Scary things come in small packages

This list could easily have been hundreds of titles long, but I’m cutting myself off at thirty, otherwise everyone will be too scared to breed and the human race will die out.

Creepy kids are the bread and butter of the horror genre: what’s more terrifying than some big-eyed innocent-looking cutie-patootie coming at you with knives in their hands and killing in their hearts? Instinct says, “do not fight back against this helpless child!” and that’s how they get you.

Some of the children in these books are blameless—it’s no one’s fault that they are possessed by demons, or that no one has taught them that murder is impolite. Some are straight-up sociopaths, some are just a little spooky, but all of them could benefit from a time out.

There are plenty of familiar faces here, but hopefully also some new little darlings to leave bloody fingerprints all over your walls.

And the Ass Saw the Angel

The Uninvited

Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone

The Boy Who Drew Monsters

Little Heaven


Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny


We Have Always Lived in the Castle

The Wasp Factory

The Other

The Midwich Cuckoos

Let the Right One In


A Good and Happy Child

The Omen

Let's Go Play At The Adams'

The Bad Seed

Comes the Blind Fury

The Butcher Boy

The Last of the Crazy People

Rosemary's Baby

Mildred Pierce

The Exorcist

The Children's Home


The Turn of the Screw

This House is Haunted

A Head Full of Ghosts

Wicked Angel

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