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

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Demco Media, Aug 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)

Before R. L. Stine made his name as the Stephen King of children's literature, he was the author of humorous fiction and an editor of "Bananas" magazine. He is the bestselling author of more than three hundred books, including the phenomenally bestselling Goosebumps series. "It's the First Day of School . . . Forever!" was Stine's first book with Feiwel and Friends.

Art Spiegelman is the Pulitzer-Prize-winning creator of Maus. He's also a groundbreaking editor, whose recent projects include the Toon books line of graphic novels for school libraries, as well as the 1980s seminal comics anthology Raw, which introduced cartoonists likeCharles Burns and helped kickstart the alternative comics movement. He's long been associated with the New Yorker.

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

Dan Elish is the insanely gifted author of many novels for both adults and children, including "The Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks", "13" (based on the Broadway musical), and "The Worldwide Dessert Contest".

When he's not busy typing furiously away on his Lap-Top (not a Gum-Top or a Hat-Top or even a Balloon-Top), you can find Dan in New York City, where he lives with his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Cassie, and son, John.

Roz Chast has been a cartoonist for The New Yorker for the past 19 years. She is the illustrator of The Joy of Being 50 Plus and is also the author of Proof of Life on Earth and five other cartoon collections.

Patrick Arrasmith lives in California. He is the illustrator of "The House of Dead Maids".

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