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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (February 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142407216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142407219
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To borrow a phrase from this collection, Shusterman's writing can "scare a gargoyle right off its foundation." And that is precisely why fans of the author, particularly followers of his popular short story series that includes Mindquakes (1996), will reach hungrily for this title, which includes tales both new and newly available (in the case of entries culled from earlier, hard-to-find collections). The best entry, published here for the first time, depicts a teen referee who gradually realizes that "the fate of the world is about to be decided by a suburban peewee soccer game." Another features a character who receives his own skull—postmarked from the future—as a birthday gift. All will further Shusterman's reputation for penning reluctant-reader–friendly stories in which Twilight Zone twists, creepy poetic justice, and normality turned inside-out are the order of the day. New introductions explaining each story's inspiration will fascinate readers and perhaps prompt their own tales in which mundane reality bumps against the scary and the strange. Mattson, Jennifer
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About the Author

Neal Shusterman is an award-winning author and screenwriter.  He lives in Southern California with his four children.


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Neal Shusterman is the author of many novels for young adults, including Unwind, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers, Everlost, and Downsiders, which was nominated for twelve state reading awards. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows such as Animorphs and Goosebumps. The father of four children, Neal lives in southern California.

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I want to know what she's reading, I want to be able to discuss and recommend books to her.
Lynne Wilson
These stories have unexpected twists and are creepy enough to satisfy teens and preteens who like that sort of thing.
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"Security Blanket" is the story of a "special" quilt that turns into the worst type of security blanket.
Sandra K. Stiles

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra K. Stiles on August 2, 2009
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Darkness Creeping is 20 short stories that will creep you out. "Security Blanket" is the story of a "special" quilt that turns into the worst type of security blanket. I may never look at quilts the same again. My favorite was probably the "River Tour". The story of a special guided trip down the River Styx. Have a fear of dentists? Ralphy Sherman's Root Canal is a story you can really sink your teeth into. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes short stories, the creepier the better. If you are a Neal Shusterman fan then I would definitely recommend this book. I gave it a 5 out of 5 rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Berenson on May 10, 2013
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I bought this book through an Amazon associate after reading about it somewhere, probably through Amazon reviews. What a lucky find; what a brilliant book! As an adult, I can't say that these stories scared me that much (though "An Ear for Music" is superbly clever/creepy). (However, I can easily see kids being totally terrified at the clever and unexpected plot twists.) No, what impresses me the most is the craft of Neal Shusterman's writing. Like a brilliant caricaturist, he creates several characters and a beginning plot line within two pages. Characters with real personalities and motivations. As a writer, I marvel at this ability. Shusterman can write the rough draft of a story while sitting on a plane or while sitting at a cafe. I am envious. He's the kind of artist who could create a little sculpture out of the napkins and bottle caps at a restaurant table.

What strikes me just as strongly is the intelligence of these stories. Somewhere I remember reading that this book was aimed at readers aged 10 and up. Well, most 10-year-olds will not get many of the references in this book. In one paragraph in "Ralphy Sherman's Root Canal," -- beyond hysterical, by the way -- Shusterman brings up the Titanic, the SF earthquake of 1906, the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Kurt Cobain and "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Patsy Cline, and many more historical/pop references, all in the service of sight gags or to further the plot. Now what 10-year-old recognizes all these names? Doesn't matter. The stories work and adults have extra things to laugh at.

One example from the same story: the children's "current nanny... was from a small eastern European country that no longer existed, but might exist again in a month or so, she hoped." That made me roar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Wilson on June 3, 2012
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Two things before I go any further:
1)I'm an adult. I read a lot of teen/YA fiction because I have a 13 year old daughter. I want to know what she's reading, I want to be able to discuss and recommend books to her. I like a LOT of books geared to this age group ~ good writing is good writing: good plots are good plots, well-drawn characters are well-drawn...you get my drift
2)I really like Neal Shusterman. Maybe not all his books are destined to be classics, but on the whole he writes well, is imaginative, and understands how to hook his reader.
This collection of short stories has a little bit of everything ~ ghosts, ghouls, you name it. Not all the stories will work for all readers: but every reader will find something that haunts them after the book is back on the shelf. There's plenty of creepiness without any graphic gore: these are scary stories that will make your skin crawl, but won't turn your stomach.
A lot of people can and do write scary/gross; not so many can write scary/eerie. In this collection Mr Shusterman proves he can walk that fine line with ease. If you want something to creep you out late at night, this is a great book for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Espey on September 22, 2008
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This is a very good collection of short stories, by a very good author. A lot of the stories in the book aren't really horror stories but it is still a great read.
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i love this book, it was my first read by neal shusterman and i can't stop reading his books!!! amazing
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