Thanks to recent critically-acclaimed movies like Get Out, Hereditary, A Quiet Place, and It Comes at Night, many seem to think we are experiencing a “modern horror renaissance”, and I would agree. This term can accurately be applied to current Young Adult literature as well—and we're not talking about Twilight inspired vampire novels or lighter horror, such as Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. We're talking about the dark, deadly, and deeply disturbing fare.
Until the last decade, writers of horror specifically for the young adult audience were few and far between—R.L. Stine and Lois Duncan notwithstanding. Many teens who wanted a good horror story turned to novels written for adults, such as works by Stephen King or Dean Koontz. While King and Koontz remain popular today, authors of YA horror have become more numerous and mainstream as both general YA fiction and horror movies experience their “renaissances.”
If you are craving a read that gives you a sense of dread in the pit of your stomach and situations that may haunt your dreams for days after, look for authors like Amy Lukavics, Madeleine Roux, Rin Chupeco, Gretchen McNeil, Carrie Ryan, and Courtney Alameda...at your own risk!