Prom Nights from Hell

Prom Nights from Hell

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ISBN-13: 9780061253096
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/10/2007
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Stephenie Meyer, author of the bestselling Twilight and New Moon, graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature. She lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona.

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; Every Which Way But Dead; A Fistful of Charms; For a Few Demons More; The Outlaw Demon Wails; White Witch, Black Curse; Black Magic Sanction; Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, Ever After, and The Undead Pool, plus the short story collection Into the Woods, The Hollows Insider and graphic novels Blood Work and Blood Crime. She also writes the Madison Avery series for young adults.

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction The Princess Diaries and The Mediator series. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Lauren Myracle has written many books for tweens and teens, including the bestselling Winnie Years series and the Flower Power series. She lives with her family in Colorado, and she thinks life is the most magical adventure of all. www.laurenmyracle.com

Michele Jaffe is the author of Bad Kitty, Kitty Kitty, and the mangas Bad Kitty: Catnipped and Bad Kitty: Catnapped as well as several adult novels, including the thrillers Bad Girl and Loverboy. After getting her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard, she retired from academia and decided to become an FBI special agent or glamorous showgirl but somehow ended up writing. A native of Los Angeles, CA, Michele and her sparkly shoes reside in New York City.

Hometown:

Phoenix, Arizona

Date of Birth:

December 24, 1973

Place of Birth:

Hartford, Connecticut

Education:

Brigham Young University, Bachelor's in English.

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Prom Nights from Hell

Chapter One

Mary

The music is pounding in time to my heartbeat. I can feel the bass in my chest—badoom, badoom. It's hard to see across the room of writhing bodies, especially with the fog from the dry ice, and the flickering light show coming down from the club's industrial ceiling overhead.

But I know he's here. I can feel him.

Which is why I'm grateful for the bodies grinding against one another all around me. They're keeping me hidden from his view—and from his senses. Otherwise he'd have smelled me coming by now. They can detect the scent of fear from yards away.

Not that I'm scared. Because I'm not.

Well. Maybe a little.

But I have my Excalibur Vixen crossbow 285 FPS with me, with a twenty-inch-long Easton XX75 (the tip, formerly gold, now replaced with hand-carved ash) already cocked and ready to be released at the merest pressure from my finger.

He'll never know what hit him.

And, hopefully, neither will she.

The important thing is to get a clean shot—which won't be easy in this crowd—and to make it count. I'll probably only get one chance to shoot. Either I'll hit the target . . . or he'll hit me.

"Always aim for the chest," Mom used to say. "It's the largest part of the body, and the spot you're least likely to miss. Of course, you're more likely to kill than wound if you aim for the chest rather than the thigh or arm . . . but what do you want to wound for, anyway? The point is to take 'em down."

Which is what I'm here to do tonight. Take 'im down.

Lila will hate me, ofcourse, if she figures out what really happened . . . and that it was me who did it.

But what does she expect? She can't think that I'm just going to sit idly by and watch her throw her life away.

"I met this guy," she'd gushed at lunch today, while we were standing in line for the salad bar. "Oh my God, Mary, you wouldn't believe how cute he is. His name's Sebastian. He's got the bluest eyes you've ever seen."

The thing about Lila that a lot of people don't get is that beneath that—let's face it—slutty exterior beats the heart of a truly loyal friend. Unlike the rest of the girls at Saint Eligius, Lila's never pulled an attitude with me about the fact that my dad's not a CEO or plastic surgeon.

And yeah, okay, I have to tune out about three-fourths of what she says because most of it is stuff that I have no interest in—like how much she paid for her Prada tote at the end-of-season clearance sale at Saks, and what kind of tramp stamp she's thinking about getting next time she's in Cancún.

But this caught my attention.

"Lila," I said. "What about Ted?"

Because Ted's all Lila has talked about for the past year, ever since he finally got up the guts to ask her out. Well, I mean, all she's talked about besides the Prada sales and back tattoos.

"Oh, that's over," Lila said, reaching for the lettuce tongs. "Sebastian's taking me clubbing tonight—at Swig. He says he can get us in—he's on the VIP list."

It wasn't the fact that this guy, whoever he was, claimed to be on the VIP list of the newest and most exclusive club in downtown Manhattan that caused the hairs on the back of my neck to rise. Don't get me wrong—Lila's beautiful. If anyone is going to be ap-proached by a random stranger who happens to be on the most sought-after VIP list in town, it would be Lila.

It was the thing about Ted that got to me. Because Lila adores Ted. They're the quintessentially perfect high school couple. She's gorgeous, he's a star athlete . . . it's a match made in teen heaven.

Which is why what she was telling me did not compute.

"Lila, how can you say it's over between you and Ted?" I demanded. "You two have been going out forever"—or at least since I arrived at Saint Eligius Prep in September, where Lila was the first (and, to date, pretty much the only) girl in any of my classes to actually speak to me—"and it's the prom this weekend."

"I know," Lila said, with a happy sigh. "Sebastian's taking me."

"Seb—"

That's when I knew. I mean, really knew.

"Lila," I said. "Look at me."

Lila looked down at me—I'm small. But, as Mom used to say, I'm fast—and I saw it at once. What I should have seen from the beginning, that ever-so-slightly glazed expression—the dull eyes . . . the soft lips—that I've come to know so well over the years.

I couldn't believe it. He'd gotten to my best friend. My only friend.

Well. What was I supposed to do? Sit back and let him take her?

Not this time.

You'd think seeing a girl with a crossbow on the dance floor of Manhattan's hottest new club would maybe generate a comment or two. But it is Manhattan, after all. Besides, everyone is having too good a time to notice me. Even—

Oh God. It's him. I can't believe I'm finally seeing him in the flesh. . . .

Well, his son, anyway.

He's more handsome than I ever imagined. Golden-haired and blue-eyed, with movie star–perfect lips and shoulders a mile wide. He's tall, too—although most guys are tall—compared with me.

Still, if he is anything like his father, well, then, I get it. I finally get it.

I guess. I still don't—

Oh God. He's sensed my gaze. He's turning this way—

It's now or never. I raise my bow:

Good-bye, Sebastian Drake. Good-bye forever.

But just as I have the bright white triangle of his shirt front in my scope, something unbelievable happens: A bright bloom of cherry red appears exactly where I've been aiming.

Prom Nights from Hell. Copyright © by Meg Cabot. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Prom Nights from Hell 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 236 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
What do you get when five great authors come together to create a paranormal prom anthology? In a word - greatness!

Meg Cabot starts off the collection with THE EXTERMINATOR'S DAUGHTER. When Mary shows up at Swig, an exclusive VIP club in Manhattan, it's not to socialize. No, she's on a mission to take out Sebastian Drake -- and by take out, I mean kill him with a crossbow. But when Adam, a fellow student at Saint Eligius, takes his own potshots at the dreaded Sebastian, things get a lot more interesting.

Lauren Myracle, the author of THE CORSAGE, has written what is probably the saddest, and creepiest, story of the bunch. All Frankie wants is for her best guy friend, Will, to realize that it's his destiny to ask her to the prom. To accomplish that goal, she drags Will and her other best friend, Yun Sun, to visit Madame Zanzibar, a fortune-teller. She's sure that Madame Z will proclaim that Will is her one true love, and that will be that. But the psychic is short on information, but does end up grudgingly handing over to Frankie a dried up old corsage, which she says will grant her three wishes. Over the next couple of days, however, Frankie will come to realize that she'll have to make some requests that she never in her wildest dreams would have thought of making.

MADISON AVERY AND THE DIM REAPER by Kim Harrison is the longest story in the group, and the most involved. When Madison ends up at the costume prom with a dud date, she's surprised to find one guy who can pick up the slack. Seth isn't like anyone she's ever met before. Unfortunately, before too long she'll find out why that is, and the picture it paints isn't pretty. There are deaths, white reapers, black reapers, grim reapers, and odd amulets. I really liked this story, and would be happy to see more of these characters in the future.

Michele Jaffe's story, KISS AND TELL, was by far my favorite. Miranda has a secret. Not only is she a student and a part-time driver/chaeffeur, but she also fights crime in her spare time. It turns out Miranda has special abilities that allow her to do things most regular teens can't do -- like, say, knock over a lamppost just by leaning on it. This particular day turns out to be stranger than the norm, though, when she picks up young Sibby Cumean, a strange girl who has an even stranger habit of kissing every boy she can find. When weird things start happening, Miranda's day turns into an action-adventure movie beyond anything she could have expected. I LOVED this story, and I HAVE to read more about Miranda and Sibby in the future! Yes, Ms. Jaffe, that's me begging!!

Last but not least is HELL ON EARTH by Stephenie Meyer. This is the story of Sheba, a demon on earth who loves bringing misery to others. Her plan is working pretty well, too, because nearly everyone at the prom is having a downright horrible time. Everyone, that is, except for Gabe, who seems not just happy but serene. By the time Sheba can figure out what's happening, it's too late, and prom just might end up having a happy ending after all.

PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL is a great paranormal anthology that teens and adults alike will enjoy. I highly recommend picking up a copy today!
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I happen to like these books that bring a bunch of popular writers together and they each do short stores on a similar subject. The great thing is I found out thru this book that I really wanted to get one of Kim Harrison's novels because the prequel to it is one of the stories here. The stories are all short, but really well written and they all have a great take on prom. Too bad my prom isnt going to have any vampires or demon's creating havoc. Oh well, a girl can dream cant she? Great if you want a something quick to read, but the stories really do hold your interest. Plus Stephanie Meyer's story has nothing to do with Twilight and is really entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a short fun and all around romantic read. I find it amazing because im forever looking for new authors to read books by. With this i can smple a little bit of work from a lot of people. So now i have new authors to check. All the stories were intresting and contained an engaging plot. My only complaint is that i belive the book cost to much.
librachic More than 1 year ago
A good and quick read,I was attracted to the themes of prom which i am sure every girl is,Each story was unique with a twist but i felt all the stories were vague and only Stephenie Meyer's "Hell on Earth had dept but that does not mean the other stories were bad,A good read for that will not make you think too much and ponder also perfect for the beach.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm assuming it is just a reprint of the one that came out in 2007. If you compare the synopsis.
Michelle Hurtado More than 1 year ago
This book is so good!!!!!:)
Emma Linares More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!! read bbout four times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i'm not that sure. i read a few of the "teaser chapters" in look inside, and they seem like continuations. the first copy from 07 ended like it would be a series, but idk. they're the same length, so i guess the only way to be sure is to go to the store and check it out.
craftychick More than 1 year ago
I had no idea that Stephenie Meyer had anything besides Twilight Saga and The Host published. And I just happened to come accross this book looking at a 3rd party website. So of course I had to run out and get it. I admit I didn't read it in order of the stories. I read Stephenie Meyers story first. It is what made me buy the book after all. I loved her story. Some of the others I didn't care for so much. But I love short story books and this is deffinitely a good one. It's worth owning it.
Janae More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Meg Cabot (which is the reason I read it). I really loved her story: It was short, funny, and cute. Lauren Myracle was good and even more so if you know the story "Monkey's Paw". I felt like Michele Jaffe and Kim Harrison's stories were exciting but a little long for a short story. Stephenie Meyer's story seemed like it had something going for it but than it just got a little confusing with all the point of views of characters. But if you want to read some fun stories go head and pick this up.
dbhutch on LibraryThing 6 months ago
This is a very good book of five short stories all of prom nights. Each on is very different and told from different angles.
McNerney on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Really only liked the Jaffe story "Kiss and Tell". The rest were pretty predictable.
jennyriley on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I didn't get anything out of reading the short stories and found all of them very predictable. It was more bland to read than it was interesting.
4sarad on LibraryThing 6 months ago
What a terrible book! I love girly stories that involve things like prom and I love horror/supernatural stories... but this book was just bad. Most of the stories read like the first chapter or two of a book that they just didn't bother to end. Truly awful. This book really wasn't worth the time.
stephxsu on LibraryThing 6 months ago
A group of teen chick lit¿s greatest writers come together for this altogether unique and interesting collection of short stories¿not about perfect, normal proms, oh no, but ones that have been interrupted by, shall we say, the paranormal.A vampire exterminator rushes to save her friend from her enemy¿s evil clutches. A magic corsage delivers wishes gone wrong to a group of friends. A girl is killed by the grim reaper at her prom, which also happens to be her seventeenth birthday. Two very special girls with clashing personalities must stick together to outwit the people who are after them. And angels and demons show up at one school¿s prom.The five stories in this collection delight fans of books such as TWILIGHT¿whose author, by the way, is one of the contributors to this short story collection. All the stories are interesting, amusing, and leave you wanting more.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing 6 months ago
When I saw which authors were in this book I could not resist picking it up. Two of the stories lived up to my expectations and two did not. I found Myracle's and Jaffe's stories to be a little predictable and not very engaging. Cabot's story was pretty good and I did enjoy Harrison's and Meyer's stories and hope to read more. I heard that Harrison's book Once Dead, Twice Shy expands on this short story so I cannot wait to pick that up and see what happens to Madison. I am hoping at some point Meyer will also write a book that expands on her short story. Over all this was a quick read and if you are short on time I would recommend just skipping to Harrison's and Meyer's stories.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Loved these stories, every single one of them. I picked it up because Kim Harrison had a story in it, and found myself completely engrossed in all of the tales.
lalalibrarian on LibraryThing 6 months ago
5 short stories by some of my favorite YA authors...Meg Cabot, Stephenie Myers, Lauren Myracle...and then two others I hadn't heard of but enjoyed: Kim Harrison and Michele Jaffe. All the stories were great, but I think I enjoyed Stephenie Myers' story best: Hell on Earth, which is about a demon who is trying to destroy a prom by manipulating people through mind control. She's ultimately thwarted by a nice boy at prom with special powers of his own... very fun book.
midnighttwilight101 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Prom Nights From Hell is a collection of supernatural prom stories written by some of the most amazing authors ever. Meg Cabot, Stephenie Meyer, Kim Harrison, and Lauren Myracle came together to write some of the best stories I¿ve ever read. The only thing I didn¿t like was I wanted some of those short stories to continue!
DF1A_ChristieR on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Five of your favorite teen authors have teamed up to produce a set of short stories about proms gone supernaturally, horribly wrong. While you're concerned about shoes matching your purse, the girls in these stories are worried about crossbows and vampires, zombie dates who've been dead for weeks, and a devil in a red dress who causes chaos by snapping high heels and breaking up couples. This was a funny collection of stories. I liked it.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I picked up this collection of prom-based horror stories because it contains a story by Kim Harrison, whose Hollows series I particularly enjoy. This collection is entertaining, if not particularly great, although I was disappointed with the Kim Harrison story, which seems to end abruptly mid-plot. In general, the other stories were more fun than I thought they would be, and the last story in the collection was particularly interesting. A good Halloween-season read.
TZacek on LibraryThing 6 months ago
An awesome collection of short stories from a wealth of popular authors, Prom Nights from Hell takes the proverbial ¿best night of your life¿ in high school and turns it into a batch of¿ well¿ Hell. Meg Cabot gives us Mary, the vampire hunter who makes Buffy look like Barbie and she is hunting, get this, Dracula¿s son! Stephanie Meyer (yes the Stephanie Meyer) gives us a battle of good and evil between Gabe (a play on the angel Gabriel, maybe?) and Sheba, who gets pleasure in causing pain. Kim Harrison shows us Madison and her fateful drive him from the prom after being rude to her date. Lauren Myracle gives us the incredibly creepy voodoo tale and gives chills to the age-old adage of ¿be careful what you wish for.¿ Finally, Michelle Jaffe provides the complicated and super violent super hero tale, with Miranda Kiss kicking butt and taking names the whole way through. Here my bloodlust was satisfied where Twilight left me high and dry. Yes, Stephanie Meyer still has her dreamy and ethereal male protagonist, but what a nice little good versus evil story, without all the unnecessary swooning. Myracle and Cabot step out of their traditional roles, and do quite the job of it. Myracle came a long way from her TTFN, TTYL, and L8R G8R books, though after Prom Nights, she expanded her horror span with Bliss, which I haven¿t yet read. And Meg Cabot really came a long way from her fun female fluff books mostly about girls coming of age in interesting circumstances. This was the first time encountering Michelle Jaffe¿s writing but there wasn¿t a story in here I didn¿t like and hers was no exception.
kayceel on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Each story tells a different `scary¿ prom night story. Vampires, a Monkey¿s Paw tribute, grim reapers, prophets & superheroes and demon vs. angels sum `em up. I enjoyed Jaffe¿s the most ¿ funny and interesting without being sappy and/or treacly¿
DivyaL. on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I bought this book in a bookstore in the Chicago International Airport. Throughout the flight, this book kept me enthralled with its amazing short-stories by well known authors.
tammychristine on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I bought this to read the Stephenie Meyer story. It was not up to the standards set by her previous books. The Kim Harrison story was okay but not as good as her "grown-up" books. I didn't read the other stories.