- 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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Strangely Enough Paperback – Abridged, June, 1940
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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?).
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?
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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I remember when I bought this book from Scholastic book club when I was in grade school. I literally read it until it fell apart. Read morePublished 9 days ago by M. Mitchell
Used to read this book when I was a child at my grandmother's house out in the country. Hers had a different cover, but for some reason that particular one was way too much on... Read morePublished 1 month ago by PR
Boy did I love reading CB Colby's tales of the bizarre. Still chilling with a bit of interesting facts as well.Published 7 months ago by Caveat Emptor
I remembered this book as a kid; it was one of my favorites. The stories are still very interesting. I have checked many of them on the internet and they appear to be true.Published 9 months ago by chris sihner
My favorite book growing up. Lost it in a NYC cab when I was about eight years old. Still just as good today as it was 40 years ago.Published 9 months ago by Ken Homburg
Read this in 6th grade and always remembered some of the stories. They are still pretty good and my son will probably enjoy them when he gets older.Published 13 months ago by Matthew Y.