Read Terrifying Tales by Jon Scieszka Adam Gidwitz R.L. Stine Dav Pilkey Michael Buckley Claire Legrand Nikki Loftin Adele Griffin Online


Be afraid, be very afraid of Terrifying Tales, the sixth volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading.Eleven masters of suspense—Kelly Barnhill, Michael Buckley, Adam Gidwitz, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, Claire Legrand, Nikki Loftin, Daniel José Older, Dav Pilkey, R.L. Stine, and Rita Williams-Garcia—have come together to bring you a bone-chilling collection of origiBe afraid, be very afraid of Terrifying Tales, the sixth volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading.Eleven masters of suspense—Kelly Barnhill, Michael Buckley, Adam Gidwitz, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, Claire Legrand, Nikki Loftin, Daniel José Older, Dav Pilkey, R.L. Stine, and Rita Williams-Garcia—have come together to bring you a bone-chilling collection of original ghost stories with illustrations by Gris Grimly, perfect for sharing around the campfire, reading under the covers with a flashlight, and scaring your friends’ pants off.Compiled and edited by kid-lit madman Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: Terrifying Tales is a creepy-fun read (if you’re brave enough, that is). ...

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Terrifying Tales Reviews

  • AH
    2018-10-19 14:47

    3.5 Terrifying stars....I first learned of this series through a free download of Guys Read: Funny Business. My family listened to the audio version of the book on a road trip and we couldn't stop laughing at the gross stories geared to young boys. When Guys Read: Terrifying Tales was made available to me, I jumped at the chance to read and review the book. The stories are perfect for young boys and reluctant readers. Most of the stories were short, some had the author's own opinions in boldface type warning the reader to stop reading (a sure-fire way to make most people continue on). The stories were written by well known writers and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. My favorite story was Manifest by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown. I'd love to see that story expanded into a full novel. Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for a review copy of this book.

  • Mehsi
    2018-10-18 15:52

    10 stories. 10 stories with all sorts of monsters, real and imaginary. Oh, and be careful what you wish for!The book itself was a bit hit and miss. Five of the 10 stories were pretty great, at times even terrifying, but sadly 5 stories were boring and I had the urge to stop reading.My favourite story? The Blue-Bearded Bird-man. For each story I have written a mini-review + given them a star-rating. Story 1: Mr Shocky: 4.5 stars! Wow, what a story. Watch out with your imaginary friends... I never thought the story would take that direction, it was way darker than I had expected. Not a bad thing, I am really happy with it. I came here for terrifying tales after all. I quite liked Tyler, though I did feel sorry for him in the end. There are a lot of nice twists and turns that will keep you on edge. Loved it!Story 2: Licorice Needles: 2 stars. The story was creepy, but I just didn't like the old lady. I just found her selfish and mean. I didn't like what she did at the end, he didn't deserve it. He was just afraid as hell, anyone would act like that, plus he did say sorry. :( Plus all the other things she did. :| It was just too much. No one deserves that. No matter what they did. I just hope someone stops her one day.Story 3: The Blue-Bearded Bird-Man: 5 stars. Welp, I knew I would love this one, it is by Adam Gidwitz and I just love how he tells his stories. With him/the narrator popping in at times to warn us, or make us laugh, or anything else. It just adds a certain flavour to the story. And this one was creepy, though also faintly familiar. I am not sure why. I felt sorry for the sisters, but really if someone tells me to NOT open a certain door? I would definitely not be opening anything at all. No way. Nope. I had a laugh at the youngest and how smart she was. The fowler certainly never saw that coming. :P I just adore a kick-ass girl who knows what to do in a dire situation. The ending was as expected, but I still had a bit of a chuckle.Story 4: Don't Eat The Baby: 4 stars. A pretty decent story that will warn kids to be careful with what they wish for. It may just come true and you may just not like what you get. The story was quite scary, though I did wonder why Arne didn't notice until it was much too late. I knew immediately what the brother was, what he was eating, and what his plans were. The ending was great. I am happy it ended like this, though I do wonder if that last sentence has meaning. Or if it is just the baby growing up. I do hope it is the last option.I also did quite like that Arne found love for his family. He was quite grumpy in the beginning (which is kind of logical), but at the end he is caring and he doesn't mind that his family acts this way. Plus he becomes quite protective of his sister.Story 5: My Ghost Story: 1.5 stars. Props to it being a comic, but sadly the story was mostly boring and I was annoyed at the parents and how, instead of just talking, instead of believing the boy, they tore apart his whole room and made it the ultimate kid-friendly place. Plus... come on this wasn't terrifying at all. Considering the other stories this one just didn't fit at all. I had expected so much more. :(Story 6: Marcos at the River: 1 star. Sorry, but again not scary. Come on, are these stories terrifying or just cute little kittens waiting to be petted? *sighs* I was mostly frustrated with Marcos and that he let things get out of hand this much. And that it was that easily solvable. Boy, I had hoped for something creepy, but instead poof. Done. :|Story 7: Coconut Heads: 0.5 stars. Welp, this was terrible. :| Not only was it not scary, but I was also so pissed off at the mom and how she acted. How she cared more about her family in Jamaica than her sons and husband. She was just so hurtful, sorry, this may sound harsh, but some people don't deserve kids. If you treat them this shitty... :| I also didn't like how the dad was totally wussy and didn't say much.Story 8: Manifest: 0.5 stars. Yawn, is this how the rest of the book is going to be? I do hope not. So we have some sort of curse, a guy getting tattoos all over his body? Ohh, how terrifying. Ohhh, how scary. Sorry, *snort* it wasn't scary at all and I found my mind wandering while reading, wondering how much longer I would have to go through this quicksand of boredom. The end was also just lacklustre.Story 9: Disappear!: 3 stars! Phew, thankfully here is R.L. Stine to bring a bit more scariness back in the book. I was already worried. This wasn't that scary, but comparing it to the other stories before this one.. :P I quite liked Mark, even though he often argued with his little brother (then again, given his little brother, I don't blame him). The magic show, the magician, it was all good. Plus the ending was as I had expected from Stine. I was happy to see that even if he writes short stories he sticks to his endings. Story 10: The Mandigore: 4 stars. Well, this one was properly creepy again. A monster, missing kids, a library one doesn't want to go to (really, you should have listened to your grandma, for once I agree on avoiding libraries). Plus I loved the Noctiluca stuff, how it bonded Nina and Clark, and how even when things got dire they talked as if in the series. It was bittersweet. The ending was disturbing and sad.I also liked that each story had an illustration at the beginning. Something to start the terror inside of you. I loved the style of the illustrations, it fitted perfectly with each story, even if they were all different. The illustrations were haunting.All in all, there are some stories in here that I would highly recommend. Sadly, I do feel the book in overall could have been much scarier and terrifying. Review first posted

  • Adam
    2018-11-01 14:55

    Delightfully scary. Much scarier than the Guys Read: Thriller volume.

  • Jencarey1
    2018-11-18 16:48

    I found some of the stories really good but others were so boring.

  • Michelle Glatt
    2018-11-12 14:55

    Kudos to these authors for creating middle grade stories that are truly creepy and unsettling! Great reading for October.

  • Sarah Johnson
    2018-10-22 19:40


  • Amy
    2018-11-18 17:51

    I love anthologies, I love scary stuff, and this collection not only gives students some creepy tales, it also introduces them to some terrific middle grades writers.

  • Hwydiva
    2018-10-28 11:39

    Another book I reviewed as a future read for my son. Once again a winner. It’s too scary for him right now at five, but it will be perfect for him around third to fourth grade. My son is starting his reading adventure at a great time. Because of these authors, he now has engaging material to read. Mothers of sons just a few years older didn’t have the options and really struggled to find good boy focused reading material. I love the overall concept of this series. Unfortunately it looks as though the Guys Reads website has been abandoned. It had so much potential. To be able to find a list of great early readers by age would save me hours weekly and save my son from another Junie B. Jones experience.

  • Karen Z
    2018-10-21 12:48

    My boys (8 and 10) thought this was not scary enough, but I think it was just right for them, especially the younger one.

  • Soraya Laboy
    2018-11-11 13:39

    We chose this for our middle school book club and while we all enjoyed it as a whole, some of the individual stories were not as scary/creepy as we were expecting.

  • Mr. Steve
    2018-11-17 16:01

    Hit or miss.

  • Carina Olsen
    2018-11-12 12:02

    I confess; I only got this book because of the story by Claire Legrand. Whom I adore like crazy. Her books are always amazing. Her story is the last one in this book. Yet I did not read it first. I was good and read the other stories first, lol. Which was, well, disappointing. I have so so many thoughts.I'm not sure where to begin. I'm giving this book three stars. There are ten different stories by different authors inside. All middle grade. All supposed to be scary. But the only story that made me feel scared was the last one. It was the only one that I truly loved and enjoyed. But I did like the other stories.I have different feelings about all of them. So I'm going to try to rate them all, and to say a little bit about each story. But yeah. First I wish to say that all the stories could have been so much better. I have read great scary middle grade books. All by Claire Legrand. They are amazing. Yet these stories in this one were, well, badly written and a bit tame. Sure, most don't have happy endings, but I felt like the stories were a bit boring. I do think many people would enjoy all the stories. But I did not. Cause I have read much better middle grade stories. And these were, sadly, not good enough. But even so. I liked many of them a lot. And I loved the one by Claire. The last one. It was perfection. Sigh. I'm just so sad it wasn't longer, lol.The first story was Mr. Shocky by Michael Buckley. I'm giving this story 2 out of 5. It could have been pretty interesting, it was about an imaginary friend, which was dangerous. But the writing was so bad. And the story ended up being so silly. And the ending. Ugh. So disappointing. Not for me. The second story was Licorice Needles by Nikki Loftin. I'm giving this story 3 out of 5. It was much more exciting, yet never good enough. But it was creepy. Bad things happened. And the ending was cruel. I loved that.The third story was The Blue-Bearded Bird-Man by Adam Gidwitz. I'm giving this story 3 out of 5. It was interesting, and I liked it, but I didn't love it. Some brutal murders, which I loved. But it was a bit too silly too. Yet a good story. The fourth story was Don't Eat the Baby by Kelly Barnhill. I'm giving this story 3 out of 5. I loved another book by Kelly. And I enjoyed this story too, but I didn't love it. The ending was good, but story was a bit weird. I liked it a lot. But felt like the sort of creepy thing ate too much stuff.The fifth story was My Ghost Story by Dav Pilkey. I'm giving this story 2 out of 5. It wasn't all bad, sort of a cute comic story. But it wasn't good either. Not creepy at all. Could have been much better. The sixth story was Marcos at the River by Daniel José Older. I'm giving this story 4 out of 5. First one that I truly liked a lot. But it was way too short, sadly. But it was good. And sad. And I liked it a whole bunch. There are spirits. And a poor boy who saw his father die. Yeah. I'm happy I liked this. Wish it had been longer.The seventh story was Coconut Heads by Rita Williams-Garcia. I'm giving this story 3 out of 5. I'm not sure I liked it much at all. The boy was sort of cute. But it ended so weird. And the mom, what was she? Could have been much better, I think. The eight story was Manifest by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown. I'm giving this story 3 out of 5. I thought it was very interesting. With a boy at sea. But first he murdered another boy, and stole his ticket. I still don't understand what he was. But I liked it. Ending was good.The ninth story was Disappear! by R.L. Stine. I'm giving this story 3 out of 5. It was about magic tricks. And I sort of liked it a lot, but it was not perfect at all. Ending was weird, sigh. But happy too. The tenth and final story was The Mandigore by Claire Legrand. I'm giving this story 5 out of 5. The one story that I really truly loved a whole lot. Sigh. I will need to talk much more about this one. I'm so thrilled to say that I loved it. Was a bit nervous, but I shouldn't have been. Since it is Claire. Whom is so awesome.And, yes. This story was aamazing. It was about twelve year old Clark and Nina. Whom are best friends. And they both love this show. And that show sounded awesome. And ugh, I adored these kids. But it was too short. And too awesome. And so creepy. This story was awesome. I loved it. Clark has a grandma whom sings songs. She's a bit crazy. But she sings about The Mandigore. And it is so creepy. And oh, this story. Loved it. But that ending! I cannot. Cliffhanger. No more after. I need to know. It was so mean.Anyway. I'm glad I bought this short story collection book. I was disappointed with most of the stories, but I loved the story by Claire, which was the one I was most excited about. I think others would enjoy this one too. But yeah. It was not perfect. But the last story was. Sigh. So good. Anyway. Thank you so much to HarperTeen on Edelweiss for the auto approval. <3 I'm sorry I didn't read this sooner. Decided to wait for my final copy with all the illustrations. And oh! Those were gorgeous. I loved every one of them.

  • Heidi
    2018-10-18 16:41

    This book reminds me why I'm not the biggest fan of horror stories, especially ones that don't have happy endings. With scary stories, I guess you can't always have a happy ending, but I prefer those kind. The stories in this book vary a great deal. Several of these stories have an actual solid ending with a resolution. Several of the stories though end at the climax leaving the reader to make assumptions about exactly what happened to the main character. Although admittedly it's not hard to guess what happened, it's just not specifically said. The title of this collection "terrifying tales" is appropriate and makes the book seriously creepy. This is a book for only the toughest scary story readers (ten is the very youngest age I'd give this too and only if they are prepared to put it down if it turns out to be too much for them). The stories do reflect a wide variety of different styles which is to be expected with a variety of different authors. I can certainly admire the creativity exercised in the variety of different types of creep exhibited here. A couple of the stories are quite bloody involving murder. Several of the stories involve creepy spirits or monsters. I think my favorite story was the "Don't Eat the Baby" by Kelly Barnhill where a young boy who wanted a brother then has to defend his baby sister against said brother. I think the story that creeped me out the most was "Coconut Heads" where the main characters mother behaves very strangely. There is something very creepy about a mother who clearly isn't quite herself. I felt like jumping in that story and telling the main character to run. And the Mandigore story left me with mixed feelings, admiration for the courage of Clark, the main character, sacrificing himself for his friend Nina, and annoyance that the bad stuff happened at the hands of librarian at a library. Once again I found myself wanting to leap into the story and tell Clark and Nina not to eat the cookies that Mr. Dunn offered them. Sigh. I think I get into stories too much sometimes. In any case, the stories are well-written and definitely qualify as scary, but the collection isn't going to fit all readers, just the ones with strong stomachs and an ability to accept endings that aren't really endings, stories that just stop.

  • Texas State Poder
    2018-11-12 12:47

    If you like a good scary story and you think you can handle any scary tale well i dare you to read scary tales it has a veracity of scary creepy story's that will make you have night mares but i have to warn you your gone need a pear of underwear and pants. One more thing read this book at your own risk. i will show a example the creature was a dark spirit want to know more about it read the book. I recommend this book to those that love scary and creepy story those that think that they are not afraid of nothing those that they have experience being scared. but trust me when i say that you have not experience fear Intel you have read this book i will all so share a part of what happen when i was reading the book i was their on the bed reading the scary book when i herd some thing in my bed i then look under my bed and saw big red eyes then out of the blue i woke up the firs thing i saw in my hands was the ABNER Ocampo sandoval

  • Margie
    2018-10-25 19:58

    Are your doors and windows locked? Are all the curtains closed and the blinds lowered? Do you have a flashlight or matches and a candle handy in case the lights unexpectedly go out? Is your best buddy, your furry friend, nearby? Are you snuggling with a favorite blanket or stuffed toy you haven't used in years? If you answered yes to all of these, you might be ready to read a collection of new truly scary stories.My last encounter with a Guys Read title and an explanation of the series was Guys Read: Other Worlds (Walden Pond Press, September 17, 2013) edited by Jon Scieszka with illustrations by Greg Ruth. Stories from those outstanding creators still linger in my mind. On September 16, 2014 the fifth title, Guys Read: True Stories (Walden Pond Press) edited by Jon Scieszka with illustrations by Brian Floca was released. Ten authors known for their stellar work in writing nonfiction contributed.The newest book, the sixth in the series, Guys Read: Terrifying Tales (Walden Pond Press, September 1, 2015) edited by Jon Scieszka with illustrations by Gris Grimly is another highly anticipated work which exceeds all expectations. I did not pace myself in reading these stories. I consumed them like a survivor of a hike across Death Valley gulps cool water. Michael Buckley, Nikki Loftin, Adam Gidwitz, Kelly Barnhill, Dav Pilkey, Daniel Jose Older, Rita Williams-Garcia, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, R. L. Stine and Claire Legrand, whose work you think you may know, will garner your respect for their versatility as writers. These tales, their stories, will give you the willies for weeks...or longer. My full recommendation:

  • Laura G
    2018-11-11 12:38

    I don't particularly like scary stories, but I wanted to get in on the Guys Read stuff, and well, it's Halloween. I liked some of the stories better than others, which is always going to be the case. The last story, The Mandigore by Claire Legrand, was definitely the scariest. Mr. Shocky by Michael Buckley may have been my favorite and was pretty scary or perhaps confusing ((to kids of certain ages), since it was about a child who had been through therapy for an imaginary friend, only to find out later that his therapist and others knew that these imaginary friends were real (and scary!)! I have enjoyed novels by Rita Williams-Garcia, and again, really enjoyed her voice and storytelling style, but the scary story just didn't grab me. Maybe scary illustrations would have helped (or maybe I don't have a good imagination for scary things, which is actually OK with me!). I didn't appreciate Dav Pilkey's Ghost Story; it didn't make me think that I have been missing something great and better run out and read all the Captain Underpants books (sorry). In R.L. Stine's Disappear, the idea of making your little brother disappear and not being able to get him back was scarier than the actual story. I liked Don't Eat the Baby (Kelly Barnhill) and Marcos at the River (Daniel Jose Older). I think some of these could be just the right amount of scary if read aloud to a class with a storyteller good at using different voices, dramatic pauses, lighting, etc. Not my thing, but I can imagine some boys who "don't like to read" being hooked by this book.

  • Daniel705
    2018-11-04 15:01

    After reading "Guys Read: Terrifying Tales," it felt like a copy of the "Guys Read: Thriller." The stories were great, especially ones like "Mr. Shocky," where the internal struggle was really external. And the story called "Don't eat the baby" was just great because what the main character wanted came, and he didn't want it anymore; what he hated, he decided, was not bad at all. But a lot of the stories were thrillers, so I didn't see the point in making another thriller book. I liked the artist a lot better in the thriller book, his style was neat and terrifying. But the Terrifying Tales artist was a little too sketchy and his characters were too lanky and disproportional. So I tried not to look at the pictures too much and let my imagination roam wild. There was an R. L. Stine story in it that I didn't even realize was an R. L. Stine story until the end, when I looked at the credits of the authors. The story he wrote was called "Disappear!" and added another layer of magic to the Guys Read world.

  • Jtimko
    2018-11-04 16:04

    Ten terrifying tales by eleven noted authors make this a perfect pick for sharing around a campfire or sleepovers or reading under the covers. This is the sixth volume in the “Guys Read Library of Great Reading” series compiled by Jon Scieszka for the middle school readers. Identical in format to the previous volumes, each story in this volume is hand-picked to give you the chills. The style of writing varies from author to author and will provide a pleasant assortment of thrills. This would be a great selection for the reader who does not like to read books but is satisfied with a shorter story. A short biography of each author is provided at the back of the book. Recommended for grades 5 and up.

  • Mayra
    2018-11-09 18:59

    I bought this book for our students, especially for boys who don't want to read. I went ahead and read it, since I know once I do a book talk about it I won't be able to find it on the shelves. As the title describes, Terrifying Tales is truly a collection of stories meant to scare the impressionable. Although I am not a fan of story collections, I found myself reading the entire book. If anyone is wondering why it took me until book 6 of the Guys Read series to obtain this for our library, it was because I thought the series might be for older students.

  • 7HillsLibrarian
    2018-10-18 13:48

    Posted on behalf of Book Taster Ellie: This book has 10 horror stories in it. They are all about 30 pages. Some of them were good but the rest I just didn't care for. If you are scared of horror, don't be scared of this book. It is not that scary. Will Tyler escape his imaginary friend? Will a kid ever find out what is wrong with his sick old neighbor? Read the book to find out.This would be good for 6th grade or under. Older grades probably wouldn't be interested. I would not recommend reading this alone at night!

  • Reving
    2018-11-01 11:37

  • Amy
    2018-10-25 14:57

    It was okay. If spooky stories are what it takes to get guys to read, I can think of some other books that are better. This book was a little better written and more creative than the Goosebumps series, but only a little.I guess I'm lucky that my boys have been enthusiastic readers from a young age and we've been able to find a bunch of topics that interest them. And yes, they read Goosebumps... Plus Edgar Allen Poe.

  • Linda Hughes
    2018-10-18 16:03

    Fun, Scary Collection of Short StoriesThis book is a collection of short stories aimed at the younger set. It includes authors such as R. L. Stone (Goosebumps). All of the stories are well written by professional writers, and they range from sad, thought-provoking, on to outright scary. I enjoyed reading the book even though I am far from being twelve to 16, and I found it to be a quick read, a few hours of enjoyment.

  • Paper Clippers
    2018-11-04 16:02

    Eleven masters of suspense—Kelly Barnhill, Michael Buckley, Adam Gidwitz, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, Claire Legrand, Nikki Loftin, Daniel José Older, Dav Pilkey, R.L. Stine, and Rita Williams-Garcia—have come together to bring you a bone-chilling collection of original ghost stories with illustrations by Gris Grimly, perfect for sharing around the campfire, reading under the covers with a flashlight, and scaring your friends’ pants off.The above is the summary provided by Goodreads.

  • Nickie
    2018-10-28 15:01

    I put off reading the Horror set because it's not my preferred genre. Since this is designed for middle school, it is not overboard on the gore, but most stories still have suspense/nightmare element. I didn't really love any one story in particular. I either disliked the narrator, main character, the ending, or the predictability. Someone else might enjoy this which is where the 3 star rating comes from.

  • Ruth Ann
    2018-10-21 14:55

    I read the first two stories. One is about an imaginary friend that a boy has outgrown with the help of a psychiatrist. How, then, does that friend come to be known to the boy's younger brother???The second story is about a boy and his reading tutor. Sometimes the tutor, an elderly, blind lady, has the boy read short news-type articles that have an effect on real people - yikes! Both stories are truly scary and might be terrifying in the right circumstances to younger people!

  • Melana
    2018-11-05 11:37

    Guys Reads books go from funny to thrilling, but this book is teriffying. These 11 tales will make you freeze in an instant, no I´m just joking, but you might want to sleep with a flashlight after reading it. The scary, gross, out of this world are in this book, and they are waiting for you to read.Be my guest and read this book, but I warn this is for people willing to be scared.

  • Joe
    2018-10-26 15:43

    Some of the stories were excellent, while others left something to be desired--just like most short story collections. However, overall, it's a good collection for middle readers delving into the world of horror (without all the gore and language and such found in adult horror). It's a good fit for the rest of the Guys Read library.

  • Katie
    2018-11-04 15:47

    Well, the note at the end all about how these are stories for guys and I should rec them to other guys and go to the website to find other stories for guys sure made me feel like, as a woman, I had no business reading this.Overall, I mostly enjoyed the stories though "Don't Eat the Baby" by Kelly Barnhill is the only one I really found scary.

  • Kate
    2018-10-30 13:02

    My 11 yr old son enjoyed 6-7 of these stories and found they went from wryly humourous, to thought-provoking, but never really found them scary. He liked the open endings to some of the stories, and 'Mr Shocky' was his definite favourite.Would love this series to be available in the UK as it would be great for reluctant boy readers.