Classic Horror Icons: Then and Now


October is one of  my favorite times of year- and not for the pumpkin spice, thank you very much. I love the change in the season, the move into cooler weather, and the shift to Halloween, dia de los Muertos, and everything that goes with autumn. One of my favorite things to do is to tie in classics with modern interpretations, especially as today’s teens aren’t as familiar with where the original Frankenstein, Dracula, Mummy, or others come from that we take as canon. To that end, I’ve paired up modern retellings in teen and modern media with classic tales to help create some awesome displays for October. Take a look after the break!


Never credited originally by name, Mary Shelly gave us the original monster from the grave.
Legend has it the tale came from a round robin of storytelling, and it’s based off of the start of embalming in death houses.

Books: Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron; Clay by David Almond; Hideous Love by Stephanie Hemphill; This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel; This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee; Steampunk Chronicles series by Kady Cross (combines multiple characters into one)

Movies: Young Frankenstein; I, Frankenstein; Frankenweenie; Hotel Transylvania (combines multiple characters); Monster Squad; Van Helsing; Young Frankenstein (coming November 2015, starring Daniel Radcliff and James McAvoy)


Obviously we can thank Bram Stoker for every vampire book and movie ever made,
but here are some of the creepier ones to highlight in your display.

Books: House of Night series by PC Cast (there are known issues with the series but my teens can’t get enough of them); Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa; Tantalize series by Cynthia Leitich Smith; Salem’s Lot by Stephen King; Thirsty by MT Anderson; Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer; Chibi Vampire series by Yuna Kagesaki

Movies: Blade series; Underworld series; Hotel Transylvania; Van Helsing; Bram Stroker’s Dracula (1992); The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalas; Twilight series; Fright Night; Dark Shadows; The Lost Boys


Good old Edgar may not be thought as  a classic horror icon by himself,
but he has been the inspiration of many a book and movie,
and a main part of the Gothic horror movement- without his contributions
arguably there would be no Hitchcock and no suspense horror movies.

Books: The Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin; The Fall by Bethany Griffin; Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey; Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday; Nevermore by Kelly Creagh; my teens swear that The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater series fits and would do me bodily harm if I didn’t include it;  Far Far Away by Tom McNeal; All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry; Mary: The Summoning by Hilary Monahan; The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters; Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson

Movies: The Crow; The Raven (2012); Buried; Misery


There is nothing scarier than things we don’t understand.
Science fiction has always had that edge of the unknown within it,
and scholars date it back to 2000 BCE. Rick Yancy’s The 5th Wave is only the
latest installment in a long line of alien invaders to cross over from
book to Hollywood, and surely won’t be the last.

Books: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy; The Taking series by Kimberly Derting; Lux series by Armentrout; Adaption series by Malinda Lo; The Tommyknockers by Stephen King; Armada by Ernest Cline; Stuck on Earth by David Klass; How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain; Lorien series by Pitacus Lore; In The After by Demitria Lunetta; Icons series by Margaret Stohl

Movies: I am Number Four; Ender’s Game; War of the Worlds; Alien series; Pacific Rim; Starship Troopers; Predator; The Blob; Invasion of the Body Snatchers; Monsters vs. Aliens; Men in Black series


What are your favorite iconic characters that have been transformed recently in teen literature?
Share in the comments!


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