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Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You Never Read

Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You Never Read

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by Anthony Horowitz

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Welcome to a world where everything seems normal. At least, at first. But the sinister and truly terrifying lurk just beneath the surface. Like a bathtub with a history so haunted, no one dares get in it. . . or an ordinary-looking camera that does unspeakable things to its subjects. . .or a mysterious computer game that has terrible consequences if you lose. . . .


Welcome to a world where everything seems normal. At least, at first. But the sinister and truly terrifying lurk just beneath the surface. Like a bathtub with a history so haunted, no one dares get in it. . . or an ordinary-looking camera that does unspeakable things to its subjects. . .or a mysterious computer game that has terrible consequences if you lose. . . .

From the creator of the blockbuster Alex Rider Adventures and The Diamond Brothers Mysteries, Horowitz Horror is a wicked collection of macabre tales sure to send shivers up your spine.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Not to be read before bedtime, Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You Never Read, nine terrifying tales from Alex Rider creator Anthony Horowitz, are mostly set against the all-too-real horror of familial tension. From a cursed bathtub, to a seemingly possessed computer belonging to a dead man and given to a girl by her father, and a more exotic tale of a monkey's ear that grants dangerous wishes, this paper-over-board collection will keep kids up all night... wishing for daylight. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
This book of wicked and strange short stories will bring fear and suspense into the lives of all who read it. Do not to open this book up and start to read if there is a tremendous thunderstorm exploding outside or if you find yourself alone in bed and the lights start to flicker off and on. Creepy things happen in this book. Harmless inanimate objects such as computers, bath tubs, and cameras bring horror and evil to the lives of the characters. Weird message appear on computer scenes. Characters die bizarre and unusual deaths. Nasty children disappear and are never found again in their true form. Look for evil at every corner and expect the unexpected as the reader turns the pages. The author, Anthony Horowitz, either has a depraved sense of humor or the most creative imagination on this earth. Of course, he could have both. This chapter book made an adult like me look at the world in a different way. I began to believe that soaking in the bath tub could leave me speechless and insane. Who would have thought that a delicious and succulent meal could be created from a rotten child? I would not recommend this book for younger readers because of the intense and mature content. I would put it in any library where readers are seeking a world of strange fantasy.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Bathtubs dripping with blood, a monkey's ear instead of a monkey's paw, a cannibalistic chef looking for new ingredients, and a camera that kills the subject of its photographs are some of the elements in these selections. While the stories probably won't make most readers want to sleep with the lights on, they have their own brand of creepiness. As with most short-story collections, this one is uneven, and the book will appeal mainly because of the author. However, it lacks the sophistication of truly horrifying horror.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Meet the Author

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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Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You Never Read 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Jason Kim More than 1 year ago
Ok first of all, this book.is a rip off. They say scary stories you'll never want to read. Yeah i didn't want to read it. Why? Because it sucked so much. It wasnt scary at all amd none of these stories are interesting. I mean really? $11 for a 110 paged book, thats just a rip off. I would not gwt this book. No matter how imcredible Anthony Horowitz is, this is one of those things called a 'rip off'
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, only four or five out of the stories made sense. Those were Bath Night, Killer Camera, Harriet's Horibble Dream, The Man With The Yellow Face, and The Monkey's Ear. Some phrases in the book are not meant for young chidren to read. Some of the stories were so stupid I don't even know why I read them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its short because its in the short stort catagory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok its not that scary but it is really cool. If u dont like it read ravens gate . That series is freakin awesome AND its scary AND violent
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BlackMagicWoman74 More than 1 year ago
This book is not horror. It was more like the kind of stories 12 and 13 year old tell at sleep overs. It was horrible Don't waste your money or your time.
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ok haters dont get mad but i like this book it scary enough for a tween like me but haters unless ur like my age pleeez dont hate
paula schuster More than 1 year ago
I thought it would have a lot more pages in the sample. 7 pages????????? Really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????? Can't you get it CHEAPER!!!!!!!! GRRRRR......RRRRR Otherwise, it looks okay. $13.00??????!!!!!!!!!!!??????????? Argh!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome book kinda scary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that it would be a good book but it's not even scary
Guest More than 1 year ago
The stories are dumb and not scary at all. They have no point and they didn't give me even one thrill of fear like Stephen King's books do. Don't buy them.
Jordan Pfeil More than 1 year ago
the last comate i posted i thought i posted on more horowitz horror sorry but this book is still really good. ~Anthony Horowitz fan #1
Joanna Chase More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. Obviously not for younger children, but still a great piece of writing. The stories are scary, but not enough to give you nightmares or anything. This is one of my personal favorites. I enjoy these kinds of books.
Jacob Reed More than 1 year ago