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“Werewolf Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Anthony Masters – Part 1

We’re on the last book of the series! Will it all be worth it?

To tell you the truth, I like werewolf stories. People tend to write off werewolves as the most cliché and overdone stock monsters, but too bad, I like them. If there’s any monster that’s overrated in fiction, I think it’s zombies – there’s a rant about that to come another day. But what’s Anthony Masters’s take on werewolves? All will be revealed.

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“Ghost Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Anthony Masters – Part 2

Previously:

  • Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, I Can Row a Boat, Canoe?
  • Ghost Dinosaurs
  • Fonz Pond
  • Life on Mars
  • Snow (Hey-Oh)

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“Ghost Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Anthony Masters – Part 1

And now for something completely different! There’s a marked difference between this book and the others, and that is that it’s just a collection of stories. There’s no framing device of kids narrating them. At last! Music to my ears!

My idea of a perfect horror book is one in which there are no children ... at all!

“My idea of a perfect horror book is one in which there are no children … at all!”

Has Anthony Masters come up trumps at last? Let’s find out!

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“Vampire Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Anthony Masters – Part 2

Previously:

  • Pudding Panic
  • Tales from the Crypt
  • Bible Belt Blues
  • Potent Potables
  • The Exorcist

Read on for more vampires! Because you can never have enough of those in a kids’ horror book.

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Quick note on the future of this blog

It seems there are five books in the Anthony Masters series I’m currently reviewing: Horror Stories, Scary Tales, Vampire Stories, Ghost Stories and Werewolf Stories. That means I’m exactly halfway through, but since the books are quite short I should start looking at what’s up next. Ideas include:

Horrorscopes – UK teen horror series based around zodiac signs. Anthony Masters wrote one of them.

Zodiac Chillers – US teen horror series based around zodiac signs. Mostly written by authors who contributed to the infamous Point Horror.

Horowitz Horror – short story collections written by Anthony Horowitz, however, there are only three books

Horror High – Point Horror/Fear Street rip off

Terror Academy – another Point Horror/Fear Street rip off. My only question mark over this one is that the series apparently has a creepy fixation with rape, which can’t (or shouldn’t) be made fun of.

Any preferences and/or requests for something else? Let me know!

“Vampire Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Anthony Masters – Part 1

Yes, it’s a whole book about vampires. Check your copies of Twilight at the door, and pour a strong Bloody Mary. You’ll need it.

You know the drill by now. A bunch of kids are gathered somewhere, telling scary stories that they claim are TOTES TRUE and happened to them. You could YouTube a few episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark, or you could waste an hour or two reading this book. And you know which one I’m gonna pick.

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“Scary Tales to Tell in the Dark” by Anthony Masters – Part 2

Previously, on “Scary Tales to Tell in the Dark”:

  • Merry Goblins
  • Any Folklore Will Do As Long As It Sounds Vaguely Scottish
  • Werewolf Concerto
  • Ghost Bus-ters
  • Crystal Bollocks

Let’s just try and get this one over with, shall we?

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Shameless Plug

If you’re into tokusatsu like me, check out this post from the Toku Ladies podcast team (linked in sidebar) as to why love triangles are horrible: https://tokuladiespodcast.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/love-triangles-are-stupid/

“Scary Tales to Tell in the Dark” by Anthony Masters – Part 1

Here comes another one, just like the other one. I’m not sure how many books there are in this series. There are collections of “Ghost Stories” and “Vampire Stories” so I might recap those next, although after this book, I’m not sure I want to. Pull up a chair, get yourself a hot drink, check under your bed for intruders, it’s time for more delights from Anthony Masters.

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