Young Horror brings you writing prompts to energize your week with spooky writing idea inspiration. Are you writing picture books, chapter books, middle grade, or YA? Your next great idea could be sparked right here.
Ah…take a breath, because December brings with it Winter Break. There’s a short vacation for kids, teens, and parents from the usual routine of packing lunches, school buses, and homework. Picture togetherness, smell the holiday spices, taste the hot cocoa, feel the soft flannel of matching family pajamas.
Sometimes, there can be TOO much togetherness.
If the weather’s terrible …
Somewhere in the United States this moment, a large turkey—with glorious plumage, I would like to imagine—doesn’t know that he’s already been selected for presidential pardon for the American Thanksgiving holiday next week. In classrooms across the country, kids are consuming read-aloud picture books about other turkeys running from feast centerpiece fates. Many classroom games and educational activities are built to the theme of staving off the imminent death of the turkey—hide the turkey, disguise the turkey.
Can you, young schoolchild, alter this bird’s fate and save his life?
It’s all fun and games, and then we expect the child …
The days are getting shorter and cooler, and ravaged store displays are picked-over, having only straggling survivors among the pencils, notebooks, and backpacks. Children and teens have mysteriously vanished from public places on weekdays… It’s Back to School season! In honor of returning yellow school buses, here are five school aspects to be mined for your horror stories.
From preschool to high school, kids spend a large portion of their day having someone else tell them what to do. Wear this. Eat now. Do this work now. You need the bathroom? The break’s in 15 minutes, so …
Young Horror brings you writing prompts to energize your week with spooky idea inspiration. Are you writing picture books, chapter books, middle grade, or YA? Your next great idea could be sparked right here.
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“Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational–but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?” -Judith Viorst
Your superstitions are much older than you. If you take that moment to knock on wood, you’re joining in on an activity to ward off anger and …
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, …
The Horror Writers Association, on behalf of its writer members, stands in
support of the Writers Guild of America strike in seeking appropriate
compensation for writers when their work is distributed digitally, either
via DVD or Internet downloads. Although HWA is not a union, it is an
organization of writers that advocates for authors’ rights. Writers Guild of
America and its demands fall solidly into this category. All writers will be
affected by the outcome of this strike, and we stand in solidarity,
resisting those who seek to distribute our work on the Internet, DVD, or any
format without fair …