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All Hallows' Eve: 13 Stories Paperback – September 6, 2010
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While gore mongers won't be satisfied, those who like to be creeped out, chilled and even a little upset will be delighted.
Among the best of these terrific tales:
MORGAN ROEHMER'S BOYS--takes the haunted hayride ghost story and gives it a twist...then twists it sharply again in a nasty, vicious direction
NOW AND WHEN--What happens when five teens are allowed one question each from a backwood's psychic. Even though I could see where the story was going, I was completely sucker punched by the epilogue. It still haunts and eats at me.
BEST FRIENDS--Told in two voices. One friend tells a story through rose colored glasses, the other tells the bitter truth...and the ending is a bitter one indeed.
MY REAL MOTHER--Our heroine searches for her "real" mother when her adoptive mother is less than sympathetic to her demands. You just KNOW that the "real" mother is going to be someone our heroine won't want to know. And the ending holds a breathtaking shock for the reader.
These are the four that stand out in my mind, but all all well written, shivery and a good choice for a spooky night at home--or even for a read aloud among teens. Lots of fun.
With ALL HALLOWS' EVE, the author has brought us thirteen original short stories that, as a whole, scared the bejesus out of me. Whether the story is two pages long or ten, you find yourself immersed in the life of whatever tale the author is telling--and find yourself coming out, at the end of it, glad you're reading with the lights on.
The stories in this collection include:
COME IN AND REST A SPELL
MORGAN ROEHMAR'S BOYS
ONLY ON ALL HALLOWS' EVE
CEMETERY FIELD TRIP
I WANT TO THANK YOU
WHEN AND HOW
WHEN MY PARENTS COME TO VISIT
EDWARD, LOST AND FAR FROM HOME
MY REAL MOTHER
There is nothing timid about this collection. I have always loved Halloween; it is, in fact, my second favorite holiday, beat out only by Christmas. After reading these short stories, though, I will never look at hay rides, cemeteries, school trips, cackling old ladies, or scarecrows on front porches in the same way.Read more ›
The book opens with "Come In and Rest a Spell," a tale of a witch and what she might trade in exchange for her services. "Morgan Roehmar's Boys" is one of my favorites, as well as one of the longest stories of the book (though still only about 30 pages). It's about a young girl working at a Halloween haunt, and what might happen when a local serial killer is not at rest. "Only on All Hallows' Eve" is a short but humorous tale that tells of quarrelling lovers whom death did not part. "Cemetery Field Trip" boasts that not all ghosts are bad, and not all humans are good. "Best Friends" is another humorous tale that depicts how not all perceptions are accurate. "Pretending" is another good story that portrays a bloodsucking Halloween prank with a twist.
Each tale has its own unique spin on some clichéd situations, keeping each and every story interesting. Some make you smile or chuckle, while others send shivers up and down your spine. One thing this book definitely is not, however, is boring.
Vande Velde has put together a fun collection of campfire tales of things that go bump in the night readers of any age will enjoy. Recommended for fans of all things Halloween, and for those who can appreciate what more subtle, mild, subdued and fun horror has to offer.
Thirteen pretty standard horror stories for Halloween. (Somehow, I entirely overlooked the fact that it was October when I put both this and The Dollhouse Murders on hold. Now I know why it took so long to get them...) Collections like this have been floating around kidlit for generations, and if you've seen one, you've seen 'em all. Or most of 'em, anyway. (I have a soft spot for a number of Robert Arthur's Alfred Hitchcock collections, in which the stories were, compared to, say, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, shockingly adult.) Still, if you're looking for stories to tell around the campfire that you can embroider with your own details, these make as good a starting point as any. I was particularly fond of the haunted barn story, whose name now escapes me, because I'm an old fogey with a mind like a sieve. And, of course, if you're a collector of horror stories, this is an absolute must for your collection. The rest of you, I'd recommend checking it out at your local library before shelling out the dough to make sure the stories are original enough to tickle your fancy. ***
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had a great time finishing this book. All the stories had the right amount of spookiness although I think it's not for someone as old as I am.Published 3 months ago by Donald Camacho
It got here fast however there was stickers and stains all over the book. With that being said I was pleased and did admire this relatively good offer.Published 4 months ago by winter roan
I remembered one of these stories from a high school English class and wondered if it was as good as I remembered. It was. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Janet Rogers
If you love Halloween, and a good scary story, then this book is for you ! The tales aren't gruesome, but just spooky enough for Halloween when sitting in front of a fire, or in... Read morePublished 14 months ago by nataliemarie71
The stories are varied and generally good. Some have twists that are a little obvious to more experienced readers but are enjoyable nonetheless.Published 15 months ago by LovecraftLass
Ms Vande Velde does a masterful job of putting spooky back into Halloween without flying body parts or hack saws. Kudos to her. Read morePublished 15 months ago by S. Smith
For those who want tales so gory you can practically see the blood on the pages, no, this is not your book. Read morePublished on October 23, 2010 by StarReviewer
After reading All Hallows' Eve, by Vivian Vande Velde, I wandered over to the author's website and found a long list of books, many of them fantasies for teens, and even a section... Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by Sheila Deeth