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Ask the Bones

Ask the Bones

Ask the Bones and More Bones were two books of horror stories for kids and young adults. The stories were based on folklore from many countries, including Russia, China, Spain and the United States.

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Ask the Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World

1. The Haunted Forest (Uzbekistan)

2. The Murky Secret (based on an African-American story about a mermaid from Doctor To The Dead by John Bennett)

3. Next-of-Kin (based on “The Serpent Woman” from Spanish Legendary Tales)

4. The Bloody Fangs (A version of “The Boy Who Drew Cats” a Japanese story by Lafcadio Hearn)

5. Ask the Bones (based on “The Mountain of Gems” a folktale from the Caucasus region of Turkmenistan/Russia. A version appeared in the book “A Mountain of Gems”)

6. The Four-Footed Horror (Based on “The Black Dog Ghost” from Ghosts Along the Cumberland)

7. Beginning with the Ears (Iraq)

8. Fiddling with Fire (Based on an American folk tale called “Balaam Foster’s Fiddle”)

9. The Laplander’s Drum (England)

10. A Night of Terror (Eastern Europe)

11. Nowhere to Hide (Similar to “The Prince Who Befriended the Beasts” from Georgian Folk Tales)

12. The Hankerchief (A version of “The Face Cloth” which is based on “The Wicked Rich Man Who Was Turned into a Monkey” from Chinese Folktales)

13. The Mousetrap (Iceland)

14. The Speaking Head (Eastern Europe)

15. The Dripping Cutlass (Based on “The Pirate Ghost of L’Isle de Gombi” from Gumbo Ya-Ya)

16. The Black Snake (Persia)

17. The Hand of Death (Mexico)

18. The Invisible Guest (Based on the tale of Hinzelmann the Kobold from Germany)

19. A Trace of Blood (From a book of African American folklore called “Mules and Men” by Zora Neale Hurston)

20. The Bridal Gown (Germany)

21. The Greedy Man and the Goat (Based on “Treasure Trove” from Russian Fairy Tales)

22. The Evil Eye (based on a story in “Liverpool Jarge” by William Herbert Nutter)

More Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World

Can you escape from an evil wizard? Can you outrun a corpse? Can you learn secrets from a severed head? These terrifying questions, and many more, enliven twenty-two tales collected from around the world and retold. From China to Egypt, and Spain to Hawaii, people have gathered for generations to listen to spooky stories that make the backs of their necks prickle. You can share their nightmares of monstrous sea ghosts with sharp green teeth, women with blood-red hair that turns into snakes, skulls that defy death, and treasure chambers that can trap you inside forever. In huts and palaces, by campfires and hearths, people huddle close together to hear these tales. But if you read them alone, beware!

1. A Story to Tell (based on Fear Dearg or “Far Darrig of Donegal” from Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry)

2. Courting Astriah (Germany)

3. The Shaggy Gray Arm (based on “The Black School” from Icelandic Legends)

4. The Prince’s Fate (Egypt)

5. The Headless Horseman (based on “The Headless Horseman” from Fairy Legends and Traditions of The South of Ireland)

6. The Knife (Germany)

7. The Werewolf in the Forest (Eastern Europe)

8. The Secret (based on “The Witch of the Porta Alla Croce” an Itlaian folktale from Legends of Florence)

9. The Severed Head (based on “The Greek King and the Physician” from The Arabian Nights)

10. The Dangerous Dead (based on “The Resuscitated Corpse” from Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio)

11. The Haunted Bell (Spain)

12. The Gruesome Test (based on “Of Ghosts and Goblins VI” from Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan by Lafcadio Hearn)

13. The Enchanted Cave (Spain)

14. The Witch of the Woods (Eastern Europe)

15. Wishes Gone Awry (based on “The Mermaid” from Scenes and Legends of the North of Scotland)

16. The Ghost of the Rainbow Maiden (Hawaii)

17. The Wife’s Tale (China)

18. Youth Without Age (Turkey)

19. The Haunted Violin (Germany)

20. The Evil Sea Ghost (Norway)

21. The Peasants’ Revenge (based on “The Mouse Tower” from Folk Tales From Many Lands)

22. The Wizard’s Apprentice (Eastern Europe)

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