Bloody Horowitz [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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Razor sharp.
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: 9781101543443
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/4/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 616,974
  • Age range: 10 years
  • File size: 275 KB

Meet the Author

Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm.
Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded by servants and chauffeurs. His father, a wealthy businessman, was, says Mr. Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson."
What that means exactly is unclear — "My father was a very secretive man," he says— so an aura of suspicion and mystery surrounds both the word and the man. As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's father, threatened with bankruptcy,
withdrew all of his money from Swiss bank accounts in Zurich and deposited it in another account under a false name and then promptly died. His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found.
That too shaped Anthony's view of things. Today he says, "I think the only thing to do with money is spend it." His mother,
whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. His grandmother, another Dickensian character,
was mean-spirited and malevolent, a destructive force in his life. She was, he says, "a truly evil person", his first and worst arch villain. "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls.

A miserably unhappy and overweight child, Anthony had nowhere to turn for solace. "Family meals," he recalls, "had calories running into the thousands…. I was an astoundingly large, round child…." At the age of eight he was sent off to boarding school,
a standard practice of the times and class in which he was raised. While being away from home came as an enormous relief, the school itself, Orley Farm, was a grand guignol horror with a headmaster who flogged the boys till they bled. "Once the headmaster told me to stand up in assembly and in front of the whole school said, 'This boy is so stupid he will not be coming to Christmas games tomorrow.' I have never totally recovered." To relieve his misery and that of the other boys, he not unsurprisingly made up tales of astounding revenge and retribution.

So how did an unhappy boy, from a privileged background, metamorphose into the creator of Alex Rider, fourteen-year-old spy for
Britain's MI6? Although his childhood permanently damaged him, it also gave him a gift — it provided him with rich source material for his writing career. He found solace in boyhood in the escapism of the James Bond films, he says. He claims that his two sons now watch the James Bond films with the same tremendous enjoyment he did at their age. Bond's glamour translates perfectly to the 14-year-old psyche, the author says. "Bond had his cocktails, the car and the clothes. Kids are just as picky. It's got to be the right Nike trainers
(sneakers), the right skateboard. And I genuinely think that 14-year-olds are the coolest people on the planet. It's this wonderful, golden age, just on the cusp of manhood when everything seems possible."

Alex Rider is unwillingly recruited at the age of fourteen to spy for the British secret service, MI6. Forced into situations that most average adults would find terrifying and probably fatal, young Alex rarely loses his cool although at times he doubts his own courage. Using his intelligence and creativity, and aided by non-lethal gadgets dreamed up by MI6's delightfully eccentric, overweight and disheveled
Smithers, Alex is able to extricate himself from situations when all seems completely lost. What is perhaps more terrifying than the deeply dangerous missions he finds himself engaged in, is the attitude of his handlers at MI6, who view the boy as nothing more than an expendable asset.

The highly successful Alex Rider novels include Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, and the recent Eagle Strike.

Anthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. He has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books,
he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, including Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most
Horrid
. He has written a television series Foyle's War, which recently aired in the United States, and he has written the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. His film script The Gathering has just finished production. And…oh yes…there are more Alex Rider novels in the works. Anthony has also written the Diamond Brothers series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Best horror stories ever!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

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    This sounds like a wierd book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Too freakin awesome!! How is that possible?

    How can something possibly be this awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    Creepy

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    I love this author

    This is the best book of short stories ive ever read, even though they are pretty creepy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Awesome But EXTREMELY Creepy!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Great book but not for squeamish people

    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.

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    Posted August 24, 2011

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