Out to Get You: 13 Tales of Weirdness and Woe

By: Josh Allen

Illustrator: Sarah J. Coleman

The everyday world is full of sinister secrets, and these page-turning stories show that there’s darkness even where you least expect it. Readers will sleep with one eye open…

Get ready for a collection of thirteen short stories that will chill your bones, tingle your spine, and scare your pants off. Debut author Josh Allen masterfully concocts horror in the most innocent places, like R.L. Stine meets a modern Edgar Allan Poe. A stray kitten turns into a threatening follower. The street sign down the block starts taunting you. Even your own shadow is out to get you! Spooky things love hiding in plain sight. Thirteen eerie full-page illustrations by award-winning artist Sarah J. Coleman accompany the tales in this frightful mashup that reads like a contemporary Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Black-and-white illustrations created with pencil, pen, and ink.

ISBN: 9780823443666

JLG Release: Dec 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Horror , Short stories , Schools , Friendship

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Move over “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” you’ve got a new neighbor. These chill-worthy, macabre tales are sure to keep many a young reader awake at night. Take, for instance, the tale of Ivy, who found a greenish-black marker on the floor in her class one day. No one claimed it, so she took it for herself; the marker was ideal for drawi Move over “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” you’ve got a new neighbor. These chill-worthy, macabre tales are sure to keep many a young reader awake at night. Take, for instance, the tale of Ivy, who found a greenish-black marker on the floor in her class one day. No one claimed it, so she took it for herself; the marker was ideal for drawing a tiny little vine with just three leaves on her hand. Imagine her horror the next day when she discovers the imaginary vine has begun crawling up her arm. Too late, she realizes that taking a shower “waters” the vine and causes it to grow. Desperately, she refuses to shower…for a long, long time. All her friends desert her in her smelly state but she doesn’t care, she just wants the vine to stop growing. Horror and tongue-in-cheek humor meld seamlessly in these unique tales. The settings and characters—including preteens, parents, and principals—will make a lasting impression on readers. In the same vein as Stephen Gammell’s illustrations for Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories,” black-and-white drawings enhance the authenticity of the dark, shady, and grotesque. A top-notch thrill-ride of creepy, crunchy horror. This collection belongs on every young horror shelf.

Book Details

ISBN

9780823443666

First Release

December 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Page Count

176

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 660L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Holiday House

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Horror, Short stories, Schools, Friendship,

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