Illustrated by Barry Moser
This is a book of short stories compiled of different authors. There are twenty stories in all. This is the first time I have read a book of short stories by different authors, and I am so very glad I did! It made me want to read more of this kind. I found quite a few new authors that I want to read more of, and several scary stories that I really liked, although I didn’t like all of them. There weren’t any that I found awful, but I definitely had favorites and some that I didn’t care for.
My favorites were:
Kittens by Dean Koontz
The Bus-Conductor by E.F. Benson
The Terrible Old Man by H. P. Lovecraft
John Charrington’s Wedding by E. Nesbit
The Furnished Room by O. Henry
The Man Upstairs by Ray Bradbury
The Music on the Hill by Saki
There were several others I liked by Edgar Allan Poe, Truman Capote, Roald Dahl and a few others, but they weren’t favorites within this collection. There were only a couple I didn’t like, the main one of which was Thanksgiving by Joyce Carol Oates. It didn’t feel like a story, no real beginning or end, it felt more like an excerpt of a larger story.
Overall I really enjoyed reading these stories, they all had a good creepy feel to them without being too gruesome. It was shelved as Young Adult at my library, but I am not sure why, it didn’t feel Young Adult to me and most of the authors represented within it don’t write or haven’t written Young Adult books, It would be appropriate for young adults though. I would recommend this to anyone who likes short stories, especially spooky ones, and likes to look for new authors to read. It would also make a great gift for someone that likes to read haunting tales of various kinds.