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Short and Shivery

Short and Shivery

Short and Shivery was a collection of 4 scary books of short stories for kids written by Robert San Souci. All of the stories were based on folklore from different countries and they were very similar to the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books.

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1. Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales

1. The Robber Bridegroom (Eurpoean folktale from The Brothers Grimm)

2. Jack Frost (Russian Folktale)

3. Waterfall of Ghosts (“Yurei-Daki” a Japanese story by Lafcadio Hearn)

4. The Ghost’s Cap (based on “White Cap” an Icelandic folktale)

5. The Witch Cat (American folktale – one version found in Ghosts of the Carolinas by Nancy Roberts)

6. The Green Mist (A British folktale recorded in Legends of the Lincolnshire Cars)

7. The Cegua (based on La Cegua by Maximo Soto Hall)

8. The Ghostly Little Girl (based on an account found in Ghostly Tales of Old Monterey by Randall A Reinstedt)

9. The Midnight Mass of the Dead (based on a tale found in Norske Huldreeventyr og Folksaga by Peter Christen Asbjornsen)

10. Tailypo (based on an old African-American folktale)

11. Lady Eleanor’s Mantle (based on a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne that was summarized in Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M Skinner)

12. The Soldier and the Vampire (Russian folktale)

13. The Skeleton’s Dance (from Nihon no Mukashi-banashi Japanese Folktales by Keigo Seki)

14. Scared to Death (based on The Leaning Tombstone from Charleston Ghosts by Margaret Rhett Martin)

15. Swallowed Alive (based on account found in The Life and Death of Mr Badman by John Bunyan)

16. The Deacon’s Ghost (based on The Deacon of Myrke from Icelandic Legends by Jon Arnason)

17. Nuckelavee

18. The Adventure of the German Student (based on a story by Washington Irving)

19. Bill Mosby’s Night Ride (based on “Francis Woolcott” in Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M Skinner)

20. Hunter in the Haunted Forest (based on three Teton Sioux tales from Myths and Legends of the Great Plains by Katharine Berry Judson)

21. Brother and Sister (African folktale)

22. Lovers of the Dismal Swamp (based on an account in Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M. Skinner and including elements from the poem “The Lake of the Dismal Swamp” by Thomas Moore)

23. Boneless (based on accounts from An Encyclopedia of Fairies by Katherine Briggs)

24. The Death Waltz (based on an account in Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M. Skinner)

25. The Ghost of Misery Hill (based on The Spook of Misery Hill in Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M. Skinner)

26. The Loup-Garou (based on an account found in Danvis Folks by Rowland E. Robinson. Reprinted in B. A. Botkin’s A Treasury of New England Folklore)

27. The Golem (Jewish folktale)

28. Lavender (The Vanishing Hitchhiker urban legend)

29. The Goblin Spider (based on a Japanese story “Gobin Spider Episode” and a summary in Myths and Legends of Japan by F. Hadland Davis)

30. The Halloween Pony (based on “The Goblin Pony” from Andrew Lang’s The Grey Fairy Book)

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2. More Short & Shivery: Thirty Terrifying Tales

1. Hold Him Tabb (African-American ghost story)

2. The Witches’ Eyes

3. The Duppy

4. Two Snakes

5. The Draug

6. The Vampire Cat (based on a Japanese folktale “The Vampire Cat of Nabeshima”)

7. Windigo Island (based on the poem The Windigo by William Henry Drummond and the story Red-Headed Windego by E. W. Thomson)

8. The Haunted Inn (based on a Chinese folktale. One version is “The Resuscitated Corspe” from Pu Song-Ling’s Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio)

9. The Rolling Head (Native American myth)

10. The Croglin Grange Vampire (based on “The Vampire of Croglin Grange” from In My Solitary Life by Augustus Hare. Later adapted as “The Window” in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark)

11. The Yara

12. “Me, myself” (based on the Scottish/Irish legend of The Brollachan. The title comes from the Irish for myself which is “me fein” or “mise fein”.

13. Island of Fear (based on “The Island of the Cannibal” in Arthur C. Parker, Seneca Myths & Folk Tales and “The Friendly Skeleton” in Lewis Spence, North American Indians: Myths & Legends)

14. Three Who Sought Death (based on “The Pardoner’s Tale” in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales)

15. Sister Death and the Healer

16. The Mouse Tower (based on a German legend about Hatto II, the Archbishop of Mainz and the Mäuseturm)

17. The Devil and Tom Walker (based on a story by Washington Irving, summarized in Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M. Skinner)

18. The Greedy Daughter (based on an Italian folktale “Zio Lupo” or “Uncle Wolf” found in “Italian Folktales” by Italo Calvino. Other versions are “The Gluttonous Girl” in “Roman Legends” by R. H. Busk, and “The Greedy Daughter” in “The Folk-Lore of Rome” by R H. Busk)

19. The Pirate (based on an account in Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M. Skinner)

20. The Golden Arm

21. The Serpent Woman

22. Loft the Enchanter

23. The Accursed House (based on an account called “The Isle of Pines” from Some Haunted Houses by Ambrose Bierce. The story was summarized in Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M. Skinner)

24. Escape up the Tree

25. The Headrest (based on The Enchanted Pillow in Annie Ker’s Papuan Fairy Tales)

26. The Thing in the Woods (based on an account in Gumbo Ya-Ya: A Collection of Louisiana Folk Tales)

27. King of the Cats (Irish folktale)

28. The Dead Mother (Retold from Russian Folk Tales by William R. Shedden-Ralston. A version was done by Bernhardt J. Hurwood.)

29. Knock… Knock… Knock… (based on The Boyfriend’s Death urban legend)

30. Twice Surprised (based on a Japanese urban legend No Face. In Japan, it is a very common ghost story and is known as “Surprised Twice,” “The Terrible Face,” “The Ghost Covered with Eyes,” “The Face That Grew Long,” “The Eyeless Demon in Monjuroku,” and “Was It This Kind of Face?”

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3. Even More Short & Shivery: Thirty Spine-Tingling Tales

1. Appointment in Samarra (based on a Middle-Eastern folktale. A version appeared in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark)

2. Deer Woman (Native American legend)

3. The Maggot (based on a supposedly true account “The Maggot of Doom” by Bernhardt J. Hurwood)

4. Witch Woman (based on an African-American folktale called The Boo Hag. Versions: “Skin Don’t You Know Me?” in American Negro Folktales and “De Witch-’ooman an’ de Spinnin’-Wheel” in A Treasury of American Folklore)

5. The Berbalangs (Retold from “Cagayan Sulu, Its Customs, Legends, and Superstitions” by Ethelbert Forbes Skertchley and “The Berbalangs of Cagayan Sulu,” in Oddities: A Book of Unexplained Facts)

6. Dancing Dead of Shark Island (based on an Irish folktale “Dance of the Dead” found in Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, & Superstitions of Ireland and Ancient Cures, Charms, and Usages of Ireland by Lady Wilde. The Island is actually called “Inish Airc”)

7. “That I see, but this I sew” (Retold and expanded from a brief account in The Highlands and Their Legends by Otta F. Swire)

8. La Guiablesse (Adapted from a narrative included in Two Years in the French West Indies by Lafcadio Hearn)

9. Blood-Drawing Ghost (based on an Irish folktale “Teig O’Kane and the Corpse”. The name is actually Tadhg O’Cain. Retold from the account in Irish Fairy Tales by Jeremiah Curtin.)

10. Guests from Gibbet Island (based on a story by Washington Irving, summarized as “The Party from Gibbet Island” in Myths and Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M. Skinner. The original story is “Guests from the Gallows” from the Brothers Grimm)

11. Haunted House (Retold and expanded from a brief account in The Golden Mountain: Chinese Tales Told in California, collected by Jon Lee)

12. “Never far from you” (based on The Bride urban legend, sometimes known as Bride and Seek. The original is a British folktale and a ballad, “The Mistletoe Bough”)

13. The Rose Elf (Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale based on Giovanni Boccacccio’s The Decameron – Fourth Day, Fifth Story)

14. Wind Rider (Adapted from “The Wind Rider” in Folklore and Legend: Russian and Polish)

15. The Skull that Spoke (based on an African folktale, The Talking Skull)

16. The Monster of Baylock (based on a supposed Irish legend recorded by E. M. Stephens. This is not a real legend and the actual place is Bay Lough in Co. Tipperary, Ireland)

17. The New Mother (based on The Drum which appeared in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark)

18. Rokuro-Kubi (Japanese ghost story. Versions: from Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn and “The Goblins’ Guest” in The Enchanted World: Tales of Terror)

19. Dicey and Orpus (expanded version of a folktale originally collected in The Book of Romance, edited by Andrew Lang. The original is the Greek Myth of Orpheus)

20. Chips (based on a story Charles Dickens was told by his nanny when he was a child)

21. The Skeleton’s Revenge (based on “Legend of the Puente del Clerigo (Clergyman’s Bridge)” in Legends of the City of Mexico by Thomas A. Janvier and “The Avenging Skeleton” in Of the Night Wind’s Telling: Legends from the Valley of Mexico by E. Adams Davis)

22. Lullaby (from an account in the famous collection Lord Halifax’s Ghost Book. Also an adaptation “Lullaby for the Dead” by Michael and Mollie Hardwick in 50 Great Horror Stories, edited by John Canning)

23. Death and the Two Friends (based on Death and the Two Bachelors in Doctor to the Dead: Grotesque Legends and Folk Tales of Old Charleston by John Bennett)

24. Forest Ghosts (Adapted from a long historical account, “The Antlered Master of Château Bois Chasse,” in Gallery of Ghosts by James Reynolds)

25. Carolina Banshee (from Ghost Stories from the American South by W. K. McNeil or Ghastly Ghost Stories)

26. Deadly Violin (from a story in Lilith’s Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural, selected and retold by Howard Schwartz)

27. Night of Terrors (based on the Humans Can Lick Too urban legend)

28. Sending (expanded version of an Icelandic folktale, incorporating details from several accounts in Legends of Icelandic Magicians by Jacqueline Simpson. The original can be found under the title “Murder by Spectral Proxy” in The Enchanted World: Ghosts and in Icelandic Folktales and Legends)

29. Hand of Fate (based on a legend of The Wreckers of Dunraven. A version is found in Sea Phantoms: True Tales of Haunted Ships and Ghostly Crews by Warren Armstrong)

30. Old Raw Head (based on Raw Head and Bloody Bones, an African-American folktale. A version can be found in Ghost Stories of the American Southwest)

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4. A Terrifying Taste of Short & Shivery: Thirty Creepy Tales

1. Crooker Waits

2. Yara-ma-yha-who

3. The Fata

4. Land-Otter

5. A Fish Story

6. Apparitions

7. The Bijli

8. The Lutin

9. The Hundredth Skull

10. The Ogre’s Arm

11. The Hairy Hands

12. The Zimwi

13. Witchbirds

14. Dangerous Hill

15. The Witch’s Head

16. Dinkins is Dead

17. Old Nan’s Ghost

18. The Interrupted Wedding

19. The Mulombe

20. The Haunted Grove

21. The Tiger Woman

22. Peacock’s Ghost

23. Israel and the Werewolf

24. Hoichi the Fearless

25. A Snap of the Fingers

26. Narrow Escape

27. The Black Fox

28. The Mother and Death

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