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Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Editor — 279 exemplares


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2.5 stars

Most of the stories aren't scary at all.
Some are a little unsettling.
QuirkyCat_13 | 20 outras críticas | Jun 20, 2022 |
Some were scary, some were gross and a few gave me goosebumps.
Vibha_V | 20 outras críticas | Feb 18, 2021 |
Nope, nope, nope, nope. I picked this up because I'm a sucker for short stories (in this case flash fiction, which is fascinating when done right), because of the dazzling array of authors, and because (I'm only a little ashamed to admit this) about all I can handle in the way of horror is that meant for younger readers. I am also intrigued by the recent popularity of "two-sentence scary stories," which can also be too much for me, but which, even I have to admit, are kind of genius.

But right from the get-go these stories were horrible and disturbing, more so than the relatively tame and somewhat silly cover art predicted. If 33-year-old me can't handle this, I know for a fact 10-year-old me would have begged my parents to take it back to the library immediately so that it didn't darken my house any longer than necessary. The stories in this collection are much better suited to the YA crowd because of their gruesomeness and intensity.… (mais)
aratiel | 20 outras críticas | Sep 5, 2018 |
Super cute!

But don't be fooled, there are creepers in this little collection. My (adult) mouth dropped open in shock at the bleak tone of some of these flash fictions. See "The Legend of Alexandra & Rose" by Jon Klassen as my favorite example. That one was so utterly disturbing yet so honest about the almost psychopathic selfishness displayed by small children. *shivers*

Most of the "stories" are set in a bedroom (yes, including and especially the closet), a haunted house, or outdoors; I was somewhat surprised none of the horrors took place at school.

I would recommend this collection to any budding dark fiction lover, especially a youngling who wants to write horror as well as read it. These would be great discussion starters -- "What might happen next?" for example.

3 stars
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flying_monkeys | 20 outras críticas | Nov 17, 2016 |


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½ 3.7

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