Evil Children in Literature

anthologies (by year)

Children of Wonder, edited by William Tenn. 1953.

Tomorrow’s Children, edited by Isaac Asimov. 1966.

The Little Monsters, edited by Roger Elwood and Vic Ghidalia. 1969.

Demonkind, edited by Roger Elwood. 1973.

Bad Seeds: Evil Progeny, edited by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. 2013.

short stories (by author)

Asquith, Cynthia. “The Playfellow.” 1929.

Bixby, Jerome. “It’s a Good Life.” 1953.

Bradbury, Ray. “All Summer in a Day.” 1954.

———. “Let’s Play Poison.” 1946.

———. “The Small Assassin.” 1946.

———. “The Veldt.” 1950.

———. “Zero Hour.” 1951.

Bryant, Edward. “Good Kids.” 1989.

Burnett, Frances Hodgson. “In the Closed Room.” 1904.

Collier, John. “Thus I Refute Beelzy.” 1940. 

Connolly, John. “The New Daughter.” 2006.

Derleth, August. “The Metronome.” 1934.

Dick, Philip K. “Second Variety.” 1953.

Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins. “The Lost Ghost.” 1903.

———. “The Wind in the Rose-Bush.” 1902.

Gaskell, Elizabeth. “The Old Nurse’s Story." 1852. 

Hill, Susan. “Hunger.” 2013.

King, Stephen. “Children of the Corn.” 1977.

———. “Suffer the Little Children.” 1972.

Knight, Damon. “Special Delivery.” 1954. 

Koontz, Dean. “We Three.” 1974.

Lawrence, D. H. “The Rocking-Horse Winner.” 1926. 

Machen, Arthur. “The Monstrance.” 1915.

Matheson, Richard. “Born of Man and Woman.” 1950.
Munro, Alice. “Child’s Play.” 2009.

Oates, Joyce Carol. “Accursed Inhabitants of Bly.” 1992.

O’Connor, Flannery. “The Lame Shall Enter First.” 1965
Sinclair, May. “The Intercessor.” 1931.

 
novels (by year)

Hoffman, Heinrich. Der Struwwelpeter. 1845.
Busch, Wilhelm. Max and Moritz. 1865. 
Collodi, Carlo. Pinocchio. 1881.
James, Henry. The Turn of the Screw. 1898.
Barrie, J. M. The Little White Bird. 1902.
———. Peter and Wendy. 1911
Ewers, Hanns Heinz. Alraune. 1911.
Hughes, Richard. A High Wind in Jamaica. 1929.

March, William. The Bad Seed. 1954.
Golding, William. The Lord of the Flies. 1954.
Wyndham, John. The Chrysalids. 1955
———. The Midwich Cuckoos. 1957.
Jackson, Shirley. We Have Always Lived in the Castle. 1962. 
Mishima, Yukio. The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea. 1963.

Levin, Ira. Rosemary’s Baby. 1967. 
Wyndham, John. Chocky. 1968.
Oates, Joyce Carol. Expensive People. 1968.
Tryon, Tom. The Other. 1971.
Blatty, William Peter. The Exorcist. 1971.
Koenig, Laird. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. 1974.
King, Stephen. Carrie. 1974. 
De Felitta, Frank. Audrey Rose. 1975.
King, Stephen. Salem’s Lot. 1975.
Rice, Anne. Interview with the Vampire. 1976.
Taylor, Bernard. The Godsend. 1976.

Saul, John. Suffer the Children. 1977.
Farris, John. The Fury. 1977.
King, Stephen. The Shining. 1977.
McKenney, Kenneth. The Moonchild. 1978.
Saul, John. Punish the Sinners. 1978.
Block, Lawrence. Ariel. 1979.
Saul, John. Cry for the Strangers. 1979.
Golding, William. Darkness Visible. 1979.
Kundera, Milan. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. 1979.
Roberts, Willo Davis. The Girl with the Silver Eyes. 1980.
Saul, John. Comes the Blind Fury. 1980.
King, Stephen. Firestarter. 1980.
Neiderman, Andrew. Brainchild. 1981.
Saul, John. When the Wind Blows. 1981.
Campbell, Ramsey. The Nameless. 1981.

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