Friday, October 22, 2010

Fess Up Friday: Scared Stupid

Before we dive into this edition of Fess Up Friday, go check out Nancy Herman's amazing success story over at the Operation Awesome blog!! Our contest helped her land an agent!! Woot!

Okay. Back to business.

Two things led me to pick this week's question. You can blame:

1) The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff 



2) This post by my buddy and crit mate Katrina

Thanks to them, here's what I want to know this week: what do you think about YA horror?

This particular question is haunting me for a ton of reasons, one being that my Shiny New Idea belongs to this genre. Don't be fooled, though--I am the biggest freakin' coward in the universe. And yet, I love reading books that creep me the eff out, as well as watching movies that don't let me get a good night's sleep. Sadistic much? 


There's something about ugliness that hooks me. Brenna's book is the perfect example. Here's the blurb:

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

If you're a fan of Tim Burton, this book is for you. If you're not, it will turn you into one. Pinky swear :D

What about you, blogging buddies? Have any love for the scary? 


  1. I love scary books and movies. That's why I can't wait to read The Replacement!

  2. That sounds like a great read... but I'm a wimpy sort. It just sounds so darned interesting, though...

  3. I'm not one for being scared, but I do love creepy. Then again, you knew that. heehee.

  4. I love being scared and creeped out! And I really want to read the replacement!!

  5. I have The Replacement in my TBR pile. Can't wait to read it:)

  6. oooh Thanks for book info - sounds brilliantly disturbing!!! It sounds like a fab book! Scary fic? Of course (Stephen King, MR James for the ghost stories)!!! Scary YA fic - this book may well be on the way to being my first!! yay!

    Take care

  7. Wow, welcome to the dark side! I love writing YA Horror, it seems to come so naturally to me. And now I've realized I can (and do) write in this genre, it's no longer so concerning that all my characters seem to have nasty things happen to them. Hmm, hopefully that doesn't say disturbing things about the state of my mind ;)