31 days of Halloween, day 27: high school horror

High school was not the greatest time of my life, which must be why horror stories set in high schools are so common. Actually, I think middle school was worse than high school…


The Merciless by Danielle Vega has a deceptively bright cover for a story about a new girl who is taken in by a group of girls who want her help to exorcise their other friend.

Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan is about a group of teens who decide to scare their teacher… and the prank goes a little too far.

Monster by Christopher Pike goes to show that yes, the jocks and cheerleaders are the scariest part of high school.


Detention (2011) is a horror comedy about a serial killer going after high school students… which is basically the plot of most high school horror movies?

The Faculty (1998) also has comedic moments. This time, it’s the teachers who are acting strangely, until a group of mismatched students come together and discover that there’s some kind of alien invasion at work.

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987) brings that 80’s horror with its own sort of comedy. Mary Lou is killed right after she’s crowned prom queen. When her crown is discovered in the school years later, Mary Lou comes back with a vengeance.

Did I miss your favorite high school horror novel or movie? Tell me in the comments!

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