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Scary Out There: A Blog on Horror in Young Adult Fiction: A Chat with Kendare Blake

kendareblakeauthorphotoWelcome back to SCARY OUT THERE, the Horror Writers Association’s new blog on scary fiction for teens.

My guest this week is Kendare Blake, author of the critically acclaimed ANN DRESSED IN BLOOD. Kendare lives and writes in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes books, enjoys scary movies, digs trying new food, goes hiking and plays (she insists) really bad tennis.

JONATHAN MABERRY: Welcome aboard, Kendare. Let’s jump right to the big question upon which Scary Out There is built. What scares you?

KENDARE BLAKE: Uncertainty scares me. The unknown.

JONATHAN MABERRY: How so–?

KENDARE BLAKE: It’s a fairly universal human fear, …

Scary Out There: A Blog on Horror in Young Adult Fiction: A Chat with Ilsa Bick

Welcome back to SCARY OUT THERE, the Horror Writers Association’s new blog on scary fiction for teens.

Ilsa J Bick author photoMy guest this week is Ilsa J. Bick. Ilsa’s bio reads like it belongs to ten other people. She’s a child psychiatrist, a film scholar, a surgeon wannabe, a former Air Force major, and an award-winning author of dozens of short stories and novels, including the critically acclaimed Draw the Dark (Carolrhoda Lab, 2010); Drowning Instinct (Carolrhoda Lab, 2012); Ashes, the first book in her YA apocalyptic thriller trilogy (Egmont USA, 2011) and Shadows (2012); and the just-released The Sin-Eater’s Confession 

Scary Out There: A Blog on Horror in Young Adult Fiction: A Chat with Charlie Higson

Welcome back to SCARY OUT THERE, the Horror Writers Association’s new blog on scary fiction for teens.

Charlie HigsonMy guest this week is Charlie Higson, one of the top teen horror writers in the UK. He’s the author of the million-copy-selling Young Bond series that began with SilverFin and was followed by Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold and By Royal Command. All five novels entered the children’s bestseller charts in the top five. He’s also written much scarier books, including the truly creepy THE ENEMY and THE DEAD. Those books received well-earned critical and commercial success. Charlie’s novels have …

Scary Out There: A Blog on Horror in Young Adult Fiction: A Chat with Holly Black

hollywchairWelcome back to SCARY OUT THERE, the Horror Writers Association’s new blog on scary fiction for teens.

My guest this week is Holly Black, author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, The Good Neighbors graphic novel trilogy (with Ted Naifeh), the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and her new dark fantasy novel, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. She

Scary Out There: A Blog on Horror in Young Adult Fiction: A Chat with Darren Shan

Darren Shan athor photoWelcome back to SCARY OUT THERE, the Horror Writers Association’s new blog on scary fiction for teens.

My guest this week Darren Shan has published over 30 books for YA and adults, including Cirque Du Freak, The Demonata, The City trilogy, and his new series Zom-B. His books have sold over 20 million copies worldwide. He lives in Ireland.

Website: www.darrenshan.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/darrenshan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darrenshanofficial

JONATHAN MABERRY: You write some creep stuff, but how well do you take it? Do you scare easily?

 DARREN SHAN: I actually scare a lot easier now than I did when I was younger.

JONATHAN

Scary Out There: A Blog on Horror in Young Adult Fiction: A Chat with Tonya Hurley

Welcome back to SCARY OUT THERE, the Horror Writers Association’s new blog on scary fiction for teens.

TonyaHurleyFINMy guest this week is Tonya Hurley the New York Times and international bestselling author of the GHOSTGIRL young adult series and author of THE BLESSED.  Tonya has also created video games, two television series, written for film and is a contributor to The Huffington Post.  She lives in New York with her husband and daughter.

JONATHAN MABERRY: Let’s jump right in and talk about. With Scary Out There we’ve been exploring that nature of fear and what makes each of us afraid. …

Scary Out There: A Blog on Horror in Young Adult Fiction – A Chat with Rick Yancey

Welcome back to SCARY OUT THERE, the Horror Writers Association’s new blog on scary fiction for teens.

Rick shadesMy guest this week is Rick Yancey, an author who writes powerful novels across genre and age lines. He’s the author of several adult novels and the memoir, CONFESSIONS OF A TAX COLLECTOR. His first young-adult novel, THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ALFRED KROPP, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST, received a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, THE CURSE OF THE WENDIGO, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His latest series, THE …

Scary Out There: A Blog on Horror in Young Adult Fiction – A Chat with James Rollins

James Rollins author photoWelcome back to the Horror Writers Association’s new blog on scary fiction for teens.

My guest this week is JAMES ROLLINS, the New York Times bestselling author of thrillers whose books have sold to over thirty countries. His Sigma Force series has earned national accolades and hit bestseller lists around the world. Jim also writes a middle-school adventure series featuring Jake Ransom, boy archaeologist, and has finished the first book in a collaborative adult horror series with award-winning mystery writer, Rebecca Cantrell, titled The Blood Gospel (published in January 2013). Jim also wrote a number of notable fantasy novels –The Banned and

Scary Out There: A Blog on Horror in Young Adult Fiction – A Chat with Victoria Schwab

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Welcome back to the Horror Writers Association’s new blog on scary fiction for teens. This week we chat with dynamic newcomer Victoria Schwab, who has been turning out an impressive number of works in a short time –and gathering critical and commercial acclaim with every step.

Victoria is the author of THE NEAR WITCH–which Kirkus Book Review praised for its “shivery horror tang”–as well as THE ARCHIVED, and several upcoming novels. Victoria suffers from a wicked case of wanderlust, but when she’s not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she can usually be found tucked in

Scary Out There: A Blog on Horror in Young Adult Fiction – a chat with Barry Lyga

By: Jonathan Maberry

Welcome back to the Horror Writers Association’s new blog on scary fiction for teens. We kick things off with Barry Lyga, a finalist for this year’s Bram Stoker Award for Young Adult Fiction. In his own words: Barry Lyga “writes lots of stuff, some of which makes people question their safety around him. But really, he’s just a nice, normal guy. Really. Honest. (Could you hold this hammer for a sec? Thanks.)”Barry Lyga author photo

Jonathan Maberry:

What scares you, Barry?

Barry Lyga: OK, this will sound weird, but—

Jonathan Maberry: It’s a horror blog, man.

Barry Lyga: Fair enough. Right …

Scary Out There: A Blog on Horror in Young Adult Fiction – by Jonathan Maberry

What scares you?ART The Dark (1)

Is it the same thing that scares me?

Are the things that scare us now the same things that made us tremble as kids? Are they the same monsters? The same fears and doubts? The same shadows? The same threats, real and imagined, that troubled us on the way to school? Or in school? In the playground?

No.

Fear, like everything in life, changes. Just as we change.

And horror –that personal reaction to something that makes us afraid—is as changeable as it is individual. Horror is no more the same to you and me as it is you our adult selves …

The Adrenaline Rush of Writing Horror by Heather Marie

ya_image13There’s a sense of urgency that comes with horror. That feeling of your blood icing in your veins, sending your heart beating violently in your chest. Your breath hitches in your throat, anticipating what will happen next. You don’t know whether to turn away, or continue to witness what torturous thing the character will encounter before they’re out of reach. It’s that moment where you know it’s wrong to want to see the pain inflicted on their face, but somehow you can’t help but watch. You’ve invested so much already. There’s no going back now. You’re caught in the moment, watching, hoping, …

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