Grade 6–9—A collection of 20 previously published stories, some by well-known writers of horror such as Stephen King and H. P. Lovecraft, others by authors not generally associated with the genre, like Winston Churchill. Each selection includes a chilling black-and-white engraving, often placed near the end of the story for maximum effect. These tales are easily found elsewhere, whether it be in collections or in single editions, and are more creepy than gory. An additional purchase in libraries where short stories and horror are popular.—Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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Dishing up a deliciously disturbing blend of new and old terrors, this collection offers a ballad and more than a dozen prose stories, ranging from Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart" to contributions from Margaret Mahy, Dean Koontz, and even Winston Churchill. Several entries are downright gruesome--particularly Bram Stoker's "The Squaw," in which a cat deals bloody comeuppance to a crude nineteenth-century tourist who casually kills her kitten--and each is illustrated with a stark wood engraving from Moser. Concluding with a bit of comic relief supplied by Robert W. Service's "The Cremation of Sam McGee," this will be fine bedtime reading. Oh, definitely. John Peters
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If you want scary and wierd stories to read then get this book. I have not read all of it but so far it is very good! One story that was good was Kittens. Read morePublished on June 6, 2009