A Millenial’s Guide to 90s Horror: Book Edition

A few weeks ago I shared one of my favorite scary TV shows growing up, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” This week, with Halloween just one more week away, I want to share my favorite spooky books that I loved while I was growing up.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark first came out in 1981. The book features a compilation of 29 stories. And I loved every single one of them. One of the reasons I loved this book so much was the artwork by Stephen Gammell. I remember getting lost just staring at the eerie charcoal images that really helped bring the nightmares to life. There are two additions to this book that came out in 1984 and 1991, but the original is by far the best. The book was also adapted into a film by one of my favorites, Guillermo Del Toro in 2019.

Fear Street

The Fear Street series was there for you if Goosebumps just wasn’t scary enough. R. L. Stein started writing these in 1989. I remember reading these with a flashlight underneath my covers being legitimately terrified. The Fear Street series has tons of spin-offs, honestly too many to name. If you ever see one in a Goodwill or used bookstore, pick one up for old times sake, you won’t be disappointed.

Wait Till Helen Comes

Wait Till Helen Comes was like a right of passage for 6th graders to read at my school. The novel by Mary Downing Hahn was written in 1986. The story is about a new blended family who moves to a new small town where they have a graveyard in their backyard. A spirit becomes attached to the youngest girl and lets just say it gets dark. There are themes of death and suicide so for a children’s book, it’s understandable that some schools banned the book.

What are some of your favorite scary books from when you were a kid? Did you read any of these? Let us know! Stay spooky!

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