Get ready to sleep with the light on!
— GIRLS' LIFE Magazine

An American Library Association (ALA) Best Book for Young Adults * A Kirkus Reviews Editors' Choice * A Locus Magazine Recommended Reading Title * A Junior Library Guild Selection * A VOYA Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Title * A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age * A Chicago Public Library Best Book for Children and Teens * A Florida Teen (FAME) Reading List Title * A Kentucky Bluegrass Award List Title * A Texas Library Association (TAYSHAS) Reading List Title

Drawing on dark fantasy and the fairy tale as well as horror and wild humor, ten acclaimed authors -- Joan Aiken, M.T. Anderson, Neil Gaiman, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Celia Rees, Janni Lee Simner, Vivian Vande Velde, and Barry Yourgrau -- pay homage to the gothic tale in wide-ranging stories of the supernatural and surreal.

"These ten terrific tales are guaranteed to raise the hairs on your neck.... Intrepid readers will relish the delicious shivers -- but may want to keep the lights on." -- Horn Book (starred review)

"Truly a gem." -- VOYA (5Q, 4P rating)

"Ideal for high-school literature classes studying Shelley or Stoker.... this collection also provides an excellent opportunity to introduce fans of Koontz, Rice, and King to some of the most imaginative exponents of YA dark fantasy." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Consistently well-written, these stories will appeal to many fantasy readers and all horror readers." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A sophisticated, thought-provoking, and gripping read." -- School Library Journal

"A frightfully fun read for fans of horror movies and horror tales." --

"Chilling, thoughtful, and surprising." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"It's notoriously hard to put together a truly scary collection of Hallowe'en tales.... A triumph then for Deborah Noyes, whose Gothic collection contains some hugely imaginative, authentically terrifying modern stories." -- Hampstead and Highgate Express (UK)

"It's a collection that would make Poe proud." -- International Reading Association Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy

For more information about Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales, visit Candlewick Press.

See also: The Restless Dead and Sideshow.

GOTHIC! TEN ORIGINAL DARK TALES. Introduction Copyright (c) 2004 Deborah Noyes. Compilation Copyright (c) 2004 Deborah Noyes. Stories Copyright (c) by individual authors. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc.