Help me find a series of semi-obscure YA Horror Short Story Anthologies?
September 25, 2018 6:42 AM   Subscribe

When I was a kid I used to read these horror anthologies (probably aimed at teenagers?) that scared the shit out of me because the kids and their parents often were killed in the end. My feeling is that I most have found them at a book fair or something, so they're probably published by a well-known publisher, but I don't think they were ever very popular (not thinking about the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books). Can anyone help me figure out what these books were? I'm pretty sure my parents gave them away when I moved to college and no amount of googling has got me any closer to finding them.

I remember a story about shadows coming to life, the parents not believing the kids, and then all of them being huddled in a bedroom during a power outage where they were eventually killed by the shadows. My feeling is that I most have found them at a book fair or something, so they're probably published by a well-known publisher, but I don't think they were ever very popular (not thinking about the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books). Can anyone help me figure out what these books were? I'm pretty sure my parents gave them away when I moved to college and no amount of googling has got me any closer to finding them.

Help and thanks!
posted by coolguy#1 to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I remember owning Thirteen as a kid - I think it was just a one-off anthology, but sounds really similar to what you are describing.
posted by augustimagination at 6:49 AM on September 25, 2018


One of these, maybe?
posted by Ipsifendus at 7:05 AM on September 25, 2018




Thanks everyone! Okay, so Thirteen is definitely party of what I'm remembering! I think there was another series though, that I don't think was Pike's Tales of Terror. I remember the cover being illustrated, maybe with like an "outback," Australian theme for one of the books? Does this ring any bells for anyone?
posted by coolguy#1 at 7:35 AM on September 25, 2018


Does anything on this list from White Wolf ring a bell? There's also this list from the Dell Abyss series of YA horror.

(Suggestion based on palmcorder_yajna's comment on another recent 'half-remembered YA horror fiction' question.)
posted by MonkeyToes at 8:10 AM on September 25, 2018


I think I found it: Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs.

Story six, "Shadow Play," sounds like what you described.
posted by tacodave at 3:35 PM on September 25, 2018 [2 favorites]


YESS tacodave, YESSSSSSSSSSSS this is it! thank you so much!
posted by coolguy#1 at 5:54 PM on September 25, 2018 [2 favorites]


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