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Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  1,294 Ratings  ·  44 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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Oct 08, 2015 Josiah rated it it was ok
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
Oct 21, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extremely fun compilation of tales around the world. Perfect pre Halloween reading. Includes Grimm and many ethnic tales.
Predictable and preachy, but still entertaining.
Sara Maria
Jun 30, 2017 Sara Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this once when I was thirteen and again when I was in my twenties and I still loved it. Remains one of my favorite scary shirt story collections to this day growing up.
Apr 28, 2017 Erick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales by Robert D. Souci. this book contains thirty scary stories from ghosts to demons and from goblins to sea monsters. this book is really fun to read because the stories are really interesting because they explain a legend about it in the beginning and at the end it turns out to be true. In my opinion the best story in the book is SWALLOWED ALIVE (A british folktale). I would recommend this book to people who, love interesting scary stories.
Asya Fergiani
Nov 08, 2011 Asya Fergiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 05, 2013 Louis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 15, 2013 Foxton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kian Sidi
Mar 07, 2013 Kian Sidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tanya Diehl
Jul 03, 2010 Tanya Diehl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 25, 2009 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
May 28, 2009 Zane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Zeta T.
Feb 28, 2012 Zeta T. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 26, 2014 Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Brenda Pike
Jun 23, 2013 Brenda Pike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 27, 2017 Aden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales by Robert D. San Souci is about a lot of creepy and scary stories.Like a man hearing loud bangs in the atic and when he goes up there he finds nothing.
Jaime McGrath
Aug 30, 2014 Jaime McGrath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
was awesome
Noelle Walsh
Mar 09, 2014 Noelle Walsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jim Sibigtroth
This is a good collection of short spooky stories that work well for grade 3-5 read-aloud stories.
Gabrielle Link
Jan 03, 2015 Gabrielle Link rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This did give me a creepy feel, and I like the short story called "Lavender" it's a really good story.
Oct 11, 2008 Donald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, shorts
San Souci has collected tales from around the world and assembled them here. Not all of them are great but some are pretty good.
Mar 09, 2012 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great way for kids (and adults) to get some basic, worldly folktales under their belts!
Feb 21, 2013 Jonathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: folklore
Great fun little book of folklore written for kids.
Ian Rhines
Jan 02, 2015 Ian Rhines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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