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Request for Horror People

It's recommend me time again.

This time I am looking for horror novels suitable for an eleven year old. By this, I don't mean young adult books. If you've been following my quest to get an eleven year old boy reading to improve his vocabulary, you'll note that he won't have anything to do with YA stuff, since it is, in his words, "Boring." Boring means this: there's not enough violence, there's not enough zombies, there's not enough battles, and there's not enough death, murder, mayhem and so on and so forth. I recently got him to read a Resident Evil: Zero Hour, which he quite liked, and managed in two weeks. Not to shabby for a kid who prefers girls and movies. Ah, but he'll do well. He currently has one of the Dan Abnett Warhammer novels, Double Eagle, which he took with greedy little eyes, but I'm not sure how this is going to roll. My feel is that there are going to be too many characters in the book, and that he'll find it an empty, joyless thing with decent prose... wait, no, that was me. Well, I'll see how he goes. If the Abnett book does well, I'll try some more of them along with the Perry Resident Evil books.

But, yesterday, he made a request for a horror novel. Zombie zombie, apparently. Kids these days, huh? I'm not terribly well read in the way of zombie novels, so I'm putting out the question to you guys and girls who are, for a bit of help. Please remember that while obscene amounts of violence is fine, I'd like to keep the language down, and if possible keep the sex out of it, for society is a contradictory beast, and while I'm sure sex would make him read just as much as violence, that won't win me any joy from the parentals, who pay me.

Thanks.

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bluetyson
Dec. 17th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, that one is way too literary and not full of action for what he is after, I think.

The only ones I can remembered reading were movie type stuff, a long time ago - Dawn of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, Return of the Living Dead, and Dead and Buried - which I think was by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

There's a guy called David Wellington I have seen some people mention, but haven't read them.

http://www.amazon.com/Monster-Island-Zombie-David-Wellington/dp/1560258500
benpeek
Dec. 17th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
which one? the DOUBLE EAGLE book?

i've read the first wellington book, but it's a bit too advanced for him, i think--i suspect the language will put him off, but i could be wrong.

(on the other side, my personal opinion is this: the book starts well enough, but the second narrative involving a zombie guy is really quite tedious, and by the end of it i'd lost interest, and didn't bother with the sequels.)
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benpeek
Dec. 17th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
you know, i did consider I AM LEGEND. maybe i'll give it a shot--the movie connection can't hurt, and i can use that for things to do.
norda
Dec. 17th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
There's no sex to worry about in I AM LEGEND.

I was going to suggest a newer novel called FOREVER WILL YOU SUFFER by Gary Frank, but the lead character is nothing but a horndog. The parentals would definitely object.
benpeek
Dec. 17th, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
yeah, i'm thinking that won't be for me. thanks anyhow.
nballingrud
Dec. 17th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
You might try Brian Keene's novel The Rising. It's about zombies and all the trappings that come with them. It's pro-family, too: about a father crossing the country looking for his son after everything goes to hell. I tried to read the book and petered out after 30-40 pages -- I found the writing and the ideas pretty pedestrian -- but it might be right up this kid's alley. And if he likes it, Keene's apparently written a sequel.
benpeek
Dec. 17th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
it's funny, but someone telling me that it's pretty pedestrian is a tick in the box for giving it to q.

the worse part is i have to read this shit before i give it to him.
benpeek
Dec. 18th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
hey, man, i went with keene's CITY OF DEAD (which may be the sequel). THE RISING wasn't there--i see what you, though, bout the pedestrian stuff. kid should dig it, i think.
nballingrud
Dec. 18th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Great. Hope it works out.
buymeaclue
Dec. 17th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
I'm reading Sarah Langan's The Missing right now. It may have too much sex in, but none of it's graphic, if that makes any difference. They're not explicitly zombies, but they read as such to me (and disease zombies, too, so if he likes RE...), and the gore level is high.
benpeek
Dec. 17th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
what's the writing like?
nballingrud
Dec. 18th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
Sarah's a good writer. The Missing is a cut above the usual stuff, certainly better than you run-of-the-mill zombie book.
buymeaclue
Dec. 18th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Good enough for me--nice sense of voice--but not flashy or hard to get into.
rosefox
Dec. 17th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
At that age, I really enjoyed Stephen King's short story collections, particularly Skeleton Crew. Don't recall it being too heavy on the nookie, and there are some younger characters in there (such as the protagonists of "The Raft") for him to identify with just before they die horribly.

By the way, your Q&A is up. Looks good!
benpeek
Dec. 17th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
hey, thanks for that rose.

i might give the king collection a look in--though having younger characters doesn't seem to be a thing q looks for. guess he hangs with too many of his own kind at school ;)
rosefox
Dec. 18th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC)
There are plenty of adults, too.

It's really a brilliant collection, one of my absolute favorites (and I have doublestacked bookcases devoted to collections and anthologies). I'd recommend it for anyone of any age who digs the creepy stuff.
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