A boy is trapped in a possessed car that has stalled in the path of an oncoming train. A girl is dragged into a crypt during a field trip to an eighteenth-century cemetery. A group of friends meet their fate after an unsettling visit with a backwoods psychic. And that's just the beginning.
Celebrated author Vivian Vande Velde is at her spine-tingling best in this collection of thirteen scary stories, all of which take place on Halloween night. With tales that range from the disturbing to the downright gruesome, this is one collection that teens will want to read with the lights on . . . and the doors locked.
About the Author
Vivian Vande Velde has written many books for teen and middle grade readers, including Heir Apparent, User Unfriendly, All Hallow's Eve: 13 Stories, Three Good Deeds, Now You See It ..., and the Edgar Award–winning Never Trust a Dead Man. She lives in Rochester, New York. Visit her website at www.vivianvandevelde.com.
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All Hallows' Eve13 Stories
By Vande Velde, Vivian
Harcourt Children's BooksCopyright © 2006 Vande Velde, Vivian
All right reserved.
Come in and Rest
Don't be shy. Don't be afraid. Come on in. Granny doesn't bite. See, Granny has hardly any teeth left. I couldn't bite if I wanted to.
Are you nervous because it's All Hallows' Eve? This is a spooky night. The dead walk, witches convene, a door opens between the world of the seen and the world of the unseen.
And sometimes that door lets all sorts of evil onto the earth.
No, no, don't leave. I'm just telling stories. Silly old granny that I am. The night is cold and dark, and you've walked so far to get here, and I just want to help you.
Eye of newt
Tear of pity from a heartless soul . . .
Granny is good at helping people. No one has ever complained.
Let me guess what you need.
You're such a pretty young thing, with skin so soft and smooth, and your hair thick and dark, and your eyes clear, and your limbs firm and strong, and you even have all your teeth. Lucky, lucky you.
Granny misses her teeth.
What could a girl like you possibly need? What keeps you from being happy?
Is there sickness in your family? No, no, don't answer: Granny is guessing. And Granny would have guessed, even before you shook your head, that you don't have the look ofsomeone dealing with that particular sorrow.
Are you needing money to survive? No, you're too beautiful to have done without meals or to be having no place to lay your head at night.
Is there someone who has crossed you, someone you want to put a curse on? Maybe . . . but Granny thinks you probably know how to get back at people, so you wouldn't need magic for that.
Granny guesses she sees a light in your eyes-- not fever, or hunger, or the thought of revenge.
Granny guesses it's love. Granny guesses you're in love with a boy who doesn't love you back.
See! Granny's good at this.
Granny can help.
Wing of bat
Tooth of rat
Water that someone has drowned in . . .
Is he handsome? Is he rich?
Oh, yes, Granny knows the young man you mean. Granny thinks he's a fine choice. If Granny were younger, she'd want him for herself.
Granny has just the spell to bind him to you.
Granny must mix this, and this, and a little bit of this.
Yes, yes, it smells bad, but it's just what you need.
Drink it all.
Yes, every last bit.
He will love your face, and your form, and your voice, and the way you move.
To be happy, he will need to see your eyes, to hear your laugh, to smell your scent, to touch your skin, to taste your lips. To be happy, he will need your happiness.
He will find completeness only in you.
Stain of blood
Dying breath of a murdered man . . .
You may feel light-headed.
Oops, Granny warned you. Here, take my hands. Granny will hold you steady while the spell works its way through you.
Yes, you're perfectly right: He needs to drink down the potion that will tie him to you.
Or should I say: to your beautiful, healthy, young body.
I'll make sure he drinks that.
The spell I just did? That lets us trade, you and Granny.
Don't struggle. It's no use, and you'll only bruise our beautiful skin.
Do you feel your limbs growing sore and weak? Do you recognize your features forming on me?
It's no use screaming; Granny is the only one who can hear.
Fine, then. Be that way: Let go of my hands. Too late now, anyway.
Oh, Granny sees. You're not so much recoiling from me as convulsing from the poison.
Did I forget to mention the poison?
I can't very well have you complaining about me. Granny has never had any complaints.
You just go ahead and lie there on the floor. It won't be too much longer, and the pain won't get much worse.
I'll go see to your young man.
He and I will be very happy together.
And if we're not-- I have a spell for that, too.
Copyright 2006 by Vande Velde, Vivian
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Table of Contents
Come in and Rest a Spell
Morgan Roehmar’s Boys
Only on All Hallows’ Eve
Cemetery Field Trip
I Want to Thank You
When and How
When My Parents Come to Visit
Edward, Lost and Far from Home
My Real Mother
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of my favorite collections of scary story books ever!
A collection of thirteen short stories all set on Halloween. Each story presents different characters in different places and times. In the first story, ¿Marian,¿ Justin is leaving a Halloween party in his recently purchased car. Hitting a speed bump, he awakens the car¿s GPS system, or so he thinks. The system, calling herself Marian, gives him directions home, which he follows, but finds himself stalled on train tracks trying desperately to restart the car as the train approaches. In ¿Only on All Hallows Eve,¿ Martin tries to convince his cousin Raleigh to play a Halloween prank on mean Elfirda, whose husband Tomlin has not been seen since he left her to join the army. But Raleigh isn¿t the same since he fell for the blacksmith¿s daughter, and Martin is left to play his prank alone. In ¿When and How,¿ five friends are on a trip to find a psychic. The cheapest answers one question for each, but on the ride home, they realize they have each asked the wrong question.Teens will enjoy these suspenseful stories, especially as Halloween approaches. Each story has a different feel: some are suspenseful, some serious and a few end with sharp punch lines. The short stories will especially appeal to reluctant readers and teens looking for a break from their school assignments. No matter what the length each story builds its tension steadily until the climax.
13 horror stories by Vivian Vande Velde. Each interesting and unique in its own way. Some very short, others, a little longer; all with their own twist of the supernatural. Worth the read.
Hella good book
All Hallows' Eve is a great scary book for young and old readers who loves to be scare. The book is actually split into 13 scary stories that will give you goosebumps and haunt you in your nightmares. Each story have a different character that are either killed or just lucky that they survived. Each story either have ghosts, witches, vampires,or werewolves. I would recommend this to any friend. What i really enjoyed about this book is the way the author made sure each 13 stories ended with a shocking surprise. Vivian Vande wrote the book really well she was sure that each story will shock you with fear. She is one of the best story writers i had ever read so far. I highly recommend this book to any reader.
After reading All Hallows' Eve, by Vivian Vande Velde, I wandered over to the author's website and found a long list of books, many of them fantasies for teens, and even a section with a wise and fascinating essay on why books shouldn't be banned. I think I like this author! (Wish I could be in one of her writers' groups!) All Hallows' Eve is a fun collection of scary Halloween tales; thirteen of them, of course, all different, all fascinatingly original. There's Granny, offering that perfect spell to the teenaged grandchild. There's the mysteriously talented GPS in a rather battered old car. There's Matt, trying to cope with his quarreling parents when they visit his grandmother's house; lost Edward; found Harlan; five friends having their fortunes told. There's something for everyone-at least, for everyone who fancies a Halloween scare. I loved these tormented teen stories, haunting, funny, scary, strange and sad; and I know I'll be looking out for more books by this author. Meanwhile I'll work my way through the writing advice on her site; she seems like an excellent teacher to hope to learn from.
I have been a fan of Vivian Vande Velde ever since I read CURSES, INC. AND OTHER STORIES. I quickly followed that up by reading several of her other books, including NOW YOU SEE IT... and COMPANIONS OF THE NIGHT. Ms. Vande Velde is the master of spooky stories, whether they be contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy. What she's even better at, though, is writing short stories that have a way of staying with you long after you finish reading them.
With ALL HALLOWS' EVE, the author has brought us thirteen original short stories that, as a whole, scared the bejesus out of me. Whether the story is two pages long or ten, you find yourself immersed in the life of whatever tale the author is telling--and find yourself coming out, at the end of it, glad you're reading with the lights on.
The stories in this collection include:
COME IN AND REST A SPELL
MORGAN ROEHMAR'S BOYS
ONLY ON ALL HALLOWS' EVE
CEMETERY FIELD TRIP
I WANT TO THANK YOU
WHEN AND HOW
WHEN MY PARENTS COME TO VISIT
EDWARD, LOST AND FAR FROM HOME
MY REAL MOTHER
There is nothing timid about this collection. I have always loved Halloween; it is, in fact, my second favorite holiday, beat out only by Christmas. After reading these short stories, though, I will never look at hay rides, cemeteries, school trips, cackling old ladies, or scarecrows on front porches in the same way. I read, on a regular basis, the stories of horror/paranormal authors Dean Koontz and Stephen King, and these stories by Vivian Vande Velde freaked me out just as much as those by my horror heroes. Be warned, though. Read MORGAN ROEHMAR'S BOYS, CEMETERY FIELD TRIP, and MY REAL MOTHER at your own risk--and with those lights on.
It's never what I expect to happen of course but anyway. The Scaryness comes almost right at the end and then it just ends abruptly too. It's good horror though. I'm reading Now You See It.....
I have been a fan of Vivian Vande Velde ever since I read CURSES, INC. AND OTHER STORIES. I quickly followed that up by reading several of her other books, including NOW YOU SEE IT... and COMPANIONS OF THE NIGHT. Ms. Vande Velde is the master of spooky stories, whether they be contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy. What she's even better at, though, is writing short stories that have a way of staying with you long after you finish reading them. With ALL HALLOWS' EVE, the author has brought us thirteen original short stories that, as a whole, scared the bejesus out of me. Whether the story is two pages long or ten, you find yourself immersed in the life of whatever tale the author is telling-- and find yourself coming out, at the end of it, glad you're reading with the lights on. The stories in this collection include: COME IN AND REST A SPELL, MARIAN, MORGAN ROEHMAR'S BOYS, ONLY ON ALL HALLOWS' EVE, CEMETERY FIELD TRIP, BEST FRIENDS, PRETENDING, I WANT TO THANK YOU, WHEN AND HOW, WHEN MY PARENTS COME TO VISIT, EDWARD, LOST AND FAR FROM HOME, MY REAL MOTHER, and HOLDING ON. There is nothing timid about this collection. I have always loved Halloween it is, in fact, my second favorite holiday, beat out only by Christmas. After reading these short stories, though, I will never look at hay rides, cemeteries, school trips, cackling old ladies, or scarecrows on front porches in the same way. I read, on a regular basis, the stories of horror/paranormal authors Dean Koontz and Stephen King, and these stories by Vivian Vande Velde freaked me out just as much as those by my horror heroes. Be warned, though. Read MORGAN ROEHMAR'S BOYS, CEMETERY FIELD TRIP, and MY REAL MOTHER at your own risk--and with those lights on.