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Children's Fiction Horror & Ghost Stories

Tales from the Fringes of Fear

by (author) Jeff Szpirglas

illustrated by Steven P. Hughes

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2020
Horror & Ghost Stories, Short Stories, Paranormal
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2020
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2020
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Dragged fresh from the grave and pulled out of the haunted corners of a school locker, these thirteen new stories are a nod to the storytelling style of Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone.

Most kids don’t have to stress about things like exotic insects with a taste for human flesh when they go to class. But students at this school have to be ever vigilant. You never know when a supernatural pastry or a clay monster bent on revenge might be lurking just around the corner. Even a simple field trip to a local animal sanctuary can have s-s-serious consequences.

A companion volume to Tales from Beyond the Brain, these stories are guaranteed to make you laugh like a hyena, shake your head in wonder or tremble with fear.

About the authors



JEFF SZPIRGLAS is the author of multiple books in the Countdown to Danger series. In addition to his choose-your-own-path titles, Jeff has written award-nominated non-fiction books and several terrifying novels and horror collections for middle-grade readers, including Tales from the Fringes of Fear and Tales from Beyond the Brain. With his wife, Danielle Saint-Onge, he is the co-author of the Orca Echoes books X Marks the Spot!, Something's Fishy and Messy Miranda. He's worked at CTV Television and was an editor at Chirp, chickaDEE and Owl magazines. He has twin children, two cats (the cats are not twins) and one dog. In his spare time, he teaches elementary school. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario. Visit him online at


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Steven P. Hughes is an award-winning Canadian illustrator whose clients include the Globe and Mail, Reader's Digest and Scientific American. He graduated from Sheridan College with a BAA in Illustration. He lives in Bolton, Ontario, with his wife and their two dogs.

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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

“This book is perfect for younger fans of the recent movie version of Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark. Each creepy story ends like a door being slammed shut; elementary and middle school readers will be eager to open the door to the next one.”

School Library Journal

“Szpirglas will capture and hold the reader’s attention to the last page...Perfect bite-sized tales of spine-tingling fun.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A spine-tingling collection that's dead on for young horror buffs.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Szpirglas writes with a casual straightforwardness and has a keen sense of when to embrace terror and, crucially, when it is more effective to cut away...In the main, genuinely scary, achieving Edgar Allan Poe’s ideal ‘single effect’: every element of each story working together to frighten a new generation of children.”

Quill & Quire

“Will have readers of all ages looking for monsters under the bed, in the hallways at school, behind the walls, and even inside themselves. This frightening, darkly fun anthology is perfect kids’ horror.”

Spooky Kid Lit blog

“Thrilling...Hand to fans of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark or Creepshow.”


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