More Horowitz Horror [NOOK Book]

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Ever pictured your own funeral? You won’t be able to help it when you read some of the stories in this nightmarish collection, where things are never what they appear. Funerals are just the beginning. How about a day at the beach that ends in a mischievous murder? Or a cell phone that has a direct dial to . . . the dead? From the creator of ...
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Overview

Ever pictured your own funeral? You won’t be able to help it when you read some of the stories in this nightmarish collection, where things are never what they appear. Funerals are just the beginning. How about a day at the beach that ends in a mischievous murder? Or a cell phone that has a direct dial to . . . the dead? From the creator of the blockbuster Alex Rider Adventures and The Diamond Brothers Mysteries comes eight more fantastically frightening tales. Whatever you do, don’t take this book to bed with you!




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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kathie Fitch
Young adults are usually not great fans of short stories, but this Horowitz collection will change their minds. The stories are fast paced and gruesome enough to fascinate even the most reluctant reader. Imagine being a hearing-impaired student whose hearing aid transmits a signal from a teacher who says, "I'm going to murder her," only to find out that the teacher's wife has been stabbed by a mysterious stranger. Think about going on a vacation with an aunt and uncle to Barbados. The uncle wants to work on his tan, and the aunt helps by supplying him with varying degrees of SPF suntan oils. At first, his tan is attractive, but soon it turns into festering sores and flaking skin until he is found dead on the beach from the burns. Imagine the horror when it is discovered that the aunt has actually been rubbing her husband faithfully with vegetable oil for faster frying. Nine riveting short stories will convince any reader that there is a lot more to Horowitz than Alex Rider. The back cover of the book warns, "Whatever you do, don't take this book to bed with you." Readers should heed that advice.
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9
A hearing aid that picks up the thoughts of a murderer. A boy who unwittingly gets into an elevator full of cannibals. A cell phone that receives calls from the dead. A haunted cottage with a deadly curse. These are just a few of the topics covered in the nine spooky stories written by the bestselling author. The selections are more creepy than hide-under-the-covers scary, but each one has a twist that readers will enjoy. This collection is sure to be in demand.
—Michele CapozzellaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101177402
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/5/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 430,366
  • Age range: 10 years
  • File size: 213 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 May 27, 2013

    Thid sucks

    This book was epic but it is the second in the series,the first one had the same stories and i hoped that this would be different but it was just a waste of money

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    This book freaking sucked

    DO NOT buy thid book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Graet bok!

    Tis was a graet bok becase it hade lott off horor amnd it were verry scery butt i runk it nott good bok for litlee chilsreen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2008

    Get it from the library if you really want to read it

    The writing was clunky and obvious. Random character descriptions thrown in, important facts just sort of dropped into the stories in an 'oh, by the way,' style. And none of the stories were terribly original. Especially the last one. I won't spoil it but I'll just say it's been done to death and it's been done better. If you're desperate to get this book save you money and check it out from the library. I'm glad I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2008

    Great book!!!

    this book is really good. it has mostly good stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    Good Buy

    I have to say, this is one of Horowitz's best books. Every single story made me think and they had so many twists and turns. There were a few that weren't so good, but it was still a good book. I liked the last story the most.

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