"Andrew knew that the moon had stolen his parents away.
"He tried to explain to Elizabeth once, after the funeral, but she didn’t understand. Her face turned horribly pale, and she whispered, “They’re dead, Andrew. Don’t you know that?” And then, just in case he didn’t, she drew him a picture. She used her red pencils, and some of Andrew’s crayons, besides. She used rusty-red for the brick buildings, brownish-red for the mugger’s jacket, rosy-red for Mom’s torn sweater on the sidewalk. And bright red for Dad, where the knife had gone through his chest.
"Andrew tore the drawing up—not because looking at it sent icy shivers up his spine, though it did—but because she’d gotten the drawing all wrong. She’d left out the moon, large and round in the night sky, and that was the most important part."
A disturbing story!
I first read this chilling short story when it appeared in Bruce Coville’s horror story anthology, Bruce Coville’s Book of Nightmares: Tales to Make You Scream, which is the only book I’ve ever read in that series of horror, fantasy, and science-fiction themed short story collections. If you’re interested in reading this unusual and original horror story, I can personally guarantee that it’s a good one, quite possibly one of the most disturbing scary short stories you’ll ever read, in fact! Clearly, it was written for kids, but I found it genuinely creepy and chilling, and I’m an adult! The story is not my only reason for writing this review, however. I’m also here to recommend the short story collection, Book of Nightmares, even if you have to track down a print book, which I wouldn’t blame any potential readers for doing, since that’s how I prefer to read books. I WILL admit that it should be published as a kindle and as an ebook so that it becomes available as an iBook so more readers can discover, and enjoy, this great book! ALL of the books in this series should be made available in a digital format so that more readers can enjoy them. I love Book of Nightmares! I read some of the spooky stories from that book every year for Halloween, which has me feeling very excited because today’s date is October 2nd. Some of the 13 creepy, fiendishly fun stories featured in Book of Nightmares include: There’s Nothing Under the Bed by Bruce Coville, Through the Mirror by Anne Mazer, The Boy Who Cried Dragon by Deborah Millitello, The Hand by Eugene M. Gagliano, and Halloween Party by Steven Prohaska. Whether you’re an adult, a teenager, or a kid, you’ll love this fully illustrated collection of supernatural tales of terror from a wide variety of authors if you love horror books for kids! Bruce Coville’s spine-chilling collection even includes stories by Mary Downing Hahn, Joe R. Lansdale, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and Jane Yolen. 🎃🎃🎃Happy Halloween!👻👻👻