Bloody Horowitz

Bloody Horowitz

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by Anthony Horowitz
     
 

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A teen gang leader taken for a deadly ride by a car with a mind of its own. . . . A boy haunted by a phantom cobra. . . . A reality TV show pitting teens against grown ups, with only one survivor. . . . From whose twisted mind can such gruesome stories unfold? Only Anthony Horowitz. From the internationally bestselling author of the Alex Rider missions, this

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A teen gang leader taken for a deadly ride by a car with a mind of its own. . . . A boy haunted by a phantom cobra. . . . A reality TV show pitting teens against grown ups, with only one survivor. . . . From whose twisted mind can such gruesome stories unfold? Only Anthony Horowitz. From the internationally bestselling author of the Alex Rider missions, this collection of harrowing tales is sure to have you smiling in terrified pleasure. But whatever you do, don't turn out the lights!

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Children's Literature - Patricia Williamson
This is a collection of short stories with interesting and out-of-the-ordinary twists and turns. It starts with a story about a boy who believes that Daren Shan, author of the "Cirque De Freak" series, stole his idea for a novel and sets out to kill him only to be haunted by his victim. In other stories, a car's has a mind of its own; a boy has a bad dream about drowning in mud (or is it actually happening?); and another boy is attacked by a cobra. Thirteen stories start off in conventional narrative fashion and then end with horrific twists. This book introduces another generation to the macabre world of a twisted, but entertaining storyteller. With the emphasis on vampires and horror in the current literature for young teens, this book offers a refreshing diversion. Reviewer: Patricia Williamson
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—These 12 stories are not for the squeamish as they include shudder-inducing scenes of burning flesh, dismembered bodies, electrocution, and death by squeezing in a massage chair. The terror strikes good and bad individuals equally, whether it's a teen whiz kid in "Bet Your Life," a do-gooder in "Plugged In," or a spoiled brat in "The Cobra." If there is a theme that runs through the anthology it's that you can't outsmart a haunting end and if you try, that may just be your downfall. The selections offer clever twists on pop-culture trends such as reality television and MP3 players. One story gives a nod to fellow horror writer Darren Shan. The book starts and ends with fictionalized arguments against publishing horror stories for children. Fans of the morbid will appreciate Horowitz's seemingly unending imagination for the horrific, but alert readers may clue in to some plot twists early on. Teens looking for gruesome tales won't be disappointed.—Shawna Sherman, Hayward Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews

The creator of Alex Rider follows his two Horowitz Horror anthologies with a new collection of 14 bloody stories. A would-be writer seeking revenge for stolen ideas stalks and apparently kills author Darren Shan (is this wish fulfillment?). In the far future, a robot nanny malfunctions with horrifying consequences. A girl finds herself put up for auction when her family's finances tank and is terrified when she discovers what the bidders plan to do with her should they win. The standouts of this uneven collection include the false introduction and conclusion supposedly written by others and a bad dream recounted in verse. Good kids find themselves trapped in bizarre situations and bad kids get just what they deserve and more every time. Inconsistent Americanization and lengthy setups mar these at-times predictable tales. An overreliance on grisly moments and contrived twists for what scares there are guarantees there's nothing to keep the lights on late, just occasional ick. Fans of the previous collections will be right at home. (Horror/short stories. 9-13)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142418741
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/04/2011
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
787,325
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

Anthony Horowitz, in addition to being an international bestselling author, is also the writer and creator of the multi-award-winning television series Foyle’s War. He lives in London, England. Visit him online at www.alexrideradventures.com and www.anthonyhorowitz.com or follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHorowitz.

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Bloody Horowitz 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my favorite book on my NOOK. It is awesome. Like most people, Bet Your Life is one of my favorite books. Robo-Nanny was a really good story with a big twist at the end. This book is very messed up though, that's probably one of my favorite parts of the book, the blood and gore!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horowitz writing is just flawless and his horror stories really are amazing. The plots are original and the stories are both gory and pyschological which i find fascinating. My favorite one was Bet Your Life. Highly recommended if you like horror.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This sounds like a wierd book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How can something possibly be this awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, being a huge fan of everything horror,this was amazing. Not extremely scary to me (but this is coming from someone who has been reading horror since age 5 and whose favorite book is by Stephen King - enough said) but creepy, twisted, and entirely enjoyable to any horror fan. I particularly loved Bet Your Life (especially the end of that story) Are You Sitting Comfortably, and Power (in both of which the ending was entirely deserved, so long as it is, in fact, only a story). If horror of any type gives you nightmares, hoeever, I do not reccomend reading this before sleeping. Overall, a fanastic collection of short stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book of short stories ive ever read, even though they are pretty creepy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anthony Horowitz shows another of him that I've never seen before in my life! Especially when it came to the game show story "Bet Your Life". "Bloody Horowitz" is definitly a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was really good book (not at all sscary to me) but the stories are pretty messed up. The weirdest ones were the X train and bet your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago