Illustrations by Brett Helquist
Category: 9-12 Fiction
Published: 1981 (Republished 2010)
Synopsis: (Goodreads) There is a story here for everyone — skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney. Stephen Gammell’s splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories — and even scary songs — all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark.If You Dare!
Review: This is an okay book for kids who like a good scare. I liked the stories are they were short and to the point and scary for the age group, not for an adult like me.
What I really liked was these stories were actually ones I have heard before. Different tales and folklore that have been passed down from generation to generation. I love stories like these because there are always a meaning behind them even if you don’t realize it till you re-read them when you are older.
There are also illustrations that go with each story. They are well done and sometimes creepier than the actual story it is associated with.
One of the best parts of the book is that there are really stories that you can tell in the dark. It tell you how to tell them to get the most impact as well. I thought this was super cool.
The reason I only gave it a 3.5 is for a few reasons. The stories were short but so was the book. There are so many tales out there that could have been added without taking away from the short story format. I think they could have done a lot more, even for the age group big books are okay.
Overall a very easy and fast read, I read it in a day. For the age group I think it’s more than appropriate, and if they are not scared a great “scary” book for the age group. If I can get my hands on the other two I will, same with the adult version.