There's a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed
The thrill of a sleepover becomes sheer terror as kids voice their greatest fears into existence in this cheeky, vividly cinematic tale by New York Times bestselling author Edgar Cantero. Lights out.
It’s bad enough that its venom-dripping chelicerae can slice through flesh like warm butter. Worse? It’s right there under the bunk. It’s a fact now. To make it through the...more
I didn't care for this story at all, I didn't even understand most of it. My least favorite so far in the Amazon "Dark Corners" collection.
Opening Hook: There's always something under the bed.
Main Monster: Maybe it's Pennywise in that spider body.
Plot Twisty-ness: Schrodinger's monsters.
While I didn't really LOVE Meddling Kids by Cantero the way I wanted to, I can tell that given the right circumstances, I could really be a fan of his, because I do enjoy his writing style.
He writes stories with a whimsical combination of goofy and horror that reminds me of why I love this genre - there is so much room to ...more
I loved the set up. The story kicks into gear immediately. (A good thing considering its only 24 pages long.) I felt like I was right there with the kids as everything was going sideways for them.
And the ending? Offbeat, unexpected, and perfect.
Remember sleep overs as a kid? Not the teenaged ones with whispered confessions about boys/girls or comparisons of puberty progress....but the younger, first experiences when imagination games powered the evening's fun. And The Rules that everyone knew you had to follow.... Don't let your feet dangle over ...more
I felt the old nostalgic fear of touching the floor lest my feet be burnt off (c'mon the floor is laaaava!). It had me speed reading to see what additional trouble they could bring down upon themselves and how they might possibly get out of it.
I got lost in the end though. I was sad to see HP references peppered throughout this spooky story taking me entirely out of the thrill. Are we in ...more
There's A Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed took me right back to childhood: the delicious thrill of acting out a dangerous story and making up the rules as you go along. ...more
I decided to attach this review to this specific short story because it was the last one I read in the series and I would give the collection as a ...more
Second of all, I actually have no clue how old these kids were—that’s never discussed. But their imaginations make it seem like they are 8 or 9. I can’t believe a preteen or older would make up a “giant trap door spider under the bed” and actually believe it enough to have an adventure with your best ...more
What’s it about?
Despite being a standalone book I would actually have to spoil things from this book in order to fully explain it so I’ll skip that.
This book is pretty intense and exciting throughout.
The way this book is written makes it very suspenseful.
There’s a bit of political humor and it actually made me laugh. I think that ...more
This is by far my least favourite book in the Dark Corners collection so far (at time of writing, this is my 3rd book in the series). I just didn't understand it and as someone who actively hates spiders, I don't enjoy reading about 6ft spiders lying underneath beds.
This novella did leave me wondering if Edgar Cantero is a fan of the My Favorite Murder podcast. Rina, one of the female characters, has a line about her dress not having pockets, thank you patriarchy and I ...more
This was okay but really it didn't make any sense. It's a kids sleepover, and magical, but terrible things keep happening and we're never really sure why. (view spoiler)[ I assume the kids are witches and warlocks, but maybe it was all imaginary? It didn't seem like it but who knows. (hide spoiler)]
Not really scary but entertaining.
This story takes you back to those moments and is delightful at the start, but bogs down before the end. The rules start to become over complicated and the threats hard to follow. My suspension of disbelief strained. My adulthood crept in. And I enjoyed ...more
I get that this short story is told from a kid's perspective, with all the scares and fun and adventure of a child's imagination being the driving force behind everything happening. I loved this aspect of the ...more
As I started reading I kept wondering what the heck why would a spider be under the bed? Then as the story progressed and we got to the end it all made perfect sense. Oh ...more
Edgar is a writer and cartoonist from Barcelona. Once a promising author in the local scene with his awarded 2007 debut Dormir amb Winona Ryder, the highbrow Catalan literary tradition soon lost influence on him in favor of Hollywood blockbusters, videogames, and mass-market paperbacks. The punk dystopian thriller Vallvi (2011) was his last book in Catalan before switching ...more