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Scary Stories

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  255 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Goose bumps along your arms, the hairs rising on the back of your neck, these are the sure signs you're immersed in a great scary story. Featuring classic stories by such timeless authors as Edgar Allan Poe, O. Henry, Bram Stoker, Washington Irving, H. P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, and H. G. Wells, this spellbinding collection also includes modern masterpieces by contempor ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published August 17th 2006 by Chronicle Books (first published 2006)
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Sep 11, 2010 Kaethe rated it really liked it
The stories are all "finest kind", and Moser's woodcuts are just outstandingly creepy.*** I picked it up thinking it was the reissue of scat stories to tell in the dark, with the less horrific art, which it isn't. What it was, was a good entre back into reading: a gateway book. Library copy
Apr 06, 2010 Sara rated it really liked it
This bood was...good. Overall, I liked it; however, many of the stories were dumb and not scary at all (walking on a pier with your dead great-grandmother's fingers on your neck for all eternity? COME ON!!)
Emily Fox
Feb 14, 2012 Emily Fox rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Uhms this book is stupid lol. Doing a lottery to see who gets bombarded with rocks? Also the woman in labor with Hitler????? Come on now..... What happen to scary? -.-
Keri Ann
Feb 28, 2015 Keri Ann rated it liked it
Normally I wouldn't write a review on a book I didn't feel strongly about one way or the other; but there were a couple of things I wish I'd known about this book before I'd read it. The main problem I had with this book is that two of the stories (Kittens and The Squaw) contain fairly gruesome content involving animal cruelty towards kittens. I can take human violence all day long but as soon as something bad happens to an animal, you can count me out. I just wish I had known before hand and I ...more
Jennifer Dines
Nov 16, 2016 Jennifer Dines rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book - perfect for a dark and stormy night in the New England autumn that I currently inhabit. This book is an anthology of spooky short stories by authors commonly taught in high school English courses (Washington Irving, Poe, O. Henry, Bradbury) as well as more modern trade authors (Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates). Barry Moser's delightfully creepy engravings add just a dash of other-worldliness to the horror and suspense found in each selection Particular spine-chill ...more
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Oct 16, 2014 Esmeralda Vela rated it liked it
In my opinion Scary Stories is an cool book because it wasn't that scary.I can not relate to none of them because none of the characters are the some as me.So that is why I can't relate to them.If this book was on series I might not read them but maybe because I don't want another book that I can't realate to.The only story from the book that I liked is "Thanksgiving" and I only like this story is because for me it was the scariest one of all of them.I love the part especially in the beginning p ...more
Nov 21, 2015 Sasha rated it liked it
Perhaps it is my dark humor or I love seeing little children being murderous and animals getting revenge, however I really enjoyed "Kittens" by Dean Koontz (the story of a little girl getting revenge on her parents for killing all her kittens), "The Squaw" by Bram Stoker (cats are truly evil), and "Fingers on the Back of the Neck" by Margaret Mahy (a sociopath of a young boy who will do anything to attend a prestigious private school). There were also a couple of classics from Edgar Allan Poe, " ...more
Jan 12, 2008 Earline rated it liked it
Recommends it for: short story and horror fans
Shelves: horror, short-stories
This book is a great collection of horror short stories from a variety of writers ranging from Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King to Joyce Carol Oates and Roald Dahl.

My favorites of the book would have to be:
Kittens - Dean Koontz
Miriam - Truman Capote
The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allen Poe (all-time fav)
Genesis and Catastrophe - Roald Dahl
The Terrible Old Man - H.P. Lovecraft
The Lottery - Shirley Jackson
Aug 30, 2013 Sherri rated it did not like it
Not scary at all. I disliked the first story the most, I didn't care to go any further in the book after that but I did, and what a waste of time that was.
They aren't scare at all. The first story is more disturbing than anything, and everything else is a little strange.
The title seems to be a bit of a fib...
Dec 16, 2015 Anderson rated it really liked it
This was a great book full of some really good, spooky stories. I didn't love all of them, and there were a couple I had read, but there were several I loved and was happy to find some new authors to explore. Would recommend to anyone that likes exploring new authors, and enjoys short creepy stories!!
Dec 12, 2012 Jessie added it
This book was super boring nothing really scary about it except for a couple of stories :(
rilly scary
-       Sophie..(:
Jul 15, 2007 - Sophie..(: marked it as to-read
Charlene reviewed this, and it Looks V.Good! I think i might read this!
Jul 25, 2011 Valerie marked it as to-read
i love this cover n good book !!!
Jan 07, 2011 Sammyc added it
Oct 19, 2013 Tori rated it it was amazing
Fabulous collection of scary stories written by authors such as Dean Koontz, Joyce Carol Oates, H. P. Lovecraft, etc.
Aug 07, 2014 Debra rated it really liked it
A collection of some familiar good ole scary stories and a bunch I'd never encountered before. Excellent illustrations, too. Glad I picked this one up.
Apr 14, 2014 Enid rated it liked it
These short stories weren't even as scary as any of the Goosebumps series. Only the story by Winston Churchill called "Man Overboard!" merited a small chuckle.
Martin Esparza
Sep 13, 2012 Martin Esparza rated it it was amazing
mmmm pretty cary from the cover
Jan 09, 2016 Miriam rated it really liked it
many of these scary stories are ones we read in school, at camp, or on roadtrips. however, i bought the book for the barry moser illustrations!
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