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Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You Never Read Hardcover – August 17, 2006
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7-10–Bathtubs dripping with blood, a monkey's ear instead of a monkey's paw, a cannibalistic chef looking for new ingredients, and a camera that kills the subject of its photographs are some of the elements in these selections. While the stories probably won't make most readers want to sleep with the lights on, they have their own brand of creepiness. As with most short-story collections, this one is uneven, and the book will appeal mainly because of the author. However, it lacks the sophistication of truly horrifying horror.–Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI
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In this collection of nine macabre tales, Horowitz proves himself as adept at spooky psychological horror as he is at creating breakneck adventure-suspense. Although he consistently draws on familiar themes (bad kids get their due; nice ones are caught up in something out of their control), he always manages to stretch them into his own peculiar version of reality gone mad, which will make readers feel they're simply one step away from horrible chaos themselves. Isabel, 12, doesn't like the new antique bathtub her parents bought, and when bath time approaches, her fears are more than justified; Matthew's birthday gift to his father, an old camera, has a devastating quirk; and city-boy bully Gary finds out everything is different in the country, just as his mother says. Other stories are equally suspenseful; horror fans will like them all. Stephanie Zvirin
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Top Customer Reviews
There were some discriminative expressions that seemed unnessary to the storylines. Shouldn't authors of children's book teach younger population to be friendly with all kinds of people?
The only good thing is that I did not have to spend too much money on it.
If I knew about his writings, I wouldn't spend a penny on them!
The nine stories:
-When it's Bath Night Isabel has to deal with a rather hostile, old Victorian bath.
-Do not by that Killer Camera, because is has a certain influence on the subjects it photographs.
-The future is no secret anymore in Light Moves, but Ethan Sly should get worried when other people notice his good luck.
-You never know where The Night Bus will stop.
-Luckily Harriet's Horrible Dream is only a dream, not?
-A school bully gets Scared while walking through the countryside.
-How doesn't want A Career in Computer Games, but be aware it might be a job for life.
-The Man with the Yellow Face haunts a sinister photo booth, but is he trying to tell something?
-The Monkey's Ear is pure rubbish, it even can't get its spells right.
When Anthony Horowitz enters the world of creepy short stories, be warned that he will behave himself like a child in a candy store. It becomes very clear that his prefered habitat is the world of mystery and the supernatural, but the humour is never really far away. The nine easily digestible stories collected in this book are each little gems of guilty pleasure. It's not surprising that the stinger always comes at the end, because if Horowitz knows one thing, it's certainly the technique to plot a good suspense story. The mix of stories is so diverse that it is quite impossible to select your favourite. But rest assured, you will chuckle more than once. A must read for those horror buffs that are still young at heart.
In Horrowitz Horror, we are treated to nine twisted tales...each is brief (good for read aloud if you are so inclined) and the entire book is short enough to read in one sitting...though I suspect this is best read one tale at a time on chilly autumn and winter nights...curled up in bed with a good cup of tea! The stories include a rather nasty haunted bath tub (who would have thought...lol); the perfect birthday gift that has rather dastardly effects; a computer haunted by a sports writer; a spoiled brat who gets exactly what she deserves, in a rather grisly tale that I think all parents of spoiled rotten brats might be tempted by; an unruly teen who discovers exactly what happens when you go off the beaten path; a computer game so real it's deadly; a rather sad photo premonition; and the tale of the monkey's ear (similar to the monkey's paw, but more messed up)!
I most liked Bath Night, Harriet's Horrible Dream and The Monkey's Ear and least liked Scared and The Man with the Yellow Face...but I will say this, all of them were suitably macabre and twisted!! I don't know that I'd personally read this to children in the age range listed above (4-8), the tales are a little gruesome...I think I'd shoot for 8-12 myself, depending on your child of course. Due to the subtlety of some of the stories, they'd probably be best appreciated by the 10-12 year old age range. I give it a B+, the stories were all well done, but none were truly outstanding...and while some of the kids here got what they deserved, others were just kind of sad and depressing. Overall, if you like horror stories, you won't be disappointed to have spent some time one this!