The Thing at the Foot of the Bed and Other Scary Tales

The Thing at the Foot of the Bed and Other Scary Tales A collection of ghost stories originating in folk tales told the world over

  • Title: The Thing at the Foot of the Bed and Other Scary Tales
  • Author: Maria Leach Kurt Werth
  • ISBN: 9780440487739
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • A collection of ghost stories originating in folk tales told the world over.
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    • Wendy says:

      This was my favorite book as a child. And I still have it!"Where's my golden arm? Where's mmyyy gooollldddennn aaarrmmmmm?"

    • Kelly says:

      One of my all time favorites since I was in elementary school! I checked it out of the school library, and me and my friends would act out the stories at recess! :)I just now remembered about it when I saw a post on facebook to a medieval zombie story: ( io9/medieval-manuscripts-d , because in the book there is a story about a guy who kicks a skull on the side of the road and it talks to him and has an important warning for him. !

    • Theediscerning says:

      Here the only mysterious element of the unexplained is, why so many people seem to remember this book with fondness? Coming to it for the first time as an adult I found it stultifying – only three of the pieces work, several are eminently guessable at the halfway mark, and a lot just don't work. Mostly this is down to a blatant curtness, that only works with the dead-pan tale of a man kicking a skull along the road (as you do). The blatant curtness comes down to the author being an awful child [...]

    • Janice says:

      this book totally and completely fucked me up for forever.what's worse, the cover of the edition i had as a child(i couldn't get the photo html to work sigh)

    • Bruce Gargoyle says:

      I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:A collection of traditional ghost stories with information on their purported origins.This is a selection of traditional ghost stories ranging from mildly humorous to reasonably tedious, plus a bizarre collection of beliefs about ghosts and ghostly behaviour and some ghostly games to play. I wasn't aware on reading this that it was originally published in 1959, so the old-fashioned feel to the format and [...]

    • Nicola Mansfield says:

      I had this book as a kid and loved it. when I saw that Dover had republished it I just *had* to read it again. It is a collection of ghost stories from around the world, though mostly English, Canadian Maritime and African-American in origin. And not just stories (which are usually only a few paragraphs long) but there is poetry, games, songs and even a Newfoundland sea shanty. The tales are written in a story-tellers voice and meant to be told aloud, some even have instructions for the storytel [...]

    • E Vikander says:

      The Thing at the Foot of the Bed and Other Scary Tales was originally published in 1959. It is a short collection of folk tales involving ghosts and a few witch stories. I was especially fond of Sweet William’s Ghost. All stories are brief—perfect for short attention spans. I had read this book as a child and found it frightening, as an adult I find it quaint. Some of these stories I had heard during childhood sleepovers and scouting campfires. The illustrations are simplistic and suit the b [...]

    • Joanie says:

      Just re-read this in honor of Halloween it's every bit as good as I remembered! I had forgotted (blocked out!) the "Singing Bone" story-still gave me the creeps! I loved this book of ghost stories as a kid. I still remember a few of them vividly, like the one where a man is staying in an abandoned house and these cats keep sticking their paws in his food and saying "Sop doll, sop" (or Sop something anyway) and he finally gets fed up and cuts off the paw of one of the cats and when he get home he [...]

    • Fizzgig76 says:

      A collection of ghost stories (humorous and scary). This, along with Arrow Book of Spooky Stories which included some of the stories, was one of my favorite books growing up. Looking back at it, it seems a little repetitive at points, and the section on games is skippable. It is now however interesting to read some of the footnotes in the back of the book as to the origins of the ghost stories which have a wide range of history to them.

    • Amanda says:

      This book is very intresting. Lots of information.I liked this books.I really like the stories in this books. I think all older or younger kids kids would like this books. This book is a quick read and quite intresting. (Even if the stories are exagerrated.) So if you like short ghost stoires read these books

    • Lizzy says:

      THIS WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE books when I was little----i loved reading horror stories and watching horror movies when I was little. I wore this book out so much that the cover and the first couple pages fell off and the back cover wasn't looking to good either!!

    • Aric Cushing says:

      Ah childhood memories! One of those great covers that got me hooked on the genre as a kid!

    • Miranda says:

      Apparently people think you can defeat ghosts with firearms; I'm here to tell you that you can't.

    • J Aislynn d'Merricksson says:

      ***This book was reviewed for Netgalley***Leach’s The Thing at the Foot of the Bed is an amusing collection of ghost stories and urban legends perfect for telling around campfires and at sleepovers. Who doesn't love a good scary story? This is a reprint of a 1959 book, and the language is colloquial, and oft culture specific. The nuances of different dialects, folk speech, and subculture slang were particular interests of the author. This book was written with children in mind as the audience, [...]

    • Wayne McCoy says:

      'The Thing at the Foot of the Bed and Other Scary Tales' by Maria Leach with illustrations by Kurt Werth reminded me of camping and telling ghost stories around the fire. Do people still do that?Here is a book from the middle of the last century. There are quite a few ghost stories organized by type. There are funny ones, scary ones, "real" ones, ghost games, witch stories, and do's and don't's about ghosts. None of the stories is particularly scary, and most are quaint and somewhat funny. There [...]

    • Laura says:

      The stories in this book are all about things that go bump in the night and the creepy things that can sneak up on you - ghosts, witches, and more. They are written in an easy to read manner making it accessible for both children and adults. The black and white drawings that go along with the stories add to the creep factor. This book was originally published in the late 1950s. It could be considered a precursor to the Scary Stories books that Alvin Schwartz has written. The stories are enjoyabl [...]

    • Samantha says:

      I remember being a young child and going to the library with my mom. Each and every time I always had to find this book, amongst all the books I'd take home, this one was always in the stack.To be honest, I can't tell you what I loved about it so much, but it holds a dear place in my heart.Recently, I had looked this book up because I decided I wanted a copy of my own, what a strange coincidence, this book was reprint. So, I bought a copy, naturally.The folk tales are as cheesy and wonderful as [...]

    • Laura says:

      This is a book I read when I was in Elementary school back in the 1960s. I loved it so much. I loved reading stories that make me scared, or I could scare others with, and my favorites were the Golden Arm, and the first one in the book about that man that shot off his toe because he thought it was the glowing eye of a ghost.I don't remember reading where the stories came from, so I am grateful that this is in this version of the book. It may be, when I was younger, I really didn't care.But, as a [...]

    • Tiz. T. says:

      I love short stories and I love horror stories, and I love horror short stories times square.So as you can see, this book is right up my alley.It is a collection of short stories -duh-, and it is interesting because not few of them are what you could call "folklore" stories, "creepypasta ante litteram" if you will. Tales told in hushed whispers from a kid to another, and so on and on.Some are scary. Some aren't. Some are funny. All are interesting because they have not been crafted, they have ev [...]

    • Andrea Dillon says:

      Well I really wanted to love this but I had to come to terms with the fact that this is a book that is simply not for adults I outsourced my review to my seven year old here are his words about this book. "Well some stories are creepy and some are funny and some just are weird but I like it a lot. My favorite story was Wait till Martin Comes." After listening to my son, I'd have to say that this is a good book but for younger kids under ten or so any older than that and the magic of these short [...]

    • Zoe Elizabeth says:

      This book just really didn't live up to what I wanted it to be. It was fun and cute, but I was hoping for scarier stories. Most of the tales are quite tame, and many are historically based. The book comes off as more of a how-to for telling ghost stories than a book of ghost stories. I think it would be a great book for a Boy or Girl Scouts troop leader to read around a campfire. Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

    • Debra Lavoie says:

      This eBook is a cute anthology of spooky ghost stories perfect for story time. Some of them were a bit weak but children probably wouldn’t notice. Net Galley gave me this eBook in return for a honest review.

    • Nic says:

      I read, read, and reread this collection of ghost stories when I was young. I wish I could have it again.I love this book is probably why I love mysteries and scary stories.s awesome!!!!!!

    • Eileen Hall says:

      a wonderfully scary story book full of scary stories that children will adore!The illustrations that accompany the tales are delightful also.Highly recommended.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Dover Publications via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    • crystal says:

      We had a very small library at my elementary school. This book was one we would fight over each week. I'm sure its not the best children's collection of ghost stories, but it was our collection of ghost stories. I recently bought a used copy on Alibris!

    • Maureen says:

      I loved this book as a child. Shoot. I even still have the same book I had as a child with the creepy 1977 cover! Oh the memories!

    • Sarah says:

      Wonderful ghost stories for elementary age kids

    • Diana says:

      this book was so scary especially the one with the golden arm i love it though i used to get this book at the library every chance i got!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jaye says:

      dad's favorite. spooky dooky (back then anyway)!

    • Terry Carroll says:

      I read this a number of times when I was a kid, and just re-read it to get source material for some spooky camping stories next weekend. Dated, but still pretty good for kids, considering its age.

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