YA/MG Scares Panel
Front Row: Moderator: Susan McCauley. Panelists: Kami Garcia, Alethea Kontis, Tonya Hurley, Catherine Scully.
Back: Tim Wagonner and Peter Adam Salomon.
I was privileged to moderate this awesome panel of authors in a discussion about how far to go with scares in young adult and middle grade fiction at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
We discussed the horror genre and what it means to writers, librarians, kids, and parents. With the onslaught of zombies today, many adults forget that Edgar Allan Poe's short stories are considered horror and are taught in high schools and colleges around the United States. And the widely read Goosebumps books by R.L Stein for middle grade readers are also horror.
In the end, horror needs to be redefined by horror readers and writers in their discussions with librarians and parents. Wouldn't you rather have your kid reading a little bit of horror than not reading at all?