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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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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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2.5 stars

Most of the stories aren't scary at all.
Some are a little unsettling.
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  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
Some were scary, some were gross and a few gave me goosebumps. ( )
  Vibha_V | Feb 18, 2021 |

~ All Fingers and Thumbs by Joseph Delaney (only like it because I'm familiar with his work)
~ There's Something Under the Bed by Allan Stratton
~ Skittering by Tui T. Sutherland ( )
  Seayla2020 | Nov 21, 2020 |
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 |
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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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  • Something You Ought to Know / Lemony Snicket
  • The Chicken or the Egg / Jerry Spinelli
  • In Hiding / Kenneth Oppel
  • The Old Man in the Picture / Richard Sala
  • The Babysitter / Erin Hunter
  • Grand Entrance / James Patterson
  • Halloween Mask / Sonya Sones
  • Tenton / Tom Genrich & Michèle Perry
  • Nanny / Angela Johnson
  • The Legend of Alexandra and Rose / Jon Klassen
  • What’s Coming / Arthur Slade
  • An Easy Gig / M. T. Anderson
  • Mr. Black / Yvonne Prinz
  • The Foot Dragger / M. E. Kerr
  • Trick / Adam Rex
  • Hank / Dean Lorey
  • One of a Kind / Sarah Weeks
  • A Walk Too Far / Gloria Whelan
  • A Very Short Story / Holly Black
  • Deep Six / Faye Kellerman
  • The Turn of the Screw / Henry James, A Novel as Told by Lisa Brown in Fewer than 30 Seconds
  • The Attack of the Flying Mustaches / Pseudonymous Bosch
  • Takowanda / Nadia Aguiar
  • Heart Stopper / Sienna Mercer
  • Up to My Elbow / Jack Gantos
  • Four Gleams in the Moonlight / Stephen Marche
  • The Goblin Book / Brad Meltzer
  • Worms / Lane Smith
  • The Dare / Carol Gorman
  • The Ballad of John Grepsy / David Rich
  • Soup / Jenny Nimmo
  • The Creeping Hand / Margaret Atwood
  • Wet Sand, Little Teeth / Mariko Tamaki
  • A Thousand Faces / Brian Selznick
  • Chocolate Cake / Francine Prose
  • At the Water’s Edge / Ayelet Waldman
  • My Worst Nightmare / R. L. Stine
  • The Beast Outside / Adele Griffin
  • Unannounced / Aliza Kellerman
  • Krüger’s Sausage Haus / Mark Crilley
  • There’s Something Under the Bed / Allan Stratton
  • Cat’s Paw / Sarah L. Thomson
  • Horrorku / Katherine Applegate
  • The Itch / Avi
  • The New Me: A Pantoum / Gail Carson Levine
  • Always Eleven / David Stahler Jr.
  • Aloft / Carson Ellis
  • Skittering / Tui T. Sutherland
  • Stuck in the Middle / Abi Slone
  • All Fingers and Thumbs! / Joseph Delaney
  • Don’t Wet the Bed / Alan Gratz
  • The Final Word / illustrations Brett Helquist, story Josh Greenhut
  • The Shadow / Neil Gaiman
  • A Day at the Lake / Lesley Livingston
  • Whispered / Jon Scieszka
  • A Disturbing Limerick found and envisioned Vladimir Radunsky
  • Through the Veil / Alison McGhee
  • The Rash / Daniel Ehrenhaft
  • Where Nightmares Walk / Melissa Marr
  • On a Tuesday During That Time of Year / Chris Raschka
  • Death Rides a Pink Bicycle / Stacey Godenir
  • I’m Not Afraid / Dan Gutman
  • The Doll / Alice Kuipers
  • Easy Over / Frank Viva
  • Them / Libba Bray
  • Tiger Kitty / Joyce Carol Oates
  • Inventory / Jonathan Lethem
  • Shortcut / Michael Connelly
  • Strawberry Bubbles / Lauren Myracle
  • We Think You Do / Barry Yourgrau
  • The Prisoner of Eternia / Aaron Renier
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