Need help finding a book of short stories from my childhood...
May 31, 2012 9:47 AM Subscribe
I read this book of creepy short stories when I was younger and I can't find the book. One story was about a kid who is turned into a plant and another was about a guy being buried in the Hoover Dam.
posted by theuninvitedguest to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Nearly twenty years ago we moved in with my grandmother over the summer while we waited for our house to be built. I spent a lot of time at the library down her street, mainly reading books of spooky stories or unexplained phenomena. There was one book which I distinctly remember, although my memory is hazy and it's possible the stories weren't even in the same book, although I'm fairly certain they were.
The first story was about a kid who may or may not have been bad, for whatever reason. The main thing I remember is that at the end of the story he was turned into a plant, or is somehow inside a plant, in his Mom's garden. I believe it ended with her just about to prune the plants and he's trying to yell out to her. There may have been an illustration of a plant with a tiny, person-sized bulge in the stem. Again, this was so long ago maybe my imagination is getting the best of me.
The other story was about a worker or tourist who was visiting the Hoover Dam as it was being built and somehow was buried alive in the cement. This seems to be a fairly popular urban legend and pops in multiple places, making it hard to search for.
If things rings a bell for anyone, I'd love to find the book and possibly recreate the feeling of that summer (or be disappointed I can't recreate it).