Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You Never Read

Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You Never Read

by Anthony Horowitz
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Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You Never Read by Anthony Horowitz

Welcome to a world where everything seems normal. At least, at first. But the sinister and truly terrifying lurk just beneath the surface. Like a bathtub with a history so haunted, no one dares get in it. . . or an ordinary-looking camera that does unspeakable things to its subjects. . .or a mysterious computer game that has terrible consequences if you lose. . . .

From the creator of the blockbuster Alex Rider Adventures and The Diamond Brothers Mysteries, Horowitz Horror is a wicked collection of macabre tales sure to send shivers up your spine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101177396
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/17/2006
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 994,973
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
File size: 334 KB
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm. Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded by servants and chauffeurs. His father, a wealthy businessman, was, says Mr. Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson." What that means exactly is unclear — "My father was a very secretive man," he says— so an aura of suspicion and mystery surrounds both the word and the man. As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's father, threatened with bankruptcy, withdrew all of his money from Swiss bank accounts in Zurich and deposited it in another account under a false name and then promptly died. His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found. That too shaped Anthony's view of things. Today he says, "I think the only thing to do with money is spend it." His mother, whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. His grandmother, another Dickensian character, was mean-spirited and malevolent, a destructive force in his life. She was, he says, "a truly evil person", his first and worst arch villain. "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls.

A miserably unhappy and overweight child, Anthony had nowhere to turn for solace. "Family meals," he recalls, "had calories running into the thousands…. I was an astoundingly large, round child…." At the age of eight he was sent off to boarding school, a standard practice of the times and class in which he was raised. While being away from home came as an enormous relief, the school itself, Orley Farm, was a grand guignol horror with a headmaster who flogged the boys till they bled. "Once the headmaster told me to stand up in assembly and in front of the whole school said, 'This boy is so stupid he will not be coming to Christmas games tomorrow.' I have never totally recovered." To relieve his misery and that of the other boys, he not unsurprisingly made up tales of astounding revenge and retribution.

So how did an unhappy boy, from a privileged background, metamorphose into the creator of Alex Rider, fourteen-year-old spy for Britain's MI6? Although his childhood permanently damaged him, it also gave him a gift — it provided him with rich source material for his writing career. He found solace in boyhood in the escapism of the James Bond films, he says. He claims that his two sons now watch the James Bond films with the same tremendous enjoyment he did at their age. Bond's glamour translates perfectly to the 14-year-old psyche, the author says. "Bond had his cocktails, the car and the clothes. Kids are just as picky. It's got to be the right Nike trainers (sneakers), the right skateboard. And I genuinely think that 14-year-olds are the coolest people on the planet. It's this wonderful, golden age, just on the cusp of manhood when everything seems possible."

Alex Rider is unwillingly recruited at the age of fourteen to spy for the British secret service, MI6. Forced into situations that most average adults would find terrifying and probably fatal, young Alex rarely loses his cool although at times he doubts his own courage. Using his intelligence and creativity, and aided by non-lethal gadgets dreamed up by MI6's delightfully eccentric, overweight and disheveled Smithers, Alex is able to extricate himself from situations when all seems completely lost. What is perhaps more terrifying than the deeply dangerous missions he finds himself engaged in, is the attitude of his handlers at MI6, who view the boy as nothing more than an expendable asset.

The highly successful Alex Rider novels include Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, and the recent Eagle Strike.

Anthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. He has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, including Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most Horrid. He has written a television series Foyle's War, which recently aired in the United States, and he has written the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. His film script The Gathering has just finished production. And…oh yes…there are more Alex Rider novels in the works. Anthony has also written the Diamond Brothers series.

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Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You Never Read 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Jason Kim More than 1 year ago
Ok first of all, this book.is a rip off. They say scary stories you'll never want to read. Yeah i didn't want to read it. Why? Because it sucked so much. It wasnt scary at all amd none of these stories are interesting. I mean really? $11 for a 110 paged book, thats just a rip off. I would not gwt this book. No matter how imcredible Anthony Horowitz is, this is one of those things called a 'rip off'
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, only four or five out of the stories made sense. Those were Bath Night, Killer Camera, Harriet's Horibble Dream, The Man With The Yellow Face, and The Monkey's Ear. Some phrases in the book are not meant for young chidren to read. Some of the stories were so stupid I don't even know why I read them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its short because its in the short stort catagory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok its not that scary but it is really cool. If u dont like it read ravens gate . That series is freakin awesome AND its scary AND violent
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BlackMagicWoman74 More than 1 year ago
This book is not horror. It was more like the kind of stories 12 and 13 year old tell at sleep overs. It was horrible Don't waste your money or your time.
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ok haters dont get mad but i like this book it scary enough for a tween like me but haters unless ur like my age pleeez dont hate
paula schuster More than 1 year ago
I thought it would have a lot more pages in the sample. 7 pages????????? Really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????? Can't you get it CHEAPER!!!!!!!! GRRRRR......RRRRR Otherwise, it looks okay. $13.00??????!!!!!!!!!!!??????????? Argh!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome book kinda scary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that it would be a good book but it's not even scary
Guest More than 1 year ago
The stories are dumb and not scary at all. They have no point and they didn't give me even one thrill of fear like Stephen King's books do. Don't buy them.
Jordan Pfeil More than 1 year ago
the last comate i posted i thought i posted on more horowitz horror sorry but this book is still really good. ~Anthony Horowitz fan #1
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. Obviously not for younger children, but still a great piece of writing. The stories are scary, but not enough to give you nightmares or anything. This is one of my personal favorites. I enjoy these kinds of books.
Jacob Reed More than 1 year ago