Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874834086
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: American Storytelling Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 1,298,176
  • Age range: 10 - 18 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    original scary stories for summer camp

    My daughter's girl scout troup took this book to camp and they loved it. Not re-hashed stories, but well-honed original tales, they are scary enough to satisfy fifth graders

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