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Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales [Kindle Edition]

Robert D. San Souci , Katherine Coville
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A collection of ghost stories, spooky shorts, and frightening folktales from all over the world, perfect for scary sleepovers, staying up all night, or reading alone under the covers—if you dare!
“No one travels these roads after dark. Those who are found the next day, if they are still alive, will have gone mad.”
Chills and thrills to make your flesh crawl with fear! Turn the lights down low and grab your favorite reading chair. But first, you’d better check behind you. . . .
Ghosts, monsters, murders, and madmen! These thirty stories have been collected for your reading displeasure from all over the globe, and represent the world’s best scary stories and frightening folktales, featuring famous authors such as Washington Irving and the Brothers Grimm. Welcome to a chilling world of hair-raising tales! 

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4 Up A collection of spooky stories, competently adapted and retold (sometimes quite freely) from world folklore, including Japan, Africa, and Latin America, as well as Europe and the U.S. Fairy tales are represented, from Grimm's The Robber Bridegroom to the modern urban folktale Lavender, a reworking of the phantom hitchhiker story. Some tales are familiar, appearing in one form or another in various collections, e.g., Tailypo, but many are not. Stories have also been adapted from the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Bunyan, and Washington Irving. The stories drawn from collections of regional American folklore are not only the freshest, but often the scariest. Sources are fully documented at the back of the book. The cover has just the right touch of gruesomeness to attract readers, with bats, rats, weird faces, and a skeleton arm escaping from the grave. Almost every story is illustrated with a full-page picture in pen-and-ink and wash. These are well crafted but, with some notable exceptions, don't always capture the true terror of the tales, and don't enhance the text in a spine-tingling manner. Many of the stories will be effective as read-alouds. There are some delicious shivers here, with plenty of fodder for an active imagination, as well as excitement. Annette Curtis Klause, Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries, Md.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"There are some delicious shivers here, with plenty of fodder for an active imagination." — School Library Journal

"Demons, vampires, skeletons, goblins, werewolves, witches, wizards, and ghosts aplenty inhabit these tales from various parts of the world." — Booklist

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1307 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440418046
  • Publisher: Yearling (June 3, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BH5HXK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Campfire Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! October 22, 1999
By A Customer
I got this book years ago when I was younger and the Alvin Schwartz books (Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark) were popular. But the stories in this book were of a higher craft (and longer). If you need a book to scare little kids at camp I'd recommend this book wholeheartedly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
These 30 tales from around the world are much more complex and comprehensive than the stories you'll find in the Alvin Schwartz books. Relying more on story content than the gross out factor of illustrations, the Short & Shivery series are must have books for any kid going to sleepaway camp. The best stories in this volume are:
The Cegua
The Soldier and the Vampire
The Loup-Garou (The Werewolf)
The Golem
But every story is good in its own right. If you want to introduce your kids to scary stories or folklore but don't want the nightmares induced by the Schawrtz books, pick up any one of the Short & Shivery books without fear. Well, without too much fear(:=
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVORITE SHORT HORROR STORY COLLECTION October 22, 1999
I love short horror stories, and I have quite a collection of them. Robert San Souci's "Short and Shivery" series is definitely the best; he blows Alvin Schwartz out of the water. The sophistication level is high; it's not just a bunch of "gross out" tales.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW December 29, 1999
By A Customer
What more can I say? This is a fantastic book. San Souci tells many stories full of chills and thrills. A wonderful collection of tales for people who love scary stories. The best part is that all of the stories are short. If you like this book, be sure to read Even More Short and Shivery.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Shivery a review by Joey December 30, 2003
A Kid's Review
Short and Shivery
Do you like reading ghost stories that leave you afraid to turn out the lights at night? Short and Shivery by Robert D. San Sousi has many haunted stories that are really creepy.
In the story of "The Haunted Inn" a guy named Wei along with a couple of his friends were driving around. All of a sudden a storm appeared. Because of the violent storm they had to stop and stay at an inn. They were greeted warmly by the innkeeper and his wife. I felt one of the best parts in "The Haunted Inn" was when the group went up in front of Wei's friend's face. The reason I mentioned both both of these incidents in the stories is because they were the creepiest.
In another story, "The Duppy"the protagonist, a boy named Jubal Lescot had an aunt that died when he was six. He told us she had been mean and evil. He overheard his neighbor talking about a duppy, or a ghost. A few weeks later he went to the graveyard to spy on the duppy, but instead, the duppy spotted him! One of the best parts in "The Duppy" was when Jubal came running from the duppy and ran into his father. His father said, "In the morning we will put the duppy to rest." They were going to kill!
If you didn't enjoy the last book you read, you shouldn't wait to read this. This book has many different stories, and each will excite you. Go and buy it now! These stories will creep you out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a great book. January 30, 2002
A Kid's Review
This book was great because it had so many scary folk tales and tall tales. I liked that it had short stories. I liked this book more because of all the scary stories that they have in this book. The one I like the most was "The Water Fall of the Living Ghost".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love it! January 9, 2007
My sons, ages 8 and 5, absolutely LOVE these stories! They are just scary enough without going overboard, and have great plots that keep their attention the whole time. We will definitely be buying more in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT COLLECTION August 7, 2007
This volume contains genuinely creepy tales from various parts of the world. The writing is atmospheric and Katherine Coville's illustrations are well-crafted. This would be an ideal choice for anyone looking for a spooky book to read to classes at Halloween, around the camp-fire, or just for their own entertainment. And really, who could resist a book with memorable monsters like the Tailypo, the Cegua, the Golem, and the Loup-Garou?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars So far we found only a few good stories and some ok ones
So far we found only a few good stories and some ok ones. We have not read through all the stories, so the rating may get bumped up.
Published 26 days ago by milpool
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read to family around campfire.
Published 4 months ago by jw
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great stories. My six-year-old daughter is totally enamored with these books!
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that shivery
Well I didn't think the stories i read were even eerie. I have not read all of them all, and already the book has taken a back seat.
Published 8 months ago by Chad T
4.0 out of 5 stars A little tame for my 8 year old but....
Great book for Halloween. I ordered two of these. One was for my 8 year old and the other was to send to my niece and nephew (10 and 7). Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nicole Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars would have been a good book
would have been a good book if it had all of its pages. I only paid a penny so how can I really complain; it's disappointing.
Published 14 months ago by traveler
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so scary
Was a little disappointed because the stories were predictable & not written in great detail. I know it says short stories but I read it in a couple of hours. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mellanie Maxfield
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not great, but not bad either.
I bought this for a 15 year old as a gift. We tell stories around a fire, and all the kids want to contribute something, but they never can think of anything to say, so they now... Read more
Published 24 months ago by GamerGirly
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and scarcely
I loved this book and it was just scary enough without being too scary. It was great to read out loud with our kids around the campfire at night. Read more
Published on October 30, 2012 by Miss Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Books-Buy the Whole Set!
Bought this for my sister-she wanted it for her birthday. She is in her 30's but remembered it from her childhood and wanted to have it for her book collection. Read more
Published on July 14, 2012 by Jessica Garofola
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