The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister (Paperback)
Syd's Staff Pick (July 2014): Fans of Tim Burton movies, Grimm fairy tales, and maybe even the Twilight Zone, I think would enjoy this book. The “cabinet” is full of artifacts that each have their own terrifying tale behind them, and the Curators (Bachmann, Catmull, Legrand, and Trevayne) are who brought the artifacts in and have the ability to re-tell their tales. Its an intriguing compilation of short stories that don’t particularly have anything in common except for their sinister plots: a cake that makes its owner feel as though he’s being eaten by himself, bloodthirsty grifters, and all sorts of things from childhood nightmares!— From Syd's Staff Picks
A collection of thirty-six forty eerie, mysterious, intriguing, and very short stories by the acclaimed authors Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire LeGrand, and Emma Trevayne. The Cabinet of Curiosities is perfect for fans of Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and anyone who relishes a good creepy tale. Great for reading alone or reading aloud at camp or school!
The book features an introduction and commentary by the authors and black-and-white illustrations throughout.
“A hefty sheaf of chillers—all short enough to share aloud and expertly cast to entice unwary middle graders a step or two into the shadows.”
“This collection of 36 short dark fantasies . . . aspires to sit on the same shelf as Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and succeeds admirably. . . . Readers who enjoy their Halloween chills all year round will find this anthology a delight.”
“With school dismissed, it’s time for pure pleasure reading. . . . The Cabinet of Curiosities . . . lets readers dip in and out of 36 spine-tingling tales.”
“The stories are remarkable both for their uniformly high quality and for their distinctness from one another; the abundant atmospherics, including occasional stark black-and-white illustrations, provide a unifying sense of dread.”
“For readers who have gloried in and graduated from Alvin Schwartz’s collections of scary stories, the tales collected here will provide a deliciously tingly next step.…All are engagingly unsettling in some way, with a select few crossing over into genuine nightmare territory.”