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  1. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Could not believe that this being the first US edition is not posted here. Well the error is corrected and this along with the original UK edition are here for your blood curdling pleasure. A rather fab read, enjoy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    W

    Liked it,during my childhood.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Kelly

    A fantastic read! Written in that deliciously old-fashioned style, each story illustrated with a little scratchy line drawing which is wonderfully evocative of its contents. The most wonderful thing is that all of these stories are alleged to be based upon true accounts. This gives them a real added piquancy, but also means they do not always conform to the standard patterns of horror story narratives, since the facts do not always fit the patterns of fiction. This needs to be borne in mind, but b A fantastic read! Written in that deliciously old-fashioned style, each story illustrated with a little scratchy line drawing which is wonderfully evocative of its contents. The most wonderful thing is that all of these stories are alleged to be based upon true accounts. This gives them a real added piquancy, but also means they do not always conform to the standard patterns of horror story narratives, since the facts do not always fit the patterns of fiction. This needs to be borne in mind, but becomes a delight rather than a disappointment. 50 tales across 500 pages, and if I didn't have so many books awaiting my attention, I would happily start reading it again from the beginning tomorrow.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Maly

    I was in my mid-teens (and going through a "horror story" phase) when I found this in a collection of literature. I have to say the stories were well written, very detailed, and somewhat informative-depending on the story. Some stories weren't scary at all, and then some were just downright blood-curdling, weird macabre. I spent many late nights reading this and others like it. I wouldn't recommend it now. I was in my mid-teens (and going through a "horror story" phase) when I found this in a collection of literature. I have to say the stories were well written, very detailed, and somewhat informative-depending on the story. Some stories weren't scary at all, and then some were just downright blood-curdling, weird macabre. I spent many late nights reading this and others like it. I wouldn't recommend it now.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

    A decent amount of good horror stories. A lot of psychological horror mixed with macabre. There were rare misses in a lot of the stories. I like the fact that none of the stories go past the 1970's. Old horror is usually the best kind of horror. I'd recommend it to any horror fans out there looking to get into the spirit. A decent amount of good horror stories. A lot of psychological horror mixed with macabre. There were rare misses in a lot of the stories. I like the fact that none of the stories go past the 1970's. Old horror is usually the best kind of horror. I'd recommend it to any horror fans out there looking to get into the spirit.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I really liked this book and some of the stories gave me the chills. This book is a collection of 50 horror stories. I found some of them not to scary but there were a few that were really creepy and made me wonder why I read the book. i loved most of the stories but a few were a bit boring and that's why I rated this book 4 stars instead. I really liked this book and some of the stories gave me the chills. This book is a collection of 50 horror stories. I found some of them not to scary but there were a few that were really creepy and made me wonder why I read the book. i loved most of the stories but a few were a bit boring and that's why I rated this book 4 stars instead.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Roane

    Some of the stories were quite scary, though I would not venture so far as to say they were horrific at all. Many of them were also not scary, and I'll admit I had actually given up on this book for a while before I picked it up and decided to finish it. Some of the stories were quite scary, though I would not venture so far as to say they were horrific at all. Many of them were also not scary, and I'll admit I had actually given up on this book for a while before I picked it up and decided to finish it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kwende

    This collection of macabre short stories sparked my life long love of reading. Try it as a gift on your teen.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sonia

    A great book full of interesting, at times horrific and grisly, tales. It should be included in every horror lover's collection. I consider it a classic. A great book full of interesting, at times horrific and grisly, tales. It should be included in every horror lover's collection. I consider it a classic.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rhys Causon

    I should say I only read half of this book and could not bare to crawl through the rest of the stories in it. Out of the roughly 25 I read there were only about 4 that I liked in anyway and one of them was the second. I think my main problem is that these stories are only written by 8 people collectively. So if you don’t like someone’s writing style, it’s likely you won’t be interested in most of the book. So I can understand why people can give this five stars, I wanted to like it but it’s not I should say I only read half of this book and could not bare to crawl through the rest of the stories in it. Out of the roughly 25 I read there were only about 4 that I liked in anyway and one of them was the second. I think my main problem is that these stories are only written by 8 people collectively. So if you don’t like someone’s writing style, it’s likely you won’t be interested in most of the book. So I can understand why people can give this five stars, I wanted to like it but it’s not for me.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Warren Hall

    Every time I open this book -- every time -- I begin a story so numb and lifeless, that I must put it down again disgusted. What is the reason for this? Was this collection crafted with the mistaken belief that a horror story describing facts alone sufficed for a scare -- did it think itself a reaction to true crime and criminal fiction, filled with facts? (Not even the best of that!) It's alluring cover is all that it's worth. (As you can see in the above, I have not read the full book. If you Every time I open this book -- every time -- I begin a story so numb and lifeless, that I must put it down again disgusted. What is the reason for this? Was this collection crafted with the mistaken belief that a horror story describing facts alone sufficed for a scare -- did it think itself a reaction to true crime and criminal fiction, filled with facts? (Not even the best of that!) It's alluring cover is all that it's worth. (As you can see in the above, I have not read the full book. If you found it good, I would like to know some of the stories herein contained which you enjoyed!)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Pls how do I get this book in Nigeria

  13. 5 out of 5

    Abraham Spencer

    I bought and found this at a thrift store look interesting and just loved it still reading it though but I would recommend to read one of john canning books there great.

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