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666: The Number of the Beast (Den of Shadows)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  778 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews

This anthology brings together the best of today's horror writers in one spine-tingling collection. All of these stories are guaranteed to terrify!

So lock the door. Turn on the lights. Don't answer the phone. Open the book...if you dare...
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Point
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This is an anthology of scary stories. Many are written by acclaimed horror authors, some are written by paranormal YA authors, and some are by authors who I don't care enough about to look up. Here's a detailed review of each one:

Channel 99 by Peter Abrahams: 2/5
The anthology opens with one of the worst stories it features. The prose was awful; there were a bunch of sentences that made no grammatical sense, and it was very, very choppy. The story wasn't much better; it was odd and confusing. (G
Apr 12, 2009 Kenny rated it it was amazing
There is alot of different stories (bad ones). They each tell something bad that happened in there lifes. like murder, killing them self and other stuff. My favorite storie was when a girl killed her self for no reason.
Melissa Nunez
Jul 13, 2009 Melissa Nunez rated it really liked it
day : 7.6.09 finished book .

This book is about diffrent chapters . Ofcourse is scary .
The chapter i enjoyed the chapter called channel 99 , uit was scary because first it was about a girl who was home sick and couldnt go to school because she had a fever so when she would of get over it she would get to go back to school , she couldnt go with her mom to her job because she didnt wanted her to get more sick so she stood home mom said for her to call her if anything relax , watch tv , & eat th

Channel 99 by Peter Abrahams
Have you ever had brain fever? You know, when you're sick and you have a temperature and you don't know if you're hallucinating or not? This is what happens to Becky one day as she stays home from school, alone, with a temperature of 101.5 degrees. Her mother couldn't take a personal day off work, so Becky spends the day in bed watching cable television channel 99, what used to be the Mexican soccer channel, by accident. What she sees terrifies her - a realistic,
Taneysha forsyth
Apr 14, 2009 Taneysha forsyth rated it it was amazing
Ever since John, the servant of God, wrote the Book of Revelation and mentioned the number 666, people have been trying to figure out the meaning of the mark of the beast. The number is mentioned in Revelation 13:16-18.

As time has passed, we have lost the true meaning of the mark of the beast. Even though it is clearly defined as a mark that will be placed upon the right hand or forehead, a number of people throughout history have attached new and even weird meanings to the number 666. The numb
Like all short story anthologies, it's a mixed bag. Some of the stories are pretty effective, and some are just sort of there.

Here's the big problem with the anthology: the editorial direction. Rather, the lack thereof. There's no identified editor on this collection, and it shows. What's the point of this book? The title is 666, but none of the stories have anything at all to do with the number 666, and few enough have anything remotely demonic in them. The stories themselves have no relation
David Sof 2014
Sep 06, 2009 David Sof 2014 rated it it was amazing
Saving Face

In this part of the story of,666 saving face was the one which really grabbed my attention while kimming through them. Jill and Jane are sisters. jill is a model and jane is a teacher. Jane is jealous about jill because her parents will always pay attention to Jill then jane decided to kill jill and take her job and life. Jane wanted to suffer Jill so she cut her face horriblily and sick. Jane dumpe her in he water but a woman who is an expert at herbs treated her and teach her how t
May 11, 2009 Khushali rated it really liked it
This book is awsome..yet some stories are a little boring but still its a great book and it will have its best effects on you when you read it alone in your house, in your room and at night time..
I've tried it once , reading it alone in the dark night and then suddenly there is a startling big noise "BANG" was a errifying experience..for that second i knew iwasn't able too find my breath or voice ..but still when i remember it i always laugh about how horrified i was..
So this is what i exp
Renee Hall
Nov 14, 2016 Renee Hall rated it did not like it
I haven't seen many horror anthologies aimed at the YA market, so I thought I'd give this a try. Unfortunately, it's a lackluster collection of stories that are either predictable, forgettable, or both. A generation raised on creepypasta likely won't find much of a scare here.
Jul 23, 2008 Sharon rated it it was amazing
The title is dumb, but it is actually a very interesting collection of short stories by various authors. It is great to read at work as each story takes about 15 to 20 min to read.
Feb 07, 2017 Petra rated it it was ok
This is a collection of horror stories that are not related to each other whatsoever. Obviously, there are good ones and bad ones, but if you are a huge fan of horror anthologies like me, you're not going to regret reading this. As mentioned here in comment section, "I'd still recommend picking it up as the really good ones make the rest worth it".
When I first read this book I was considerably younger and I enjoyed it more maybe because later I realized that this book's target audience is YA (12
michael white
Jan 16, 2017 michael white rated it liked it
Some of these are very good, others aren't worth reading. I'd still recommend picking it up as the really good ones make the rest worth it.
Jan 15, 2017 Ashley rated it did not like it
Was disappointing from beginning to end. Each story read as a small section of a bigger story.
Nov 25, 2007 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: advisory-07-08
666: The Number of the Beast is written by multiple authors and composed of different short stories. Each short story either talks about evilness, darkness, or beasts. Out of the short stories in this book, there are three which are my most favorite. My favorite one is Shelter Island by Melissa de la Cruz. In this short story, it talks about a girl who lives on an island and one day she noticed that there is a boy at the side of her bed. After talking to him, she realized that he is a vampire fr ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Some of today's top bestselling authors, from Laurie Faria Stolarz to Melissa de la Cruz to Christopher Pike, come together in this bone-chilling, spine-curling collection of dark and dangerous short stories.

In Peter Abrahams' story, Becky wishes she had never gotten sick and stayed home. Once she turned on her TV, a certain show becomes all too real.

Twins Jane and Jill have been the best of sisters, or at least that is what
Bhakta Kishor Behera
Feb 17, 2015 Bhakta Kishor Behera rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, fiction
This book is an anthology of fictional chilling stories being grouped together. The book also guarantees that the stories engaged in it will terrorize the readers and keep them on the edge of the seat. But, I did not find the stories on average are terrifying. For instance, pick out the story The little sacrifice. As you see, it is a short story, only four pages long. But as if you read it, you will laugh out of it. There is nothing a bit scary or terrific. Yow will seek nothing in this stor ...more
Aurora Dimitre
|2.5 Stars|

Most of the time when reading a book, especially a book like this that's mostly just cheesy instead of something profoundly literary, I take my enjoyment to be the biggest factor in what I should rate a book. But some of these short stories were so bad that I didn't even love them for being bad. There's a difference between bad horror movies and bad horror stories/novels, because at least with a bad horror movie you get to see the blood while bad actors are stumbling over clunky dialo
Jan 24, 2009 Christine rated it liked it
Overall, not that great of a collection. I guess that should have been clear by the title, but I did like a few stories...
Saving Face by Christopher Pike was entirely believable, and that's scary. I liked it.
Empire of Dirt by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes was incredible, and so cool since it was in an asylum. Absolutely adored it. Also, Sassy was an awesome character. I'm so glad he reappears in Persistence of Memory
Scapegoat by Robin Wasserman was also crazily believable, and completely heartbreaking.
Apr 16, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it
Shelves: rwr
I happened to pick this book up in a library one day, and after reading one of the stories checked it out immediately. Some of the stories were well written and some less so, but most had me hooked. My favorite had to be The Legend of Anna Barton by Laurie Faria Stolarz. It had a great base for a plot, and was one of the only stories that actually had me really scared. There was the right balance of suspense and plot development, and the ending was unexpected but not unbelievable. Another excell ...more
It was an ok book. the stories are pretty uneven as happens quite a bit in collections. I'm assuming it's a YA title as it is published by Point but I noticed that quite a few of them were written by writers of the adult genres. On a sidebar, growing up I really liked Christopher Pike but as I got older his writing struck me as really forced, like an adult trying to sound like a teenager.
Quite a few of them really caught my attention and made me wish that they were longer stories so that i co
Dec 09, 2007 Yuwei rated it liked it
Shelves: sophmore-yr
This book had many different short stories, involving many different supernatural creatures and things. They involve werewolves, vampires, ghosts and a lot of others.
I didnt like this book as much as i expected. It is often have a cliff hanger ending. There wasnt much action, so it wasnt such a great book.
The language was very easy to understand. I think that this book was pretty interesting even though some stories didnt appeal to me. The stories didnt seem that real because since the story w
Janis Kay
Jan 08, 2012 Janis Kay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ya-lit
I originally got this book to read just one person: Laurie Faria Stolarz (really like her). However, I read the entire slew of short stories and was creeped/freaked out with each really gotta read this. It didn't give me nightmares because I just don't have dreams about horror books/films (lucky), but I was genuinely freaked out with some of the stories especially when you think you're spirit's supposed to go towards the light, but that's the worst thing you can do to yourself...WHOA!! ...more
May 18, 2009 noodles rated it really liked it
I started reading it fom empire of dirt by amelia atwater and thought it was interestnig the story of sassy. I dont understand why the book is considered to be under amelia atwaters name. Although i do love her books it is unfair to think that she was the one who wrote this book when 17 other extraordinary authors were included. Loved many of the short stories, especially scapegoat, imagining things and shelter island! Cant wait to finish the book!
Lucy Arden
Jan 31, 2013 Lucy Arden rated it did not like it
The stories were extremely short, and while that was expected with so many authors crammed into one anthology, there was zero depth to each story! Most ended on cliffhangers that didn't make any sense because the stories weren't continued. I got bored halfway through this book and gave up. Please, unless you're a die-hard fan of all of the authors mentioned in this book, don't bother to pick it up. It's not worth your time.
Alyssa Minor
Mar 02, 2015 Alyssa Minor rated it liked it
This book consists of various stories. I personally didn't like this book because you could predict the endings. Not all the stories were good. None of the stories really stood out. I chose this book because I have an interest in supernatural and murder stories. However the murder and suicide for no reason kinda had me done with the book once I started. This is a good book, but it does not keep my interest.
Feb 28, 2013 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
I only read christopher pikes saving face!! Soooo amazing it was creepy and twisted and pike gavenit the perfect funny ending to a horror short story. If im not mistaken SPOILER:: the main character is turned into a dog and her boyfriend is the owner. It was funny for a creepy tale. The whole story was awsome with her sisters evil plans and then the twists and the witch and the dogs, AMAZING
Feb 25, 2008 David rated it really liked it
This book is quite good in fact. I saw my friend Yu Wei having this book so i thought I would read it. It talks about how this girl have been on a island where supernatural things live. Their were things like Vampires, Werewolves, Ghouls, etc. Their are more things to know and you have to read it to find out.
Zach Rutlin
Dec 16, 2010 Zach Rutlin rated it liked it
This book was okay. It is a series of horror stories. Some were very good and very fascinating and kept me wanting to read more. Then, I get to some stories that are just plain boring; but I guess that what your get when there are multiple authors writing in one book. Some authors are for certain people. Recommended for people who have a liking in the horror genre
Jun 04, 2009 Jenn rated it liked it
A book of 18 Short Stories on horror for teens. My favourite was the Bentley Little, probably because it didn't seem to be a teen story which is unlike most of the stories in this book. Some of them were a little too simplistic, but perhaps that is my fault as I didn't know it was a teen book from the get-go.
May 15, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of these stories were really good, especially the prequel to a book I had actually read before. That was a surprise. I found some new authors that I'm going to have to check out, which is great. Sadly, there were a few stories that I wasn't so fond of. But, overall, I really enjoyed this books.
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Peter Abrahams is the author of numerous novels, including End of Story, Oblivion, and Lights Out, which was nominated for an Edgar best novel award. He also writes the best-selling Echo Falls series for younger readers. He lives on Cape Cod.

Peter Abrahams is also writing under the pseudonym Spencer Quinn (Chet
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Den of Shadows (10 books)
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  • Shattered Mirror (Den of Shadows, #3)
  • Midnight Predator (Den of Shadows, #4)
  • Persistence of Memory (Den of Shadows, #5)
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