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Strangely Enough Paperback – Abridged, June, 1940

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Abridged edition (June 1940)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590031236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590031233
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
As so many other Amazon reviewers noted, I read this book in the late 1960's when I was in grade school (the SBS edition had an eye on the cover against a desert, kind of green in color). I bought my copy from the wonderful Scholastic Book Services catalogs that we got in class then (I was buying books at a rate of 9 per order in those days--that would be fall of 1968, when I was in 3rd grade). I found all the little vignettes creepy, even the humorous ones. My most beloved were the stories about eerie paintings, lost treasures, the haunted sentrybox of San Cristobal...you get the drift. Perhaps one story above all others haunted my dreams, and that was the woman in the lonely farmhouse who heard a persistent whistle and let her dog check it out...even the drawing that went with the story sticks in my mind, because somehow in its very simplicity, it seemed to capture that spooky alone-ness that I associate not only with the book, but with all truly Twilight-Zone-ish things in life (although, if I were to compare this book with a TV show, it would more accurately be "One Step Beyond").
Anyway, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone (but I suspect the only people who will read my review are those who are already fans...and to THOSE people, I recommend the Fortean Times magazine!) I'm going to buy a copy for my 18-month-old daughter as soon as she is old enough to appreciate it (3rd grade?).
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Format: Paperback
I am in total agreement with the other reviewers here. I first read this book in mid-elementary school, and I loved the delicious goosebumps it gave me. When my family moved in 1974, I lost the book, but I never forgot it. As an adult, recently, I used the power of the Internet to find myself a copy, and I found I enjoyed it every bit as much now as in my childhood. This is the perfect "round the campfire" book. Bring it along on a camping trip and read a few of the tales aloud at night by firelight. It is nearly guaranteed to send a chill up your spine. It's interesting to me that someone else mentioned the "high-pitched whistle and dog" story as one of the most memorable. (Is that creepy or what?) It was my most memorable as well, but every story in the book entertains and spooks. Note to Scholastic: when will you reprint it again?
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By A Customer on April 19, 2000
Format: Library Binding
Anyone who missed reading "Strangely Enough" while in grade school has missed out on one truely great book! Each story is limited to just one or two pages, short enough to sneak one in between classes, but still long enough to stand your hair on end! Better, in my opinion than Ripley's "Believe It Or Not," with more emphesis on contemporary ghost and UFO stories, I find it still does just as good a job over forty years later as a great bed-time reader for my own nine year old. I'd swear Chris Carter keeps a copy on his bedstand for "X-Files" inspirations! Easily avilable cheap from one of the many online auction sites (like Amazon's), it's a couple bucks you won't regret spending.
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A short collection of "true" ghost stories from across America told in a good-natured folksy way. Unlike, for example, Stephen King, which scares the reader with overt description, Strangely Enough is so subtle and so short that the reader doesn't how truly scary it is until the story is already over.
The reader will be scared but in a good way.
For example, there is the story of a man who one night(in the mountains of P.A.) sees the unlikely scene of two cats dragging the body of a dead cat. Upon seeing him the cats speak to him in a creepy high pitched kitty cat voice, calling by name, imploring him to tell "Molly Mae" that she can finally come home because the old man (the dead cat) was dead.
The man flees in terror. Finally, reaching the safety of his home, with his family around him, he sheepishly tells his family what he has seen that night, convinced that it was a dream. When he gets to what the cats actually told him, the family cat(who has been with them for years)looks up, her eyes widen. She looks at her human family as if to say goodbye and jumps out an open window, never to be seen again.
Strangely Enough asks the question: Had Molly Mae finally gone home?
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Format: Library Binding
God, I was surprised to see 11 reviews (now 12)! about this little pulp classic from the Scholastic Book Club! I just came across my old dog-eared copy in a closet at my parent's house. I re- read this little gem cover to cover, and it still scares me today!

The little pictures that illustrate the stories are great- very 1950s. I am sad to hear this book is out of print, though I doubt the school children of 2004 would be very frightened by this book. These stories require you to THINK, not merely watch special effects and gore on a computer or movie screen.

To me, some of these little tales, even the "mild" ones like "The Sawdust Pile" are somehow very uncomfortable; very "real." Its sad that there are no real horror or "ghost" films any more- just computer-generated monsters and blood/gore. I watched "The Haunting" last night, a 1963 film based on the Shirley Jackson book "Haunting of Hill House." This is a true, black-and-white horror classic- you have to use your mind toto "feel" the terror & tension.

BTW, for those with this book, Snopes.com has debunked the "Lost TV Signal" story. It was a hoax perputrated by a British guy and some friends. I was sad to hear that this one was a hoax, it was one of my favorites from this book. I once bought an old 1940s radio at a garage sale and, recalling that story, expected it to play 1940s news and music, etc. But it didn't play a damn thing- I plugged in in and smoke came out, and my mom made me throw it away! Oh well, this is a great book, folks.
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