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A harrowing array of scary stories that all have one thing in common: each either begins or ends with a scream! R.L. Stine—the godfather of Goosebumps—and some of the most popular authors today bring an unrivaled mastery of all things fearsome, frightening, and fantabulous to this terrifying anthology of all-new scary short stories. Scream and Scream Again! is full of twists A harrowing array of scary stories that all have one thing in common: each either begins or ends with a scream! R.L. Stine—the godfather of Goosebumps—and some of the most popular authors today bring an unrivaled mastery of all things fearsome, frightening, and fantabulous to this terrifying anthology of all-new scary short stories. Scream and Scream Again! is full of twists and turns, dark corners, and devilish revenge. Collected in conjunction with the Mystery Writers of America, this set includes works from New York Times bestselling authors telling tales of wicked ice-cream trucks, time-travelling heroes, witches and warlocks, and of course, haunted houses. Read it if you dare! With twenty never-before-published scary stories from some of the most popular authors today—including Chris Grabenstein, Wendy Corsi Staub, Heather Graham, Peter Lerangis, R.L. Stine, Bruce Hale, Emmy Laybourne, Steve Hockensmith, Lisa Morton, Ray Daniel, Beth Fantaskey, Phil Mathews, Carter Wilson, Doug Levin, Jeff Soloway, Joseph S. Walker, Alison McMahan, Daniel Palmer, Tonya Hurley, and Stephen Ross—it’s sure to leave readers screaming for more.


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A harrowing array of scary stories that all have one thing in common: each either begins or ends with a scream! R.L. Stine—the godfather of Goosebumps—and some of the most popular authors today bring an unrivaled mastery of all things fearsome, frightening, and fantabulous to this terrifying anthology of all-new scary short stories. Scream and Scream Again! is full of twists A harrowing array of scary stories that all have one thing in common: each either begins or ends with a scream! R.L. Stine—the godfather of Goosebumps—and some of the most popular authors today bring an unrivaled mastery of all things fearsome, frightening, and fantabulous to this terrifying anthology of all-new scary short stories. Scream and Scream Again! is full of twists and turns, dark corners, and devilish revenge. Collected in conjunction with the Mystery Writers of America, this set includes works from New York Times bestselling authors telling tales of wicked ice-cream trucks, time-travelling heroes, witches and warlocks, and of course, haunted houses. Read it if you dare! With twenty never-before-published scary stories from some of the most popular authors today—including Chris Grabenstein, Wendy Corsi Staub, Heather Graham, Peter Lerangis, R.L. Stine, Bruce Hale, Emmy Laybourne, Steve Hockensmith, Lisa Morton, Ray Daniel, Beth Fantaskey, Phil Mathews, Carter Wilson, Doug Levin, Jeff Soloway, Joseph S. Walker, Alison McMahan, Daniel Palmer, Tonya Hurley, and Stephen Ross—it’s sure to leave readers screaming for more.

30 review for Scream and Scream Again!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    This is a straightforward horror anthology, one which will definitely appeal to anyone who grew up with Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. At once nostalgic for adults and new for teenage readers, Scream and Scream Again! isn't hugely unique but it's fun to read each story and the book never stoops to being too dark or morbid. Some of the content was lost on me but will probably be recognizable for most younger readers. I do think it would've been nice This is a straightforward horror anthology, one which will definitely appeal to anyone who grew up with Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. At once nostalgic for adults and new for teenage readers, Scream and Scream Again! isn't hugely unique but it's fun to read each story and the book never stoops to being too dark or morbid. Some of the content was lost on me but will probably be recognizable for most younger readers. I do think it would've been nice to see something less conventional than zombies and such but still it's a decent anthology. There were a couple of stories which stood out as much more memorable than others for their originality, breaking away from the predictable horror tropes of spooky dolls and dead people to a whole new level, but most of these stories are nothing we haven't all seen before. With that in mind this book may be more intriguing to those who are new to the horror genre and looking to see what it's all about.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    Get in, loser. We're going to the bookstore. Shut up and take my visa card.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Krista Regester

    Some of these are hits - some not so much. #R.L.Stineislife

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christina (Ensconced in Lit)

    I have to say I really enjoyed this anthology of stories. It really harkens back to my childhood where there were all these scary story anthologies I used to read under the cover during middle school. And there were a large variety of stories-- some that were beautifully written, others with surprise endings, and others in the format that reminded me of stories written in the 90s. There were only a few that I didn't really get into, but I feel like there is a little something for everyone. I rea I have to say I really enjoyed this anthology of stories. It really harkens back to my childhood where there were all these scary story anthologies I used to read under the cover during middle school. And there were a large variety of stories-- some that were beautifully written, others with surprise endings, and others in the format that reminded me of stories written in the 90s. There were only a few that I didn't really get into, but I feel like there is a little something for everyone. I really did like the stories that ended with a twist! If you want a fun read, especially if you like to be a little scared, this is the book for you!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mortisha Cassavetes

    OMG I just loved this anthology of spookiness! This book is twenty short stories that either start or end with a scream. Of course, I have my favorite stories but all of them are very well done and great for kids of all ages. The book is filled with lots of creepy stories that are very unique and creative. I highly recommend it to everyone especially during the Autumn/Halloween season.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus It's so hard to write reviews for short stories, since no two are the same, they are fairly short, and (in this case), they are all sort of gory/scary and I don't care as much for those. This is, however, a book most middle school libraries need to buy. If your copies of Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark or Horowitz's Horowitz's Horror are falling to pieces (like mine are), you definitely need to purchase this. It's got an impressive number of middle grade wri E ARC from Edelweiss Plus It's so hard to write reviews for short stories, since no two are the same, they are fairly short, and (in this case), they are all sort of gory/scary and I don't care as much for those. This is, however, a book most middle school libraries need to buy. If your copies of Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark or Horowitz's Horowitz's Horror are falling to pieces (like mine are), you definitely need to purchase this. It's got an impressive number of middle grade writers, the stories are varied, and they all have a level of scary that will allow children to sleep at night as long as they don't read them under the covers with a flashlight right before bed! It's also a welcome addition to the R.L. Stine shelf, since most of those books are twenty year old prebinds that seem most unhygienic at this point, but I still can't throw them away.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashley (pawingthroughpages)

    Some stories were good, a chunk were flops though for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adam Sockel

    Genuinely enjoyed these little nuggets of RL Stine level lighthearted spooks. Perfect for young, reluctant readers. These stories have modern day references and characters kids can relate to. Any young reader, or baby of the 80s-90s will very much enjoy this.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I received this ARC via my library director, who got it from the publisher at the PLA conference. This short story collection is perfect for Goosebumps fans. Though authors have written for middle grade all the way to adult, most of the stories are not too scary and end well. There are ghosts and witches and zombies and shapeshifters and creepy dolls. Strangely, two of the stories deal with cannibalism ("I Scream" and "The Trouble with Squirrels"), but the threat is implied and no actual cannibal I received this ARC via my library director, who got it from the publisher at the PLA conference. This short story collection is perfect for Goosebumps fans. Though authors have written for middle grade all the way to adult, most of the stories are not too scary and end well. There are ghosts and witches and zombies and shapeshifters and creepy dolls. Strangely, two of the stories deal with cannibalism ("I Scream" and "The Trouble with Squirrels"), but the threat is implied and no actual cannibalism takes place. This would appeal to older fans of Goosebumps as well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    OneMamaReads

    This was almost a DNF for me. There were a few really well done stories, some good stories, but quite a few of them were ho-hum stories that I almost could not read passed. I could see the middle grade elements that held back some of the stories, and understood and took that into consideration. However, some of the short stories held back too much, were too tame, even for middle grade. A few just did not strike me as scary or well plotted stories. My favourite stories of the anthology were: The I This was almost a DNF for me. There were a few really well done stories, some good stories, but quite a few of them were ho-hum stories that I almost could not read passed. I could see the middle grade elements that held back some of the stories, and understood and took that into consideration. However, some of the short stories held back too much, were too tame, even for middle grade. A few just did not strike me as scary or well plotted stories. My favourite stories of the anthology were: The I Scream Truck, Raw Head and Bloody Bones, Summer of Sharks, Area Code 666 and The Only Child. These stories were so well written, had elements that actually struck a little bit of fear, held me intrigued the entire story and had great build up to the climax. The characters were relatable and mostly sympathetic. Read full review here: https://onemamassummer.weebly.com/boo...

  11. 5 out of 5

    DJ

    Out of 20 stories there are like 5 that I loved. A lot of them were just meh. 3.5 stars

  12. 3 out of 5

    Brody Torchio

    i did-int really enjoy this book but the one reason i led it that some authors come together an make one book and tell creepy stories

  13. 4 out of 5

    MatthewZ

    it was scary

  14. 3 out of 5

    Heather

    The first book I ever DNFed. I was about 4 stories in and just couldn’t handle the corniness anymore

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Cole

    DNF this book at 27%, found some of the stories super corny and not scary at all.

  16. 3 out of 5

    Teairra Godfrey

    I listened to the audio book on Audible, needless to say I went for a prompt refund after about 6 Chapters, they let you keep the book and I tried to like it but I hated it. I read Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror and I loved it, it was creepy and strange, perfect for me. In this book there was only about one story I'd actually liked and it was the first one, most of these stories aren't scary at all. Not even if you read them to an easily frightened child. They're just regular stories th I listened to the audio book on Audible, needless to say I went for a prompt refund after about 6 Chapters, they let you keep the book and I tried to like it but I hated it. I read Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror and I loved it, it was creepy and strange, perfect for me. In this book there was only about one story I'd actually liked and it was the first one, most of these stories aren't scary at all. Not even if you read them to an easily frightened child. They're just regular stories that have no place in this book. It's a waste of space, so much so that I took down the names of authors who wrote the books I disliked so that in the future if I was looking for something "scary" or "thrilling" I'd know to steer clear of their boring books. One of the books is about history, and not in a scary kind of way, it's just this little kid fighting on the side of America, there wasn't anything remotely scary. I think this book was a great idea just poorly executed. I don't think the stories were read carefully enough before being placed into the book. They're supposed to be horrifying but for most the books the only thing even remotely horrifying is the amount of money you spent on this crap. I will update my review with a breakdown of all the stories but for now? Just know if you can get it on sale or free even you should take that instead of spending any money.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Tiffany Lynn Kramer

    To be more precise this book was a 2.8 star read. Growing up R.L. Stine's work got the lion's share when it came to my reading time. It's been over 20 years since I last read a Goosebumps but I've continued to look back on them and Stine with fondness and plans to eventually revisit. Now having finished Scream and Scream Again I'm reconsidering those plans. Stine is only responsible for the first of the twenty tales but I found it to be a very weak start, only giving it 2 stars. The majority o To be more precise this book was a 2.8 star read. Growing up R.L. Stine's work got the lion's share when it came to my reading time. It's been over 20 years since I last read a Goosebumps but I've continued to look back on them and Stine with fondness and plans to eventually revisit. Now having finished Scream and Scream Again I'm reconsidering those plans. Stine is only responsible for the first of the twenty tales but I found it to be a very weak start, only giving it 2 stars. The majority of those that fallowed proved to be just as disappointing. I know that I am far from the target audience but talk to any horror fans and you're likely to learn that they started reading King, Bradbury, Matheson, or another iconic horror author around age 11 or 12. By comparison a lot of these stories feel childish or lazy in execution. The Girl in the Window, obviously inspired by La Pascualita was one of the worst offenders in this regard. Despite the large number of let downs I did find a few winners worth my time. Ring and Run, Cat Got Your Tongue, The Only Child, and Don't Feed the Birds all won me over with their creativity and atmosphere and I plan on checking out more work by each author.

  18. 3 out of 5

    Billy

    I had purchased Scream and Scream Again! several months ago only because I knew it was edited by R.L.Stine and featured a brand-new short story by him. I had no idea the names of the other authors until after I received the book. Some of the bigger names in this anthology include Chris Grabenstein, Wendy Crosi Staub, and Heather Graham. I'm not going to go into details about the plot of each story, as it will take me all day to write about them. The stories were a hit and miss for me. Some of th I had purchased Scream and Scream Again! several months ago only because I knew it was edited by R.L.Stine and featured a brand-new short story by him. I had no idea the names of the other authors until after I received the book. Some of the bigger names in this anthology include Chris Grabenstein, Wendy Crosi Staub, and Heather Graham. I'm not going to go into details about the plot of each story, as it will take me all day to write about them. The stories were a hit and miss for me. Some of them were frightening, some weren't too bad, and others just plain sucked, which the latter does include the story by R.L. Stine. Let's just say I thought his story was just plain dumb. Mr. Stine can write better than that! Out of the twenty short stories, my favorite is Bricks and Bones by Emily Laybourne. It's a surprisingly well written ghost story. Overall, Scream and Scream Again! is a spooky and entertaining read. Sure, there are a few duds in it, but most of the stories are worth reading. *Note - Doesn't the house on the art cover remind you of the computer-animated movie Monster House?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Follow the infamous R.L. Stine and nineteen mystery writers of America as they take readers down the haunting path of a screaming good time. A collection of twenty stories that all start or end with a scream, these authors know how to chill their readers to the bone. From everyday stories, that turn into frightening tales, this anthology will send shivers down your spine. If you love spooky stories all at once, or read slowly in small doses, this book has a little something for everyone. Whether Follow the infamous R.L. Stine and nineteen mystery writers of America as they take readers down the haunting path of a screaming good time. A collection of twenty stories that all start or end with a scream, these authors know how to chill their readers to the bone. From everyday stories, that turn into frightening tales, this anthology will send shivers down your spine. If you love spooky stories all at once, or read slowly in small doses, this book has a little something for everyone. Whether it’s : bullies, witches, haunted houses, curious tales, ghosts, or creepy dolls, every haunting tale includes something different. All wonderfully told, these stories are written for the middle-grade reading audience, but is still fun for all ages. you can find more of my reviews and giveaways in my syndicated printed newspaper column: For the Love of Books-Dixon's Independent Voice, as well on my Instagram: amy_fortheloveofbooks.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I received a Early Digital Edition of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review. Going into this I hadn't read an R.L Stine book since I was in Elementary School. It was an enjoyable read, however having read some more adult horror and the like, this fell short for me, simply because of that. It was more of a fun light read. A few stories did stick out to me though, and I really enjoyed them. They include: The Best Revenge by R.L Stine ; I did not see that ending, I lov I received a Early Digital Edition of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review. Going into this I hadn't read an R.L Stine book since I was in Elementary School. It was an enjoyable read, however having read some more adult horror and the like, this fell short for me, simply because of that. It was more of a fun light read. A few stories did stick out to me though, and I really enjoyed them. They include: The Best Revenge by R.L Stine ; I did not see that ending, I loved it! Ring and Run by Steve Hockensmith ; I adored this one. There was something about the main little boy in the story that just totally sucked me in. Area Code 666 by Carter Wilson ; Probably my favorite out of the lot. I had it pegged from the beginning (with the doll and the recently dead mother), but still really enjoyed it none the less.

  21. 3 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    I got this as an ARC, so changes may have been made. Overall, pretty good. My only complaint would be that you could tell a few writers cheated a bit and did the required 'start with a scream or end with a scream' by adding a 'scream' at the start of a story they probably already had ready, and then did something I HATE-invalidated an opening premise the next sentence. Nothing makes me skip a story faster, or a book for that matter, then an opening line that is followed by 'well that's not reall I got this as an ARC, so changes may have been made. Overall, pretty good. My only complaint would be that you could tell a few writers cheated a bit and did the required 'start with a scream or end with a scream' by adding a 'scream' at the start of a story they probably already had ready, and then did something I HATE-invalidated an opening premise the next sentence. Nothing makes me skip a story faster, or a book for that matter, then an opening line that is followed by 'well that's not really what happened....'. So annoying. But as I said, some pretty good stuff otherwise.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily E3

    The Best Revenge 3 stars / Raw Head and Bloody Bones 3 stars / Bricks and Bones 4 stars / Ring and Run 4 stars / The Unknown Patriot 2 stars / Summer Of Sharks 3 stars / Rule Seven 3 stars / Cat Got Your Tongue 4 stars / The I Scream Truck 4 stars / The Witch Of Byron’s Bayou 4 stars / Bloodstone 3 stars / Area Code 666 5 stars / The Trouble with Squirrels 4 stars / The Necklace And The Monster 4 stars / The Only Child 4 stars / Kamikaze Iguanas 3 stars / The Nightmare Express 5 stars / The Girl The Best Revenge 3 stars / Raw Head and Bloody Bones 3 stars / Bricks and Bones 4 stars / Ring and Run 4 stars / The Unknown Patriot 2 stars / Summer Of Sharks 3 stars / Rule Seven 3 stars / Cat Got Your Tongue 4 stars / The I Scream Truck 4 stars / The Witch Of Byron’s Bayou 4 stars / Bloodstone 3 stars / Area Code 666 5 stars / The Trouble with Squirrels 4 stars / The Necklace And The Monster 4 stars / The Only Child 4 stars / Kamikaze Iguanas 3 stars / The Nightmare Express 5 stars / The Girl In the Window 4 stars / Feed the Birds 3 stars / The Platform 4 stars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I found some stories to be a lot more scary or interesting than others but the whole book was enjoyable. Each story was very entertaining and kept up the suspense until the end. Thankfully all stories where fairly short and it made it easier to get through the book. It is a great book to discover different authors and their style. I am definitely looking up books from these authors because of the stories they wrote. Like goosebumps, Are you afraid of the dark, or any other creepy classic then th I found some stories to be a lot more scary or interesting than others but the whole book was enjoyable. Each story was very entertaining and kept up the suspense until the end. Thankfully all stories where fairly short and it made it easier to get through the book. It is a great book to discover different authors and their style. I am definitely looking up books from these authors because of the stories they wrote. Like goosebumps, Are you afraid of the dark, or any other creepy classic then this book is for you. RECOMMENDED.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Marroquin

    Book received from giveaway "Scream and scream again!" is a collection of short stories by various authors. The stories are scary enough to sit down and read aloud amongst family to enjoy together. The book would also be a perfect gift to give to someone in late elementary to early middle school as it would fall along right in their age group. Coming from various authors some stories had unique twist an turns, others where way scarier than the rest, some just kinda fell flat and one in pitcular w Book received from giveaway "Scream and scream again!" is a collection of short stories by various authors. The stories are scary enough to sit down and read aloud amongst family to enjoy together. The book would also be a perfect gift to give to someone in late elementary to early middle school as it would fall along right in their age group. Coming from various authors some stories had unique twist an turns, others where way scarier than the rest, some just kinda fell flat and one in pitcular was quite hilarious than scary but none the less each story started off with a scream.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    A fun collection of short stories to read in October. They are centered around middle school children and have that fun "Goosebumps" style feel of being not too scary and just downright fun to read. I listened to the audiobook on my way to work all week and also found the narration to be quite well done. If you want some quick and straightforward spooky stories, you'll like this one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I remember loving R.L. Stine as a kid, which is why I entered to win this book. In classic Stine style, we have a collection of spooky stories. There were some good twists in some of the tales. I look forward to sharing this book with my middle school students.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Perfect for a Middle Grader this holiday season (or any season, since they aren't all Halloween tales). Some were more sweet or silly than scary, but a few managed to creep me out. The stories were a bit uneven, but overall a good collection. Definitely NOT as scary as the cover would suggest.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Penny Olson

    This is a fun collection of scary stories that reminded me of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Schwartz. My favorite was about a scared little boy who saved a woman's life on Halloween night. They seemed to be about middle school level, but I'm much older and really enjoyed them.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Talon (Tiny Talon)

    A bunch of spooky stories that reminded me of stories you tell around a campfire. Good for lovers of the OG Goosebumps books.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Tasya Dita

    A digital copy was provided by Edelweiss Plus in exchange for an honest review If I read it when I was 10-13 years old, I'd probably be scared. But since I read it now, while it was a fun read, I barely felt anything. There are some stories that stood out to me, such as The Witch of Byron's Bayou and Area Code 666, but the rest felt okay to me. I still recommend it for middle grade readers though!

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