If your library is anything like the ones I worked in years ago, there were two types of holiday books we could never keep on the shelves regardless of season. Christmas books went out all year round, and books about monsters, ghouls, the Great Pumpkin and anything with a “scary story” were always in demand. Thus we know two things about human nature: people like presents and people love to be scared.
These days, scary stories can seem like the default when it comes to children’s and YA fiction, with zombies and dark angels outnumbering even young wizards. I’m hearing this is changing — one editor friend told me of laughing in disbelief that an agent had actually submitted a vampire novel; another said that dystopian novels are liber non grata at her publishing house. But genre fans need not worry: while the undead may soon be dead again, their corpses will continue to haunt the library for new victims. Come on in…
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From the October 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book.