Children’s literature today is dominated by the gothic mode, and it is in children’s gothic fictions that we find the implications of cultural change most radically questioned and explored. This collection of essays looks at what is happening in the children’s Gothic now when traditional monsters have become the heroes, when new monsters have come into play, when globalisation brings Harry Potter into China and yaoguai into the children’s Gothic, and when childhood itself and children’s literature as a genre can no longer be thought of as an uncontested space apart from the debates and power struggles of an adult domain. We look in detail at series such as The Mortal Instruments, Twilight, Chaos Walking, The Power of Five, Skulduggery Pleasant, and Cirque du Freak; at novels about witches and novels about changelings; at the Gothic in China, Japan and Oceania; and at authors including Celia Rees, Frances Hardinge, Alan Garner and Laini Taylor amongst many others. At a time when the energies and anxieties of children’s novels can barely be contained anymore within the genre of children’s literature, spilling over into YA and adult literature, we need to pay attention. Weird things are happening and they matter.

chapter |15 pages

New Directions in Children’s Gothic

Debatable Lands
ByJackson Anna

chapter 1|16 pages

‘Do Panic. They’re Coming’

Remaking the Weird in Contemporary Children’s Fiction
ByChloe Buckley

chapter 2|19 pages

Cuckoo Songs

The Changeling as Hero
ByGeoffrey Miles

chapter 3|16 pages

‘These are troubling, confusing times’

Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak as Post-9/11 Gothic
ByPhillip Serrato

chapter 4|14 pages

Figuring the Witch

ByPunter David

chapter 5|21 pages

Ghostly Vestiges of Strange Tales

Horror, History and the Haunted Chinese Child
ByYou Chengcheng

chapter 6|17 pages

Girls in Lace Dresses

The Intersections of Gothic in Japanese Youth Fiction and Fashion
ByEmerald L King, Lucy Fraser

chapter 7|13 pages

The Gothic in Oceania

ByErin Mercer

chapter 8|15 pages

‘The Gothic is part of history, just as history is part of the Gothic’

Gothicizing History and Historicizing the Gothic in Celia Rees’ Young Adult Fiction
ByCatherine Spooner

chapter 9|13 pages

Adolescent Angels and Demons

The Religious Imagination in Young Adult Gothic Literature
ByRebecca Wigginton

chapter 10|16 pages

‘Mind to Mind’

The Gothic Loss of Privacy in the Twilight Saga and Chaos Walking Trilogy
ByAlexandra Valint

chapter 11|13 pages

‘This Hill is Still Dangerous’

Alan Garner’s Weirdstone Trilogy – A Hauntology
ByTimothy Jones