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Title:
Beware! : R.L. Stine picks his favorite scary stories
Author:
Stine, R. L.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
A selection of unsettling stories by such authors as Ray Bradbury, William Sleator, Edward Gorey, Roald Dahl, Jane Yolen, and Mr. Stine himself.
General Note:
"A Parachute Press book."
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780066238425

9780066238432
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Book

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Dim the lights. Lock the doors. Pull down the shades -- and BEWARE! It′s time to read R.L. Stine′s favorite scary stories, plus two new tales of his own!

R.L. Stine has gathered a selection of all things scary. Short stories, tales old and new, comics, and poems. It′s a spine-tingling collection of work by dozens of writers and artists who are famous for hair-raising fun.

Discover a ghastly secret in a retelling of the classic story "The Judge′s House," by Bram Stoker. Peek into a Christmas stocking that holds a shocking surprise in a Vault of Horror comic, "A Sock for Christmas." Meet an ice cream man who will chill your blood in "Mister Ice Cold" by Gahan Wilson.

But first, visit an evil carnival in "The Black Ferris," by Ray Bradbury. R.L. Stine says that this story changed his life! Find out why in his introduction. Be sure to read all the introductions -- because R.L. reveals why he picked these stories for you, why he finds them the creepiest ... the funniest ... the scariest!


Author Notes

R. L. Stine was born in Columbus Ohio on October 8, 1943. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1965. Under the name Jovial Bob Stine, he wrote dozens of joke books and humor books for kids including How to Be Funny, 101 Silly Monster Jokes, and Bozos on Patrol. He also created Bananas, a zany humor magazine which he worked on for ten years.

His first teen horror novel, Blind Date, was published in 1986 under the name R. L. Stine. His other works include Beach House, Hit and Run, The Babysitter, The Girlfriend, the Goosebumps series, and the Fear Street series. He also wrote an adult novel entitled Superstitious.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. Supplying a tempting preface for each selection, the Guru of Gruesome brings together 19 brief stories, folktales, poems, and cartoons from the likes of Ray Bradbury, William Sleator, Robert W. Service ("The Cremation of Sam McGee"), Gahan Wilson, and Alvin Schwartz. Fans of classic horror will relish Stine's retelling of a rat-rich Bram Stoker tale, and a ghoulishly jocular Jack Kamen comic-book episode from the 1950s; modern contributions include verses from Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, a deliciously horrific episode from Roald Dahl's Witches, and a sampling of Stine's own stories and his retelling of the Golem legend. There's something in this diverse literary buffet for every taste--including enough genuine eeriness to make it a discomfiting choice for under-the-covers reading. --John Peters


Publisher's Weekly Review

The renowned horror author selects 19 nailbiting tales for Beware!: R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories, including "The Black Ferris" by Ray Bradbury, William Sleator's "The Elevator," a couple by Alvin Schwartz and a few by Stine himself. Each opens with a brief introduction by the Goosebumps author and includes bewitching b&w pictures by a number of illustrators. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-This collection of 23 stories and poems includes selections by Ray Bradbury, Patricia McKissack, Edward Gorey, Bram Stoker, William Sleator, Alvin Schwartz, Jack Prelutsky, Shel Silverstein, and others. Among the illustrators represented are Brian Pinkney, Quentin Blake, Gahan Wilson, and Peter Horvath. While all of the stories are available elsewhere, some of the best are found in more obscure sources. Having them in one volume, with each tale introduced by Stine, makes this a good choice for most collections. The selections read aloud well and are short enough to read in several minutes. The more terrifying selections are juxtaposed with those that are funny, providing some comic relief. Children who enjoyed Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1981) and More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1984, both HarperCollins) will want to add this title to their reading lists. The pen-and-ink and charcoal illustrations visually clue readers as to how each tale ranks on the "scary barometer." The grizzly selections have very dark pictures while the more lighthearted ones have clean, clear strokes and more white space on the page. This is an obvious choice for children who love a good scare from time to time.-Molly S. Kinney, Office of Public Library Services, Atlanta, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Beware! R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories The Black Ferris by Ray Bradbury The carnival had come to town like an October wind, like a dark bat flying over the cold lake, bones rattling in the night, mourning, sighing, whispering up the tents in the dark rain. It stayed on for a month by the gray, restless lake of October, in the black weather and increasing storms and leaden skies. During the third week, at twilight on a Thursday, the two small boys walked along the lakeshore in the cold wind. "Aw, I don't believe you," said Peter. "Come on, and I'll show you," said Hank. They left wads of spit behind them all along the moist brown sand of the crashing shore. They ran to the lonely carnival grounds. It had been raining. The carnival lay by the sounding lake with nobody buying tickets from the flaky black booths, nobody hoping to get the salted hams from the whining roulette wheels, and none of the thin-fat freaks on the big platforms. The midway was silent, all the gray tents hissing on the wind like gigantic prehistoric wings. At eight o'clock perhaps, ghastly lights would flash on, voices would shout, music would go out over the lake. Now there was only a blind hunchback sitting on a black booth, feeling of the cracked china cup from which he was drinking some perfumed brew. "There," said Hank, pointing. The black Ferris wheel rose like an immense light-bulbed constellation against the cloudy sky, silent. "I still don't believe what you said about it," said Peter. "You wait, I saw it happen. I don't know how, but it did. You know how carnivals are; all funny. Okay; this one's even funnier." Peter let himself be led to the high green hiding place of a tree. Suddenly, Hank stiffened. "Hist! There's Mr. Cooger, the carnival man, now!" Hidden, they watched. Mr. Cooger, a man of some thirty-five years, dressed in sharp bright clothes, a lapel carnation, hair greased with oil, drifted under the tree, a brown derby hat on his head. He had arrived in town three weeks before, shaking his brown derby hat at people on the street from inside his shiny red Ford, tooting the horn. Now Mr. Cooger nodded at the little blind hunchback, spoke a word. The hunchback blindly, fumbling, locked Mr. Cooger into a black seat and sent him whirling up into the ominous twilight sky. Machinery hummed. "See!" whispered Hank. "The Ferris wheel's going the wrong way. Backward instead of forward!" "So what?" said Peter. "Watch!" The black Ferris wheel whirled twenty-five times around. Then the blind hunchback put out his pale hands and halted the machinery. The Ferris wheel stopped, gently swaying, at a certain black seat. A ten-year-old boy stepped out. He walked off across the whispering carnival ground, in the shadows. Peter almost fell from his limb. He searched the Ferris wheel with his eyes. "Where's Mr. Cooger?" Hank poked him. "You wouldn't believe! Now see!" "Where's Mr. Cooger at!" "Come on, quick, run!" Hank dropped and was sprinting before he hit the ground. Under giant chestnut trees, next to the ravine, the lights were burning in Mrs. Foley's white mansion. Piano music tinkled. Within the warm windows people moved. Outside, it began to rain, despondently, irrevocably, forever and ever. "I'm so wet," grieved Peter, crouching in the bushes. "Like someone squirted me with a hose. How much longer do we wait?" "Ssh!" said Hank, cloaked in wet mystery. They had followed the little boy from the Ferris wheel up through town, down dark streets to Mrs. Foley's ravine house. Now, inside the warm dining room of the house, the strange little boy sat at dinner, forking and spooning rich lamb chops and mashed potatoes. "I know his name," whispered Hank quickly. "My mom told me about him the other day. She said, 'Hank, you hear about the li'l orphan boy moved in Mrs. Foley's? Well, his name is Joseph Pikes and he just came to Mrs. Foley's one day about two weeks ago and said how he was an orphan run away and could he have something to eat, and him and Mrs. Foley been getting on like hot apple pie ever since.' That's what my mom said," finished Hank, peering through the steamy Foley window. Water dripped from his nose. He held on to Peter, who was twitching with cold. "Pete, I didn't like his looks from the first, I didn't. He looked -- mean." "I'm scared," said Peter, frankly wailing. "I'm cold and hungry and I don't know what this's all about." "Gosh, you're dumb!" Hank shook his head, eyes shut in disgust. "Don't you see, three weeks ago the carnival came. And about the same time this little ole orphan shows up at Mrs. Foley's. And Mrs. Foley's son died a long time ago one night one winter, and she's never been the same, so here's this little ole orphan boy who butters her all around." "Oh," said Peter, shaking. "Come on," said Hank. They marched to the front door and banged the lion knocker. After a while the door opened and Mrs. Foley looked out. "You're all wet, come in," she said. "My land." She herded them into the hall. "What do you want?" she said, bending over them, a tall lady with lace on her full bosom and a pale thin face with white hair over it. "You're Henry Walterson, aren't you?" Hank nodded, glancing fearfully at the dining room, where the strange little boy looked up from his eating. "Can we see you alone, ma'am?" And when the old lady looked palely surprised, Hank crept over and shut the hall door and whispered at her. "We got to warn you about something, it's about that boy come to live with you, that orphan... Beware! R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories . Copyright © by R.L. Stine. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from Beware!: R. L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories by R. L. Stine All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Ray BradburyPatricia McKissackJack PrelutskyR.L. StineBram Stoker and R.L. StineRobert W. ServiceWilliam SleatorRoald DahlR.L. StineDaniel Wynn BarberJack KamenR.L. StineHenry SlesarAlvin SchwartzAlvin SchwartzLeon GarfieldGahan WilsonShel SilversteinShel Silverstein
The Black Ferrisp. 3
The Conjure Brotherp. 19
My Sister Is a Werewolfp. 35
The Surprise Guestp. 39
The Judge's Housep. 55
The Cremation of Sam McGeep. 77
The Elevatorp. 87
The Witchesp. 101
Joe Is Not a Monsterp. 121
Tiger in the Snowp. 127
A Sock for Christmas: A Grim Fairy Tale from The Vault of Horror, Volume 4p. 139
The Terrifying Adventures of the Golem: A Jewish Folktalep. 147
Examination Dayp. 169
Haroldp. 179
The Girl Who Stood on a Gravep. 185
A Grave Misunderstandingp. 189
Mister Ice Coldp. 199
Hauntedp. 209
Blood-Curdling Storyp. 211
About the Authorp. 213
Acknowledgmentsp. 214