I have decided I love short story compilations though in truth it is a very recent love affair. Last year Stephanie Perkins (author of the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy) edited the lovely ‘My True Love Gave To Me’, a collection of heart warming holiday themed short stories from YA authors. Next year she will be releasing Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories #squee.
The collection I want to talk about today though is one of a very different variety. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys features 14 stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke (author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea) guaranteed to make your skin crawl. Like MTLGTM, this collection features some of my favorite authors – Kendare Blake, Marie Lu, and Cat Winters but also introduced to some new authors that I can’t wait to read more of – Carrie Ryan, McCormick Templeman, and Jay Kristoff.
The collection as a whole is very strong, there were very few stories that didn’t send shivers down my spine and considering there are 14 authors that’s pretty impressive. Each of the stories is inspired by classic horror films, spooky campfire tales, and even Disney movies. I want to share my top 3 favorites (I had a hard time narrowing it down to 3 favorites, a testament to how great this collection is) but I’m only going to give a short blurb because I don’t want to give anything away!!
- Stitches by A.G. Howard – This went in a direction I did not expect – AT ALL – as teenage girl must play Dr. Frankenstein to save her family.
- In the Forest Dark and Deep by Carrie Ryan – A twisted tale inspired by Alice in Wonderland with one helluva creepy rabbit.
- Sleepless by Jay Kristoff – It begins with fervent teenage instant messaging but in the end, neither Justin nor Cassie is who they pretend to be online.
If you read Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary and Stories to Tell in the Dark as kid, pick up Slash Girls and Monster Boys! Tell me your favorite horror novels, YA or adult!!
I received an ARC of Slasher Girls and Monster Boys from Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA – its book birthday is in one week, Tuesday August 18th!!
Last by not least, I absolutely adore the dedication page:
For everyone who read Stephen King when they were way too young – A.G.T.