allen Poe on your list too! Awesome list!

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    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  3. Awesome list - Gaiman totally rocks and is one of my favorite authors.

    Tanya Patrice

  4. I used to read every book from R.L Stine, even when it gave me nightmares. I'm such a chicken :p I still like Gaiman's work and I want to read a book from Pike. Lovely list! Nice to see another genre than Contemporary :)

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