The chilling hour: tales of the real and unreal /

Author McDonald, Collin,
Language English
Harper Trophy 153p. 20cm. 92-5522. $3.95., 1992


A collection of horror stories in which some strange occurrences happen in such otherwise ordinary settings as a ski vacation and a school field trip.

Subjects :

  • Occultism
  • Fiction
  • Horror tales, American
  • Short stories
  • Horror stories
  • Children's stories, American

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Best Books :

  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 1993 American Library Association

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Reviews :

Deborah Abbott (Booklist, Dec. 1, 1992 (Vol. 89, No. 7))
Often story collections suffer from unevenness, but happily these eight tales vary only in subject matter. Once again McDonald's skillful pen brings readers to the edge of their seats with mounting tension. Whether the story involves being snowbound in an isolated mountain cabin ("The Driver"), or waiting for a heart transplant ("Brothers"), or using a box of rattlesnakes effectively ("Deadly Warm"), there is always an unexpected twist that jolts and satisfies. The element of believability, essential to plots of this genre, flows smoothly, never making readers question it. The appealing jacket, a weird combination of images taken from several of the stories, will draw readers. Middle school youngsters crave scary stories, and this collection is sure to send them back to McDonald's Nightwaves: Scary Tales for After Dark and forward to wait eagerly for his next volume. Category: Older Readers. 1992, Dutton/Cobblehill, $14. Gr. 6-8.
(PUBLISHER: Cobblehill Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1992.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1992)
A snowed-in, freezing family almost makes the mistake of climbing into the Black Van that stops for them...a locket with an old photograph becomes a slow, deadly trap...a substitute teacher returns to his hometown after many years to take revenge on the children of his tormentors...a seemingly ramshackle house proves to be a gateway to past and future. Readers who enjoyed (if that's the word) the author's Nightwaves: Scary Tales for After Dark (1990) will find these eight simply told stories similar, if somewhat milder, fare. Despite occasional flashes of bone and blood, McDonald relies on irony or shock, rather than explicit glue, for his effects, and not all of these tales have a supernatural element: in "The Diving Bear," Karen watches a sad circus animal escape its captivity with a fatal fall, and Billy drives away his brutal stepfather in "Deadly Warm" by putting rattlesnakes in his bed. Plenty of unsubtle shivers. 1992, Cobblehill/Dutton, $14.00. © 1992 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Cobblehill Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1992.)

Sherri Forgash Ginsberg (KLIATT Review, July 1994 (Vol. 28, No. 4))
Here are eight short stories that are not frightening or scary but are creepy enough to make the reader think about each one long after reading it. In one story a young girl disappears into a locket picture, and in another a cruel stepfather awakes from a drunken sleep only to be frozen in fear by the poisonous snakes sleeping in his bed with him. A particularly eerie tale is about two foster children who discover a diabolical plan to kill one boy and use his organs to keep the other one alive. These are stories that will make young YAs shudder and think. Category: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. KLIATT Codes: J--Recommended for junior high school students. 1992, Harper Trophy, 153p. 20cm. 92-5522., $3.95. Ages 12 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Harper Trophy 153p. 20cm. 92-5522. $3.95., PUBLISHED: 1992)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Harper Trophy 153p. 20cm. 92-5522. $3.95., 1992

Media Type:

New York: Cobblehill Books, 1992

Media Type: Language Material
153 p. ;
PZ7.M4784176 ([Fic])

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