The Haunting Hour: Ten New Stories by R.L. Stine

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Demco Media, Dec 1, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction
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Someone pushed me, hard, away from the doorway. The ghouls were limping, staggering, groaning, making their way out of the house. The full moon floated high in the night sky now. The wind whistled and howled between the crooked gravestones.

"At midnight on Halloween the dead do their dance under the full moon, " Ray said. "For one moment -- one terrifying moment -- we all freeze. And time stops. Time stands still. It's the only time during the year when the living and the dead are one."

The haunting hour is the darkest time of night, when ghouls come out to play, ghosts lurk in the shadows, and R.L. Stine writes his scariest stories. Read about a boy who dared to lie down in an ancient mummy case . . . an imaginary friend who's just a little too real . . . a ghost who won't take no for an answer . . . and much more. This collection of brand-new terrifying stories is illustrated with spine-tingling black-and-white drawings by a variety of well-known artists including Art Spiegelman, Charles Burns, and Roz Chast. Be prepared for chills in the dead of night with The Haunting Hour.

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About the author (2002)

R. L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children's author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented bestselling "Goosebumps"(R) series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide media phenomenon.
R.L. Stine has received numerous awards of recognition. He lives in New York, NY.

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The Pulitzer prize winning author of "Maus" and "Maus II", Art Spiegelman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in Rego Park, New York. He is also the co-founder/editor of RAW, the acclaimed magazine of avant-garde comix and graphics and the illustrator of the lost classic "The Wild Party" by Joseph Moncure March. Spiegelman's work has been published in more than sixteen languages and has appeared in "The New York Times, Village Voice, " and "Playboy", among others. He has been a contributing editor and cover artist for "The New Yorker" since 1992.

Spiegelman attended the High School of Art and Design in New York City and SUNY Binghamton and received an honorary doctorate of letters from SUNY Binghamton in 1995. He began working for the Topps Gum Company in 1966, as association that lasted over twenty years. There he created novelty cards, stickers and candy products, including Garbage Candy, Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids. He began producing underground comix in 1966, and in 1971 moved to San Francisco, where he lived until 1975.

His work began appearing in such publications as "East Village Other, Bijou" and "Young Lust Comix". In 1975-76, he, along with Bill Griffith, founded "Arcade, The Comic Revue". His book, "Breakdowns", an anthology of his comics, was published in 1977.

Spiegelman moved back to New York City in 1975, and began doing drawing and comix for "The New York Times, Village Voice" and others. He became an instructor at The School of Visiual Arts from 1979-1987. In 1980, Spiegelman and his wife, Francoise Mouly, started the magazine RAW, which has over the years changed the public's perception of comics as an art form. It was in RAW that "Maus" was first serialized. In 1986, Pantheon Books published the first half of "Maus" and followed with "Maus II" in 1991. In 1994 he designed and illustrated the lost Prohibition Era classic by Joseph Moncure March, "The Wild Party". In 1997, Spiegelman's first book for children, "Open Me ... I'm a Dog" was published by HarperCollins.

Art Spiegelman has received The National Book Critics Circle nomination in both 1986 and 1991, the Guggenheim fellowship in 1990, and a special Pulitzer Prize in 1992. His art has been shown in museums and gallery shows in the United States and abroad, including a 1991 show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

He and his wife, Francoise Mouly, live in lower Manhattan with their two children, Nadja and Dashiell.

Bruns is the Harvey award-winning cartoonist and illustrator whose work became legendary in Art Spiegelman's RAW magazine.

Roz Chast is?a staff cartoonist for"The New Yorker "and is the illustrator of Steve Martin's popular children's book "The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z. "She lives in Connecticut with her human family and three birds, Eli, Petey, and Marco.

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