I'll admit that when it comes to horror movies, I'm a total wimp. I get so stressed out by what's happening on the screen, I find it hard to follow the story--everything happens way too quickly. Horror novels on the other hand...those are much more fun. I can take everything at my own pace. I can actually enjoy the story alongside the creepy, gory, scary parts. A good horror novel will haunt me much longer than a horror movie. Perhaps that's why YA horror is so, so suddenly popular with the teen and adult readers who come into my store?
Micol Ostow has a new YA horror novel out next week called Amity, and I'm excited to add it to the shelves at work and share it with readers. To celebrate the release, Micol is going on a blog tour and today's stop is all about her favorite horror tropes!
1) Obviously number one would have to be the haunted house trope. The Haunting of Hill House, The House on Haunted Hill, The Amityville Horror... a haunted house is a classic for a reason. Residual psychic energy? Unexplained phenomena? It just works.
2) Second runner up for me would be the asylum trope. An abandoned mental hospital with crazy residual psychic energy? Or better yet, an unreliable narrator? Shutter Island, anyone?
3) Ooh, ooh, ooh: creepy circus/carnival! Cirque du Freak, Freaks, The Lost Boys. What is it about carnivals that’s inherently disturbing? There’s that sense that at any given time something innocent and childlike will devolve into something broken-down and vaguely sinister. A carousel with a few paint chips and a squeaky gear... pure terror.
4) Possessed dolls! I’m sure I’m not the only one who was convinced that my dolls came alive every time I turned my back. Add in a dash of evil and you’ve got Chucky.
5) Zombies, zombies, zombies. They’ve never hit the critical mass of, say, vampires or even werewolves (decaying flesh is not exactly sexy), but there’s a reason they’re perennial. From Night of the Living Dead to 28 Days Later to World War Z, the idea of coming back... not quite ... right? Eek!More about Amity:
For fans of Stephen King and American Horror Story, a gruesome thriller suggested by the events of the Amityville Horror.
Connor's family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen's family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she's recovered from a psychotic break.
But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor's nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren't there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?
Amity isn't just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she's done before. As she'll do again.
Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan.
Micol Ostow has written dozens of books for children, tweens, and teens, but Amity is her first foray into horror. I turns out, writing a ghost story is almost more terrifying than reading one. (In a good way.) Her novel family was called a “Favorite Book of 2011” by Liz Burns at School Library Journal, and her illustrated novel, So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother), was a
Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. In her spare time, Ostow blogs with the National Book Award-winning literacy initiative readergirlz.com. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, her (utterly fearless) daughter, and a finicky French bulldog named Bridget Jones. Visit her online at www.micolostow.com or follow her on Twitter @micolz.
If Amity sounds like something you'd like to read, enter the giveaway below for more chances to win! And follow the blog tour by clicking here or checking out tomorrow's post at Curling Up With a Good Book.