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Thirteen: 13 Tales of Horror by 13 Masters of Horror

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“There is a genuine ghastly treat in story for young adult readers in…Thirteen….” –Chicago Sun-Times

“The stories are great fun…this collection should please many teen readers and provide booktalkers with some good tales to tell.” --VOYA

“A solid…sampling of the genre to introduce readers to a variety of writers and styles.” ---Booklist

“The…short stories in this engrossing, fast-moving anthology are…sure to please...and frighten.” --The Science Fiction Research Association Review

“A definite must-have for any library with YA patrons.” --KLIATT
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • School & Library Binding: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (October 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613143280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613143288
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,066,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For teen horror, this is pretty good; fans of horror in general will enjoy a couple of the stories. Here are the must reads, with comments:
'Collect Call': A weird one. (Pike's a wizard at chronicling the soft underbelly of the high school social scene.) The first part is better, but the second is necessary to completely understand the story.
'The Guccioli Miniature': One of the three stories in this collection which lacks a supernatural element; a crime story with a tragicomic twist.
'A Little Taste of Death': A genuinely original idea, imperfectly developed, but tantalizing nonetheless. Tasty.
'House of Horrors': This falls into the fairly narrow subgenre of wax-museum horrors (either the wax coming alive or the living turning to wax - I won't tell you which this is), but there're plenty of chills nonetheless.
'Deathflash': Another really original idea. The vague, eerie telling (which intentionally leaves a lot to the imagination), combined with the pseudoscientific premise, gives it a slightly Lovecraftian flavor, and the ending is only a little implausible.
Of all the stories, the only one I really object to is 'The Spell' by R. L. Stine. He's written a lot of good stuff - his Goosebumps series shows him to excel at childrens' gross-out horror, and the Fear Street books at their best are as good as anything by Pike - but 'The Spell' is a sloppy, contrived, confusing mess, a sad addition to an otherwise appealing collection.
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Well, technically, there are 14 short stories, since Christopher Pike's contains two parts, set at the beginning and end of "Thirteen." The first part ("Collect Call I") is about two girls who drive home after a party, except they get into an accident and one of them dies. Then the remaining girl starts receiving messages on her answering machine from the dead girl. The second part ("Collect Call II: The Black Walker") begins some time after the fatal accident, when the remaining girl starts dating the mysterious Bobby Walker--only to be reunited with the other dead girl. Now, I'm a big Christopher Pike fan, but I didn't think this two-part short story was his best work; in fact, these two stories are somewhat weaker compared to some of the other 12 stories shown below (if you'd rather not know what they're about, just skip the following three paragraphs and read the last paragraph--don't worry; I didn't give away the endings):
"Lucinda" by Lael Littke -- A 16-year-old girl and her older brother return to their hometown to investigate the six-year-old death of his girlfriend. As explained in Littke's bio at the end of this book, the location for this story was based on real events--of "a real town that was moved when the nearby river was damned and the valley flooded." I really liked the original setting; it gives the whole story a remote, ghost town quality--and even an Atlantis feel when the town had been under water. >> "The Guiccioli Miniature" by Jay Bennett -- Set in Venice, Italy, a young college student is approached by a poor painter to buy one of his copies of the Guiccioli miniature. This 8-paged story is not your typical horror fare; it kind of sticks out because of its more "intelligent" horror and open ending. >> "Blood Kiss" by D.E.
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Good Book. I say that this book is a great way to find new authors. The stories of the book go both ways, from good to bad. Christopher Pike is a great author, with a beautiful way of writing, while D.E. Athkins, (in my opinion) is writing more for a little kid, than a young adult. Although your opinion will switch from story to story, this is a great instrument to gain new insight to authors you never would think of reading. I give this book 3 stars. I feel it could have more suspense and sometimes better writers. None the less, I feel it is a great 'light' book. You can use this book on a trip or just if you want to relax. The short stories are a great way of letting go for a little while. Sit back and enjoy
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This is a collection of mostly very good stories. I like The Hacker and the Collect Call chapters the best. I gave it four out of five because there is one or two stories that bore me and I couldn't finish it. One was something like the Gutilici or something. Lucianda was a little interesting but also nothing special.
Pick it up if you like horror books but aren't sure you're ready for Stephen King/John Saul horror!
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The book Thirteen is not just one story. There are 13 short extremely scary stories. They are a variety of horrifying events. For example there is this one story called The Doll. This story was the scariest to me. It was about a girl who found a doll in her attic and she thought it was the most beautiful thing she had ever seen. So she brought it down to her room and kept it there. But ever since then strange things started happening. The doll would move its head without anyone touching it, and it also caused nightmares. These nightmares would come true. In the dream it would always have someone get hurt or die. And you wouldn't see that it's the doll. You would just see a little girl and hear gigiling. If you like scary stories then i highly recommend this book to you. It's an amazing book that will make you want to scream with fear!!!!!
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