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The Big Book of Urban Legends: 200 True Stories Too Good to be True [Paperback]

Jan Harold Brunvand
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10 Feb 2000
There are many tales told that supposedly happened to a friend of a friend, these are the urban legends, the modern version of folktales. This volume assembles 200 of the most popular of these legends, with interpretations from comic artists.'

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Paradox Press (10 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563891654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563891656
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello all!I hope you loved my book!
Hello I hope that you all enjoyed my book as much as I enoyed making it!Even though,as anything does,making this book did take a lot of time and dedication,but I did it all for everyone to have some insight on today's common legends and myths.I hope that I made it entertaining as well as informative,and I also hope that if you have any comments that you will e-mail me!!Thank you,and enjoy my other books as well!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
A babysitter realizes that threatening calls have been coming from inside the house. A roomate comes home in the dark and in the morning finds her roommate dead and the words "Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the light?" written on the wall. A girl dared to sit on a grave marks the spot with a knife, gets pinned there, and dies of fear. We've heard them all, they are a part of our culture, our history, and we swear they're true. "That happened to my cousin's best friend's neighbor's aunt, it was in the papers and everything!" Urban legends can be a lot of fun and this book captures the spirit of that! Each of the 200 stories is illustrated in comic strip style by different artists and each captures the humor (and sometimes horror) of these well-known tales. Think you've heard 'em all? Check out this excellent book and find yourself saying "oh yeah...I remember hearing that! But it really happened!" You'll also hear a few new ones along the way. A great rainy day book, coffee table addition, or means to survive a boring day. Like to read about urban legends? You'll love this book! I did!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jammed-packed with SCARY Urban Ledgends! 25 July 1999
By A Customer
This riviting and exciting book will keep you on the edge of your seat! I am 41 years old and I still get nightmares from this! The movie " Urban Legends " is a great example of what stories are in this full-with excitement book. So if you like to be scared, this is the book for you! I am also a horror screeenwriter, and I mostly get my main idea for a movie from "The Big Book of Urban Legends." For example 'the dog in the microwave' 'the killer upstairs with baby and the babysitter downstairs' and 'the killer's bloody hook in the car door.' These stories and more are what your going to find in this GREAT book!!! Hope you enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book on a fascinating subject! 24 Oct 1995
By A Customer
Did I ever tell you about what happened to my cousin's college roommate's best friend? No? Well ...

Who out there can honestly say he's never fallen for an urban legend, told as true by some acquaintance? The maniac in the back seat? The Mexican pet? The doped-up babysitter who microwaved the baby? The spider in the hairdo?

We've all been the victims of these stories at some point in our lives. People pass them around at cocktail parties and office water coolers, always claiming that they really happened to a friend of a friend (but never able to offer a name of the unfortunate victim). And Jan Harold Brunvand is the master collector and debunker of the stories.

Paradox Press wisely got Brunvand to write its mega-comic, "The Big Book of Urban Legends." Even for UL aficionadoes, there are a few new ones here. And the irreverent comic format is perfect for these just-plausible-enough modern tall tales. It's also a great way to introduce friends to ULs (or to disprove the stories your friends try to pass off as true).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good things come to those who wait! 19 Oct 2010
I knew that the book would take a long time to arrive because it was coming from the USA and the description said delivery would take two to three weeks.

I was undeterred by this as I was in no hurry to recieve the book. I saw they had some negative feedback for delivery time but as long as I eventually got the book I knew I would be happy.

It came in about two and a half weeks later and was in very good condition. It was as described and exactly what I wanted as a very resonable price.

If you are got fussed when your item arrives and you want a bargain I suggest taking a chance and giving them a go.
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By A Customer
I loved this book, I had just watched the movie 'Urban Legand' and i craved to find a book all about urban legands, i looked up 'The encyclopedia of urban legands' and got this. This was the best book i read in my life!!!!!! You must buy it. I am 39 and i found this very scary, and i would advise this to anyone who wants a, a-z guide on UL's. And i would say its a shocking thriller if you are into that stuff, go for it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK ROCKS 16 July 1999
By A Customer
i thought this book was one of the best books i ever had great illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Book! 19 Jun 1999
By A Customer
I love this book! It is the best! Now everything I talk about with my friends, I have an urban legend to go with it!! Buy this book! Its GREAT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 14 Jun 1999
By A Customer
I thought this book was very good. Not only does it tell the stories well, it also gives pictures, which helps your imagination run wild. This book is garunteed to send chills up your spine. I suggest you check out the movie Urban Legend.
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