The Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings

The Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings

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This is a collection of 35 stories where the main feature is the ending. Sometimes it's an unpleasant or a nasty end, sometimes there is an unexpected twist, but usually the ending comes as a complete surprise to the people in the story. You'll meet sinister landladies, deadly coffins, poisonous hats, evil statuettes, murderous monks, and real lions. And you'll find answers to such questions as: what does it feel like to be a ghost? What is living at the bottom of the well? And what should you do if you meet the terrifying Gorgo? The stories are written by well-known writers such as Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury, E. Nesbit, T.H. White, John Christopher, and many more. They will thrill, delight, amuse, frighten, and surprise you. But watch out for the end--it could be nasty!show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 134 x 210 x 18mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0192781588
  • 9780192781581

About Dennis Pepper

Dennis Pepper is the editor of The Oxford Book of Ghost Stories and The Young Oxford Book of Scary Tales. He lives in England.show more

Review quote

"Revels in the sinister, mysterious, gross, and creepy. The 34 stories by such authors as Roald Dahl, E. Nesbit, and Ray Bradbury promise--or threaten--to leave readers on edge."--Publishers Weekly"A dark brew of horror, ghost, crime, and science fiction stories by authors who generally address both older children and adults.... What really happens at the end of the stories is generally left for the readers to decide. But, as the editor says, 'Don't expect to sleep easy.'"--The New York Times Book Review"[A] fine collection of chilling and cerebral thrillers... a variety of well-crafted, thought-provoking pieces from around the world. These haunting, goosebump-producing scenarios showcase the talents of familiar young adult and adult writers...From the subtle to the ironic to the terrifying, the stories in this quality collection prove that the classic macabre effectively transcends time, plce, and season."--Booklist"Featuring endings that are sometimes gruesome, sometimes wry, and sometimes thoughtful, Pepper's compilation of tales won't disappoint even the most avid readers of short stories or mysteries. The selections are suspenseful, scary, and surprising... Finely crafted stories. Great for sharing on Halloween or around a campfire."--School Library Journal"Young adults will appreciate this array of weird stories with unexpected twists and surprises for endings. From evil statues to deadly coffins, each story holds a horrid surprise and very different plots to excite the imagination."--Children's Bookwatch"An anthology of clever, well-crafted tales with unexpected twists and /or surprise denouements."--The Orlando Sentinelshow more

Review Text

Pepper (The Oxford Book of Scary Tales, 1992, etc.) has gathered 34 short stories into this collection that will certainly offer readers the occasional frisson. While none of the tales are original, most still carry a potent charge. Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt" seems even more pertinent today, in the light of rising school violence; Gerald Kersh's "The Old Burying Place" offers a clear-eyed view of how "civilized" life would be after a nuclear war; and Fredric Brown's "Voodoo" suggests a different route for winning a divorce settlement - black magic. Most of the stories feature children or young adults; while many of the stories are brief in length, they are all of high quality in this collection that will find an audience at Halloween and during the rest of the school year. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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70 ratings
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2 9% (6)
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