Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales

Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales

by Roberta Simpson Brown
     
 

Twenty-three original, horrific tales of vengeful spirits and nefarious supernatural creatures are made all the more sinister by comfortable, contemporary settings. Innocent beginnings a tiny spot of blood on a hand-embroidered pillowcase, a summer camper's prank played on his counselor, and a hotel night clerk's failure to place a wake-up call all result in

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Twenty-three original, horrific tales of vengeful spirits and nefarious supernatural creatures are made all the more sinister by comfortable, contemporary settings. Innocent beginnings a tiny spot of blood on a hand-embroidered pillowcase, a summer camper's prank played on his counselor, and a hotel night clerk's failure to place a wake-up call all result in surprising and chilling endings. But what else would one expect from a writer proclaimed the Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The ghosts of murder victims return to finger their killers and violently avenge their deaths; nature takes on ominous tones in the hooting of an owl, the nighttime crashing of waves on the shore, or the petals of a dying rose; and fate never fails to administer a righteous justice in this collection of 23 contemporary horror stories. Brown ( The Walking Trees ), a professional storyteller who lists National Public Radio among her performing credits, deftly retains an oral quality in these short tales. Her quirky imagination and macabre sense of humor lead the reader on eerie, atavistic journeys, sometimes concluding with an O. Henry-like twist. While the stories lose a bit of their effectiveness on paper, they are tailor-made for reading aloud--on nights, say, when the moon is hidden and unknown things are bumping about. (Aug.)
Janice Del Negro
These 23 tales will fill the bill when young adult patrons ask, "Don't you have anything really scary?" Creepy and gory, the selections skirt sensationalism as they tell of vengeful ghosts, murderous neighbors, and supernatural critters up to no good. From young campers lost during a cave exploration to a second wife who discovers the awful truth about the disappearance of wife number one, Brown runs a gruesome gamut. A page-turner from the outset, this is certain to be popular with camp counselors and storytellers looking for a surefire shiver.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874833324
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Series:
American Storytelling Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.79(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
10 - 18 Years

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