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More traditional and modern-day stories of ghosts, witches, vampires, "jump" stories, and scary songs.
One morning John Sullivan found himself walking along a street downtown. He could not explain what he was doing there, or how he got there, or where he had been earlier. He didn't even know what time it was.
He saw a woman walking toward him and stopped her. "I'm afraid I forgot my watch," he said, and smiled. "Can you tell me the time?" When she saw him, she screamed and ran.
Then John Sullivan noticed that other people were afraid of him. When they saw him coming, they flattened themselves against a building, or ran across the street to stay out of his way.
"There must be something wrong with me," John Sullivan thought. "I'd better go home."
He hailed a taxi, but the driver took one look at him and sped away.
John Sullivan did not understand what was going on, and it scared him. "Maybe somebody at home can come and get me," he thought. He found a telephone and called his wife, but a voice he did not recognize answered.
"Is Mrs. Sullivan there?" he asked.
"No, she is at a funeral," the voice said. "Mr. Sullivan was killed yesterday in an accident downtown."
Fred and Jeanne went to the same high school, but they met for the first time at the Christmas dance. Fred had come by himself, and so had Jeanne. Soon Fred decided that Jeanne was one of the nicest girls he had ever met. They danced together most of the evening.
At eleven o'clock Jeanne said, "I have to leave now. Can you give me a ride?"
"Sure," he said. "I've got to go home, too."
"I accidentally drove my car into a tree on my way over here," Jeanne said. "Iguess I wasn't paying attention. "
Fred drove her to the head of Brady Road. It was in a neighborhood he didn't know very well.
"Why don't you drop me off here," Jeanne said. "The road up ahead is in really bad condition. I can walk from here. "
Fred stopped the car and held out some tinsel. "Have some," he said. "I got it at the dance."
"Thank you," she said. "I'll put it in my hair," and she did.
"Would you like to go out sometime, to a movie or something?" Fred asked.
"That would be fun," Jeanne said.
After Fred drove off, he realized that he did not know Jeanne's last name or her telephone number. "I'll go back," he thought. "The road can't be that bad."
He drove slowly down Brady Road through a thick woods, but there wasn't a sign of Jeanne. As he came around a curve, he saw the wreckage of a car ahead. It had crashed into a tree and had caught fire. Smoke was still rising from it.
As Fred made his way to the car, he could see someone trapped inside, crushed against the steering column.
It was Jeanne. In her hair was the Christmas tinsel he had given her.More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. Copyright © by Alvin Schwartz. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Posted March 15, 2014
I got this book when I was a child (like 20ish years ago) I used to read it to my younger siblings and it a;ways scared the bajebers out of us, I forgot what the
title was until recently and cannot wait to add it to my scary stories collection now that i'm an adult and as soon as my kids are ready and willing to be scared,
I will def be reading this to them. :-D
Posted October 19, 2011
This book is interesting.It makes you want to read more.The book is awesome.In one of the stories fishermen stay into a haunted house and they hear moaning and ladies screaming,Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2011
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Posted September 1, 2007
I used to not like these books when I was younger, but I always wanted relatives to read them to me...even on Christmas! Now I like them and find them not as scary as they used to be. I always ended up checking them out from my school library numerous times. Even if your a religious person, its okay to read them. I once went to a private school and they had books like these (I think they still have them too). These stories are just for fun and amusement. Love em!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 6, 2007
Okay I've read this stuff since I was in 2nd grade. It's great! Even if you are a christian or any religion (which I am) it's good. Be careful not to let your kids read it if they are under 10 there's some etchy stuff. When I was a kid I had lots of nightmares cause of it. But It's great writing will give you goosebumps and be sure to pick one up!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 11, 2007
I think the Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark Series is the cooles ever. I am a middle schooler and I have picked book #1 up first in 2nd Grade. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I have read the whole collection, (books 1, 2, 3) and I am astounded that they didn't make a fourth one. I think that calling this book the DEVIL is really unnecassary, for the fact that a kid WANTS to read something like this.. or at least I do. Good if you are bored, with friends, or just want to be spooked, you know? I love these books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 16, 2006
I have loved this series since the second grade. I am now a high school senior and I still pick these books up and read them cover to cover. I have read reviews from others including one that insinuates the opinion of these books being the devil. I believe that's a little harsh, kids just want to be kids and that means not being able sleep for a couple days. I read this when I was seven years old and I love this series to this day. Recommended to anyone who WANTS to be scared.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2006
good creepy fun, for those who love scary stories , you will laugh, and be scared, some our a little humorous others just plain creepy it's great for halloween or just to tell a scary story ! halloween is the greastest holiday , and this book is for it !Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2005
This book is one of the worst books I have ever seen for children. My son is 9 years old and he and some of his classmates read this book from his room at school. I was very upset that anything of this nature exist to elementary children in schools. He read some of the book 3 weeks ago and hasn't slept but a few hours each night since. I've talked to other parents and he's not the only one. Beware of inviting the devil into your home. I'm a christian and I'm very upest to learn that my son can get hold of something like this at school.
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Posted September 1, 2003
I loved reading this book. recieved it when i was 13 and now I am 23. I looked for it because it was the best scary book i have ever read.I am going to pass it down to my childrenWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 22, 2002
This book was one of the scariest books I ever read. I enjoyed reading every story in the book. It's great for camping trips and sleep overs. I bring it with me on my family camping trips to scare my sister and cousins. My sister read it to her friends during a girls sleep over and she agrees that it's the scariest book ever. Just remember when you read it keep a light on and beware of the stories your about to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted April 10, 2000
Like the first book, this contains collected stories from ancient and modern folklore. Very terrifying some of them even to a disturbing point. Not as great as the first but a five star book nonetheless.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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