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Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,070 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Everyone loves a spooky story.
Don't you?

Short & Shivery invites you into the world of hair-raising tales chock-full of chills. The thirty stories in this book have been carefully selected from international ghost lore and skillfully retold with ghastly details and strong, shuddery endings. Come inside and meet the young miller's daughter in "The Robber Bridegroom," who
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published September 2nd 1987 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 1987)
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I expected Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales to be a lot like Alvin Schwartz's celebrated Scary Stories trilogy, retellings of the best hair-raising tales from around the world that effectively induce goosebumps for even seasoned readers. The fact that Short & Shivery includes a few versions of stories found in Alvin Schwartz's trilogy seems to further the idea that this book might be a delightfully eerie fright fest in the Scary Stories tradition. But author Robert D. San Souci is ...more
An extremely fun compilation of tales around the world. Perfect pre Halloween reading. Includes Grimm and many ethnic tales.
I listened to this book on CD. Narrator Mark Hammer does a wonderful job setting the appropriate mood in each story.

A highlight of this work is the fact that the stories come from so many cultures. With 30 tales over 5 discs, if one was less scary than another, it wasn't a long wait until the next story.

In an introduction, the assembler of this anthology, San Souci, discusses how he either adumbrated or expanded tales depending on the needs of storytelling. Indeed, since so many ghost stories
Asya Fergiani
This is a wonderful collection of some not so scary stories from around the world. The stories in this book are an easy ten minute read that is a welcome exploration of what is thought to be scary in other cultures. Often there are similarities to American folktales. I read this and the three sequels to my children as part of our reading time before bed. It gave us the opportunity to discuss different fears that people have about the unknown. The writing style is straight forward and somewhat co ...more
In the book "Short and Shivery", by Robert D. San Souci, many short stories are written involving myths, tales and paranormal activity. One of the best stories in opinion is one about a man and a creature.
When a man during a wintery night notices a strange deformed creature in his cabin, he chops off it's tail and scares it away. But as the creature gets angry and continues to come back throughout the next few nights in search of its tail, the man starts to send out his dogs to chase it away.
Angie Lisle
A collection of familiar folktales gathered from around the world and retold with young readers in mind.

I checked this book out because one of the stories, Tailypo, is -being from my home state of WV- a tale *smile* that I grew up with.

The author took the liberty to rework some of the stories - he admitted to doing so in the introduction. He also claimed to display/preserve the local coloring of these familiar tales, while editing to make the stories easier to understand.

He took all the regional
Skylar Burris
My kids (age 4 and 7) and I listened to this on the commute to and from my daughter’s school. They seemed to enjoy them, and I did too – they take me back to the day of exchanging scary camp fire stories with friends. It’s a multicultural collection, but not just for the sake of being multicultural. It’s an eclectic selection of notable folktales - not so much scary as creepy - from around the world. The reader could have been more interesting, but he’s not bad. I agree with my daughter that the ...more
Sami C
Spooky. The kind of stories that you definitely want to tell around the campfire. Majority of the tales end with a death, and a few had simplistic childlike resolutions. But still chilling. The stories herein are adaptations and retellings of folktales around the world, so that was fun.
I went through a phase where I would only read scary stories (and that right before I fell asleep!) and this was one of the many books.

I wish I still remembered some of these tales a bit more clearly, since some of them were really amazing.

Me and my little sister had a bit of a ghost-tale telling last Christmas (you know that Christmas song where they go "and we'll tell ghost stories around the fire" or so? It never made sense, but we tried it this year!) and I was sad to see how many of these
Tanya Diehl
This short story book by Robert D. San Souci would not keep anyone over age of 8 entertained. It is 30 stories ranging from 2-10 pages long. They were very tame and predictable. I could recognize the stories that these came from for the most part. The best part of the book is that it listed the geographic origin for the stories which made me want to research the real, unwatered down story. There is also a Notes on Sources section which, for me, was more entertaining than the whole book. It shoul ...more
Kian Sidi
The reason why I chose this book was because this was the first book of the short and shivery stories and I read the second one first. There really is no plot in the book, there are actually multiple plots. My favorite quote was, "Once upon a time there was a widow..." I like this quote because many of the stories in the book talk about widows. Other common people in the book are mean, innocent, brave, or had something happen to them because of karma. The author basically combined fun and intere ...more
The first book in the trilogy and ironically, the last book I ended up getting in it.

Features a retelling of 30 short scary stories from around the world. Perfect for halloween!
Noelle Walsh
This book was really good! Full of short stories of myth, shivers and then spooks, this book provides several hours of fun reading! This book is worth reading!
If you like books that are scary try Short and Shivery. It has 30 short tales and some of them are kind of cool. They make me think that I’m in the book. I wonder what I would do if I was in the situation. Some of the things that happen in the book are so strange. Like stuff I would never think of and that’s the things I think are cool. Like theirs vampires, ghost, skeletons, ground that eat people, graveyards, zombies and much more. There’s a series of these books. Theirs Short and Shivery, Mor ...more
Cy Newman
I've always enjoyed short stories, especially spooky ones from my childhood. This book was a good retelling of some of the best classics.
Nice little collection of ghost stories, urban legend, and spooky folktales from around the world.
Gabrielle Link
This did give me a creepy feel, and I like the short story called "Lavender" it's a really good story.
Jim Sibigtroth
This is a good collection of short spooky stories that work well for grade 3-5 read-aloud stories.
Short and Shivery was a pretty good book. I thought is was good, but it a wasn't page turning, no stopping, gotta read it kind of book. It was more short, simple and to the point. I could see reading this at a campfire family fright thing (maybe no really young ones though). I liked learning the superstitions and the fact that the stories told where they originated from. I think it was kind of ironic that the US had only ghost stories, I don't really know how that reflects on us. Anyway, it was ...more
Lynn K.
Great book for kids who enjoy scary stories. I first read this when I was about 9 or 10 years old. Upon re-reading some of the stories came back to me, some didn't. The stories are mostly re-tellings of folk tales and there is a note at the beginning of each saying what region the story comes from. I think it's cool that the author wrote an appendix so you can research the stories more and maybe track down the original wording of a particular one.
This book i am reading is not based on one character but multiple characters with multiple plots and settings. One story is where there are a group of people on Windigo Island where the Great Windigo lives. The captain of the crew does not believe in gohsts so he boldly steps into the icy cavern of the howling wind and the shrieking windigo never to be seen again.
It's a book with 45 short stories full of traditional horror folklore that will make children learn to love the genre and get a little dose of culture from different countries. I loved it as a kid since it doesn't just have stories that will scare the wits out of little children but it also teaches kids that good will always triumph evil.
Zeta T.
I remember what was fun about this one was that there is a Washington Irving story that was also in my little Irving collection so my sweeetheart read a page of the story from this book and I would read a page of the other to compare the two. Of course I think it was that pretty gross one so it was neat to see how censored the kid version was.
Brenda Pike
The story "Tailypo" has haunted me since my I was a kid. I just went back and reread this, and it's still creepy—and so are the other stories in here, drawn mostly from folktales from around the world.
Ian Rhines
This book had very entertaining stories. It was fun to try to guess what was going to happen to the people in the stories. Overall a great and spooky book.
This was well written and enjoyable even though the target reader is probably juvenile. The stories are folk tales from around the world.
San Souci has collected tales from around the world and assembled them here. Not all of them are great but some are pretty good.
Fun for the whole family. A wonderful collection of short ghost & horror stories. Especially fun to read around Halloween!
Helle Madsen
Apr 25, 2013 Helle Madsen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Helle by: Got it from the library
Shelves: to-buy
Jeg synes at denne bog er rigtig god. Fine, små, uhyggelige historier, som jeg sikkert kommer til at læse igen :)
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