By Robert D. San Souci, Katherine Coville

Ghoulies, ghosties, and long-leggedy beasties inhabit those 30 chilling stories amassed from world wide. Creepy vintage and modern tales from Australia, Germany, India, El Salvador, and elsewhere--including a fit aiding of yankee apparitions--will preserve readers and listeners scared stiff. Do you dare stroll down the lane the place "Crooker Waits"? Or could you fairly shake "The furry Hands"? Twenty eerie illustrations spotlight this significant other to Robert D. San Souci's past collections of frightening tales, which School Library Journal known as "an absolute pride. . . . younger readers will gobble up those thirty exciting snacks and beg for more." relish this supernatural deal with for spine-tingling enjoyable!

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Her Mother W hen she got her daughter’s first letter from America, the mother had a good cry. Everything was fine, the daughter said. The plane journey was fine, her professor 6 Her Mother 7 who met her at the airport was nice, her university was very nice, the house she shared with two American girls (nice girls) was fine, her classes were OK and her teaching was surprisingly fine. She ended the letter saying she was fine and hoping her mother and father were too. The mother let out a moan she could barely control and wept in an agony of longing and pain and frustration.

Gupta from next door dropped in to comfort me, bless her. She said she had full faith you would come back, that only boys didn’t. She says a daughter will always regard her parents’ home as her only home, unlike sons who attach themselves to their wives. As you know, she has four sons, all married, and all, she says, under their wives’ thumbs. But it was true, the mother thought. Her own husband fell to pieces every time she visited her parents without him. When he accompanied her there he needed so much looking after that she couldn’t talk to her mother, so she preferred to go without him.

It gives you the strength to carry on. I know you don’t believe in rituals, but all I’m asking you to do is to light the lamp in the morning, light an agarbatti, fold your hands, close your eyes and think of truth and correct actions. That’s all. Keep these items and the silver idol of Ganesha which I put into your suitcase in a corner in your cupboard or on your desk. For the mother, who had prayed all her life, prayer was like bathing or brushing her teeth or chopping onions. She had found some strength in the patterns these created, and sometimes, some peace.

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