Child serial killers, blood sucking kids, teens with unnatural powers, or even brainwashed devil worshiping youngsters, the creepy kids sub-genre has you covered. But be warned, you probably won’t want to babysit ever again!
By Stephen King
Stephen King’s, Children of the Corn, originally published in 1977, and a year later added to his novel Night Shift; a collection of short stories, is perhaps one of the most terrifying novels involving creepy children ever written. In this novel, a married couple is headed towards California in a journey to save their marriage when they suffer a horrible accident in Nebraska.
There is nothing more horrific than hitting a child only to find out that his throat has already been slashed. Enter a town entirely run by radically religious and dangerous children who serve the one known as “he who walks behind rows.”
By John Ajvide Lindqvist
Let the Right One In, written by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, published in 2004, is a uniquely sinister tale about two children who meet as neighbors. Oskar, a twelve-year-old boy, endures many horrific acts of bullying both within his home and from a local classmate.
Due to his unfortunate upbringing, Oskar turns to dark and unusual fascinations such as taking interest in murders. One day Oskar finds the young boy who bullied him to be dead and his body drained of blood. Simultaneously, a young girl moves in next door to Oskar and he finds himself befriending her. However, this new girl Eli is anything but a normal girl. This novel deals with a ride range of psychological issues stemming from early trauma and abuse in the most eccentrically perverse plot ever created.
By William March
Rhoda Penmark is a well-mannered and highly intelligent eight-year-old girl in William March’s novel titled Bad Seed, published in 1954. However, Rhoda is unable to make friends and some believe there is something unsettling about the young girl. Given time, even her teachers begin to suspect that she is cold-hearted in nature and begin to fear the young child. Suddenly, a classmate’s body is found and Rhoda’s dog has an ‘accidental’ fall.
Serial killers are terrifying enough, but add the element of a young child, and things become far more sinister. After reading this novel you won’t be visiting parks, schools, or your family’s children anytime soon!
By Kendare Blake
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, published in 2011, has a similar attraction as Let the Right One In. After Cas Lowood’s father dies battling a ghost, Cas decides to take over the family ghost hunting business and travel across country accompanied by his mother, who is a witch, and their ghost hunting cat. Cas learns of a ghost known as ‘Anna dressed in blood.’ Anna, a young girl, was killed in 1958, and anyone who attempts to set foot in her Victorian home is killed by her spirt. Anna hesitates in killing Cas and Cas hesitates to kill Anna. Despite Anna’s ruthless nature and Cas’s true calling, the two of them develop a quite eery bond.
By Stephen King
Arguably saving the best for last is Stephen King’s novel titled Carrie, published in 1974. Carrie is a sixteen-year-old girl who is living with her abusive, unstable, and religious extremist mother. Falling victim to constant abuse in her home and from her classmates, Carrie’s character is initially one to sympathize with. As a sixteen-year-old girl, Carrie learns about puberty the hard way and finds herself humiliated in front of her classmates when she begins menstruating for the first time during school. Through all of her fear and heartache, Carrie begins to come into unforeseen powers leaving a mark of revenge upon the town.