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The chilling hour : tales of the real and unreal
Collin McDonald.
New York : Cobblehill Books, c1992.
153 p. ; 22 cm.


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.

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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.

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.


Horror tales, American.
Children's stories, American.
Horror stories.
Occultism Fiction.
Short stories.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.M4784176 Ch 1992
92005522 [Fic]
0525651012 : $14.00
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