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Nightmare Hour: Time for Terror Hardcover – August 18, 1999


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The wind whispered through the vines, making them quiver and bend. The scarecrows creaked, shaking their arms as if waving us away. A large pumpkin came bouncing down a hill. Thud thud thud!

A child loses his head inside a pumpkin. A skin-crawling spider spell is cast on a sorcerer's apprentice. A visit to the hospital for a tonsillectomy takes a ghoulish turn. These things don't happen--do they? In Nightmare Hour they do. The fiendishly prolific R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series, offers 10 scary tales to keep you up late, quivering beneath the covers. Each heart-pounding, fast-paced story features lively writing and young characters who come into contact with the tricks and illusions on life's darker side. Curious readers will love the author's introduction to each story, where he explains how the idea for it came to him. From "Alien Candy" to "Make Me a Witch," the stories also feature a spooky illustration by artists from Edward Koren to Bleu Turrell. While not gory, some of the book's situations, such as the hospital visit gone wrong, are not for the faint-hearted reader. For the rest, these are tales you'll be too scared to put down. (Ages 10 and older) --Maria Dolan

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Among the scariest of elements in this collection is the full-spread black-and-white artwork, contributed by an array of different artists, that sets the stage for each of the 10 stories. For a taut, harrowing tale of mistaken identity set in the children's ward of a hospital on Halloween night, "I'm Not Martin," Clay Patrick McBride creates a photocollage of a ward with an oversize, eyeless doll's head, holding an IV bottle on a pole in one hand and a human foot in the other, as a boy peers through a curtained screen. The impressive roster of illustrators also includes Edward Koren, Gary Kelley and Mark Summers. The author offers additional eerie lead-ins to the tales with his brief introductions, in which he describes alleged incidents that prompted his plots. For instance, the setting for "Nightmare Inn"Astarring a girl who encounters a pair of werewolves in the run-down establishment her mother plans to purchaseAwas inspired by Stine's stay in a sprawling New England inn in which he was the only guest. The author's many fans will surely look over their shoulders once or twice while engrossed in these pages. And they will be pleased to discover the low price of this handsomely designed hardcover. Ages 8-up. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (August 18, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060286881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060286880
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,470,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Why is Tim Jacobus R.L. Stine's favorite illustrator? Maybe because they've done so many scary books together. Tim did the cover paintings for more than 80 Goosebumps books, as well as the six amazing Amazon books. Recently, the two of them got together and asked the questions they've always wanted to ask each other...

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TIM (the illustrator) asks R.L. STINE (the author):

TIM: When I illustrate, I can "see" the image in my head before I start to draw. Do you "hear" a story when you write?

R.L.: I hear kids when I write. I try to hear the voice of the boy or girl who is telling the story. I visit schools a lot and talk with kids so I can keep up with what they are saying these days and what real kids sound like. Then I try to hear their voices tell the story as I write it.

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TIM: You've written so many books I can't do the math, but I bet you've used millions of words. What's you favorite word?

R.L.: Someone once got in an elevator with a very witty author named Noel Coward and said, "Say something funny." And Coward said, "Kangaroo." Kangaroo has been a favorite word of mine ever since I heard that story. But as a horror writer, I guess my favorite word is SCREAM!

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TIM: Where is the strangest place you have come up with an idea for a story?

R.L.: An empty movie theater. My wife and I went to see a scary movie in a big, old movie house-- and we were the only ones in the theater. It was kind of creepy. Then about halfway through the movie, I turned around and saw that the back row was filled with people sitting straight and still. Suddenly, I thought-- They are zombies! I'm trapped in a dark zombie theater! And that's where the idea for the book Zombie Town came from.

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TIM: If you couldn't write-- and you possessed all skills-- what would you like to do for a living?

R.L.: I drew comic strips from the time I was in 4th grade, and I always dreamed of being a cartoonist. You can imagine my shock when the other kids told me how bad my art was. They were right. I stunk! I got over my extreme disappointment by starting to write. But if I had the skill, I would love to do what you do, Tim.

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R.L. STINE (the author)asks TIM (the illustrator):

R.L.: If you couldn't be an artist what would you like to be?

TIM: I would like to be a "Snowmaker" at one of the big ski resorts, out west, like Mammoth Mountain in California. You work at night when everyone goes home. Set up the snow guns, cover the slopes, and groom them with the Sno-Cat track machine. It's kinda like a snow tank! Then, you get to ski for free! I love that snow!

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R.L.: When we were kids, my brother and I used to go to a horror movie every Saturday. We loved them all. The covers on our six Amazon books look like movie posters to me. Were you also influenced by horror movies? If so, which ones?

TIM: I was a complete "chicken" as a kid. I couldn't sit through any horror movie. The first scary movie I saw was on TV. It isn't really a horror movie. It was the Hunchback of Notre Dame-- the black-and-white version with Charles Laughton. That movie freaked me out! The mutant, Quasimodo, was something that REALLY could exist. Black-and-white movies, black-and-white photos--they all seem more "real" than full color to me.

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R.L.: You have painted so many great covers. I think your scariest Goosebumps cover was for The Barking Ghost. And the black cat on The 13th Warning is really creepy. Do you have a favorite cover? Is it a scary one or a funny one?

TIM: It's hard to pick a favorite. But you gotta love the blue bathroom blobs in Monster Blood IV. That one is a little creepy and WAY funny. For just outright scary, I love the ticket taker in Zombie Town!

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R.L.: What was the weirdest thing someone ever asked you to draw?

TIM: Oh, I have drawn a lot of weird stuff. One time, I had to paint a pimple! You know... acne! It was a medical illustration. Gross. When I first started illustrating, I painted pictures of food. My food illustrations were used in the Sunday newspaper for the local supermarket. I painted every food you can imagine. I can draw a pretty mean potato!

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This book is undoubtedly one of R.L. Stine's finest anthologies.
B. Cousineau
Even though this book is for kids, i am still reading it at the age of 16. i still get goosebumps from reading his stories.
iwuvbooks
Definitely recommend for anyone looking for a quick and easy read.
Carla

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Allison on March 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Hi, I read this book and I thought it was GREAT! It was very scary and life like espicially the "I'm not Martin" (I think that's what it was called) anyway, you should TOTALLY get this book! It ROCKS!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Holderfield on July 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This short stories in this book are very well written, as far as R.L. Stine goes. One of my favorites was "I'm Not Martin", because I've always had fears of hospitals, and staying overnight. Other titles are: Alien Candy, Nightmare Inn, I'm Not Martin, and 7 more! I think this book is suitable for ages: 8 and up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By iwuvbooks on February 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
R.L. Stine is one of the best authers that i have had the pleasure of reading. Even though this book is for kids, i am still reading it at the age of 16. i still get goosebumps from reading his stories.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson on October 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Normally it doesn't matter what version of a book you buy as the words are all the same inside and the cover is insignificant. Not so with Nightmare Hour as the cover for this book is the reason I recommend purchasing it. The eyes of the creature on the front of the hard cover edition where the numerals of a clock surround the face are sensational and change colour when the light reflects at different angles, giving the book a pure evil characteristic. When you walk past it the eyes light up or go red. It is truly amazing and seriously forget the contents inside, the effect is so good I recommend purchasing this book for the cover alone. If the version you are buying does not have this face with eyes, look for this version, even if it is more expensive as it is more than worth it.

The actual stories inside aren't the most realistic or graphic of horror stories, they are written at a level similar to a children's cartoon where magic happens and children are always the heroes and the central characters of the stories. Most stories are fairly predictable but all are enjoyable. There are ten stories in all, each of differing quality. Subjects covered include vengeance for a pumpkin farmer on Halloween vandals, witches, medieval sorcerers, clowns, ghosts, clairvoyant masks, werewolves, aliens and hospital visits. As I said before the cover is the main thing you must ensure you get upon purchasing this book. It alone is worth the five stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
AWSOME ILLISTRATIONS. MY FAVORITE STORY IS IM NOT MARTAIN. GOOD BOOK BUT SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK IS BETTER(NO OFFENCE R.L. STINE).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Nightmare hour was a really good book to read. and it made me read the whole of the book because i don't read often, but that book i had to read the whole book from the beginning to the end.
The bad thing about the book was, it made me have nightmares.So the title was true because it happened at nightmare hour. The good thing was it made me read it over and over again. ...I gave it 5 stars because it is good and it should be for 10 years and over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Cousineau on June 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is undoubtedly one of R.L. Stine's finest anthologies. It is chilling and fun. Many of the stories are really good. Here are some my favorites:

"Pumpkinhead" 9/10: Great story. I won't give too much away, but it's about a kid, his friend, and his brother who get more than they bargained for when they go pranking in a pumpkin patch.

"Nightmare Inn" 10/10: What can I say? This has it all. Werewolves, creepy inns, and weird receptionists. Great ending, by the way.

"I'm Not Martin" 10/10: This was my all-time-favorite of the book. My score really doesn't do it justice, seeing how absolutely nerve-wracking and disturbing this story is. I won't ruin it, only that you, no matter how much you are desensitized to horror, even you will get at least a moderate fear of hospitals. This will scare you even more than that buckets-of-gore movie "Hostel". This should be make into a big blockbuster summer movie.

"Afraid of Clowns" 9/10: Let's just say you won't want to be a clown's "assistant". EVER.

"The Dead Body" 9/10: Definitely had an awesome twist ending. That alone is worth reading this story for.

Also, the other stories in this book, with a score but no comment:

"Alien Candy" 8.8/10
"The Most Evil Sorcerer" 8.3/10
"The Black Mask" 8.5/10
"Make Me A Witch" 8/10
"The Ghostly Stare" 8.5/10

That, in a nutshell, is what I think of the book. At first, I thought it was just a little kid's horror book; but after reading it, I loved it. Definitely one of the, if not the best R.L. Stine anthologies ever. I thought I have just one more thing to say: BUY IT. NOW.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Pumpkins, werewolves, witches... nothing new, but you've never read anything like this. Munch some alien candy, stare down a ghost, and endure a horrific hospital stay. If short and scary creeps you out, these 10 tales of terror won't disappoint.
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