The Big Book of Horror: 21 Tales to Make You Tremble

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These chillingly illustrated tales deliver shivery pleasure for brave young readers willing to confront murderers, body snatchers, madmen, and other creatures of the night. What terror lurks on these pages, with their eerie, unsettling art, filled with dark shadows and distorted lines? In Guy de Maupassant’s “The Hand,” a hunter proudly displays a gruesome trophy from a manhunt…until the trophy decides to take revenge. The hero of Le Fanu’s “Sir Dominick’s Bargain” makes a deal with the devil: all goes well until...
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Overview

These chillingly illustrated tales deliver shivery pleasure for brave young readers willing to confront murderers, body snatchers, madmen, and other creatures of the night. What terror lurks on these pages, with their eerie, unsettling art, filled with dark shadows and distorted lines? In Guy de Maupassant’s “The Hand,” a hunter proudly displays a gruesome trophy from a manhunt…until the trophy decides to take revenge. The hero of Le Fanu’s “Sir Dominick’s Bargain” makes a deal with the devil: all goes well until the day the devil returns to claim his half of the bargain…
With stories by such classic writers as Poe, Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson and many others, it’s the perfect Halloween collection for fearless kids.
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Children's Literature - Ginjer L. Clarke
This large collection of scary short stories is sure to keep young readers (not the faint-hearted or those prone to nightmares) on the edge of their seats, and will introduce them to excellent authors they probably have not heard of before. Among the many standard Poe tales are more unusual selections by Charles Dickens, Guy de Maupassant, and Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as other lesser known 18th- and 19th-century writers, all of whose short biographies are presented as epitaphs on the final pages. The tales are divided into four themed sections—"Death," "Disease and Madness," "The Power of the Mind," and "Evil"—with short introductions for each part. Rodriguez's illustrations match the feel of the book by using strange shadows, hard lines, and odd colors. Some of the paintings even have the etched, blocky contrast look of woodcuts.
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Gr 4-6
These adaptations are sure to be a hit with readers. Divided into four sections-"Death," "Disease and Madness," "The Power of the Mind," and "Evil"-the selections by master storytellers such as Poe, de Maupassant, Dickens, and Stevenson entertain with a simplicity that belies the horror within. Abridged in length to three or four pages, the stories are illustrated with Rodríguez's stylized cartoons that convey appropriate amounts of darkness and humor. A solid choice that will entice reluctant readers and make for entertaining read-alouds.
—Kathleen A. NesterCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781402738609
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years

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