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Horror-flections: The Rise of YA Horror

5 years ago, the idea of a horror wave sweeping its way through the YA community seemed far-fetched at best. There have always been gems popping up here and there, but never anything that could be seen as something indicative of a solid trend. Lately though, the rise in young adult novels that are true, straight-up horror (rather than paranormal being marketed as horror,) has been undeniable.

I can only hope that this expansion continues and never stops. As any horror fan is aware, the possibilities for the genre stretch over such a very wide range of sub-genres and beyond. There is so much more room to be filled, so many bases to be covered, so many literary punches to be packed within the lines of these terrifying tales.

Likewise, even more exciting is the idea of horror stories being held up to the same standards as fiction that is looked down upon less often. Such ideas are usually considered wishful thinking when it comes to genre fiction, but any success in the YA world is a success for the entire community—writers, bloggers, librarians, booksellers, and readers alike. Kids and teens have always enjoyed creepy stories, and they always will. There are important messages to be heard, thoughts to be unlocked, and inspiration to be had.

So keep on keepin' on with the face-melting terrors, authors--both published and aspiring. The world of YA needs you!
Amy Lukavics

Amy lurks within the forested mountains of Arizona. When she isn't reading or writing creepy stories, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms. She is the author of Daughters Unto Devils (Harlequin Teen 2015) and The Women In The Walls (Harlequin Teen 2016).

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