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Half-minute Horrors

(Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Half-minute Horrors
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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.
Title: Half-minute horrors
Published: New York : Harper, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 141 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.
Notes: Includes index.
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 1 2
Additional Contributors: Rich, Susan - 1969-
ISBN: 0061833797
9780061833793
Branch Call Number: J HAL
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Susan Rich
Subject Headings: Short stories. Horror tales.
Topical Term: Short stories.
Horror tales.
LCCN: 2009018293
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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.

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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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