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Scare Care

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  47 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
For most people, getting frightened is fun. But for thousands of children, being frightened is a daily and nightly reality. Scare Care's imaginary nightmares hope to help relieve real ones. All of the anthology's profits will go to charities that specialize in caring for abused and needy children; the writers have donated their fees as well. Hair-raising horror for a good ...more
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published July 1st 1989 by Tor Books (first published 1989)
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Cameron Trost
Mar 10, 2016 Cameron Trost rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Scare Care contains dozens of horror stories donated for a children's charity. The tales that stood out were few, but there were some real gems amongst them. I am a huge fan of Ruth Rendell, so I was not surprised that I found her tale "Loopy" to be the absolute highlight of this collection. Without giving too much away, one of Rendell's fetish themes is at the centre of this tale; the relationship between mother and son. "A Towpath Tale" by Giles Gordon was also a wonderfully written and highly ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Decent collection. I bought this a long time ago and read a story here and there over years. Finally, I started reading it consistently. The stories were rather hit and miss for me. I liked some, didn't care that much for others. My favorite was probably Ruth Rendell's "Loopy." Everything was well written. Just some tales worked better for me than others.
Jan 19, 2016 Kinksrock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection certainly gets high marks for its purpose. The writers donated their stories and any profits to benefit charities to combat child abuse. I'm not famliar with most of the writers, but that may be my own ignorance. Familiar names include Roald Dahl, Graham Masterton, and James Herbert.

There are many stories in the collection and, as usual with a collection of short horror stories (I find), it's a mixed bag. You are sure to find stories that you like in a collection this large, and
Jan 17, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, contemporary
really fantastic collection - turned me on to so many new writers! no surprise that graham masterton is an excellent editor.
Emi Bevacqua
Aug 19, 2015 Emi Bevacqua rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, short-stories
Fantastic collection of shorts, donated by writers so all proceeds would to to a fund for abused children. Stephen King not included.
Kevin Lucia
Apr 27, 2015 Kevin Lucia rated it really liked it
So I really enjoyed this. A great cross-section of very diverse horror - atmospheric, "quiet horror," some more graphic and visceral horror, thought-provoking horror, emotional horror, and some just fun reads. Excellent read.
Sep 01, 2007 Pam rated it it was amazing
A nice collection of newer (up to the 80's) horror fiction, and for a good cause.
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Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946. His grandfather was Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless. After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British men's magazine Mayfair, where he encouraged William Burroughs to develop a series of scientific and philosophical articles whi ...more
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