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A collection of scary stories and poems for kids and young adults.

If you like tales that will chill you to the bone, make your skin crawl, and spoil your appetite, Skeleton in the Closet and Other Scary Stories is the collection of horror stories for you. These 23 tales of terror are sure to thrill. Find out what happens when you try to keep the skeleton in your closet a secret, when you clown around too much, and when you are too loud in the library. Included here are stories about getting too much sun, finding yourself in the dark surrounded by water, listening too closely to the whispers in the walls, as well as the fate of those who take candy from a stranger when it isn't Halloween. What happens when you're buried alive? What if you were to wake up as a giant bat? What if a person were to cross paths with a witch in the woods or a pirate crew of skeletons on the sea? Hear about these frightening dilemmas and find out what's really in that plum jelly. All this and more is here in Skeleton in the Closet and Other Scary Stories.

Are you brave enough to listen to all these horror stories?

©2016, 2017 Russell Dorn (P)2017 Russell Dorn

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Good creepy tales

Perfect collection of tales that would be good for younger kids to be told around a campfire or maybe right before bed. Lots of stories included. If you listen carefully they do have a lesson for the listener.

Gene Blake does a great job and I look forward to hearing more of him.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Halloween Kind of Fun

This was quite a satisfying collection of short form horror stories. While some were truly horrifying, others were a nice mix of horror and comedy. I don't think these stories are too scary for kids or not scary enough for adults - to me, they can be enjoyed by anyone to likes a good spooky story!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Marcus
  • SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States
  • 07-14-17

Solid spooky tales, perfect for any campfire

As others have mentioned, the tales here are a bit more juvenile in nature than something from a King or Koontz, but for me that was part of the charm. Though the stories got progressively mature, sometimes it's the simplest of stories that are the scariest, and I can honestly say that in their own ways, a few of these creeped me out.

Like stories kids tend to tell each other, many of these (especially the titular tale) read like urban legend meant to curb certain behaviors. Because of this, our stories rarely have happy endings. This added to the creep out factor of some of the more haunting or gross tales, but it did start to color the experience for me. Hard to be fully immersed or root for a character when you've seen how things tend to end time and time again.

The narrator did a good job. He had a bit of an overly creepy tone at times, but given the subject matter and intended(?) audience, it fit well.

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. It's a tad on the short side for a credit, but for the content, I'd say it's worth while.

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A Halloween Treat for our Family

Gene Blake, with his un-oiled door hinge growl of a voice, was the perfect narrator for this short collection of scary stories for children. The first (burnt) offering, Skeleton in the Closet, is still spoken of in whispers at our house, weeks after Halloween has passed. For some reason, quality 'scary stories' for kids are hard to find, so I would recommend adding this one to your library, even if you are a very old, very big kid.
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Bob (And her Pugglepires) @ Platypire Reviews

I requested and was granted a code for the Audible version of this book.
Before I start this, I should make it known that my kids helped with the reviewing. As it IS for kids, I had them listen to it with me, as I do all kids’ books. Makes sense, right? I’ve been harassed over this before, but honestly, I’d rather see how a kid felt about a book meant for him/her before buying. So that’s how I review. They liked this one, by the way. A lot.

This was good! My kids and I all thoroughly enjoyed it. They thought it was fun, and asked if we could listen to the stories again later when we could have a campfire. Obviously, I agreed. If we skip the last one. Friggin’ clowns, man. Why’d it have to be friggin’ clowns?? Each story was unique and well written, and a few made me think of Goosebumps; they would have fit nicely with those! My kids loved each story, but the 10-year-old was particularly taken with the one in the bath tub, I can’t remember its name, though. He really liked that one. The older one liked them all, but has an affinity for scarecrow stories, and he was rather pleased when we found a story about that. I like the first one, best. Don’t lie to your folks, kids! Bad things happen! LOL Anyway, we give the book rating of 4 to 5, the majority saying 5.

The narrator did a great job! His voice got suitably creepy when the story called for it, and his voicing of the creatures was amazing, he really brought them to life. His clown voice was good, too. Too good. I won’t be sleeping well. Friggin’ clowns… ANYWAY! He had a good tone and tempo, and he may have been the perfect person for this particular book. We rate him at 5 stars, as well.

Overall, Bob and the Pugglepires give this 5 Platypires!

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  • Myztikal
  • On the Edge of Glory
  • 06-27-17

Chilling! Treat Yourself to an Early Halloween 👻

What made the experience of listening to Skeleton in the Closet and Other Scary Stories the most enjoyable?

The original stories with unexpected endings made these a treat. The narrator was the trick!

What does Gene Blake bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His imagination and skill at writing short stories that was "ick!" Did make my skin crawl... similar to the worms mentioned! (And not only during that story.)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

*shivers* Several made me wanna shower ... with the curtains open!

Any additional comments?

The stories and storytelling are top notch! I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who wants creepy shorts!

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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A Spooky Collection of Short Stories

Skeleton in the Closet was such an awesome listen. The stories were scary but not too scary. They were exciting and thrilling. I can't wait until my grandkids get to listen to this audiobook. They'll love it. I think 11-13 is a perfect age group for this audio. The length is good too.

Gene Blake's narration was amazing. I was extremely entertained by his vocal performance. His character voices were SO good. He was incredibly good. I'd definitely recommend this audiobook.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review."

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Great shorts with great lessons for kids

This was a great set of short stories for kids. I'd say best for 4-10 years old. The stories are easy to listen to and just creepy enough to give kids a shiver while not causing them to be so scared they miss the message in the story. My favorites were probably the skeleton in the closet and for runner up the bathtub voices. Really great stuff for kids highly recommend. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Campfire stories

This would be great campfire stories. No one will be sleeping. The story about the abandoned refrigerator with the thing with many mouths and teeth, the scarecrow come to life to take its maker, the children in the woods turning into trees and firewood. The narrator did a wonderful job some of the voices were unbelievably awesome. I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

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Campfire Stories for Kids

This is a short collection of not-too-scary campfire stories for the younger audiobook listener. Great for a long car trip or other travel around Halloween. Many of the stories have a lesson to them that kids can learn from as well.

The narrator was good, but there were a few voices I didn't like. Overall good performance.

I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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