What Happens When the Dead Refuse to Stay Down?
Charles David Clasman and David Anthony, co-authors of over twenty books, present Mystery Underground: Undead Uprising.
Mystery Underground is a collection of scary short stories for kids, middle grade readers, and everyone who likes a good scare. The stories combine the monsters and mystery of Goosebumps with the surprise endings of The Twilight Zone. They are the perfect scary stories to read on Halloween, in the dark, around the campfire, or under the covers at night with a flashlight.
This book contains thirteen scary short stories. Within it readers will encounter vampires, zombies, mummies, ghosts, and other creatures of the living undead. Read a scare ... if you dare!
1: GHOST IN THE GRAVEYARD
EVANS CITY, PA
Beneath the eerie glow of the Harvest Moon, Noah and his friends sneak into the cemetery for a game of Ghost in the Graveyard. While getting in is a challenge, getting out may be impossible.
2: TASTES LIKE SPIDER
In the duct tape capital of the world, nothing stays broken for long. Not Owen’s homework. Not his brother’s weird projects. Not even a big ugly spider crushed beneath a heavy schoolbook.
3: TEA PARTY POLTERGEISTS
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC
Night after night Imogen hears strange voices calling her. “We’re thirsty,” they whisper. “So thirsty.” What do they really want and does Imogen dare listen to them?
4: QUICKSILVER SODA
Max’s Mom hosts the best Halloween parties. She goes all out by mixing crazy concoctions into frightening food. This year it’s Corpse-a-Cola, Blood and Mary, and Quicksilver Soda. What happens when Max discovers an empty jug in the backpack his has been carrying through the cemetery?
5: DOG BOY
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Jaws is a vicious watchdog. He usually doesn’t like anyone, not even the boy who feeds him. Ryan, though, claims he can get along with any dog. It’s no coincidence that the kids at school call him Dog Boy. What mysterious secret is he hiding?
6: MONSTER FACES
Nolan wakes in the dark, lost and confused. He doesn’t know where he is. He doesn’t know how to get out. All he can see are awful images in his mind of monster faces biting and chewing. Are they coming for him or are they a memory?
7: THE STUFFING OF NIGHTMARES
Many summer jobs involve yard work, but not for Josh and Ally. Their father finds them work at a taxidermy where the owner stuffs pets and other animals. A strange job, yes, but not as strange as what the kids discover hidden within the gloomy shop.
8: VOICES FROM THE PAST
After Jamison’s American History exam, his phone starts ringing nonstop. First someone calls pretending to be President George Washington. Then Martin Luther King, Jr. Finally Susan B. Anthony calls. What does the prankster really want?
9: THE BLOOD COLLECTOR
Corey isn’t scared by his uncle’s stories about vampires. It’s real blood that freaks him out. So why is he riding in a blood mobile through a snowstorm at night?
10: THREE TESTS
Jocelyn has always been a good student. Always until today. She fails her first test and is kicked out of class. She fails her second and is told to leave. When the principal wants to talk to her, Jocelyn expects the worst.
First an emergency warning flashes across Ava and John’s TV. Then the power goes out. When their neighbors starting moaning for “Brains!” there’s no doubt what has happened. Zombie outbreak!
12: MEET THE MUMMY
ST. PAUL, MN
“Don’t feed the bear” is an old expression. Feed the animal once and it won’t leave. Likewise, “Don’t mock the mummy” should be frequently repeated advice. Wyatt and Jacob learn this the hard way.
13: HALLOWEEN HUNGER
NEW ORLEANS, LA
What happens when a hungry zombie, Dracula, and werewolves are invited to a Halloween party? Dinner can’t arrive soon enough!