Darkness Creeping

Darkness Creeping A collection of dark disturbing tales that will leave young readers screaming for

  • Title: Darkness Creeping
  • Author: Neal Shusterman
  • ISBN: 9781565650695
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • A collection of 10 dark, disturbing tales that will leave young readers screaming for .

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    1. Neal Shusterman

      Award winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movie script.In the years since, Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer As a full time writer, he claims to be his own hardest task master, always at work creating new stories to tell His books have received many awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association, and the American Library Association, as well as garnering a myriad of state and local awards across the country Neal s talents range from film directing two short films he directed won him the coveted CINE Golden Eagle Awards to writing music and stage plays including book and lyrical contributions to American Twistory, which is currently playing in Boston He has even tried his hand at creating Games, having developed three successful How to Host a Mystery game for teens, as well as seven How to Host a Murder games.As a screen and TV writer, Neal has written for the Goosebumps and Animorphs TV series, and wrote the Disney Channel Original Movie Pixel Perfect Currently Neal is adapting his novel Everlost as a feature film for Universal Studios.Wherever Neal goes, he quickly earns a reputation as a storyteller and dynamic speaker Much of his fiction is traceable back to stories he tells to large audiences of children and teenagers such as his novel The Eyes of Kid Midas As a speaker, Neal is in constant demand at schools and conferences Degrees in both psychology and drama give Neal a unique approach to writing Neal s novels always deal with topics that appeal to adults as well as teens, weaving true to life characters into sensitive and riveting issues, and binding it all together with a unique and entertaining sense of humor.Of Everlost, School Library Journal wrote Shusterman has reimagined what happens after death and questions power and the meaning of charity While all this is going on, he has also managed to write a rip roaring adventure Of What Daddy Did, Voice of Youth Advocates wrote This is a compelling, spell binding story A stunning novel, impossible to put down once begun.Of The Schwa Was Here, School Library Journal wrote Shusterman s characters reminiscent of those crafted by E L Konigsburg and Jerry Spinelli are infused with the kind of controlled, precocious improbability that magically vivifies the finest children s classics.Of Scorpion Shards, Publisher s Weekly wrote Shusterman takes an outlandish comic book concept, and, through the sheer audacity and breadth of his imagination makes it stunningly believable A spellbinder And of The Eyes of Kid Midas, The Midwest Book Review wrote This wins our vote as one of the best young adult titles of the year and was called Inspired and hypnotically readable by School Library Journal.Neal Shusterman lives in Southern California with his children Brendan, Jarrod, Joelle, and Erin, who are a constant source of inspiration


    1. I picked this book up on a whim a few months ago because I liked the cover. I'd never read anything of Shusterman's before, though I believe that I have a few (or at least one) other of his books on my mountain of a to-read shelf. These stories were interesting. There were some that were better than others, and some that were really good and impressed me. They were all unique in some way and it was very rare for me to know where a story was going. I didn't really think that any of the stories we [...]

    2. This is the book I pick up to give me a kick in the butt be it to read more or when I'm stuck in a writing slump and need a pick me up. This is the book I turn to when I REALLY freaking need it, as weird as this sounds, this book is comforting. I take it always on road trips because if I can't fit ALL of my Neal Shusterman books into my bag I can always squeeze THIS and my kindle in.And more often then not this gets read more then the kindle does on a trip. The tales are creepy, interesting and [...]

    3. This is a good short story collection for middle grade readers. It's not too creepy, but has an air of creep about it, and none of the stories take all that long to read. So, it would be a great suggestion for a reluctant reader. I also really liked that Shusterman gave a little snippet before each story explaining his inspiration for writing the story.

    4. A very cute compilation of short stories that have a similar theme of "twilight zone". Perfect for 4th graders and up.

    5. Contrary to my expectation, this isn’t a horror book (yeah well, what do you expect from such cover?), instead it consists of a collection of bizarre short stories. Although the first story didn’t impress me, I was hooked by the second story “Who Do We Appreciate?” about a girl who had to referee a strange soccer game between two strange teams of seven years-old (who definitely are not what they seemed to be). Other tales that I like are “Soul Survivor”, “Screaming at the Wall” ( [...]

    6. I am quite disappointed by this book. I had really high expectations for this. I heard amazing things about Neal Shusterman and I love scary short stories. I thought it would be a win-win situation. I was wrong. The stories are mostly hit or miss.The thing that bothered me most about these stories is how rude most the protagonists are to others. It was unbelievably difficult to sympathize with them. Yes, sometimes having a mean protagonist is OK because it makes that character appear different t [...]

    7. Darkness Creeping overall was an ok book. The different twisted tales that were all incorporated into one book made it more intriguing and quite interesting. Each chapter with different stories were all pretty unique and something I haven’t seen or heard of before. But this horror book was far from horror. To me, it wasn’t scary at all, it just had surprising elements and odd plots that you wouldn’t expect from this type of genre. Although the stories were pretty interesting, it just didn [...]

    8. Neal Shusterman quickly joined the ranks of my favorite authors with his Unwind Dystology so it was a no brainer that I would be picking up Darkness Creeping. While the age ranges fluctuate between tales from pre-teen to new-adult along with the level of horror each one held my attention till the end.

    9. This is a great collection of extremely scary stories that will convince you to look twice at the shadow in the dark. I loved how Neal Shusterman explains how he gets his inspiration for certain stories in the collection. I highly recommend this to people who enjoy a good scare!

    10. I liked the way this book was set up. It was a horror novel and within it were 20 short horror stories. It was fun to read because it wasn't one long book, it was several small ones.

    11. "In the blink of an eye, you might suddenly feel That your world's been invaded by all things unreal. They slink up behind you, and don't make a sound, But there's nothing to fearif you don't turn around. In the face of the future we fly on our own. Hoping our wings never turn into stone. If you fall from that sky to the sea, will you drown? Well, there's no need to worryunless you look down." —Darkness Creeping: Tales to Trouble Your Sleep, PP. 125-126 The handicap inherently facing this book [...]

    12. What inspired me to read "Darkness Creeping" was my 7th grade English teacher. She was my favorite English teacher I've ever had because of her diverse and interesting curriculum, and besides that she was just cool and quite an impressive singer as well. During our Horror-genre unit of study, we read aloud the tale "Black Box" from "Darkness Creeping". I really enjoyed the story and writing style, and the horrifying ending. So here I am years later, a sophomore, finally reading the full book of [...]

    13. Twisted tales, more than scary. I do like the blurbs at the beginning of each story that tell his inspiration for each one. For tween readers.

    14. This short story collection features strange and eerie tales, including precursors to Shusterman’s Everlost and Full Tilt novels.He flatly denied the existence of Jim-Jim Jeffries. Marty was convinced it was just a made-up story, designed to keep small children from crossing dangerous streets to get ice cream. Well, he wasn’t a small child anymore. He didn’t believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, or Jim-Jim Jeffries.Neal Shusterman is one of my all-time favorite authors, but this was my [...]

    15. Warning: Not horror, but the tales are twisted.This was interesting. As someone who writes () I feel like I learned how to think deeper from reading this. Not only were the author notes explaining what inspired Shusterman to write each story added to my enjoyment of this book, but many of the the stories themselves were really intriguing. Sure some of the short stories were okay like Flushie and Catching Cold, and I noticed a strange isolation each character seemed to experience, but then there [...]

    16. Dear Charan I'm reading a book entitled Darkness Creeping by Neal Shusterman Realistic fiction.Marty always hears a ice cream truck passing by everyday. He was trying to console his little brother Tyler by telling him that he was never going to catch the ice cream man(6). Marty's patients was slowly dwindling and he wanted to find out what was going on with the ice cream man(10). One conflict on this book is that when Marty was trying to find out what was going on he got in to a trap. We waited [...]

    17. I just discovered Neal Shusterman with this book. I'm very impressed. Neal can flesh out a character in a page or two, essential in short stories like these. Most of the stories have eerie twists and they mostly work. Even the ones that don't would get a "Give the guy an E for effort" rating from me. The book is definitely not "high interest, low vocabulary." Shusterman assumes a sophistication for his audience that has probably not been reached yet, but this reader found himself laughing out lo [...]

    18. The Darkest Creeping is written by Neil Stusteman. You will find out throughout the book that there's a lot of suspense in the story's. Some suspense is shown it cuts off the words "I guess that's it. I guess nothing's going to hap-" (Page 74 Neal Stusterman). He also sometimes gives suspense when he tells true facts "Sometimes the truth is exactly what parents need to hear." (Page 46 Neal Stusterman) certain parts of the story you have to read part of it to understand the real meaning and under [...]

    19. I did not like the book that much, because the book does not have that creepy feeling. Like all of the stories are just not what I am looking for. If you get spooked easily then that will give you a little creepiness, but if you are about third to fifth grade I would recommend this for you. The genre is horror just does not seem like it and the story lines are not that good either. Some people may enjoy this book and "Imagine being trapped forever in someone else’s nightmare, with no means of [...]

    20. Heck yeah, good stuff. These tales are creepy enough to get under your skin, but also often a bit tongue-in-cheek. There are with nods to classic horror concepts, and some rather newer ideas, but How do I put this? Some horror stories take themselves so seriously that I can't help spending the whole time thinking about the fact that someone is trying their hardest to scare me, and that kinda ruins it. These don't, and for that reason, I found them much easier to get lost in.The author also provi [...]

    21. I have been a fan of Shusterman's since reading Unwind. I guess I just can't a story to scary me, however these stories were better and scarier than Schwartz. He definitely completed each story and I felt the writing was better. I enjoyed the illustrations more as well. This book is not published in audio, however I think it would be a great choice, especially with a narrator that can create a creepy scary voice. This would be a good read for older junior high and high school teens. There is als [...]

    22. This is the 1st time I've ever read anything by Neal Shusterman, & all in all this book was pretty good! Neal Shusterman writes teen & pre-teen novels, & in "DARKNESS CREEPING: TWENTY TWISTED TALES" he has put together 20 short stories for the reader to enjoy.For instance: You have a ghost in "Soul Survivor" who just wants to live again, good vs. evil in "Who Do We Appreciate", & even a young boy who will stop at nothing to get an ice cream bar from the fastest driving ice cream [...]

    23. I really liked this book. It the stories were not as scary as i expected them to be. I have to say that my favorite one though was "crystalloid" it was a good story. There was also a very good poem at the endl im going to say.I have a quote from this book that i think was important to the book "I told my friend how easy you can make a story. I told her that you could make one from anything. Then she told me to make one from the next thing i sawd it was a dumster" I think that this quote was impo [...]

    24. Darkness Creeping is 20 short stories that will creep you out. “Security Blanket” is the story of a “special” quilt that turns into the worst type of security blanket. I may never look at quilts the same again. My favorite was probably the “River Tour”. The story of a special guided trip down the River Styx. Have a fear of dentists? Ralphy Sherman’s Root Canal is a story you can really sink your teeth into. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes short stories, the creepie [...]

    25. Darkness Creeping: Twenty Twisted Tales by Neal Shusterman is a collection of odd and unique stories. Each chapter contained an amazing plot with enough suspense to keep you wanting more. I liked how each character was entirely different from the last but just as interesting. The same goes with the plot. It makes you wonder "How does he even come up with this"? That's when the explanation for how he came up with story in every start of a chapter becomes handy. I've been waiting to find a book th [...]

    26. 3.5 rating. 20 twisited tales. I have to admit very few were actually scary like nightmare scary. Most of the book's stories were at least a little bit on the creepy side. A few in this book didn't really make sense to me and the ending just left me hanging. Next I have to mention this book is written by Neal Shusterman. Many of these stories are like simpler versions of his bigger books and a few are even directly used in the book (like Everlost and Full Tilt). Fans of Shusterman that are inter [...]

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