- Library Binding
- Publisher: Sterling (March 1972)
- ISBN-10: 0806939192
- ISBN-13: 978-0806939193
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,970,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Strangely Enough Library Binding – March, 1972
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Yes, I sent off and got it. Lots and lots of some very creepy stories, and some just bizarre. I believe these originally appeared as newspaper columns, thus their short, largely standardized length. Oh, and they're all here! This is the first place I heard the story of "Lavender," aka "The Vanishing Hitchhiker," actually two slight variations. Oh yes, the story of the painting with the one lit window, that does lead off, and it does still strike me deep! Maybe it's the Scottish connection ;- ) Some of the stories are relatively famous, such as the New Hampshireman who tried to cheat the Devil (unlike another one, he did NOT have Dan'l Webster as counsel . . . )I intend to do a bit of research on Mr Colby, he seems to be a New Englander, as am I, and a lot of the stories are ancient New England folk tales or connected to New England.
Unfortunately, a lot of them seem to be little more than folklore or urban legend ("Lavender"), and one wishes for some measure of journalistic credibility -- more than "A lady on vacation in Texas," etc. Still, lots of fun even if they are "just" stories. The simple, concise, matter- of - fact prose adds more to the spookiness of them than H.P. Lovecraft's Thesaurus could ever do.
Very highly recommended, for ANY age. This isn't "just" a kid's book by any means.