Suburban Legends: True Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Minivans

Suburban Legends: True Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Minivans

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by Sam Stall
     
 

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It's a Terrible Day in the Neighborhood
 
They told you the suburbs were a great place to live. They said nothing bad could ever happen here.
But they were wrong.
 
This collection of terrifying true stories exposes the dark side of life in the ’burbs—from corpses buried in backyards and ghosts lurking in fast food restaurants…  See more details below

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It's a Terrible Day in the Neighborhood
 
They told you the suburbs were a great place to live. They said nothing bad could ever happen here.
But they were wrong.
 
This collection of terrifying true stories exposes the dark side of life in the ’burbs—from corpses buried in backyards and ghosts lurking in fast food restaurants to UFOs, vanishing persons, bizarre apparitions, and worse. Consider:
 
     •  The Soccer Mom’s Secret. Meet Melinda Raisch of Columbus, Ohio. She’s the wife of a dentist. A mother of three. A PTA member. And she has enough murderous secrets to fill a minivan.
     •  Noise Pollution. More than 100 residents of Kokomo, Indiana, claim their small town is under attack by a low-pitched humming sound that erodes health and sanity. Too bad they’re the only ones who can hear it.
     •  Death Takes a Holiday inn. There’s nothing more reassuring than a big chain hotel in a quaint small town—unless it’s the Holiday Inn of Grand Island, New York, where you’ll spend the night with the spirit of a mischievous little girl.  
 
So lock your doors, dim the lights, and prepare to stay up all night with this creepy collection of true tales. We promise you’ll never look at white picket fences the same way again!

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School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Ghosts at the roadside, UFOs in the attic, beasts in the backyard, soccer moms who murder, cul-de-sacs of carnage-what are the suburbs coming to? Stall's quirky book tells tales that range from eerie events and well-known ghost stories to murder and attempted murder to the more whimsical disappearing lake and the low constant hum that plagues many residents of Kokomo, IN. Some of the stories of phantom apparitions and unexplained phenomena fit the definition of "urban legend." They are a mix of humor and horror. The retellings of murder cases, famous and not so well known, are grim and dark in theme, though the author ends his stories with twists and warnings and title puns lighten the tone. This collection of more than 60 tales, some with photographs, will give readers laughs, shivers, and grounds to reflect that things are not always what they seem to be in quaint, peaceful suburbia.-Susanne Bardelson, Kitsap Regional Library, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594746536
Publisher:
Quirk Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
167,811
File size:
12 MB
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Meet the Author

Sam Stall lives with his wife, Jami, in the quintessentially Middle American town of Indianapolis, Indiana. Their home sits on quiet, tree-lined Primrose Avenue, part of a beautiful suburban area where nothing bad ever happens (except for a low-pitched humming sound that disrupts the sanity of its residents; see "Noise Pollution" in Chapter VII). 

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Suburban Legends: True Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Minivans 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JennaP More than 1 year ago
This was a great quick read for me. It isn't your typical book of short stories. The difference here is that they are all true. Not only are they all true, but they are all sufficiently creepy. The stories collected in this book made me think twice about assuming anything about my seemingly sweet neighbors. I felt myself looking over my shoulder and thinking about how some of these things could certainly be happening in my neighborhood. Out of all these twisted true tales, I enjoyed the stories about the twisted and crazy people out there. Maybe that makes me twisted and crazy too, but I found it interesting to think about what makes people tick.  I breezed over most of the supernatural tales in this collection. They didn't seem as interesting or engaging, but it was cool to think about how these stories of haunted homes and supernatural sightings were reportedly real. Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a fun little read and it was interesting. I would definitely recommend this to readers looking for a good short story collection and an insight into human nature. Sam Stall pulls the curtain back on suburbia and shows us its true hidden nature.
silverarrowknits More than 1 year ago
Just like the blurb suggests, this book is a collection of true stories that range from funny to fairly scary. Most of the stories take place in the suburbs but some of them take place in slightly more rural areas. There are 66 stories in the book (I have to wonder if that was intended or not) and are each less than five pages.  This book is perfect for an October afternoon or evening when you want to curl up in some blankets and scare yourself silly. During the Halloween season, I love reading scary stories that are going to keep me up at night even when I read the book in the afternoon. I enjoyed reading these books; however, some of the tales were fairly gruesome (the events that the Amity Horror movie are based on are discussed). Although some of the tales are a bit, well, horrifying, I didn't feel anything was too over the top in terms of graphic details. At the same time, I wouldn't hand this book to someone who wasn't at least a teenager.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago