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Scary Stories Vol. 1: Scary Tales to Tell in the Dark, 9 Horror Short Stories for Kids and for All Ages

Narrated by: Francis Nicholas Stein
Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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This book is a strong collection of extremely dark and scary short stories that cuts across a variety of horrific events. The stories contain a range of horror devices like vengeful ghosts, unnameable monsters, bloodcurdling absurdities and shadowy secrets; making it the perfect book to fall back onto on dark nights when you seek to be thrilled and thrown into fear. The stories herein are also ideal for camp nights, sleepovers, and other similar gatherings.

Telling scary stories in the dark is an age-long culture and this collection seeks to reinforce that culture with a fresh style. The stories explore a variety of horror that have been crafted nicely to fit the contemporary society and even, in one of the stories, inject a science feel to the horror like in the story, "Becoming".

The stories have been written to suit the general needs of listeners of all ages as evidenced in the teen/adult characters in the stories. In addition to the very common horror settings such as abandoned mansions, the woods, basement, and attics, the stories introduce other new environments such as the apocalyptic setting in the story titled "Last Man on Earth" - a testament to its progressiveness. In the story "October 30th", a tale of the annual, horror festival is told in a fresh tone. Most of the stories touch on the inevitable horror - death. "Ghost House" tells an enthralling and fast paced story and so does "Miss Fairborn’s Auction".

There is a general belief that books give a wider room for imaginations - even wider than the room that watching a movie affords you, and truthfully so. These tales, when listened to in the dark, will leave you with much to imagine - an arm covered in goose bumps and the back of your neck with all the hackles on their ends. The curtains you see might not be curtains. The mirrors, too, might become home to many faces and the old man by the road might not be what you think he is. Welcome to the home of scary and macabre tales.

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©2019 Alessio Aloisi (P)2019 Alessio Aloisi

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Love this book!

If you like stories that make you wonder what makes the bumping in the night... Maybe the answers are here! I am very happy with this book!

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Gripping stories

I usually feel if a book grabs your attention in the first page or two its going to be good and these stories didn't disappoint. Gripping and the fact that they are true stories made it feel even more real and hair raising.

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Entertaining true ghost stories ..

I just love books full of factual and equally frightening stories like this one. I enjoyed the book very much and recommend it to anyone who loves a good, true ghost story.

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love it!

This is a large collection of haunted stories. The author must have done quite a bit of research here. These tales should keep listeners interested and scared for hours. A good deal.

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What’s up with the clapping?

Although the stories were enjoyable, the reading leaves a lot to be desired. The reader lacked inflection and read in an extremely montone voice taking away from the gripping story line of these short chapters. Reader made a lot of fluency errors while reading and would re-read sentences and clap during the re-reads. Very distracting and ruins the experience.

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Few things to comment about here:
-Narrator lacks inflection or emotion, the stories are a constant drone, making it hard to transition between characters.
-Was this even edited? Several odd instances where the narrator makes an error, says, “ugh,” and claps. So very odd.
-These stories did not translate well to audio, was generally disappointed, there are better options out there.

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Little to no editing

Stories were predictable and the narration was odd. There were several parts where the narrator (single narrator doing voices, not multiple narrators as the description suggests) messed up and started over. You could hear him say "ugh" then clap as if it was a marker for editing, then he would start over. My 8-year-old enjoyed the stories.

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  • jaclyn
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 10-05-19

NOT WORTH YOUR CREDIT

if your looking for scary stories skip this one. extreamly forgettable. every story I thought , that's it! it tries to do the classic twilight zone or RL stine twists but fails miserably. could be I'm not thr age bracket this was intended for but, I thoroughly enjoy clean family friendly horror like R.L. Stine. not worth your credit.

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Very good!

Scary Stories is a good listen that will keep you listening to the end of each story. Some stories are better than others but that is normally the case. Overall it is a good listen.

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Interesting

Very interesting I enjoyed it. Looking forward to listen more of this author. A very well written book by author. I think a must listen for all!

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  • Hobbs
  • 09-16-19

A great series. Scary as hell.

This is one of the best collections of ghost stories I have ever listen. Each one has its own unique haunting plot and unique spooky characters. The first story in the series, Boylan House, is one of Ron Ripley's first books and, in my opinion, one of his best. It involves missing children and a nasty former resident - nuff said. In the second story, Blood Contract, the ghosts d'jour actually are helping to save local residents, but in particularly gruesome ways. Hungry Ghosts, which I reviewed a couple of years ago after having enjoyed it as an audiobook, involves a group of former warriors whose only enemy is a former mental patient.

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  • Parker
  • 09-16-19

These stories are awesome!

Super creepy and creative stories as usual from the talented Mr James! I listen everything I can get my hands on from him! I just love the way he writes and how it really draws me in, as if I was there, witnessing it all for myself! It's always a pleasure to allow myself to be scared silly when reading his books! All 4 of the stories are super great! You just gotta listen em for yourself!

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  • Jack
  • 09-16-19

Heart Pounding Terror

I loved listening to ghost stories as a kid. The older I got the scarier I wanted them to be. This book was awesomely scary. There are eight tales in the book. Usually I can pick out my favorite story and my least favorite. This time, though, I can't choose a favorite and I have no least favorite. All of the stories are creepy. They each turn into heart pounding, heavy breathing, scream stuck in the throat, terror. There aren't any truly gory scenes. These are the type of stories that engage the mind. You are in the moment with the characters. They hear creaking and you look around. In the words of Alice Cooper, "Welcome to my nightmare. I think you're going to like it."

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  • Noah
  • 09-16-19

So, so good!

I absolutely loved this collection of tales. I didn't really know what to expect, but even though it's sort of a YA book, it was still very good. There were quite a few twists I didn't see coming. Overall, it was just well-written, entertaining, and sufficiently creepy.

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  • Isla
  • 09-16-19

Horror Short Stories

I loved every story in this collection of creepiness! I think it was perfect to end with The Sins We Hide, or I think that was the name of it! It was definitely one of my favorites! Hurry get this book the stories are great. I didn’t find one story that was boring. I love horror shorts please keep writing

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  • maria
  • 09-16-19

Great Horror Book

These four stand alone horror stories are very good. I liked that they were complete stories but left enough open that I thought about them long after I was done listen. While they were all good, my favorite was Hungry Ghosts.

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  • Lisa
  • 09-16-19

This collection will keep you from sleeping.

Just when you finish one of the stories in the collection you think, there is no way the rest will be better than this one, then you read the next one, and you are left saying that again. All of these stories kept me awake and afraid.

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  • Violet
  • 09-18-19

Interesting book!

This book was very good! It's a collection of many different horror stories, and most of them will scare you! Overall this is a great book. The short stories make this book a very quick listen. The stories a amusing and disgusting at the same time. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a scare. Thanks author!

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  • Amber
  • 09-18-19

Great!

I liked all of the stories in this book. They were pretty strange though. I sometimes like an assortment of stories. It gives variety to my listening.

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  • Maryam
  • 09-18-19

Amazing book!

I really enjoyed this book. The stories were extremely creepy and creative, and I've listen them several times over because they are so well written. The stories are also very disturbing as well as disgusting. Thanks author for this book!