Half-minute Horrors

Half-minute Horrors

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An anthology of very short, scary stories by an assortment of authors and illustrators including Chris Raschka, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, and Lane Smith.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061833793
Branch Call Number: HORROR J HAL
Characteristics: 141 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Snicket, Lemony
Rich, Susan 1969-
Alternative Title: Half minute horrors


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Oct 16, 2014

This book was really fun. I don't know that most of the stories qualify as outright scary, but then, I'm an adult reading a children's book. Some of them are definitely creepy though-- "Something You Ought To Know," "In Hiding," "Tenton," and "Skittering." Especially when you read them aloud by candlelight like two of my friends and I did.

Apr 25, 2013

This is a great book. It isnt really "scary" I would call it more creepy than anything. The stories are VERY short but also very good. I really enjoyed it.

Sep 07, 2012

I didn't find it particularly scary, but that doesn't mean I didn't like it--on the contrary, I quite enjoyed it.

LocketLibrarian Sep 12, 2011

Great collection of scary short stories-almost vignettes. 1-3 pages, and they all leave you amazed at how they can be so short and yet so creepy.

Jun 30, 2010

Love this book! Love it!

Dozens of half-page horror stories by well-known authors. My favorites were by Lemony Snicket, Margaret Atwood, and Neil Gaiman.

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May 15, 2013

HolleayExtraVowels thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

LocketLibrarian Sep 12, 2011

LocketLibrarian thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Jan 13, 2011

Many great children's authors, including Lemony Snickett, Kate DiCamillo, Neil Gaiman, and Joyce Carol Oates, contributed a half-minute horror for this anthology. The stories are four pages at most, some a single page, some a paragraph. Some are drawings. They are wonderfully creepy, and told with a great sense of fun, with an emphasis on twist endings and hit-and-run storytelling. They are the kind of stories you'd like to read aloud in the dark, with candles making weird shadows on the wall. Many are like urban legends, and some legends, such as "the vanishing hitchhiker" and "the baby-sitter" are redone here with an orginal twist.


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Jan 13, 2011

'“The right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing” is a phrase that refers to times when people ought to know, but don’t know, about something that is happening very close to them. For instance, you ought to know about the man who watches you when you sleep.' --

Lemony Snicket 'Something You Ought to Know'

From the index:

Basements/cellars, 49, 82
Beds, under and around, 4, 49, 68, 85, 89, 94
Blood, 33, 72, 106, 112, 119
Body parts, dismembered, 33, 49, 91, 116
Body parts, unexpected, 24, 50, 102, 117
Children, 19, 57
Clowns, 71, 106
Cobwebs, 44, 106, 123
Dismemberment, 1, 39, 49, 83
Doom, 19, 57, 80, 87, 104, 109
Doors, 7, 12, 14, 17, 19, 20, 26, 40, 44, 49, 57, 59, 70, 75
Fingers/fingernails/hands, 1, 21, 24, 39, 49, 72, 102


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