Most of us believe that children’s books are meant to be light and breezy, the best ones can even teach a valuable lesson at the end. It turns out that not every children’s book is as simple as Pat the Bunny; in fact there are a bunch of books out there that no child should read if they want to avoid nightmares. We found some of the creepiest children’s books and honestly, we’re a little scarred.
1) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Growing up, these were the ultimate Halloween stories to read when October rolled around. Not only were these stories seriously disturbing, but the pen and ink drawing added an extra layer of eerieness. Remember that story about the murderer with a hook for a hand? You’ll never watch Peter Pan the same way…
2) Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Gaiman is known for his dark fantasy series, and now children can join the fun. At the surface, this story seems like a tale about what happens when you take your parents for granted, but it’s actually much darker. Coraline nearly avoids having her eyes gouged out and replaced with buttons! Yikes.
3) Watership Down by Richard Adams
Now this one doesn’t seem too bad, it’s just a bunch of talking rabbits roaming the English countryside. They lost their home in a terrible fire? Well, that’s why they’re on an adventure to look for a new one of course! What? There are murderous dogs after them? Oh. Whatever you do, don’t watch the animated series, it’s one thousand times worse.
4) Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine
Honestly, any of Stine’s books could have made it to the list. The Goosebumps series has never failed to creep us out. This one involves an evil talking dummy, which is enough to make us donate all of our childhood toys. It’s like Toy Story but for people who want to have nightmares.
5) Lord Loss by Darren Shan
This book starts being disturbing right off the bat. A young boy finds his family murdered in his basement on an otherwise innocent afternoon. Um? And from there it doesn’t get much better, but there are werewolves and demons involved. I can’t image kids getting through this series, it’s just a little too intense for our liking.
Did any of these books creep you out?
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