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Horowitz Horror Shorts: The Phone Goes Dead

Horowitz Horror Shorts: The Phone Goes Dead [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Horowitz
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"Perfect for readers with an appetite for ghoulish happenings who are ready for something subtler than Point Horror" School Librarian Association

Book Description

Full colour, graphic novel adaptions of some of the most hauntingly entertaining Horowitz short stories.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 376 KB
  • Print Length: 75 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (1 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846169720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846169724
  • ASIN: B005HVU0GG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,771 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars on behalf of my son. 19 Mar 2012
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My younest son is 11, he loves maths and is a reluctant reader, this series is fantastic appeals to his imagination and has given him an author and books he loves, he is dyslexic and struggles with some words and speed of reading but manages these books and can't wait to tell me what has happened next.
Lovely he now enjoys reading like as much as I do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very atmospheric read 1 May 2014
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
This was an entertaining comic story, with all the characters expertly brought to life through the excellent scripting and artwork. The art is a bit more cartoony than I normally like, but works perfectly to show the excitable emotions of the main character. I am not a great fan of the supernatural, but the story was so well-written and illustrated that I didn’t mind the fact that the supernatural was apparently involved at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The phone goes dead 19 May 2014
By hayes
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My 11 year old really enjoys these books . Anything for encouraging reading! She likes a bit of a scare!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Republished Horowitz Horror Stories, One of the Better and One of the Fillers 31 July 2008
By James N Simpson - Published on
In 2008 Horowitz's publishers decided to republish his old 1999 Horror anthologies Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You Never Read and Horrowitz Horror 2 (also published under the title More Horowitz Horror). But instead of just reproducing those two volumes in their entirety they chose to divide them up into separately sold smaller books containing usually two (but sometimes three short stories). To annoy those who maybe have one of the anthologies already they decided that these new smaller books would take one story from Horowitz Horror 1 and the other from Horowitz Horror 2. So if you plan on reading all these books it's obviously much better value for money to buy the two anthologies than all these books separately. Incidentally I have no idea why Amazon has put the words (Alex Rider) in brackets after this title as it has nothing to do with that series which came along after Horowitz had made his name as children's horror author and decided to get into the action spy genre (where granted he has probably been a lot more successful), nor is Alex in any of these books.

Anyway back to reviewing this book. The two stories in The Phone Goes Dead are obviously the title story of the same name as well as Horrowitz's weakest story from the two anthologies Bath Night. The first involves David, a 16 year old boy on the Isle Wight receiving a second hand mobile phone for his birthday whose previous owner was killed in a lightning storm while sheltering under a tree in London's Hyde Park. One day he gets a call from a stranger telling him to pass on a message to a woman who used to work at his parents' hotel. Unbeknownst to David, the caller has been dead for a while.

Bath Time has Isabel, a teenage girl being forced by eccentric parents to use a new (well old) Victorian bath they bought. It seems intent on boiling her alive, covering her in blood and all kinds of things which she tells her parents. Of course they don't believe her.

Although this book has the best looking cover (with a nice grim reaper surrounded by foliage) I'd get one of the other books in this series before this one.

If you've only read the Groosham Grange series this series of books is a little bit heavier in subject matter. Groosham Grange and its sequel The Unholy Grail are a bit more cartoony monster horror style than these more realistic thriller scare stories.
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