29 August 2009
Book Review: Scary Stories 3
Title: Scary Stories 3 More Tales to Chill Your Bones
Author: Alvin Schwartz
Published: 1991 Pages: 108
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The Scary Story series is a collection books containing short stories designed to make your flesh creep. In this third installment, we have death, ghosts, spiders, rats, scarecrows, and vanishings.
The Scary Story series really appealed to me when I was younger. The tiny little snippets of fright were wonderful for reading aloud at slumber parties and camping trips - when I could get others to listen that is. I was really the only one of my friends who enjoyed being scared. I think they are well written for a younger audience and have just the right mix of freaky, scary, and funny.
As an adult, reading them is a bit different. Most of the stories are adaptations of tales I've heard before, so they've lost their surprise factor for me by now. Also, the stories are really, really short, some not even one page long. As an adult reader, I need a bit more lead-up, a bit more suspense. Still the scarecrow stretching skin, dog-cum-rat, and the implanting-egg-in-face spider are enough to creep me out.
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