Half-minute Horrors

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Half-minute Horrors
An anthology of very short, scary stories by an assortment of authors and illustrators including Chris Raschka, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, and Lane Smith.
Published: New York : Harper, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0061833797
Branch Call Number: J HAL
Characteristics: 141 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rich, Susan 1969-


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Oct 16, 2014
  • gogglemouse rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book was really fun. I don't know that most of the stories qualify as outright scary, but then, I'm an adult reading a children's book. Some of them are definitely creepy though-- "Something You Ought To Know," "In Hiding," "Tenton," and "Skittering." Especially when you read them aloud by candlelight like two of my friends and I did.

Apr 25, 2013
  • DexDude rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book. It isnt really "scary" I would call it more creepy than anything. The stories are VERY short but also very good. I really enjoyed it.

I didn't find it particularly scary, but that doesn't mean I didn't like it--on the contrary, I quite enjoyed it.

Sep 12, 2011
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great collection of scary short stories-almost vignettes. 1-3 pages, and they all leave you amazed at how they can be so short and yet so creepy.

Jul 07, 2010
  • ddb883 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Love this book! Love it!

Dozens of half-page horror stories by well-known authors. My favorites were by Lemony Snicket, Margaret Atwood, and Neil Gaiman.


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May 15, 2013
  • black_polecat_5 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

black_polecat_5 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Sep 12, 2011
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LocketLibrarian thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Jan 13, 2011
  • Reepicheep rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Many great children's authors, including Lemony Snickett, Kate DiCamillo, Neil Gaiman, and Joyce Carol Oates, contributed a half-minute horror for this anthology. The stories are four pages at most, some a single page, some a paragraph. Some are drawings. They are wonderfully creepy, and told with a great sense of fun, with an emphasis on twist endings and hit-and-run storytelling. They are the kind of stories you'd like to read aloud in the dark, with candles making weird shadows on the wall. Many are like urban legends, and some legends, such as "the vanishing hitchhiker" and "the baby-sitter" are redone here with an orginal twist.


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Jan 13, 2011
  • Reepicheep rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

'“The right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing” is a phrase that refers to times when people ought to know, but don’t know, about something that is happening very close to them. For instance, you ought to know about the man who watches you when you sleep.' --

Lemony Snicket 'Something You Ought to Know'

From the index:

Basements/cellars, 49, 82
Beds, under and around, 4, 49, 68, 85, 89, 94
Blood, 33, 72, 106, 112, 119
Body parts, dismembered, 33, 49, 91, 116
Body parts, unexpected, 24, 50, 102, 117
Children, 19, 57
Clowns, 71, 106
Cobwebs, 44, 106, 123
Dismemberment, 1, 39, 49, 83
Doom, 19, 57, 80, 87, 104, 109
Doors, 7, 12, 14, 17, 19, 20, 26, 40, 44, 49, 57, 59, 70, 75
Fingers/fingernails/hands, 1, 21, 24, 39, 49, 72, 102


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