How scared can you get in only 30 seconds? Dare to find out with Half-Minute Horrors, a collection of deliciously terrifying short short tales and creepy illustrations by an exceptional selection of writers and illustrators, including bestselling talents Lemony Snicket, James Patterson, Neil Gaiman, R.L.Stine, Faye Kellerman, Holly Black, Melissa Marr, Margaret Atwood, Jon Scieszka, Brett Helquist, and many more. With royalties benefiting First Book, a not-for-profit organization that brings books to children in need, this is an anthology worth devouring. So grab a flashlight, set the timer, and get ready for instant chills!Excerpts from Half-Minute Horrors
Grade 4–8—This thrilling addition to the shiver-inducing arsenal will appeal to even the most reluctant of readers. The book contains dozens of short (most are one to three pages long) tales that range from silly (Adam Rex's one-page graphic comic) to grotesque (M. T. Anderson's "An Easy Gig") to morbid (Faye Kellerman's "Deep Six"). Unlike many short-story collections, this anthology forms a cohesive unit based on its purpose—scaring children silly. It possesses that delicious campfire quality of urban legends and lame jokes told late at night when everyone wants to be entertained. Youngsters may choose to read it straight through or to browse the stories, folktales, poems, and illustrations that make up this eclectic yet unified volume. Chock-full of selections by notable contributors such as Lane Smith, Neil Gaiman, Kenneth Oppel, Jack Gantos, James Patterson, and R. L. Stine, Half-Minute Horrors is the perfect choice for that smirking child who disdains fiction starring happy puppies or home-run heroes.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT
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Quite frightening! I certainly wasn't expecting the stories the be as disturbing as they were. I suppose that I thought that horror for children had been really washed out. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Auggie
For the most part this was a good read. Some of the stories were really good and being so short it was a quick read.Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
Cool book--it has very short catchy stories that kids will love. Even reluctant readers will want to read this book. The best time to read this book is around Halloween.Published 3 months ago by Thomas
This book is fantastic. I teach fifth grade and we read a couple of stories each day leading up to writing our own short stories for Halloween! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Katherine Alicia Warden
There are some genuinely creepy short stories in this collection. It's amazing to see how effective these writers have been in both succinct and sinister. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Morgaine Swann
My grand daughter loves these books and got it for Christmas this year. I ordered more books for her because she loves to read, 6 years old.Published 18 months ago by Day Tripper
Quick, fast and scary! Just enough to keep you turning the page for more. Just the thing to make your hair stand up and runs shiver down your spine.Published 21 months ago by Gloria
I got this for my middle school classroom. Some of the stories were a little creepy, but most were more ironic, clever surprise than tension-building terror. Read morePublished 22 months ago by B. W.