Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Thing at the Foot of the Bed and Other Scary Tales

The Thing at the Foot of the Bed and Other Scary Tales
author: Maria Leach
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.45
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date added: 2017/02/16
'The Thing at the Foot of the Bed and Other Scary Tales' by Maria Leach with illustrations by Kurt Werth reminded me of camping and telling ghost stories around the fire. Do people still do that?

Here is a book from the middle of the last century. There are quite a few ghost stories organized by type. There are funny ones, scary ones, "real" ones, ghost games, witch stories, and do's and don't's about ghosts. None of the stories is particularly scary, and most are quaint and somewhat funny. There are lone hitchhikers who disappear and talking cats and people who mistakenly shoot their foot thinking it's a ghost. All of the stories are quite short.

I don't know if kids today would even care about a collection like this. I read lots of Rod Serling and Alfred Hitchcock collections and loved the Universal monsters. I remember being scared of the hook-handed man and the girl with the ribbon tied around her neck. These are more like folklore. The footnotes tell where the stories are told, and this was of more interest to me. The illustrations break up the stories and are a bit on the rough side, but I liked them. There is a bibliography for further reading. I enjoyed this not so scary collection of ghost stories.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Dover Publications and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.

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