OK so tomorrow is Halloween! I thought I would give a list of books that have short stories in them that would be great to read at a Halloween party. I was recently privy to a discussion about anthologies and whether or not they sell. I totally believe that it is a niche market and depends on the subject matter. I think anthologies are great for kids too especially if there is a theme about them.
The newest "horror" anthology that I think gets it right is called Half Minute Horrors edited by Susan Rich with contributions from great authors & illustrators such as Jon Scieskza, Lane Smith, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, Holly Black as many others. It is also nice because it is giving it's royalties to the First Book the non-profit organization that gives books to needy children. I think that is really great!
Some kids like things short and sweet. Sometimes when it is hard to get kids to read, short stories are a great compromise because when they finish a story they have a sense of accomplishment.
Here is a list of some other scary anthologies:
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz; illus by Stephen Gammell
Newbery Halloween: A Dozen Scary Stories by Newbery Award Winning Authors edited by Martin H. Greenberg
Beware: R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories by R.L. Stine
Enjoy and have a great Halloween!