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Pines, T., ed.
New York : Scholastic, 1991.
IL 5-8
ISBN 0590452568
This is a collection of short stories by famous authors.  Some of the authors are Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Caroline B. Cooney, and others.  The short story I enjoyed most was Christopher Pike's "Collect Call".  Janice Adams loves a boy named Bobby Walner.  So does her best friend Caroline Spencer.  During a party, Bobby gives Caroline a tape from a person no one has ever heard of called the Black Walker.  Janice is jealous.  When Janice gets drunk at the party, she has to ride home with Caroline.  Janice ends up driving to Caroline's house which is past a very winding cliff and Janice drives off the cliff.  As they are falling, the tape starts to play in the tape player.  When the girls hit the ground, Janice is spared but she tries to put Caroline in the driver's seat so she won't be blamed for Caroline's death.  As she is moving Caroline, the car explodes.  Janice thought that Caroline was dead but she hears screams coming from the car. She had not checked for a pulse so she realizes she could have saved Caroline before she burned to death.  When Janice returns home, there is a message on her machine from Caroline asking Janice for a ride to the party.  Janice assumes that the message is old and that Caroline called before the party.  Later, when Janice gets out of the shower, she finds another message on the machine from Caroline. If you want to find out what happens to Janice and who the Black Walker is, read THIRTEEN TALES OF HORROR edited by T. Pines.  (Marc C., 8th grade student, Rundlett Middle School, Concord, New Hampshire)

SUBJECTS:     Horror tales


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