Tucson Festival of Books

Horror: Malice, Monsters, and Murder


Horror is a major trend in YA and providing both pulse-pounding thrillers and a safe zone for fear and danger. These horror novels include a pan-African adventure of monsters and heroes, a murder mystery in which a Black teen is blamed for the murder of a popular White girl, and a dark portal encounter with the ghost of a friend left for dead.


Panelists
Ayana Gray

Ayana Gray is The New York Times best-selling author of "Beasts of Prey," "Beasts of Ruin" and "Beasts of War." To date, her works have been translated in 10 languages across five continents, they have received critical recognition at the state and national level and have been featured on Good Morning America, Tamron Hall, People Magazine and Oprah Daily, among others....

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Jumata Emill

Jumata Emill is a journalist who has covered crime and local politics in Mississippi and parts of Louisiana. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from Southern University and A&M College....

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Kristen Simmons

Critically-acclaimed young adult author of more than a dozen books, including the "Article Five" trilogy, "The Deceivers" series, "The Glass Arrow" and "Find Him Where You Left Him Dead," Kristen Simmons' writing is inspired by her work with trauma survivors as a mental health therapist....

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Books:
Wander in the Dark
Jumata Emill
Children
Random House Children's Books
January 2024
ISBN 9780593651858
400 pages
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The Black Queen
Jumata Emill
Children
Random House Children's Books
December 2023
ISBN 9780593568576
416 pages
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Beasts of War
Ayana Gray
Children
Penguin
January 2024
ISBN 9780593405741
464 pages
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Beasts of Prey
Ayana Gray

Penguin
June 2022
ISBN 9780593405703
528 pages
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Find Him Where You Left Him Dead
Kristen Simmons
Children
Tor Publishing Group
September 2023
ISBN 9781250851123
272 pages
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