Best Books for Morbid Kids
Darkly Humorous, Gruesome, Grotesque, and/or Gothic Childrens' Books (appropriate for ages 13 and under)
101 The Canterville Ghost
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102 Gris Grimly's Wicked Nurser...
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103 The Prince of Mist (Niebla,...
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104 Pure Dead Magic
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105 Rare Beasts (Edgar & Ellen,...
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106 Witch's Sister (Witch Saga,...
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106 Scary Stories 3: More Tales...
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108 Behind the Curtain (Echo Fa...
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109 More Scary Stories to Tell ...
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110 The Ogre Downstairs
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111 Down the Rabbit Hole (Echo ...
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112 The Secret of the Undergrou...
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113 The Doom of the Haunted Ope...
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114 The Eyes of the Killer Robot
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115 A Murder for Her Majesty
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116 A Tale of Time City
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117 The Figure in the Shadows
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118 The Letter, the Witch, and ...
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119 The Mansion in the Mist (An...
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120 The Star of Kazan
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121 The Mummy, the Will, and th...
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122 Bone, Vol. 9: Crown of Horn...
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122 The Austere Academy (A Seri...
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124 May Bird Among the Stars (M...
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125 Bone, Vol. 8: Treasure Hunt...
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126 Bone, Vol. 7: Ghost Circles...
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126 May Bird, Warrior Princess ...
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128 The Cavendish Home for Boys...
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129 Bone, Vol. 6: Old Man's Cav...
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130 Valiant (The Modern Faerie ...
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131 Bone, Vol. 5: Rock Jaw, Mas...
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132 The Headless Cupid (Stanley...
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133 My Teacher Fried My Brains ...
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133 Soulless (Parasol Protector...
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133 The Velvet Room
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136 Bone, Vol. 4: The Dragonsla...
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136 The Knife of Never Letting ...
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136 Shade's Children
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139 Bone, Vol. 3: Eyes of the S...
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139 The Call of the Wild
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141 Bleeding Violet
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141 The Museum of Mary Child
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143 Bone, Vol. 2: The Great Cow...
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144 Midnight for Charlie Bone (...
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145 Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Bone...
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145 Gris Grimly's Wicked Nurser...
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147 My Teacher is an Alien (My ...
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148 Evil Genius (Genius, #1)
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149 The Enormous Crocodile
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150 Watchers
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151 Lirael (Abhorsen, #2)
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152 The Wily Witch and All the ...
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152 Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy...
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154 The Arctic Incident (Artemi...
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155 Abhorsen (Abhorsen, #3)
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156 The Eternity Code (Artemis ...
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157 Black Maria
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157 Equal Rites (Discworld, #3)
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159 The Celery Stalks at Midnig...
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160 The Lost Colony (Artemis Fo...
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160 Mairelon the Magician (Mair...
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162 The Secret of Terror Castle...
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162 Nighty-Nightmare (Bunnicula...
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164 The Time Paradox (Artemis F...
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165 Return to Howliday Inn (Bun...
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166 The Atlantis Complex (Artem...
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167 The Hotel Under the Sand
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168 The Great Ghost Rescue
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,310 ratings
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169 Archer's Goon
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170 The Beasts of Clawstone Castle
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171 Only You Can Save Mankind (...
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171 Boogie Knights
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173 Fire and Hemlock
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173 Dial-a-Ghost
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173 Bones: Skeletons and How Th...
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176 Charmed Life (Chrestomanci,...
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177 Nurse Matilda
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178 Kin (The Good Neighbors, #1)
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179 Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich
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180 Nation
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181 Curse of the Blue Tattoo: B...
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182 The Bake Shop Ghost
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183 Haunted House
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184 The Amazing Bone
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184 The Witches of Worm
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184 Johnny and the Bomb (Johnny...
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184 Story Time
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184 Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)
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184 It Ate Billy on Christmas
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184 Puzzled by Pink
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184 Ghosts in the Gallery
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184 Hansel And Gretel
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184 3 Fun Tales About Monsters
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184 Foxavier and Plinka
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184 Poison
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184 The Beasties
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184 Them (Remnants, #3)
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184 My Daylight Monsters (Mary ...
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184 Southern Fried Rat and Othe...
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184 Clockwork
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message 1: by MB (new)

MB Okay, argh! It won't let me add more than 100. I can think of lots more.


message 2: by Cindi (new)

Cindi I agree! One of my favorite genres as a child...and as an adult as well!


message 3: by MB (last edited Sep 17, 2010 09:36AM) (new)

MB I'm going to add some more down here that I've thought of. (Since it won't let me add them above.)

Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp
Perdita by Isabelle Holland
Everything by William Steig
A lot of the Freddy The Detective series by Walter R. Brooks might qualify.
Childrens' picture books: the Dorrie The Little Witch series by Patricia Coombs
Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles series: The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer and The High King

I'll add more as I think of them.


message 4: by Misty (new)

Misty Is there any particular reason Diane Wynn Jones' books make up most of this list? I've only read 'Howl's Moving Caste', but I would hardly consider it morbid. Actually, I wouldn't consider most, if any of these books morbid- well, okay, Lemony Snickets, sure.

Are a few in the stylings of Tim Burton, sure, but none of them are morbid. And Artemis Fowl? Are you kidding me? Have any of you even read some of these books or did you just start clicking? Do you even know the definition?

mor·bid   /ˈmɔrbɪd/
–adjective
1. suggesting an unhealthy mental state or attitude; unwholesomely gloomy, sensitive, extreme, etc.: a morbid interest in death.
2. affected by, caused by, causing, or characteristic of disease.
3. pertaining to diseased parts: morbid anatomy.
4. gruesome; grisly


message 5: by Cindi (new)

Cindi I believe many of these books made the list because of the "Dark humor" subtitle. IMHO this widens the category considerably.


message 6: by MB (last edited Sep 17, 2010 09:44AM) (new)

MB Misty wrote: "Is there any particular reason Diane Wynn Jones' books make up most of this list? I've only read 'Howl's Moving Caste', but I would hardly consider it morbid. Actually, I wouldn't consider most, if..."

Misty, I've read all of the books that I voted for/added. Please feel free to add any books that you feel would qualify for this category. Or to vote on any that are already on the list. I'm considering the term 'morbid' as more of a characteristic or personality quirk of the child reading, not describing books relating to death, blood, guts and gore specifically. (I.e. #1 of your definition above.) I've added Gothic to the qualifiers. Please feel free to suggest other qualifiers.


message 7: by Carly (new)

Carly (Lis les Livres) i like the title of this list


message 8: by MB (new)

MB Carly wrote: "i like the title of this list"

Thanks Carly :-)


message 9: by Amy (new)

Amy Great list and interesting how many I had read as a kid. But Sandman? For kids 13 and under? No way!


message 10: by MB (last edited Jul 08, 2014 05:55PM) (new)

MB P.S. Everyone, I'm not policing this list. 1st) I'm not sure how without reading everything that's been suggested myself, 2) Reading age level is subjective and individual, and 3) It's fun to see it morph with everyone's input.

But, in spite of all that, let's all try to keep recommendations fairly age appropriate, okay?


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