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Half-Minute Horrors by Susan Rich
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Half-Minute Horrors

by Susan Rich (Editor)

Other authors: Nadia Aguiar (Contributor), M. T. Anderson (Contributor), Katherine Applegate (Contributor), Margaret Atwood (Contributor), Avi (Contributor)69 more, Holly Black (Contributor), Pseudonymous Bosch (Contributor), Libba Bray (Contributor), Lisa Brown (Contributor), Michael Connelly (Contributor), Mark Crilley (Contributor), Joseph Delaney (Contributor), Daniel Ehrenhaft (Contributor), Carson Ellis (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Jack Gantos (Contributor), Tom Genrich (Contributor), Stacey Godenir (Contributor), Carol Gorman (Contributor), Alan Gratz (Contributor), Josh Greenhut (Contributor), Adele Griffin (Contributor), Dan Gutman (Contributor), Brett Helquist (Contributor), Erin Hunter (Contributor), Angela Johnson (Contributor), Aliza Kellerman (Contributor), Faye Kellerman (Contributor), M. E. Kerr (Contributor), Jon Klassen (Contributor), Alice Kuipers (Contributor), Jonathan Lethem (Contributor), Gail Carson Levine (Contributor), Lesley Livingston (Contributor), Dean Lorey (Contributor), Gregory Maguire (Contributor), Stephen Marche (Contributor), Melissa Marr (Contributor), Alison McGhee (Contributor), Brad Meltzer (Contributor), Sienna Mercer (Contributor), Lauren Myracle (Contributor), Jenny Nimmo (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Kenneth Oppel (Contributor), James Patterson (Contributor), Michèle Perry (Contributor), Yvonne Prinz (Contributor), Francine Prose (Contributor), Vladimir Radunsky (Contributor), Chris Raschka (Contributor), Aaron Renier (Contributor), Adam Rex (Contributor), David Rich (Contributor), Richard Sala (Contributor), Jon Scieszka (Contributor), Brian Selznick (Contributor), Arthur Slade (Contributor), Abi Slone (Contributor), Lane Smith (Contributor), Lemony Snicket (Contributor), Sonya Sones (Contributor), Jerry Spinelli (Contributor), David Stahler, Jr. (Contributor), R. L. Stine (Contributor), Allan Stratton (Contributor), Tui T. Sutherland (Contributor), Mariko Tamaki (Contributor), Sarah L. Thomson (Contributor), Frank Viva (Contributor), Ayelet Waldman (Contributor), Sarah Weeks (Contributor), Gloria Whelan (Contributor), Barry Yourgrau (Contributor)

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Nope, nope, nope, nope. I picked this up because I'm a sucker for short stories (in this case flash fiction, which is fascinating when done right), because of the dazzling array of authors, and because (I'm only a little ashamed to admit this) about all I can handle in the way of horror is that meant for younger readers. I am also intrigued by the recent popularity of "two-sentence scary stories," which can also be too much for me, but which, even I have to admit, are kind of genius.

But right from the get-go these stories were horrible and disturbing, more so than the relatively tame and somewhat silly cover art predicted. If 33-year-old me can't handle this, I know for a fact 10-year-old me would have begged my parents to take it back to the library immediately so that it didn't darken my house any longer than necessary. The stories in this collection are much better suited to the YA crowd because of their gruesomeness and intensity.
  aratiel | Sep 5, 2018 |
Super cute!

But don't be fooled, there are creepers in this little collection. My (adult) mouth dropped open in shock at the bleak tone of some of these flash fictions. See "The Legend of Alexandra & Rose" by Jon Klassen as my favorite example. That one was so utterly disturbing yet so honest about the almost psychopathic selfishness displayed by small children. *shivers*

Most of the "stories" are set in a bedroom (yes, including and especially the closet), a haunted house, or outdoors; I was somewhat surprised none of the horrors took place at school.

I would recommend this collection to any budding dark fiction lover, especially a youngling who wants to write horror as well as read it. These would be great discussion starters -- "What might happen next?" for example.

3 stars ( )
  flying_monkeys | Nov 17, 2016 |
Sinisterly marvelous! This little book could be described as a Fairy Horror Tale Book, some tales have a macabre humor and some are really thrilling and have such great ideas for such short stories. In fact each story was written by a different author and each one has its own style from regular narrative to comic strips. This even could be a perfect bedtime book in Jack's Nightmare Before Christmas context or for babysitters trying to make their jobs more fun. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loves ghost stories - the shorter the better. She spent weeks poring over the book. Sometimes selecting a story she hadn't read before, sometimes re-reading (and reading to us) a favorite.

Adult Reader Reaction: As we read this, I kept imagining sitting around a campfire swapping stories. They are suspenseful, but not so over-the-top gruesome as to cause nightmares. Quite a few have that Edgar Allan Poe-esque feel to them. This is definitely going to be a go-to recommendation for kids who like scary stories.

Pros: Kids and adults will love sharing these mini-thrillers. Dormant readers or kids who don't like long chapter books will enjoy being able to move through the stories any way they like.

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  TheReadingTub | Mar 20, 2015 |
A big number of scary short stories compiled into one good book. This book has many very short scary stories that you can read in about thirty seconds or less. I thought this book was very fun to read because it had so many different stories to enjoy and choose from. This would be a great book for a read aloud activity during the month of October. Authors included in this book were Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Lemony Snicket, and R.L. Stine. ( )
  K_Rodriguez | Nov 26, 2014 |
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Rich, SusanEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Anderson, M. T.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Applegate, KatherineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwood, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Black, HollyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Brown, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Crilley, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delaney, JosephContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Radunsky, VladimirContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Renier, AaronContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Rich, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sala, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Smith, LaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snicket, LemonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Spinelli, JerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Viva, FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Contains:

"Something You Ought to Know"" by Lemony Snicket

"The Chicken or the Egg" by Jerry Spinelli

"In Hiding" by Kenneth Oppel

"The Old Man in the Picture" by Richard Sala

"The Babysitter" by Erin Hunter

"Grand Entrance" by James Patterson

"Halloween Mask" by Sonya Sones

"Tenton" by Tom Genrich & Michèle Perry

"Nanny" by Angela Johnson

"The Legend of Alexandra & Rose" by Jon Klassen

"What’s Coming" by Arthur Slade

"An Easy Gig" by M. T. Anderson

"Mr. Black" by Yvonne Prinz

"The Foot Dragger" by M. E. Kerr

"Trick" by Adam Rex

"Hank" by Dean Lorey

"One of a Kind" by Sarah Weeks

"A Walk Too Far" by Gloria Whelan

"A Very Short Story" by Holly Black

"Deep Six" by Faye Kellerman

"The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James, A Novel as Told by Lisa Brown in Fewer than 30 Seconds

"The Attack of the Flying Mustaches" by Pseudonymous Bosch

"Takowanda" by Nadia Aguiar

"Heart Stopper" by Sienna Mercer

"Up to My Elbow" by Jack Gantos

"Four Gleams in the Moonlight" by Stephen Marche

"The Goblin Book" by Brad Meltzer

"Worms" by Lane Smith

"The Dare" by Carol Gorman

"The Ballad of John Grepsy" by David Rich

"Soup" by Jenny Nimmo

"The Creeping Hand" by Margaret Atwood

"Wet Sand, Little Teeth" by Mariko Tamaki

"A Thousand Faces" by Brian Selznick

"Chocolate Cake" by Francine Prose

"At the Water’s Edge" by Ayelet Waldman

"My Worst Nightmare" by R. L. Stine

"The Beast Outside" by Adele Griffin

"Unannounced" by Aliza Kellerman

"Krüger’s Sausage Haus" by Mark Crilley

"There’s Something Under the Bed" by Allan Stratton

"Cat’s Paw" by Sarah L. Thomson

"Horrorku" by Katherine Applegate

"The Itch" by Avi

"The New Me: A Pantoum" by Gail Carson Levine

"Always Eleven" by David Stahler Jr.

"Aloft" by Carson Ellis

"Skittering" by Tui T. Sutherland

"Stuck in the Middle" by Abi Slone

"All Fingers and Thumbs!" by Joseph Delaney

"Don’t Wet the Bed" by Alan Gratz

"The Final Word" illustrated by Brett Helquist, story by Josh Greenhut

"The Shadow" by Neil Gaiman

"A Day at the Lake" by Lesley Livingston

"Whispered" by Jon Scieszka

"A Disturbing Limerick" found & envisioned by Vladimir Radunsky

"Through the Veil" by Alison McGhee

"The Rash" by Daniel Ehrenhaft

"Where Nightmares Walk" by Melissa Marr

"On a Tuesday During That Time of Year" by Chris Raschka
"Death Rides a Pink Bicycle" by Stacey Godenir

"I’m Not Afraid" by Dan Gutman

"The Doll" by Alice Kuipers

"Easy Over" by Frank Viva

"Them" by Libba Bray

"Tiger Kitty" by Joyce Carol Oates

"Inventory" by Jonathan Lethem

"Shortcut" by Michael Connelly

"Strawberry Bubbles" by Lauren Myracle

"We Think You Do" by Barry Yourgrau

"The Prisoner of Eternia" by Aaron Renier
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Book Description

How scared can you get in only 30 seconds? Dare to find out with Half-Minute Horrors, a collection of deliciously terrifying short short tales and creepy illustrations by an exceptional selection of writers and illustrators, including bestselling talents Lemony Snicket, James Patterson, Neil Gaiman, R.L.Stine, Faye Kellerman, Holly Black, Melissa Marr, Margaret Atwood, Jon Scieszka, Brett Helquist, and many more. With royalties benefiting First Book, a not-for-profit organization that brings books to children in need, this is an anthology worth devouring. So grab a flashlight, set the timer, and get ready for instant chills!

Excerpts from Half-Minute Horrors
"Something You Ought to Know" by Lemony Snicket
“The right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing” is a phrase that refers to times when people ought to know, but don’t know, about something that is happening very close to them. For instance, you ought to know about the man who watches you when you sleep.

He is a quiet man, which is why you don’t know about him.

You don’t know how he gets into your home, or how he finds his way to the room in which you sleep. You don’t know how he can stare at you so long without blinking, and you don’t know how he manages to be gone by morning, without a trace, and you don’t know where he purchased the long, sharp knife, curved like a crescent moon, that he holds in his left hand, sometimes just millimeters from your eyes, which are closed and flickering in dreams.

Continue reading "Something You Ought to Know" "The Creeping Hand" by Margaret Atwood
The hand crept up the cellar stairs. It was shriveled and dirty, and its fingernails were long.

It scuttled along the dark hallway. At the closed door it sniffed with its fingertips, then jumped up like a giant spider, grabbed the doorknob, and turned.

Inside the room it found a sock. Then a shoe. And then--another hand, hanging down from the bed. A young hand, a hand that it could kidnap and take away down to the cellar.

But this hand was attached to an arm.

Something could be done about that.

"The Legend of Alexandra & Rose" by Jon Klassen

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An anthology of very short, scary stories by an assortment of authors and illustrators including Chris Raschka, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, and Lane Smith.

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