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Nightmare Hour: Time for Terror Hardcover – August 18, 1999

4.6 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

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The wind whispered through the vines, making them quiver and bend. The scarecrows creaked, shaking their arms as if waving us away. A large pumpkin came bouncing down a hill. Thud thud thud!

A child loses his head inside a pumpkin. A skin-crawling spider spell is cast on a sorcerer's apprentice. A visit to the hospital for a tonsillectomy takes a ghoulish turn. These things don't happen--do they? In Nightmare Hour they do. The fiendishly prolific R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series, offers 10 scary tales to keep you up late, quivering beneath the covers. Each heart-pounding, fast-paced story features lively writing and young characters who come into contact with the tricks and illusions on life's darker side. Curious readers will love the author's introduction to each story, where he explains how the idea for it came to him. From "Alien Candy" to "Make Me a Witch," the stories also feature a spooky illustration by artists from Edward Koren to Bleu Turrell. While not gory, some of the book's situations, such as the hospital visit gone wrong, are not for the faint-hearted reader. For the rest, these are tales you'll be too scared to put down. (Ages 10 and older) --Maria Dolan

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Among the scariest of elements in this collection is the full-spread black-and-white artwork, contributed by an array of different artists, that sets the stage for each of the 10 stories. For a taut, harrowing tale of mistaken identity set in the children's ward of a hospital on Halloween night, "I'm Not Martin," Clay Patrick McBride creates a photocollage of a ward with an oversize, eyeless doll's head, holding an IV bottle on a pole in one hand and a human foot in the other, as a boy peers through a curtained screen. The impressive roster of illustrators also includes Edward Koren, Gary Kelley and Mark Summers. The author offers additional eerie lead-ins to the tales with his brief introductions, in which he describes alleged incidents that prompted his plots. For instance, the setting for "Nightmare Inn"Astarring a girl who encounters a pair of werewolves in the run-down establishment her mother plans to purchaseAwas inspired by Stine's stay in a sprawling New England inn in which he was the only guest. The author's many fans will surely look over their shoulders once or twice while engrossed in these pages. And they will be pleased to discover the low price of this handsomely designed hardcover. Ages 8-up. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (October 31, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060286881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060286880
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This short stories in this book are very well written, as far as R.L. Stine goes. One of my favorites was "I'm Not Martin", because I've always had fears of hospitals, and staying overnight. Other titles are: Alien Candy, Nightmare Inn, I'm Not Martin, and 7 more! I think this book is suitable for ages: 8 and up!
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This book was a bit of a slow read for me as it took a while for me to get into a few stories. The stories I had really enjoyed were The most evil sorcerer, I'm not Martin, The black mask, Afraid of clowns, and the dead body.The other stories were ok but the ones I had listed really had me very interested but Ill have to say Its a tie between Afraid of clowns and The dead body. These two stories did it for me. To every one else Happy readings!!!!
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five star i was so happy about the book, org i got this book in disney when i was younger but one day i came home and it was gone along with the rest of my collect . i chose the wrong paperbook i was really looking for the" libery binding" whitch was the one i got in disney. but either way this seller is top five star brand new paperbook. i'll be giving this book to a family memebr that will love it.
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R.L. Stine is one of the best authers that i have had the pleasure of reading. Even though this book is for kids, i am still reading it at the age of 16. i still get goosebumps from reading his stories.
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Nightmare House, ISBN: 9780061903328, Harper Collins e-book by R. L. Stein is a collection of ten short horror stories by this acknowledged most prolific of children's authors.
The tales are the type provided for children and early teens for many years, and as expected from the author's reputation, well done and 'different'. Each story deals with a subject that I believe would stimulate the child or early teen's interest, and has a setting and attendant action that should conjure up a suitably `frightening' reaction in the reader. From reading reviews of others presented here, my beliefs appear to be justified. Of even greater interest is the fact that I am amazed to discover that the level of sophistication reached at a very early age by today's youth has not seemed to produce a dulling effect on the desired level of horror attainment by these stories. This is a real compliment to the ability of the author and proof that 'good old story telling' still has a place in today's literature. Therefore, my 3 star rating is not about the book per se, or the presentation of the material. It is provided for adults, like myself who had received misinformation about the level of its contents before reading, and the level I would assign from this position. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning author of fiction/non-fiction.
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My mom got me this book cause it made her think of me, she thought the author sounded familar. LOL he should I since as a teen I would only read R.L. Stine or Christopher Pike.

So on to the book of short stories. I enjoyed it, it brought back good memeories of reading as a teen. I think I will take this on my next camping trip and use it to read to others around the campfire. That's what it made me think of, telling scary stories around the campfire!
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Format: Hardcover
Normally it doesn't matter what version of a book you buy as the words are all the same inside and the cover is insignificant. Not so with Nightmare Hour as the cover for this book is the reason I recommend purchasing it. The eyes of the creature on the front of the hard cover edition where the numerals of a clock surround the face are sensational and change colour when the light reflects at different angles, giving the book a pure evil characteristic. When you walk past it the eyes light up or go red. It is truly amazing and seriously forget the contents inside, the effect is so good I recommend purchasing this book for the cover alone. If the version you are buying does not have this face with eyes, look for this version, even if it is more expensive as it is more than worth it.

The actual stories inside aren't the most realistic or graphic of horror stories, they are written at a level similar to a children's cartoon where magic happens and children are always the heroes and the central characters of the stories. Most stories are fairly predictable but all are enjoyable. There are ten stories in all, each of differing quality. Subjects covered include vengeance for a pumpkin farmer on Halloween vandals, witches, medieval sorcerers, clowns, ghosts, clairvoyant masks, werewolves, aliens and hospital visits. As I said before the cover is the main thing you must ensure you get upon purchasing this book. It alone is worth the five stars.
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This book was surprisingly good. the stories, although intended for children, are very well-written and will make you think even if they don't scare you. At least you will be entertained, which is more than I can say for some other horror anthologies.
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