Tales from the Fringes of Fear

Orca. Apr. 2020. 192p. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9781459824584.
Gr 4-7–In this companion book to Szpirglas’s Tales from Beyond the Brain, 13 spine-tingling stories feature students who find that their classes and teachers are far from boring—they are possibly deadly! These fast-paced tales address time travel, monsters, aliens, haunted walls, and technology that is more sinister than smart. Eerie black-and-white illustrations are perfectly placed to punch up the unique plots. Readers might take away new things to fear as well as some cool facts (for example; snakes don’t hibernate, they brumate). While some of the stories are truly frightening, there is plenty of humor among the scares. Featuring a retro cover similar to R.L. Stine’s new “Fear Street” series, this book is perfect for younger fans of the recent movie version of Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark. Each creepy story ends like a door being slammed shut; elementary and middle school readers will be eager to open the door to the next one.
VERDICT Nothing and nobody are what they seem in this entertaining, nightmare-inducing collection. Recommended for young horror and sci-fi lovers.

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