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ERIC Number: ED360638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 12
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Things That Go Bump in the Night: Recent Developments in Horror Fiction for Young Adults.
Christenbury, Leila
Whether teachers are horror fans or not, part of a teacher's service to student readers is to recommend recent and good horror novels. Unlike the almost idiosyncratic horror market of years past, today a series of recognizable horror writer such as Christopher Pike, D. E. Atkins, R. L. Stine and others are turning out numerous titles specifically for young adults. In addition, the definition of horror today seems to have shifted somewhat from a reliance upon outside forces of evil to a malevolence which can be more readily explained, making horror more like a mystery or detective story than a tale of the supernatural. A final development in recent horror fiction for young adults is that really different books are rare, leaving the field dominated by R. L. Stine and Christopher Pike lookalikes. This may not mean much to horror readers who want predictability, but teachers and librarians should be aware of it. (A 14-item annotated bibliography of recent and recommended horror novels for young adults is attached.) (NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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