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on 24 July 2013
Jan Harold Brunvand wrote the first widely available discussion of Urban Legends and their meanings. Unfortunately since The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings his subsequent books have tended to revisit the same myths over and over again.

I was quite looking forward to this collection but it is the same stories retold in different accounts collected over the years. Each chapter begins with a short piece putting the legends in some context and then just trots out verbatim the various versions of the legends from different sources.

If you are looking for a straight-forward collection of Urban Legends then this book is probably OK, but if you were after some new material, or discussion of what these myths tell us about ourselves and society then look elsewhere. The Vanishing Hitchhiker is still his best book. Start there.
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on 22 September 2012
A collection of tales that you heard happened to a friend of a friends friend , relative or colleague. Urban Legends in other words - things that make you wonder could that really have happened? - The tale of the giant thailand rat purchased under the impression that it was a cute little dog,- the beakless featherles KFC chickens and the cyanide laced envelopes at bank of America ATM`s. its all here folks , recommended!
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on 16 November 2011
These are those little nasty tales that happen to a friend or a cousin or your neighbours fathers mothers uncle..and they swear they are true.
The book is broken down into sections; 'accidents','precursors','chills up your spine' etc and range from the disgusting to the darkly humorous to the down right terrifying. Each story is short but concise with some just variations on a theme, some so well known that they qualify for classic spook stories status and most have none too subtle morals at their core.
The only problem with this book is that some of the stories have been covered before in Jan Harold Brunvand's other Urban Legends books but otherwise it is a fun little collection that you can use to entertain your friends with young or old as you do your bit for urban myths and pass these tales along. Enjoy. Thank you.
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on 12 March 2014
...by this I mean, text heavy like a paperback novel – think of old Mills and Boon. It could have been nicely broken up for a quick read when you're at a loose end. Probably ok if you're on a long journey and can immerse yourself. The recipient of this gift didn't think it was very 'fun' to read, but the content was fine.
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on 30 April 2009
...I have 2 other books by J Brunvard, and this sort of re-hashes a lot of his old work. I mean, he has books that claim to include as many folk-lore stories and urban legends as possible, and then he brings out another book a few years later. How many new ones cna their be?

That said, I'm the sort of person who really enjoys watching scary films and then can't sleep, which for some reason is really fun for me! So this book is quite a cool reference for scary stories if you just want a good scare, or even if you just want to impress someone and talk about a story that happened to a FOAF!!
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on 30 June 2010
Amazing book, 13 year old daughter read it too, couldn't put it down and read it in 2 days.
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on 21 December 2015
A great collection of urban myths - be perfect for a scary night around the fire.
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on 19 January 2016
SOME OF THE BEST HORROR URBAN LEGENDS IN THIS BOOK. GREAT AUTHOR.
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on 4 September 2014
Absolutely amazing, only issue is I am reading it too fast!
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