When I was a kid, I loved scary stories. From around 8 to 10, particularly, I loved a good ghost story. My grandmother would tell them, and then I'd go lay in bed and think about the stories. I sought out ghost story books, or monster books, or anything else in that genre that was written for my age group, and I was often disappointed that the "scary" stories for kids just weren't scary. I've heard the same things from children now that I'm an adult. They frown at "cheesy" stories that are supposed to be scary but are not. I'm been outlining some stories for a compilation of scary stories for kids that I want to write, and I am planning to make them truly scary. Nothing with overt violence or gore or that sort of thing, as I don't think that's appropriate for a kid's story, but something that will really give the reader some chills when they're reading it. So far, the main characters in the stories I have outlined do not survive the stories. When I was a kid, I think I would have been quite pleased with these stories. Given the lack of them, two questions come to mind: 1. Will a children's book publisher buy those kinds of stories; and 2. Will parents buy them. My question doesn't go to the quality of the stories. I think I can write them at a level a publisher will accept. The question is whether the mere fact that they're actually scary, and that the MCs don't live, will prevent acceptance. The target age group is around 8 - 10, since that is the age where I would have been most happy to come across a book like this. Thoughts?