19 Creepiest Kids In Fiction, From The Grady Twins To Merricat Blackwood

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If there's one thing horror movies have taught us, it's that a doe-eyed kid can easily be the creepiest entity you ever encounter. The 17 novels and short-story collections on the list below contain the 19 creepiest kids in fiction, so those of you searching for a scare need look no further.

Gage Creed. Damien Thorn. Toshio Saeki. Pluto. These kids are arguably the scariest things to be found in their respective horror movies — Pet Sematary, The Omen, The Grudge, and Us. You might be surprised to learn that creepy kids translate just as well in scary books as they do in scary movies, particularly if you aren't well-versed in horror as a genre of literature. And even though some of the books on the list below cannot be classified outright as horror, the children found in their pages are just as spooky as those in any tale of terror.

My spooky kids come from books that span form and genre, so there's a little something for everyone here. No matter whether you're an old horror hand, or a newcomer to scary stories, you'll find something to sleep with the lights on for below. Check out all my recommendations below: