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A killing frost is on the pumpkin, a ghostly harvest moon hangs in the midnight sky of All Souls’ Eve, and thirteen tales of murder and the macabre make 13 HORRORS OF HALLOWEEN a perfect witches’ brew of short story suspense.
As the clock strikes the witching hour, Ellery Queen invites you to a mysterious masquerade to witness a bloody crime. Edith Wharton lures you to a remote and lonely spot to watch what happens on the night when the dead can walk. And Ray Bradbury shows you how a demented mind makes bobing for apples a very grisly game.
Graveyards and haunted houses, vampires and ghouls, messages written in blood, and jack-o’-lanterns alive with menace—they’re all waiting to grip you with delightful chills of terror in this unforgettably frightening collection of Halloween tricks and treats.
ISAAC ASIMOV • WILLIAM BANKIER • ANTHONY BOUCHER • RAY BRADBURY • ROBERT GRANT • EDWARD D. HOCH • TALMAGE POWELL • ELLERY QUEEN • AL SARRANTONIO • LEWIS SHINER • EDITH WHARTON • GAHAN WILSON • ROBERT F. YOUNG
This is an appropriately chilling little anthology of Halloween stories, with the two best being Ray Bradbury’s “October Game” and Al Sarrantino’s “Pumpkin Head.” Most of the others are quite nice, too.
The one story here by Asimov, “Halloween,” is one of his weakest, which is a strike against the book.