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Schwartz, Alvin.
New York : HarperCollins, 1984
IL 5-8, RL 5.8
ISBN 0397320825
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                    Well now, turn off the lights because I have More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, such as Something Was Wrong, The Wreck, Somebody Fell from Aloft and The Little Black Dog…just to name a few. There are so many delightfully scary short stories in this book that I would like to share but there is time for only one. Let’s see… How about The Bride? (This story is not quite a page long so I read a portion of the story to get students hooked.) The minister’s daughter had just gotten married. After the wedding ceremony there was a great feast, with music and dancing and contests and games, even old children’s games.
                    When they got to playing hide-and seek, the bride decided to hide in her grandfather’s trunk up in the attic.
                    “They’ll never find me there,” she thought. As she was climbing into the trunk, the lid came down and cracked her on the head, and she fell unconscious inside. The lid slammed shut and locked. How long did she call for help? How hard did she struggle to free herself from that trunk? Was she ever found? Or did she die in that trunk become her tomb?The Bride one of the many short scary stories in the book More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark  (Lisa M. Cave,, North Middle High School Library)
SUBJECTS:        Ghosts -- Folklore. 
                          Folklore -- United States. 


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