These horror stories come from some of today's best writers in the genre, including Bruce Coville, Jane Yolen, and Vivian Vande Velde. "Many of the selections . . . read like updated episodes of "The Twilight Zone, "" says "School Library Journal."
A NIGHTMARE'S DOZEN Stories from the dark Author: Michael Stearns Genre: Scary stories Summary: In this book is a frightening world where mistakes don't come with second chances. Wish with freed in your heart and it can cost you your life, a year at a time. Bratty little brothers are taken away...forever. Disobedient students are quickly straightened out with a private horror show that lasts long after class is over. In this world, no playground, garden, or forest is what it seems. Nowhere, is safe. These events could happen at any time, to anyone-even you!!! In less enlightened times. Nightmares were believed to be evil spirits that attacked a person in their sleep, perching on their chest till they awoke to find nothing in their room but the dark and their own fear. Modern thinker now tell us that nightmares are caused by much more ordinary things: belated shock from some fright during the day, a reaction to a spicy dinner, anxiety over a spelling test. In our nightmares, our brains play out possibilities that our waking minds won't allow. We feel at last the delayed terrors of the close call earlier in the day, or we experience beforehand the fears that accompany some task we dread, or we discover something about ourselves that our waking minds are too cowardly to consider in the nervous light of day. Nightmares are a release valve, a place to make dry runs, a place to fail spectacularly. They are a place to exorcise demons. And all they cost is a little is a little sleep. It I the same with scary stories. Like bad dreams, they con be release mechanisms. Some critics think scary stories are bed for readers, that they indulge dark urges and encourage the worst in us. These critics point to the troubles of our time s and blame them on the horrors in the stories we tell ourselves.
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