Author Archive: Daniel Kraus

Dan Kraus was Booklist's Editor of Books for Youth. He is also the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielDKraus.

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The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2018
By September 28, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2018

When I made the fateful decision to watch 31 horror films in 31 days back in Ye Olde 2009, they told me, “You cannot do this.” They told me, “It is not healthy.” They told me, “Hold still so we can get your straight jacket back on.” Look, they told me a lot of things, […]

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We Read Dead People: BRAINCHILD

We Read Dead People: BRAINCHILD

Welcome to We Read Dead People, where authors Stephanie Kuehn (Charm & Strange, When I Am Through with You) and Daniel Kraus (The Shape of Water, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch) read a novel from the glory days of direct-to-paperback horror—the magnificent 1980s—and determine whether it was worth the suggested retail price. High-school student Lois Wilson is really excited about science! […]

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Another Look at Choose Your Own Adventure Books
By January 29, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

Another Look at Choose Your Own Adventure Books

  It is one of my most vivid memories of reading. I’m eight years old and in the family van, an ugly beige behemoth lacking air-conditioning. This is relevant because it’s summer, and the van, already steaming, is sitting in the center of a grocery-store parking lot, heat waves baking off the cement. My mom […]

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We Read Dead People: HEADS

We Read Dead People: HEADS

Welcome to We Read Dead People, where authors Stephanie Kuehn (Charm & Strange, When I Am Through with You) and Daniel Kraus (Rotters, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch) read a novel from the glory days of direct-to-paperback horror—the magnificent 1980s—and determine whether it was worth the suggested retail price. In David Osborn’s Heads (Bantam, 1985), everything is lovey-dovey, hunky-dory between studly […]

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Top 20 Youth Novel Covers 2017
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Top 20 Youth Novel Covers 2017

The usual caveats: I am an individual human being with my own tastes, often inscrutable to even myself; I probably saw 80 zillion book covers this year and forgot 70 zillion of them; I didn’t have the time or wherewithal to figure out the artists and designers. Look, I did my best! Enjoy. (I’ve listed […]

The State of the YA Novel: 2017
By November 30, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

The State of the YA Novel: 2017

  This article, the last in our series celebrating #50YearsofYA, originally appeared in the December 1 issue of Booklist.       After countless interviews, features, guest essays, live events, and more, Booklist’s yearlong 50 Years of YA celebration is drawing to an end. But before we hand out diplomas, let’s convene a roundtable on what’s […]

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31 Horror Films in 31 Days: The Crud-Cracking Conclusion
By November 6, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

31 Horror Films in 31 Days: The Crud-Cracking Conclusion

The record of this, the ninth year of the #31HorrorFilms31Days challenge, shall one day be carved into mausoleum walls. From the usual pile of writhing, sobbing, scrabbling horror-movie marathoners, rose two titans of terror: Julia “J-Horror” Smith and me, Daniel “D. K. / Decay” Kraus. To put it in sports terms, this was the 1998 […]

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The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2017
By September 26, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2017

Wow, 2017 has been A YEAR, am I right? That’s why, even though this is the ninth year of the 31 Horror Films 31 Days challenge (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), I’m not dreading it at all. Not dreading the looks of neighbors kept awake by the nth night of bloodcurdling screams. Not dreading the noxious black smoke […]

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Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 10: What Is the Ecstatic Truth?
By September 5, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 10: What Is the Ecstatic Truth?

Stephen King’s IT Parade is author/editor Daniel Kraus’s 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. Join him on this long (very long) journey, if you dare. CHAPTER 23-EPILOGUE “What the fuck happened?” adult Richie asks as they climb out of the sewers. It’s a good question, and one we’re not supposed to fully understand. I doubt whether King himself fully […]

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Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 9: Are We Really Going to Talk about the Kid-Orgy?

Stephen King’s IT Parade, Week 9: Are We Really Going to Talk about the Kid-Orgy?

Stephen King’s IT Parade is author/editor Daniel Kraus’s 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. Join him on this long (very long) journey, if you dare. CHAPTERS 21-22 Way, way back in Ye Olde Week One, I promised we’d get here. You had your doubts. You’d begun to think I’d imagined the whole thing. Then it happened and you had […]

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