Slasher Girls & Monster Boys is a book club selection for the Goodreads ReadingRealm ReadAlong group hosted by Ish, from ReadingRealm Youtube Channel. This anthology is a collection of thriller and horror short stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke. I loved this collection, and it has inspired me to add these authors to my reading wish list.
1. The Birds of Azalea Street by Nova Ren Suma: inspired by the 1954 film Rear Window and the 1963 film The Birds.
Tasha and her friends Paisley and Katie-Marie are suspicious of their creepy neighbour Leonard.
Nova Ren Suma is the author of the YA novels The Walls around us, 17 & Gone, and Imaginary Girls.
2. In the Forest Dark and Deep by Carrie Ryan: inspired by the 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and the 1951 animated film Alice in Wonderland.
This story flips back and forth between when Cassidy Evans was seven/eight years old and seventeen/eighteeen years old, telling the story of the March Hare.
Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of the Forest of Hands and Teeth series.
3. Emmeline by Cat Winters: inspired by the 1930 film All Quiet on the Western Front by Daphne du Maurier, and the 1922 film Nosferatu.
Northern France, 1918
Young French girl Emmeline, and American soldier named Emerson.
Cat Winters is the author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds, The Cure for Dreaming, and The Uninvited.
4. Verse Chorus Verse by Leigh Bardugo: inspired by Nirvana’s “Frances Farmer Will Have her Revenge on Seattle”.
Overbearing Mom Kara Adams and her famous daughter Jaycee. Jaycee has made some bad decisions, and has ended up in rehab called Wellways, which isn’t your typical rehab center.
Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy.
5. Hide-And-Seek by Megan Shepherd: inspired by the 2000 film Final Destination, the 1994 film The Crow, and the 1991 film Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.
“Beware a man who comes in a black coat with a bird on his shoulder. If you see him, it means you are already dead. He is Crow Cultom, death’s harbinger, and the only way to win back your life is to challenge death to a game. But be warned, death has never lost…”
Megan Shepherd is the author of the Madman’s Daughter and the Cage trilogies.
6. The Dark, Scary Parts and All by Danielle Paige: inspired by the 1976 film The Omen and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Marnie and Damien come from broken families – can they find love?
“Imagine being cobbled together. Imagine discovering what you are and knowing that no one will ever love you, not even your maker.”
Danielle Paige, winner of the Writers Guild of America Award, emmy-nominated, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die.
7. The Flicker, The Fingers, The Beat, The Sigh by April Genevieve Tucholke: inspired by Stephen King’s Carrie and the 1997 film I know What you Did Last Summer.
Grace, her boyfriend Asher, her brother Theo, and his girlfriend Scout get into trouble, making a bad decision that starts with a strange girl named Canary dying.
April Genevieve Tucholke is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
8. Fat Girl With a Knife by Jonathan Maberry: inspired by the 2009 film Zombieland and the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead.
Dahlia, had a pretty name but she wasn’t pretty.
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer.
9. Sleepless by Jay Kristoff: inspired by the 1960 film Psycho and Mudvayne’s “Nothing to Gein”.
Justin, living with his helpless mother, gets to finally meet Cassie, the girl he’s been chatting with online for months.
Jay Kristoff is an award-winning sci-fi/fantasy author of Illuminae.
10. M by Stefan Bachmann: inspired by the 1931 film M and the 1970s tv series Upstairs, Downstairs.
Misha, a blind girl, knows what the murderer smells like, and is hoping to figure out who he is before he finds out what she knows.
Stefan Bachmann is the author of steampunk-faery-fantasies The Peculiar and The Whatnot, and the upcoming YA thriller A Drop of Night.
11. The Girl Without a Face by Marie Lu: inspired by the 2000 film What Lies Beneath and the 2010 film Los Ojos de Julia.
Richard is eighteen but he’s afraid of the closet in his room that only opens in his dreams.
Marie Lu is the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend Trilogy.
12. A Girl Who Dreamed of Snow by McCormick Templeman: inspired by the 1968 film Kuroneko.
Nara, a shaman’s daughter, who had learned to speak the ways of the wind and snow, is being hunted by wicked Sain and his five brothers.
McCormick Templeman is the author of The Little Woods and The Glass Casket.
13. Stitches by A. G. Howard: inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Sage, her identical twin sister Clover, and their little brother Oakley, are left to live with drunk, and evil Pa after their Ma is killed. The Collector comes to help Pa become a better man.
A. G. Howard is the author of Splintered.
14. On the I-5 by Kendare Blake: inspired by the 2007 film Death Proof and the 1986 film The Hitcher.
After getting rid of her beast, EmmaRae Dickson helps another girl get rid of her own beast.
Kendare Blake is the author of six novels, including Anna Dressed in Blood.
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