________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 20. . . . June 6, 2003

cover Be Very Afraid! More Tales of Horror.

Edo Van Belkom, ed.
Toronto, ON: Tundra Books, 2002.
192 pp., pbk., $9.99.
ISBN 0-88776-595-5.

Subject Headings:
Horror tales, Canadian (English).
Horror tales, American.

Grades 7-9 / Ages 12-14.

Review by Christina Pike.

*** /4

excerpt:

Suddenly, she noticed that her mother was watching this ritual with a horrified look on her face.

"Dear God, Stacy! Is this what you've been doing? Spitting out your food? No wonder you're wasting away to nothing! You've got to eat!"

"Oh, Mom, you're so dramatic! Chill out! That was just a fatty piece of chicken, that's all. It was gross, so I spit it out."

Stacy's mom slammed her hand on the table, making her daughter jump."Don't you lie to me, young lady! Look at you - nothing but skin and bones! You're practically fading away in front of my eyes. I don't care what the doctor said. We're going to the hospital right now!"

She pushed back her chair, knocking it over. Ignoring it, she walked around the table and grabbed Stacy's wrist, but it slipped through her grasp, leaving smudges of makeup behind...

Belkom has selected fourteen tales of terror written by various authors to produce this collection. The pieces range from new tales of terror, such as cybercrime, to the age old classical tales of ghosts. The common theme that unites these pieces is the element of the unknown as Belkom, himself, states, "the fears we hold closest to our hearts, ... the fears that cut us to the bone."

     Belkom in this collection has managed to put together a selection of short stories guaranteed to scare the bravest of hearts. This is a collection that can be read in pieces or together as one book. However, once the first page is turned, this is a book that is difficult to put down. The selections range in length and vary in theme. Since the stories focus on ideas that are have some basis in reality, this makes the collection even more scary.

Recommended.

Christina Pike is a Learning Resource and English teacher at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts, NL.

 

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