Here’s a piece I wrote for the books pages of the Daily Telegraph about horror in children’s and Young Adult fiction. I was supposed to be writing about whether angels were the Next Big Thing after vampires, but since I’d never found angels terribly interesting I kind of forgot to mention them, and then had to shoehorn them in at the last minute.


Do you know what your children are reading these days? Perhaps it’s Lord Loss by Darren Shan, in which young Grubbs Grady finds his father, ‘hanging upside down from the webby ceiling in the centre of the room. No head. Blood drips to the floor from the gaping red O of the neck.’ Or perhaps it’s Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant, in which young Stephanie disovers the eponymous detective has, ‘no flesh, he had no skin, he had no eyes and he had no face. All he had was a…

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