CONTEST: Who Killed the YA Scream Queens?

The YA Scream Queens have been killed!

Now it’s up to you to solve this whodunit.

It’s a tragic thing, really, a horrific thing: 9 authors of YA horror who all died under bizarre circumstances. Cat, Courtney, Dawn, Hillary, Jenn, Lauren, Lindsay, Sarah, and Trisha—not one was spared. Whether turned to ash or stone, stabbed with a special blade or found frozen in the mountains, the deaths of Scream Queens are decidedly mysterious … and literary.



Kids, don't mess around with poison.

Kids, don’t mess around with poison.


It seems as though authorities are pointing the fingers at other YA authors of horror and dark fiction, and a suspect pool has been gathered.

First, this week, from October 7-12th, learn how the Scream Queens perished on this blog.

Beginning October 13-24th, the suspects will post their denials or confessions. Follow the trail connecting one author to next. It will be up to you to pair up which Scream Queen was killed by which suspect, but do not be fooled or taken in by your love of their books. There are liars among them, and some may truly be completely innocent. Check our Twitter feed and Facebook page to help you in your search for the suspects’ posts and follow the hashtag #whokilledYASQ.

The suspects: April Genevieve Tucholke (BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA), Kendare Blake (ANTIGODDESS), Shawntelle Madison (UNDER MY SKIN), Dan Wells (PARTIALS), Page Morgan (THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED), Rin Chupeco (THE GIRL FROM THE WELL), Gretchen McNeil (GET EVEN), Heather L. Reid (PRETTY DARK NOTHING), Sara Raasch (SNOW LIKE ASHES), Lisa Maxwell (SWEET UNREST), Kate Karyus Quinn (DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME), Whitney Miller (THE VIOLET HOUR), Delilah S. Dawson (SERVANTS OF THE STORM), and Heather Brewer (THE CEMETERY BOYS).

Once all suspects have had their say, check back at the YASQ blog to make sure you’ve gotten all the evidence and answer the survey for who killed your spooky authoresses. Winners will be drawn on October 31, 2014!

What’s at stake*?

1st place prize with the most correct answers: a giant pack of books from the YA Scream Queens and the killers plus swag and a first chapter critique from YASQ Dawn Kurtagich should she rise from the dead.

2nd place prize with the most correct answers: a prize pack of books from suspects and swag.

3rd place prize with the most correct answers: a prize pack of swag.

*In case of tied answers, first place goes to the one with the earlier time stamp. Please allow until mid-November for prizes to be mailed. We love our international readers, but due to shipping costs, this is a US contest only.

Scare you soon!

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3 replies


  1. Who Killed the YA Scream Queens? | Rin Chupeco
  2. YA Scream Queens – Oh I totally knocked off one of those chicks | Shawntelle Madison

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