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What Scares You? Coming to Scare You Soon

Readers of this blog, remember THIS? So, last October, in the days leading up to Halloween, I got it in mind to ask some YA authors a twisted little question…

What Scares You?

And then I sat back to listen and—as someone who tends to scare easily—get myself freaked out.

So here it is, another October. There’s a chill sweeping through New York City. The new season of The Walking Dead premieres tonight. And I’m reading an exceptionally creepy manuscript written by a creepy friend. So this seems like the perfect moment to tell you that the What Scares You? blog series has returned for October 2012, this time with guest blogs and interviews from a whole new set of YA authors who’ve written some dark, creepy, and otherwise frightening books. Look for the 2012 What Scares You? series to start this week, featuring authors such as…

Adele Griffin, author of All You Never Wanted and Tighter

Andrew Smith, author of The Marbury Lens and Passenger

Brenna Yovanoff, author of The Replacement and The Space Between

Daniel Marks, author of Velveteen

Fiona Paul, author of Venom

Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and Possess

Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares

Michelle Hodkin, author of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Robin Wasserman, author of The Book of Blood and Shadow and the Cold Awakening trilogy

Sarah Rees Brennan, author of Unspoken and The Demon’s Lexicon trilogy

Tessa Gratton, author of Blood Magic and The Blood Keeper

…And our resident essayist Timothy Braun, who’s written here on the art of being dumb and making out with girls in parking lots.

Want to know what scares these awesome authors? Care to guess? I must admit, sometimes it surprised—at times, even delighted—me.

Look for the first post in the What Scares You? 2012 series this week—not to mention some giveaways for chances to win signed copies of their books.

And if you can’t wait and want something shivery to read now, here are some posts from last year’s series:

Series art by Robert Roxby. Email to contact the artist directly.