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TALES OF HORROR
York : Scholastic, 1991.
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)
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