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A Nightmare's Dozen: Stories from the Dark Mass Market Paperback – September 7, 1999
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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The good thing about this collection is that all the stories are well written so even if the reader is older than it can still be a good read. Actually if the reader is older some of these stories are a little more... eerie.
A few of the stories that stood out to me were:
The Hideaway Man: Two best friends find themselves being chased by something in the shadows. Strangely the creature seems familiar somehow... This is one of the better ones. Judge for yourself what the author is getting at in the end.
What the Cat dragged in: A brother and sister save a fairy from being eaten by their cat. They are soon invited to the fairy kingdom that lies behind there house. They soon get a lesson in cultural misunderstandings...
Into the Gap: Think the Adjustment Bureau if it was set in a high school.
The Cypress Swamp Granny: An arrogant southern belle learns the hard way that you shouldn't play with people. Granny tried to tell her, then again Granny got what she needed either way... This another one of the good ones.
The Japanese Mirror: A young man has a hair trigger temper and a chip on his shoulder ever since his father passed away. In an effort to learn to control his temper he takes a job working at a antique's store. One day he cuts his self on a antique mirror. He hurriedly cleans up the mess in order to avoid angering the shop keeper and doesn't mention the incident. The incident is soon forgotten but the young man notices something strange, his anger is fading and so is he...
Illumination: A young girl is rebelling against a new stepfather by hanging out with the local high school delinquent. One night he shows her his “special” place. A abandoned play ground full of ghost children. It's also where he plays a dangerous game of chicken with the local drunk drivers....
Mrs. Pomeroy: Mrs. Pomeroy has a special punishment for those who act up in her class and only one rule. Never tell what you saw...
Stories from the dark
Author: Michael Stearns
Genre: Scary stories
In this book is a frightening world where mistakes don't come with second chances. Wish with freed in your heart and it can cost you your life, a year at a time. Bratty little brothers are taken away...forever. Disobedient students are quickly straightened out with a private horror show that lasts long after class is over. In this world, no playground, garden, or forest is what it seems. Nowhere, is safe. These events could happen at any time, to anyone-even you!!! In less enlightened times. Nightmares were believed to be evil spirits that attacked a person in their sleep, perching on their chest till they awoke to find nothing in their room but the dark and their own fear.
Modern thinker now tell us that nightmares are caused by much more ordinary things: belated shock from some fright during the day, a reaction to a spicy dinner, anxiety over a spelling test. In our nightmares, our brains play out possibilities that our waking minds won't allow. We feel at last the delayed terrors of the close call earlier in the day, or we experience beforehand the fears that accompany some task we dread, or we discover something about ourselves that our waking minds are too cowardly to consider in the nervous light of day. Nightmares are a release valve, a place to make dry runs, a place to fail spectacularly. They are a place to exorcise demons. And all they cost is a little is a little sleep.
It I the same with scary stories. Like bad dreams, they con be release mechanisms.
Some critics think scary stories are bed for readers, that they indulge dark urges and encourage the worst in us. These critics point to the troubles of our time s and blame them on the horrors in the stories we tell ourselves.