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Reading in the Dark: Horror in Children's Literature and Culture

Jessica R. McCort


Reading in the Dark: Horror in Children’s Literature and Culture is a collection of essays that seeks to consider gothic horror texts for children with the respect such texts deserve, weighing the multitude of benefits they can provide for young readers and viewers. It refuses to write off the horror genre as campy, trite, or deforming, instead recognizing that many of the children’s books and films categorized as “scary” are among those most widely read/viewed by children and young adults. It also considers how adult horror has been domesticated by children’s literature and culture, with auth ... More

Keywords: Horror, Children’s literature (young adult literature), Gothic, Children’s books, Frightening

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496806444
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496806444.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica R. McCort, editor
Point Park University

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Front Matter


Jessica R. McCort

“In the Darkest Zones”

Jessica R. McCort

Get It Together

Nick Levey and Holly Harper

Teen Terrors

Janani Subramanian and Jorie Lagerwey

Let the Games Begin

Emily L. Hiltz

Where Are the Scary Books?

Kirsten Kowalewski