“My father and I lay tensely side by side in total darkness, not daring to breathe. The space was small and smelled bad. We were flat on our backs, scarcely able to lift our heads. Above us, the ting shifted restlessly on its bed, grunting. I hoped it would settle itself soon.
Finally the thing stopped moving. I counted seconds. Was it asleep? Or just lying there awake, waiting?
‘Now,’ my father whispered in my ear.
And very slowly we reached out and up to grasp the child’s ankles with our cold, dead hands.”
And so begins Susan Rich’s engrossing collection of ghost stories, Half-Minute Horrors. This little gem of a book holds more than 70 30-second ghost stories written by some of the biggest names in literature today, including Lemony Snicket, Margaret Atwood, Michael Connelly, Gregory Maguire, Joyce Carol Oates, James Patterson, R.L. Stine, and many more.
While most of these stories are geared towards kids and tweens, this twenty-somthin’ gal found herself shaking in her boots after reading a few of these stories.
This is a great book for a campfire or a rainy night spent with family and friends. Read it cover to cover or pick and choose stories based on your favorite authors.
Half-Minute Horrors is a treat for fans of The Goosebump series, campfire ghost stories, and those who just like a little shiver down their spine!
NEXT WEEK: Things are not always the way they seem when you look through the looking glass…and for Alice Liddell, life in Wonderland was anything but a golden afternoon…
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