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Half-Minute Horrors Hardcover – August 25, 2009
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How scared can you get in only 30 seconds? Dare to find out with Half-Minute Horrors, a collection of deliciously terrifying short short tales and creepy illustrations by an exceptional selection of writers and illustrators, including bestselling talents Lemony Snicket, James Patterson, Neil Gaiman, R.L.Stine, Faye Kellerman, Holly Black, Melissa Marr, Margaret Atwood, Jon Scieszka, Brett Helquist, and many more. With royalties benefiting First Book, a not-for-profit organization that brings books to children in need, this is an anthology worth devouring. So grab a flashlight, set the timer, and get ready for instant chills!Excerpts from Half-Minute Horrors
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With extremely limited page space, these scary scribes and scribblers work wonders, creating creepiness for kids that might even give a few adults nightmares. Not all of the stories are gems, of course, and a few of them are actually so dark I wonder about their inclusion in a book marketed to the 9-12 group. But barring the odd bit of unevenness, this is still one of the most refreshing horror anthologies I've read across in a while. If you're a horror fan, young or old, this is one collection that's definitely worth your attention!
This book is perfect.
It has great writing and the stories are short -- really short. The longest ones are three pages.
I grew up on those scary story books and don't remember being too horrified (I was properly horrified, not too horrified).
Some of these stories went over my head a bit, I admit. There were at least two I read and felt like I'd failed figuring out the puzzle. Why is Tiger Kitty so scary, for example? It's a cute cat that gets lost and, I assume, has a really really bad few days and comes back a changed feline (who wouldn't?) but that's as far as I could get my mind to go.
Overall this was quite a chilling compilation. I kept wondering to myself if I would ever let my children read them. I, personally, would probably be much more comfortable letting my (future) teens read something like this than my 8 year olds and I would be more likely to order this book for my YA collection and not the children's.
Parents of youngins should definitely give this book a read on their own first to test the waters. *grin* Dare you to read it at night.
Not only are there short stories within the book, but there are also comic strips, poems, and even haikus and limericks included in the mix to creep under your skin.
Some art in the book is drawn for you to make your own interpretations. There is a collage of monsters, a Ouija board sending a boy a message of fear, even vengeful animal spirits. Each drawing is beautifully illustrated no matter the subject!
Stories vary from ghost children to evil alien parents, monsters under the bed to killer pets! Great for Halloween or any time, HALF-MINUTE HORRORS is short enough to fill anyone's attention span and is worth the read if you like a frightening tale!
Reviewed by: Lesley