Famously known as the book that King himself regards as his scariest work, Pet Sematary has found a new audience with its 2019 reboot, just as it did exactly thirty years ago with the original film adaptation. A rumination on death, and how grief can haunt a family and manifest itself in different ways, Pet Sematary lasts the test of time not only because of its solid scares, but for its deeply relatable themes. Still, the standout performances in both films are the recently undead children and their hideous juxtaposition between childhood innocence and pure evil. Spooky kids in literature are nothing new, and they’ve had a long history that has chilled horror lovers for years. Here are books featuring my favorite creepy kids, who prove that, indeed, sometimes dead is better.