Author: Sam Stall
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: August 2006
Number of Pages: 240
Series: Stand Alone
Reason for Discovery: Galley
This book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
It's a Terrible Day in the Neighborhood. They told you the suburbs were a great place to live. They said nothing bad could ever happen here. But they were wrong. This collection of terrifying true stories exposes the dark side of life in the ’burbs—from corpses buried in backyards and ghosts lurking in fast food restaurants to UFOs, vanishing persons, bizarre apparitions, and worse. Consider:
• The Soccer Mom’s Secret. Meet Melinda Raisch of Columbus, Ohio. She’s the wife of a dentist. A mother of three. A PTA member. And she has enough murderous secrets to fill a minivan.
• Noise Pollution. More than 100 residents of Kokomo, Indiana, claim their small town is under attack by a low-pitched humming sound that erodes health and sanity. Too bad they’re the only ones who can hear it.
• Death Takes a Holiday Inn. There’s nothing more reassuring than a big chain hotel in a quaint small town—unless it’s the Holiday Inn of Grand Island, New York, where you’ll spend the night with the spirit of a mischievous little girl.
So lock your doors, dim the lights, and prepare to stay up all night with this creepy collection of true tales. We promise you’ll never look at white picket fences the same way again!
Just like the blurb suggests, this book is a collection of true stories that range from funny to fairly scary. Most of the stories take place in the suburbs but some of them take place in slightly more rural areas. There are 66 stories in the book (I have to wonder if that was intended or not) and are each less than five pages.
This book is perfect for an October afternoon or evening when you want to curl up in some blankets and scare yourself silly. During the Halloween season, I love reading scary stories that are going to keep me up at night even when I read the book in the afternoon. I enjoyed reading these books; however, some of the tales were fairly gruesome (the events that the Amity Horror movie are based on are discussed). Although some of the tales are a bit, well, horrifying, I didn't feel anything was too over the top in terms of graphic details. At the same time, I wouldn't hand this book to someone who wasn't at least a teenager.
I give this book 3 out of 5 kitties.