I love horror novels and horror stories, so when I heard about this book, I knew it was going to be for me. I knew I was going to enjoy it before I even started it, and I wasn’t wrong about that! Even the cover of Scary Out There is kind of scary – leading up to the twisted, spooky, and creepy stories inside.
There are over twenty stories and poems in this book that are guaranteed to make your spine tingle. I’ve carefully read each one, and while some are a lot more frightening than others (some of them are just psychologically disturbing and others are downright terrifying to the point where I had to read other books before bed), they’re all brilliant. They definitely aren’t exactly what will come to mind automatically when someone mentions the book being a horror novel – it’s more about individuals and what they are afraid of – for example, one story in the book is about a girl who suffers from an eating disorder who is slowly starting to turn invisible…because she is terrified of not being noticed anymore. While not exactly scary in the traditional sense, many of these stories will make you think and really mess with your mind (and I love that!).
There are authors that I haven’t read anything by as of yet, and authors that are really famous (R.L. Stine, anyone?), so I have to say that books full of short stories are always great ways to discover new authors. I’ve found quite a few that I really enjoyed the work of in this collection, and it will definitely move me to go and find myself some of their books to read.
My favorite story in this collection is Danny by Josh Malerman. Bird Box was one of my favorite novels that I read last year (and still remains so to this date), so I was super excited when I saw that he had contributed a story to this collection. The story is about a fifteen year old girl who decides to take a babysitting job, only to find out that the boy who she is supposed to be babysitting doesn’t actually exist…or does he?
If you like horror or psychologically thrilling novels and stories, I have to recommend that you don’t skip over this one – it’s such a great read, packed with stories and poems from bestselling authors, making it a great way to unwind and relax without having to commit to a full length book. My only word of advice? You might want to sleep with the lights on after you read some of these stories!
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About Jonathan Maberry
JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries.
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