Results of the Bram Stoker Award in the year 2000.
Everyone knows that a computer’s “undo” command can erase a mistake. Gib Finney has been given a device that allows him to do the same thing—in real life. At first, the possibilities seem endless. Flunk a test; take it over again. Keep swinging at the same pitch until you finally hit the winning home run. But when his younger sister is gravely injured in a traffic accident for which he feels responsible, Gib has to figure out which events in a two-day period should be changed in order to ensure that the accident never takes place. Did it all begin when Gib and his friend Ash set out for the carnival? Or when he argued with Rainy Frogner about the salt in their science experiment? Or when he shot the spitball at his math teacher? Gib finds himself “correcting” far more than he intended to, and the consequences quickly become impossible to predict.
What scares you? Is it vampires and werewolves, or the terror that rises from the darkness of everyday life?
Be Afraid! gathers fifteen stories, twelve of them original, by award-winning authors from both the horror and young adult fields in an anthology in which the shivers are as familiar as the touch of a cold hand on the back of your neck.
Be afraid of an innocent-looking doll. Be afraid for the changes that occur to a young boy as he matures into adulthood. Be afraid for a girl who is teased by her schoolmates for having a scar that has ruined her otherwise pretty face. The stories take everyday situations and recast them in a scary and unforgettable light.
Edited by Edo van Belkom, Be Afraid! features tales by international award-winning and bestselling authors, including Robert J. Sawyer, Monica Hughes, Tim Wynne-Jones, Ed Greenwood, Nancy Kilpatrick, Joe R. Lansdale, Ed Gorman, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Richard Laymon as well as a host of exciting new writers.
Eight-year-old Jessica Atkins wants a monster for Christmas. Not a big, mean monster; more of a friendly little one to play with when she comes home from school, and maybe scare away the mice who live in her big old London house.
But the old housekeeper, Mrs. Murgatroyd, warns her against wishing for a monster in this house. Exactly one hundred years ago the Christmas Thingy visited this very house and stole away with a load of Christmas presents.
As Mrs. Murgatroyd’s mum used to say: “Like a rose must bloom and a pig must squeal, a cow must moo and a thingy must steal. It simply must.”
Be careful what you wish for, Jessica…
The Christmas Thingy is a heartwarming story for children (and adults!) of all ages—and a delightful fantasy for every day of the year! When the transforming power of friendship is combined with the magic of the Christmas season, anything can happen.
Harry Potter is back! A teenager pitching headfirst into the world of near adulthood, Harry returns to Hogwarts for his fourth year. Will he be allowed to play in the Quidditch World Cup? Has Lord Voldemort and his sinister cohorts, the Death Eaters, returned for murder? What will happen at the Triwizard Tournament? Will Hogwarts beat the Beauxbatons and the Durmstran? Will Harry be one of the contenders? And what about girls? All of the familiar characters are back along with several new ones in a tale that will make this book another favorite among Muggles of all ages. There are also enough loose strands at the end to keep us all in eager anticipation of book five.