Gothic/Horror

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Recommended by Linda Gilbert (@MrsGilbertWeir) Form and genre: Novel Length: 160 pages Summary: A child who can live between worlds is raised by ghosts in graveyard following the murder of his family. Age recommendation and challenging content: Opening scene is of a murder. It isn’t graphic but students should be aware of it. Recommend for …

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Monsters by Sharon Dogar

Recommended by Philippa (@P_Hardy) Form and genre: gothic novel Length: 464 pages Summary: 1814: Two 16-year-old stepsisters run away with a married man. The results are devastating and the ripples will be felt for centuries. This is the incredible story of Mary Shelley – radical, rebellious and entranced. It is the story of a young …

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My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick

Recommended by Jennifer Webb (@FunkyPedagogy) Form and genre: gothic novel Length: 224 pages Summary: Pacey gothic novel set in a remote woodland village in Eastern Europe. The village is beset by a plague of vampires and a young man discovers the truth about his father’s past. Age recommendation and challenging content: Some imagery of suicide …

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Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Recommended by Danielle Waldron (@_MissWaldron) Form and genre: novel, ghost story Length: 160 pages Summary: Ghost story about 12-year old Jerome who is killed by a police officer and meets Emmet Till in the afterlife. Fast-paced and gripping. Emmet helps him come to terms with what happened to him. Age recommendation and challenging content: Some …

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Asylum by Patrick McGrath

Recommended by Marcus Stanforth (@marcusstanforth) Form and genre: Prose/Novel/Gothic Length: 254 pages Summary: Stella’s husband, Max, becomes deputy superintendent at a maximum security psychiatric hospital and all is good for her and her son, Charlie. Then she develops feelings for a patient, Edgar. A tortured artistic soul, he’s committed for the violent murder of his …

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