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* TrailOfBreadCrumbs: In "The Robber Bridegroom", the titular character left a trail of ashes leading his intended victim to his house. As a safety precaution, she adds a trail of beans and peas along the same path, which later helps her find her way home when she escapes (the ashes had since been blown away by the wind).

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* {{Synchronization}}: In "The Mulombe", the magic monster of the title is bound to the life of its owner. When Mbizo succeeds in killing it, it kills the creature's maker as well.



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* HonorBeforeReason: In "The Deadly Violin", the woodcarver Nahum is described as a practical man who didn't like to waste any wood he had left over from his projects. This turns out to be his undoing.

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* HonorBeforeReason: In "The Deadly Violin", the woodcarver Nahum is described as a practical man who didn't like to waste any wood he had left over from his projects. This turns out to be his undoing.undoing when he tries to use a piece of wood left over from making a coffin.



* MysteriousProtector: "The Rose Elf".

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* MysteriousProtector: "The Rose Elf".Elf", who watches over a young woman after her lover is murdered by her cruel older brother, who would do anything to keep them from marrying.



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%%* WouldHurtAChild: The title monster in "The Maggot".

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%%* * WouldHurtAChild: The title monster in "The Maggot".Maggot". Its last victim before being destroyed is a five-year-old boy.


3. ''Even More Short & Shivery: Thirty Spine-Tingling Tales''[[labelnote:Contents]]''Appointment in Samarra'' (Persia); ''Deer Woman'' (United States - Ponca Tribe); ''The Maggot'' (British Isles - England); ''Witch Woman'' (United States - African American traditional); ''The Berbalangs'' (Philippines); ''The Dancing Dead of Shark Island'' (British Isles - Ireland); ''"That I See, but This I Sew"'' (British Isles - Scotland); ''La Guiablesse'' (West Indies - Martinique); ''The Blood-Drawing Ghost'' (British Isles - Ireland); ''Guests from Gibbet Island'' (United States - from Washington Irving); ''The Haunted House'' (China); ''"Never Far from You"'' (British Isles - England); ''The Rose Elf'' (Denmark - from Hans Christian Andersen); ''The Wind Rider'' (Poland); ''The Skull That Spoke'' (Nigeria); ''The Monster of Baylock'' (British Isles - Ireland); ''The New Mother'' (British Isles - England); ''Rokuro-Kubi'' (Japan); ''Dicey and Orpus'' (United States - African American traditional); ''Chips'' (British Isles - from Charles Dickens); ''The Skeleton's Revenge'' (Mexico); ''Lullaby'' (British Isles - England); ''Death and the Two Friends'' (United States - South Carolina); ''Forest Ghosts'' (France); ''A Carolina Banshee'' (United States - North Carolina); ''The Deadly Violin'' (Germany - Jewish traditional); ''A Night of Terrors'' (United States - urban folklore); ''The Sending'' (Iceland); ''The Hand of Fate'' (British Isles - Wales); ''Old Raw Head'' (United States - the South).
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3. ''Even More Short & Shivery: Thirty Spine-Tingling Tales''[[labelnote:Contents]]''Appointment in Samarra'' (Persia); ''Deer Woman'' (United States - Ponca Tribe); ''The Maggot'' (British Isles - England); ''Witch Woman'' (United States - African American traditional); ''The Berbalangs'' (Philippines); ''The Dancing Dead of Shark Island'' (British Isles - Ireland); ''"That I See, but This I Sew"'' (British Isles - Scotland); ''La Guiablesse'' (West Indies - Martinique); ''The Blood-Drawing Ghost'' (British Isles - Ireland); ''Guests from Gibbet Island'' (United States - from Washington Irving); ''The Haunted House'' (China); ''"Never Far from You"'' (British Isles - England); ''The Rose Elf'' (Denmark - from Hans Christian Andersen); ''The Wind Rider'' (Poland); ''The Skull That Spoke'' (Nigeria); ''The Monster of Baylock'' (British Isles - Ireland); ''The New Mother'' (British Isles - England); ''Rokuro-Kubi'' (Japan); ''Dicey and Orpus'' (United States - African American traditional); ''Chips'' (British Isles - from Charles Dickens); ''The Skeleton's Revenge'' (Mexico); ''Lullaby'' (British Isles - England); ''Death and the Two Friends'' (United States - South Carolina); ''Forest Ghosts'' (France); ''A Carolina Banshee'' (United States - North Carolina); ''The Deadly Violin'' (Germany - Jewish traditional); ''A Night of Terrors'' (United States - urban folklore); ''The Sending'' (Iceland); ''The Hand of Fate'' (British Isles - Wales); ''Old Raw Head'' (United States - the South). \n[[/labelnote]]\\ [[/labelnote]][[note]]An edition also exists labeled "Forty-five Spine Tingling Tales", which includes all thirty stories from this one, plus the second half of ''More Short and Shivery''.[[/note]]\\



* EvilMatriarch: The stepmother in "The Serpent Woman".

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* EvilMatriarch: The stepmother wife in "The Serpent Woman". Woman", who despises her husband's nephew (whom he's made his heir) and attempts to get rid of him.
* ShapeshiftingLover: The titular character of "The Serpent Woman" can assume the form of a snake, and uses her alternate form against her husband's nephew. [[spoiler:She dies when he burns her snakeskin, but it's only afterward that he fully puts the pieces together.]]


* TheBluebeard: The titular character of "The Robber Bridegroom" is a variant - he woos a woman, convinces her family to let him marry her, and then, once she's been brought to his home, he blinds her and forces her to be his housekeeper, never marrying her at all. Elsa is spared this fate when she arrives early, while her groom is away, and is told the truth by his last "bride". Together, they escape and expose the robber and his men for what they really are, and the robbers are put to death for their crimes.

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* TheBluebeard: TheBluebeard:
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The titular character of "The Robber Bridegroom" is a variant - he woos a woman, convinces her family to let him marry her, and then, once she's been brought to his home, he blinds her and forces her to be his housekeeper, never marrying her at all. Elsa is spared this fate when she arrives early, while her groom is away, and is told the truth by his last "bride". Together, they escape and expose the robber and his men for what they really are, and the robbers are put to death for their crimes.
** The demonic antagonist of "Brother and Sister", a were-hyena, marries a woman with the intention of murdering her and, with his hyena kin, devouring her.



* CassandraTruth: The cantina keeper tries to warn the hero against traveling at night because of the Cegua, but he just gets brushed off -- though his words are quickly proven correct.

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* CassandraTruth: CassandraTruth:
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The cantina keeper tries to warn the hero against traveling at night because of the Cegua, but he just gets brushed off -- though his words are quickly proven correct.correct.
** In "Brother and Sister", the young boy sees his sister's groom has a second mouth on the back of his head. When he tries to warn his mother, she accuses him of making it up. His father also refuses to believe him, threatening him with a beating if he makes trouble, and his friends won't help either.



* OffWithHisHead: The titular man-sized creature of "The Goblin Spider" dies when Raiko the samurai chops off its head.



* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: The antagonist of "Brother and Sister" is a were-hyena, and has a second mouth on the back of his head in his human form.



* SchmuckBait: "The Halloween Pony" ends with all the brothers tricked into riding the aforementioned pony and whisked away into the ocean.
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: In "The Witch Cat", the witch returns to her true form when she dies. Her hand, which was severed when she was in the form of a cat, does not - it's still a cat's paw when it and the dead man holding it are found.

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* SchmuckBait: "The Halloween Pony" ends with all the three brothers (and a friend for each) tricked into riding the aforementioned pony and whisked away into the ocean.
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: ThisWasHisTrueForm:
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In "The Witch Cat", the witch returns to her true form when she dies. Her hand, which was severed when she was in the form of a cat, does not - it's still a cat's paw when it and the dead man holding it are found.
** In "The Loup-Garou", a werewolf reverts to its true form and runs off the instant the old man, Pierre, nicks it with his knife and draws blood from it.
* TooManyMouths: The antagonist of "Brother and Sister" has a second mouth on the back of his head in his human form.


1. ''Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales''[[labelnote:Contents]]''The Robber Bridegroom'' (adapted from the Brothers Grimm); ''Jack Frost'' (from a Russian folktale); ''The Waterfall of Ghosts'' (from the Japanese writings of Lafcadio Hearn); ''The Ghost's Cap'' (from a Russian folktale); ''The Witch Cat'' (folklore of the United States - Virginia); ''The Green Mist'' (a legend from Lincolnshire, England); ''The Cegua'' (a folktale from Costa Rica); ''The Ghostly Little Girl'' (United States - California); ''The Midnight Mass of the Dead'' (a Norse folktale); ''Tailypo'' (United States - West Virginia); ''Lady Eleanore's Mantle'' (from a tale by Nathaniel Hawthorne); ''The Soldier and the Vampire'' (a Russian folktale); ''The Skeleton's Dance'' (a folktale from Japan); ''Scared To Death'' (United States - South Carolina); ''Swallowed Alive'' (a British folktale); ''The Deacon's Ghost'' (a folktale from Iceland); ''Nuckelavee'' (a folktale from Orkney Islands); ''The Adventure of the German Student'' (from a tale by Washington Irving); ''Bill Mosby's Night Ride'' (United States - New England); ''The Hunter in the Haunted Forest'' (a Native American Legend); ''Brother and Sister'' (retold from an African folktale); ''The Lovers of Dismal Swamp'' (United States - Virginia); ''Boneless'' (based on folklore of the Shetland Islands); ''The Death Waltz'' (United States - New Mexico); ''The Ghost of Misery Hill'' (United States - California); ''The Loup-Garou'' (from French-Canadian folklore); ''The Golem'' (based on Jewish folklore); ''Lavender'' (United States); ''The Goblin Spider'' (a Japanese legend); ''The Halloween Pony'' (from a French folktale). [[/labelnote]]\\

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1. ''Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales''[[labelnote:Contents]]''The Robber Bridegroom'' (adapted from the Brothers Grimm); ''Jack Frost'' (from a Russian folktale); ''The Waterfall of Ghosts'' (from the Japanese writings of Lafcadio Hearn); ''The Ghost's Cap'' (from a Russian folktale); ''The Witch Cat'' (folklore of the United States - Virginia); ''The Green Mist'' (a legend from Lincolnshire, England); ''The Cegua'' (a folktale from Costa Rica); ''The Ghostly Little Girl'' (United States - California); ''The Midnight Mass of the Dead'' (a Norse folktale); ''Tailypo'' (United States - West Virginia); ''Lady Eleanore's Mantle'' (from a tale by Nathaniel Hawthorne); ''The Soldier and the Vampire'' (a Russian folktale); ''The Skeleton's Dance'' (a folktale from Japan); ''Scared To Death'' (United States - South Carolina); ''Swallowed Alive'' (a British folktale); ''The Deacon's Ghost'' (a folktale from Iceland); ''Nuckelavee'' (a folktale from Orkney Islands); ''The Adventure of the German Student'' (from a tale by Washington Irving); ''Bill ''Billy Mosby's Night Ride'' (United States - New England); ''The Hunter in the Haunted Forest'' (a Native American Legend); ''Brother and Sister'' (retold from an African folktale); ''The Lovers of Dismal Swamp'' (United States - Virginia); ''Boneless'' (based on folklore of the Shetland Islands); ''The Death Waltz'' (United States - New Mexico); ''The Ghost of Misery Hill'' (United States - California); ''The Loup-Garou'' (from French-Canadian folklore); ''The Golem'' (based on Jewish folklore); ''Lavender'' (United States); ''The Goblin Spider'' (a Japanese legend); ''The Halloween Pony'' (from a French folktale). [[/labelnote]]\\



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In "The Green Mist", a sickly young girl says that "If I could only live as long as one of those cowslips that grow by the door each spring, I swear I'd be content!" A bogie, or wicked mischief-making goblin, grants her wish, and she dies when the cowslips are picked and subsequently wither away.



* TheBluebeard: The titular character of "The Robber Bridegroom" is a variant - he woos a woman, convinces her family to let him marry her, and then, once she's been brought to his home, he blinds her and forces her to be his housekeeper, never marrying her at all. Elsa is spared this fate when she arrives early, while her groom is away, and is told the truth by his last "bride". Together, they escape and expose the robber and his men for what they really are, and the robbers are put to death for their crimes.
* CannotCrossRunningWater: "Nuckelavee", but only if it's ''fresh'' water. It also gets repelled when it's splashed by water from a freshwater lake, and refuses to come out when it's raining.



* CreepySouvenir: "The Ghost's Cap" is stolen from a ghost one night as proof that the greedy Anya did indeed see him. Her refusal to return it when he comes for her, and then her throwing it in a river, results in her own death.



* DemonicPossession:
** "The Deacon's Ghost" features a demon taking over the body of a man who'd drowned and, using his body, coming after the woman the deacon had been engaged to. The demon is eventually exorcised, allowing the deacon to rest in peace.
** "The Adventure of the German Student" has a young man fall for a woman who turns out to be a corpse, having been guillotined the day before. On seeing this, the student believes she was brought back by a demon that tricked him into pledging his soul to it, allowing it to possess him in the girl's place.



* EvilIsNotAToy: Some characters learn this from the punishment of others like in "Bill Mosby's Night Ride".
* EvilMatriarch: The stepmother in "Jack Frost".

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* EvilIsNotAToy: Some characters learn this from the punishment of others like in "Bill "Billy Mosby's Night Ride".
* EvilMatriarch: The stepmother in "Jack Frost".Frost", who constantly belittles her kind-hearted stepdaughter and eventually tries to have her left in the woods to freeze to death.


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* NeverFoundTheBody: In "The Ghostly Little Girl", the titular character is Maria, who accompanied her father when he went out fishing one day. While both drowned, her body hadn't turned up after a few days. However, her ghost appears to a few of her friends.


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* PinnedToTheWall: In "Scared to Death", the main character is Sally, a particularly unpleasant young lady who goes into a cemetery at night and stabs a cane into a man's grave as proof she was there, but accidentally hits her own cloak in the process and pins herself to the ground. Thinking she's being grabbed by a ghost of some kind, she is literally frightened to death by her own action.


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* RobbingTheDead: In "The Waterfall of Ghosts", the titular waterfall has a shrine with a money box where people make offerings to the ghosts that haunt the area. O-Katsu not only steals the box on a dare (though the people who dare her intend for her to take it back in the morning), she steals a number of coins from it. The ghosts don't take kindly to this and terrify her into returning what she stole, along with giving them money made by selling the hemp she received in return for her deed.


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* ThisWasHisTrueForm: In "The Witch Cat", the witch returns to her true form when she dies. Her hand, which was severed when she was in the form of a cat, does not - it's still a cat's paw when it and the dead man holding it are found.


* UrbanLegend: Each of the four books contains an urban legend commonly known in the United States. See their folders for individual entries.

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* UrbanLegend: UrbanLegends: Each of the four books contains an urban legend commonly known in the United States. See their folders for individual entries.



* GiantSpider: The titular man-sized creature of "The Goblin Spider" (actually a youkai of some type), which has been capturing and feeding on people.



* UrbanLegend: "Lavender" is the first of four stories in the series based on one of these commonly known in the United States. In this case, it's the story of the hitchhiking ghost.

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* UrbanLegend: UrbanLegends: "Lavender" is the first of four stories in the series based on one of these commonly known in the United States. In this case, it's the story of the hitchhiking ghost.



* UrbanLegend: "Knock... Knock... Knock..." is the second of four stories in the series based on one of these commonly known in the United States. In this case, it's the story of the escaped mental patient and the stranded couple.

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* UrbanLegend: UrbanLegends: "Knock... Knock... Knock..." is the second of four stories in the series based on one of these commonly known in the United States. In this case, it's the story of the escaped mental patient and the stranded couple.



* UrbanLegend: "A Night of Terrors" is the third of four stories in the series based on one of these commonly known in the United States. In this case, it's the story of the serial killer hiding under the bed.

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* UrbanLegend: UrbanLegends: "A Night of Terrors" is the third of four stories in the series based on one of these commonly known in the United States. In this case, it's the story of the serial killer hiding under the bed.



* UrbanLegend: "Narrow Escape" is the fourth of four stories in the series based on one of these commonly known in the United States. In this case, it's the story of the killer in the back seat.

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* UrbanLegend: UrbanLegends: "Narrow Escape" is the fourth of four stories in the series based on one of these commonly known in the United States. In this case, it's the story of the killer in the back seat.


* AdaptationalVillainy: In the other versions of "The New Mother", such as "The Drum" from ''Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' and Lucy Clifford's ''Anyhow Stories'', the title character is implied to be malevolent but doesn't actively harm the children. In this version, [[spoiler: she turns them into figurines and puts them in the music box to bait other children.]]
* AndIMustScream: The ending of "The New Mother" has [[spoiler: Red Skirts and Blue Eyes trapped as figurines on a music box, acting as bait so their kidnapper can catch more children]].
* BabyTrap: "The Tiger Woman". [[spoiler: The aforementioned Tiger Woman marries the hunter who murdered her brother and father. She waits until they've made a family for themselves so she can kill him, his father, and their two sons as revenge for what the hunter did to her family.]]

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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the other versions of "The New Mother", such as "The Drum" from ''Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' and Lucy Clifford's ''Anyhow Stories'', the title character is implied to be malevolent but doesn't actively harm the children. In this version, [[spoiler: she turns them into figurines and puts them in the music box to bait other children.]]
* AndIMustScream: The ending of "The New Mother" has [[spoiler: Red Skirts and Blue Eyes trapped as figurines on a music box, acting as bait so their kidnapper can catch more children]].
HauntedHouse: Several cases.
* BabyTrap: "The Tiger Woman". [[spoiler: The aforementioned Tiger Woman marries RuleOfThree: Multiplied by 10. Each of the hunter who murdered her brother and father. She waits until they've made a family for themselves so she can kill him, his father, and books have 30 stories.
* UrbanLegend: Each of the four books contains an urban legend commonly known in the United States. See
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* BenevolentBoss: The servant's master in "An Appointment in Samarra" quickly lets his servant borrow one of his horses to flee to his cousin's house when he comes home frightened after seeing Death in the marketplace.



* BigDamnHeroes: The fiance in "The Interrupted Wedding" interrupts Elli's wedding as she's about to say "I do". [[spoiler: The ''real'' fiance.]]
* BigGood:
** Ironically, "The Rose Elf" becomes this despite being so tiny. It provides comfort to the grieving sister and exposes her wicked brother's crime without anyone ever learning of its deeds.
** Zofia the sorceress in "The Wind Rider".
** The unnamed sorcerer in "The Monster of Baylock".

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* BigDamnHeroes: The fiance in BigBrotherInstinct: This is what leads the titular soldier of "The Interrupted Wedding" interrupts Elli's wedding as she's about to say "I do". [[spoiler: The ''real'' fiance.]]
* BigGood:
** Ironically, "The Rose Elf" becomes this despite being so tiny. It provides comfort to
Soldier and the grieving Vampire" to hunt down and destroy the titular vampire. It's his little sister who's been left comatose and exposes her wicked brother's crime without anyone ever learning of its deeds.
** Zofia the sorceress in "The Wind Rider".
** The unnamed sorcerer in "The Monster of Baylock".
will die if something's not done, and he's determined to save her.



* CompositeCharacter: This version of "The New Mother" combines the title character with [[spoiler: the character who entices the two children with the drum/music box, making her especially villainous by setting up children to be abandoned so she can kidnap them.]]
* DangerTakesABackseat: In "Narrow Escape", Tessa drives away from the gas station, ignoring Dale yelling at her to get out of the car. It turns out that he saw the Gold Country Killer climb into her backseat.
* DaylightHorror:
** The monster of "La Guiablesse" walks around during the daylight hours looking for victims. The sources section in the back of the book [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.
** In "The Yara-Ma-Yha-Who", the titular creatures attack one of the brothers on a very sunny day when he takes shelter from the heat under a fig tree.
* DeathByDespair: In "The Snow Husband", Fairest barely lasts for more than a few grief-stricken moments after her snow homonculus husband Moowiss melts in front of her.



* DoggedNiceGuy: Dale the gas station attendant from "Narrow Escape" likes Tessa and keeps asking her out, much to her annoyance. She softens to him after he saves her from the Gold Country Killer, who snuck into her car.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: In [[RuleOfThree the third nightmare]] in "The Deadly Violin", the ghost of the dead man that Nahum built the coffin for (he was making a violin with the leftover wood) says to him "[[ArcWords Cast the wood in the fire. Do not use it for any other purpose.]] This is the last time I will warn you." When Nahum wakes up the next morning, however, [[IgnoredEpiphany he just smiles and shrugs and says to himself]] "[[TemptingFate That was a good dream, since the ghost promised not to bother me anymore]]."



* EnfantTerrible: "The Thing In The Woods". Odette finds an abandoned baby in the swamp, but the baby [[spoiler: is really some kind of horrible cross between a large scorpion and a beetle.]]
* EvilDetectingDog: Rapp, Elli's dog, recognizes that the Olav who comes to see her is a huldre. When his mistress doesn't listen, he runs off to get help.
* EvilIsNotAToy: Some characters learn not to meddle with powerful evil forces the hard way, such as in "Loft the Enchanter", while some learn from the punishment of others like in "Bill Mosby's Night Ride".
* EvilMatriarch: The stepmothers in "Jack Frost" and "The Snake Woman" as well as "The New Mother".

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* EnfantTerrible: "The Thing In The Woods". Odette finds an abandoned baby in the swamp, but the baby [[spoiler: is really some kind of horrible cross between a large scorpion and a beetle.]]
* EvilDetectingDog: Rapp, Elli's dog, recognizes that the Olav who comes to see her is a huldre. When his mistress doesn't listen, he runs off to get help.
* EvilIsNotAToy: Some characters learn not to meddle with powerful evil forces the hard way, such as in "Loft the Enchanter", while some learn this from the punishment of others like in "Bill Mosby's Night Ride".
Ride".
* EvilMatriarch: The stepmothers stepmother in "Jack Frost" and "The Snake Woman" as well as "The New Mother".Frost".



* EyeScream: In "Old Nan's Ghost", the tinker's body is found with two gold pieces shoved in its eyes.
* HauntedHouse: Several, including "The Accursed House" and "The Haunted House".

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* EyeScream: ExplainingYourPowersToTheEnemy: In "Old Nan's Ghost", the tinker's body is found with two gold pieces shoved in its eyes.
* HauntedHouse: Several, including
"The Accursed House" Soldier and "The Haunted House".the Vampire", the titular vampire is perfectly willing to explain everything about himself to the soldier who's come to kill him; he intends on just stalling for time and then killing the soldier, figuring the mortal man doesn't stand a chance. Unfortunately for the vampire, ''he'' is the one who runs out of time, falling dormant when the sun rises and giving the soldier time to put what he's learned to use and destroy the vampire utterly.



* HellIsThatNoise: The eponymous cannibal tribe in "The Berbelangs" has a unique variation on it. They are said to make an eerie moaning sound that steadily gets quieter and quieter as they approach their prey.
* HereWeGoAgain: At the end of "The New Mother", the old lady shows two boys the music box [[spoiler: which now contains figurines of Red Skirts and Blue Eyes. She then asks the boys how naughty they can be.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Dorothy of "Swallowed Alive" frequently boasted if she was ever lying or trying to cheat someone, than God could open the Earth and swallow her whole. [[ForegoneConclusion Guess what happens to her the next time she says this.]]
* HonorBeforeReason:
** In "The Deadly Violin", the woodcarver Nahum is described as a practical man who didn't like to waste any wood he had left over from his projects. This turns out to be his undoing.
** Dinkins, of "Dinkins Is Dead", refuses to accept he's dead no matter how many people tell him. [[spoiler: He finally stays in his grave when the town erects a tombstone describing what a great person he is.]]
* KarmicProtection: The main character in "Crooker Waits" is given symbols of protection by three old women as thanks for previously saving several small animals they are friends with.
* KarmicTransformation: In "Forest Ghosts", the hunter gets transformed into [[BodyHorror a hideous half man/half stag creature]], matching the deer he had a personal grudge against.
* TheLostLenore: Dicey of "Dicey and Orpus", which is a retelling of the myth of Eurydice and Orpheus. And there's the missing bride in "Never Far From You".
* MamaBear: Old Nan, of "Old Nan's Ghost", hounds a man beyond death for not delivering her niece her inheritance and dooming the girl to a life of poverty and pain. When the niece finally dies, Nan kills the man for ruining her niece's life.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The mother at the end of "The Mother And Death" is horrified when she realizes she was about to kill another woman's child to get her daughter back, and that her daughter would live a life of misery and pain had she been brought back.
* MysteriousProtector: "The Rose Elf".

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* HellIsThatNoise: The eponymous cannibal tribe in "The Berbelangs" has a unique variation on it. They are said to make an eerie moaning sound that steadily gets quieter and quieter as they approach their prey.
* HereWeGoAgain: At the end of "The New Mother", the old lady shows two boys the music box [[spoiler: which now contains figurines of Red Skirts and Blue Eyes. She then asks the boys how naughty they can be.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Dorothy of "Swallowed Alive" frequently boasted if she was ever lying or trying to cheat someone, than then God could open the Earth and swallow her whole. [[ForegoneConclusion Guess what happens to her the next time she says this.]]
* HonorBeforeReason:
** In "The Deadly Violin",
KillItWithFire: How the woodcarver Nahum is described as a practical man who didn't like to waste any wood he had left over from his projects. This turns out to be his undoing.
** Dinkins, of "Dinkins Is Dead", refuses to accept he's dead no matter how many people tell him. [[spoiler: He finally stays in his grave when the town erects a tombstone describing what a great person he is.]]
* KarmicProtection: The main character in "Crooker Waits" is given symbols of protection by three old women as thanks for previously saving several small animals they are friends with.
* KarmicTransformation: In "Forest Ghosts", the hunter gets transformed into [[BodyHorror a hideous half man/half stag creature]], matching the deer he had a personal grudge against.
* TheLostLenore: Dicey of "Dicey and Orpus", which is a retelling of the myth of Eurydice and Orpheus. And there's the missing bride in "Never Far From You".
* MamaBear: Old Nan, of "Old Nan's Ghost", hounds a man beyond death for not delivering her niece her inheritance and dooming the girl to a life of poverty and pain. When the niece finally dies, Nan kills the man for ruining her niece's life.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The mother at the end
vampire of "The Mother And Death" Soldier and the Vampire" is horrified permanently destroyed, when she realizes she was about to kill another woman's child to get her daughter back, the soldier burns his comatose body on a pyre and, when it breaks down into small creatures, catches them and that her daughter would live a life of misery and pain had she been brought back.
* MysteriousProtector: "The Rose Elf".
throws them back into the fire.



* OddFriendship: The eponymous friends in the story "Death and the Two Friends". One of them is a big and strong guy who never knew a sick day in his life, and the other is a small and weak guy who is in such bad health, [[MadnessMantra he spends many nights wishing aloud that he was dead]]. [[TakeOurWordForIt It gets you to wondering how they became friends in the first place, let alone roommates.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: In "The New Mother", Red Skirts and Blue Eyes' mother essentially abandons them to go be with their father [[DisproportionateRetribution just because they kept misbehaving]].

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* OddFriendship: OurVampiresAreDifferent: The eponymous friends vampire in the story "Death and the Two Friends". One of them is a big and strong guy who never knew a sick day in his life, and the other is a small and weak guy who is in such bad health, [[MadnessMantra he spends many nights wishing aloud that he was dead]]. [[TakeOurWordForIt It gets you to wondering how they became friends in the first place, let alone roommates.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: In
"The New Mother", Red Skirts Soldier and Blue Eyes' mother essentially abandons them the Vampire" is an evil wizard who rose from the dead thanks to go be with their father [[DisproportionateRetribution just because his magic, and the only way to permanently kill him is to ensure that every bit of his soul (represented by the mass of lizards, snakes, toads, worms and beetles that his body turns into when burned) is destroyed. In terms of drinking blood, he does not drink it directly from the body but takes it into a vial, and drinks that right before returning to his grave at sunrise. The following sunset, the victim's life-force becomes his, and they kept misbehaving]].die. His only standard weakness is sunlight, which renders him dormant.



* RuleOfThree: Multiplied by 10. Each of the books have 30 stories.
* SamusIsAGirl: "Peacock's Ghost". [[spoiler: The old woman never said the ghost was a man...]]



* ShapeshiftingLover: In "The Tiger Wife", T'sao meets a tiger that transforms into a beautiful woman, who explains she's been cursed to transform into a tiger at night and can only rid herself of the curse if a man agrees to marry her. [[spoiler: It actually turns out that she can shapeshift between tiger and human at will using her pelt (which she hid)]].
* StabTheScorpion: Tessa fears Dale means to kill her (either for scorning him or because he's the serial killer who has been stalking the area) when he chases her after she leaves the gas station. When he jumps out of his car and runs up to hers with a tire iron, she begs him not to hurt her -- only for him to ignore her and go after the serial killer, who was hiding in her backseat.
* {{Synchronization}}: In "The Molube", the magic monster of the title is bound to the life of its owner. When Mwombi succeeds in killing it, it kills his master as well.



* UrbanLegend: Each of the four books contains an urban legend commonly known in the United States, including, in chronological order: the hitchhiking ghost ("Lavender"), the escaped mental patient and the stranded couple ("Knock... Knock... Knock..."), the serial killer hiding under the bed ("A Night of Terrors"), the killer in the back seat ("Narrow Escape").
* WasOnceAMan: Some of the stories involve characters getting transformed into monsters, such as one of the brothers in "Yara-Ma-Yha-Who".
* WhenTreesAttack: The titular character in "Crooker Waits" turns out to be a sapient yew tree, which attacks the hero as he tries to make a midnight trip to his sick mother. Luckily for the hero, the plants he receives from three old women fend it off and ultimately kill it before it can finish him off.
* WomanScorned: Gender flipped in "The Snow Husband". When Elegant is cruelly rebuffed by Fairest, he creates a homunculus out of snow to woo Fairest. [[spoiler: When the homunculus melts in the spring, Fairest dies of a broken heart.]]

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* UrbanLegend: Each of "Lavender" is the first of four books contains an urban legend stories in the series based on one of these commonly known in the United States, including, in chronological order: States. In this case, it's the story of the hitchhiking ghost ("Lavender"), ghost.

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* HauntedHouse: "The Accursed House" revolves around one.
* EnfantTerrible: "The Thing In The Woods". Odette finds an abandoned baby in
the escaped mental patient swamp, but the baby [[spoiler: is really some kind of horrible cross between a large scorpion and a beetle.]]
* EvilIsNotAToy: Some characters learn not to meddle with powerful evil forces
the stranded couple ("Knock...hard way, such as in "Loft the Enchanter".
* EvilMatriarch: The stepmother in "The Serpent Woman".
* UrbanLegend: "Knock...
Knock... Knock..."), " is the serial killer hiding under the bed ("A Night second of Terrors"), the killer in the back seat ("Narrow Escape").
* WasOnceAMan: Some of the
four stories involve characters getting transformed into monsters, in the series based on one of these commonly known in the United States. In this case, it's the story of the escaped mental patient and the stranded couple.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the other versions of "The New Mother",
such as one of "The Drum" from ''Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' and Lucy Clifford's ''Anyhow Stories'', the brothers in "Yara-Ma-Yha-Who".
* WhenTreesAttack: The titular
title character in "Crooker Waits" is implied to be malevolent but doesn't actively harm the children. In this version, [[spoiler: she turns out to be a sapient yew tree, which attacks them into figurines and puts them in the hero as he tries music box to make a midnight trip to his sick mother. Luckily for the hero, the plants he receives from three old women fend it off bait other children.]]
* AndIMustScream: The ending of "The New Mother" has [[spoiler: Red Skirts
and ultimately kill it before it Blue Eyes trapped as figurines on a music box, acting as bait so their kidnapper can finish him off.catch more children]].
* WomanScorned: Gender flipped BenevolentBoss: The servant's master in "An Appointment in Samarra" quickly lets his servant borrow one of his horses to flee to his cousin's house when he comes home frightened after seeing Death in the marketplace.
* BigGood:
** Ironically, "The Rose Elf" becomes this despite being so tiny. It provides comfort to the grieving sister and exposes her wicked brother's crime without anyone ever learning of its deeds.
** Zofia the sorceress
in "The Snow Husband". When Elegant is cruelly rebuffed by Fairest, he creates a homunculus out Wind Rider".
** The unnamed sorcerer in "The Monster
of snow to woo Fairest. Baylock".
* CompositeCharacter: This version of "The New Mother" combines the title character with
[[spoiler: When the homunculus melts character who entices the two children with the drum/music box, making her especially villainous by setting up children to be abandoned so she can kidnap them.]]
* DaylightHorror: The monster of "La Guiablesse" walks around during the daylight hours looking for victims. The sources section
in the spring, Fairest dies back of the book [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: In [[RuleOfThree the third nightmare]] in "The Deadly Violin", the ghost of the dead man that Nahum built the coffin for (he was making
a broken heart.]]violin with the leftover wood) says to him "[[ArcWords Cast the wood in the fire. Do not use it for any other purpose.]] This is the last time I will warn you." When Nahum wakes up the next morning, however, [[IgnoredEpiphany he just smiles and shrugs and says to himself]] "[[TemptingFate That was a good dream, since the ghost promised not to bother me anymore]]."
* EvilMatriarch: The titular character of "The New Mother".
* HauntedHouse: "The Haunted House" revolves around one.
* HereWeGoAgain: At the end of "The New Mother", the old lady shows two boys the music box [[spoiler: which now contains figurines of Red Skirts and Blue Eyes. She then asks the boys how naughty they can be.]]
* HellIsThatNoise: The eponymous cannibal tribe in "The Berbalangs" has a unique variation on it. They are said to make an eerie moaning sound that steadily gets quieter and quieter as they approach their prey.
* HonorBeforeReason: In "The Deadly Violin", the woodcarver Nahum is described as a practical man who didn't like to waste any wood he had left over from his projects. This turns out to be his undoing.
* KarmicTransformation: In "Forest Ghosts", the hunter gets transformed into [[BodyHorror a hideous half man/half stag creature]], matching the deer he had a personal grudge against.
* TheLostLenore: Dicey of "Dicey and Orpus", which is a retelling of the myth of Eurydice and Orpheus. And there's the missing bride in "Never Far From You".
* MysteriousProtector: "The Rose Elf".
* OddFriendship: The eponymous friends in the story "Death and the Two Friends". One of them is a big and strong guy who never knew a sick day in his life, and the other is a small and weak guy who is in such bad health, [[MadnessMantra he spends many nights wishing aloud that he was dead]]. [[TakeOurWordForIt It gets you to wondering how they became friends in the first place, let alone roommates.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: In "The New Mother", Red Skirts and Blue Eyes' mother essentially abandons them to go be with their father [[DisproportionateRetribution just because they kept misbehaving]].
* UrbanLegend: "A Night of Terrors" is the third of four stories in the series based on one of these commonly known in the United States. In this case, it's the story of the serial killer hiding under the bed.



* YouCantFightFate: "Appointment in Samarra". [[spoiler: The man heads to Samarra to get away from Death, not realizing Death was already planning to see him there.]]

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* YouCantFightFate: "Appointment in Samarra". [[spoiler: The man heads to Samarra to get away from Death, not realizing Death was already planning to see him there.]]]]

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[[folder:A Terrifying Taste of Short and Shivery]]

* BabyTrap: "The Tiger Woman". [[spoiler: The aforementioned Tiger Woman marries the hunter who murdered her brother and father. She waits until they've made a family for themselves so she can kill him, his father, and their two sons as revenge for what the hunter did to her family.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: The fiance in "The Interrupted Wedding" interrupts Elli's wedding as she's about to say "I do". [[spoiler: The ''real'' fiance.]]
* DangerTakesABackseat: In "Narrow Escape", Tessa drives away from the gas station, ignoring Dale yelling at her to get out of the car. It turns out that he saw the Gold Country Killer climb into her backseat.
* DaylightHorror: In "The Yara-Ma-Yha-Who", the titular creatures attack one of the brothers on a very sunny day when he takes shelter from the heat under a fig tree.
* DeathByDespair: In "The Snow Husband", Fairest barely lasts for more than a few grief-stricken moments after her snow homonculus husband Moowiss melts in front of her.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Dale the gas station attendant from "Narrow Escape" likes Tessa and keeps asking her out, much to her annoyance. She softens to him after he saves her from the Gold Country Killer, who snuck into her car.
* EvilDetectingDog: Rapp, Elli's dog, recognizes that the Olav who comes to see her is a huldre. When his mistress doesn't listen, he runs off to get help.
* EyeScream: In "Old Nan's Ghost", the tinker's body is found with two gold pieces shoved in its eyes.
* FurIsClothing: [[spoiler:The titular character of "The Tiger Woman" transforms this way, via donning and removing her pelt, just like a selkie.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Dinkins, of "Dinkins Is Dead", refuses to accept he's dead no matter how many people tell him. [[spoiler: He finally stays in his grave when the town erects a tombstone describing what a great person he is.]]
* KarmicProtection: The main character in "Crocker Waits" is given symbols of protection by three old women as thanks for previously saving several small animals they are friends with.
* MamaBear: Old Nan, of "Old Nan's Ghost", hounds a man beyond death for not delivering her niece her inheritance and dooming the girl to a life of poverty and pain. When the niece finally dies, Nan kills the man for ruining her niece's life.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The mother at the end of "The Mother And Death" is horrified when she realizes she was about to kill another woman's child to get her daughter back, and that her daughter would live a life of misery and pain had she been brought back.
* SamusIsAGirl: "Peacock's Ghost". [[spoiler: The old woman never said the ghost was a man...]]
* ShapeshiftingLover: In "The Tiger Woman", T'sao meets a tiger that transforms into a beautiful woman, who explains she's been cursed to transform into a tiger at night and can only rid herself of the curse if a man agrees to marry her. [[spoiler: It actually turns out that she can shapeshift between tiger and human at will using her pelt (which she hid)]].
* StabTheScorpion: In "Narrow Escape", Tessa fears Dale means to kill her (either for scorning him or because he's the serial killer who has been stalking the area) when he chases her after she leaves the gas station. When he jumps out of his car and runs up to hers with a tire iron, she begs him not to hurt her -- only for him to ignore her and go after the serial killer, who was hiding in her backseat.
* UrbanLegend: "Narrow Escape" is the fourth of four stories in the series based on one of these commonly known in the United States. In this case, it's the story of the killer in the back seat.
* WasOnceAMan: The titular "Yara-Ma-Yha-Who" is capable of turning humans into creatures like it.
* WhenTreesAttack: The titular character in "Crocker Waits" turns out to be a sapient yew tree, which attacks the hero as he tries to make a midnight trip to his sick mother. Luckily for the hero, the plants he receives from three old women fend it off and ultimately kill it before it can finish him off.
* WomanScorned: Gender flipped in "The Snow Husband". When Elegant is cruelly rebuffed by Fairest, he creates a homunculus out of snow to woo Fairest. [[spoiler: When the homunculus melts in the spring, Fairest dies of a broken heart.]]

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%%Editor's note: The story mentioned below is not in these books, at least not by that title. It may be a case of mistaken identification.
%%* {{Synchronization}}: In "The Molube", the magic monster of the title is bound to the life of its owner. When Mwombi succeeds in killing it, it kills his master as well.


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2. ''More Short & Shivery: Thirty Terrifying Tales''[[labelnote:Contents]]''"Hold Him Tabb!"'' (United States - Virginia); ''The Witches' Eyes'' (Spanish American - American Southwest); ''The Duppy'' (Haiti); ''Two Snakes'' (China); ''The Draug'' (Norway); ''The Vampire Cat'' (Japan); ''Windigo Island'' (Canada); ''The Haunted Inn'' (China); ''The Rolling Head'' (North America - Plains Indians); ''The Croglin Grange Vampire'' (British Isles - England); ''The Yara'' (Brazil); ''"Me, Myself'' (British Isles - Scotland); ''Island of Fear'' (North America - Seneca Tribe); ''Three Who Sought Death'' (British Isles - England - from Geoffrey Chaucer); ''Sister Death and the Healer'' (Mexico / American Southwest); ''The Mouse Tower'' (Germany); ''The Devil and Tom Walker'' (United States - from a tale by Washington Irving); ''The Greedy Daughter'' (Italy); ''The Pirate'' (United States - adapted from a poem by Richard H. Dana); ''The Golden Arm'' (British Isles - England); ''The Serpent Woman'' (Spain); ''Loft the Enchanter'' (Iceland); ''The Accursed House'' (United States - Ohio); ''Escape up the Tree'' (Nigeria); ''The Headrest'' (Papua New Guinea); ''The Thing in the Woods'' (United States - Louisiana); ''King of the Cats'' (British Isles - England); ''The Dead Mother'' (Russia); ''Knocků Knocků Knock...'' (United States / Canada - urban folklore); ''Twice Surprised'' (Japan). [[/labelnote]]\\

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2. ''More Short & Shivery: Thirty Terrifying Tales''[[labelnote:Contents]]''"Hold Him Tabb!"'' (United States - Virginia); ''The Witches' Eyes'' (Spanish American - American Southwest); ''The Duppy'' (Haiti); ''Two Snakes'' (China); ''The Draug'' (Norway); ''The Vampire Cat'' (Japan); ''Windigo Island'' (Canada); ''The Haunted Inn'' (China); ''The Rolling Head'' (North America - Plains Indians); ''The Croglin Grange Vampire'' (British Isles - England); ''The Yara'' (Brazil); ''"Me, Myself'' Myself"'' (British Isles - Scotland); ''Island of Fear'' (North America - Seneca Tribe); ''Three Who Sought Death'' (British Isles - England - from Geoffrey Chaucer); ''Sister Death and the Healer'' (Mexico / American Southwest); ''The Mouse Tower'' (Germany); ''The Devil and Tom Walker'' (United States - from a tale by Washington Irving); ''The Greedy Daughter'' (Italy); ''The Pirate'' (United States - adapted from a poem by Richard H. Dana); ''The Golden Arm'' (British Isles - England); ''The Serpent Woman'' (Spain); ''Loft the Enchanter'' (Iceland); ''The Accursed House'' (United States - Ohio); ''Escape up the Tree'' (Nigeria); ''The Headrest'' (Papua New Guinea); ''The Thing in the Woods'' (United States - Louisiana); ''King of the Cats'' (British Isles - England); ''The Dead Mother'' (Russia); ''Knocků Knocků Knock...'' (United States / Canada - urban folklore); ''Twice Surprised'' (Japan). [[/labelnote]]\\


1. ''Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales''\\
2. ''More Short & Shivery: Thirty Terrifying Tales''\\
3. ''Even More Short & Shivery: Thirty Spine-Tingling Tales''\\
4. ''A Terrifying Taste of Short & Shivery: Thirty Creepy Tales''

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1. ''Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales''\\
Tales''[[labelnote:Contents]]''The Robber Bridegroom'' (adapted from the Brothers Grimm); ''Jack Frost'' (from a Russian folktale); ''The Waterfall of Ghosts'' (from the Japanese writings of Lafcadio Hearn); ''The Ghost's Cap'' (from a Russian folktale); ''The Witch Cat'' (folklore of the United States - Virginia); ''The Green Mist'' (a legend from Lincolnshire, England); ''The Cegua'' (a folktale from Costa Rica); ''The Ghostly Little Girl'' (United States - California); ''The Midnight Mass of the Dead'' (a Norse folktale); ''Tailypo'' (United States - West Virginia); ''Lady Eleanore's Mantle'' (from a tale by Nathaniel Hawthorne); ''The Soldier and the Vampire'' (a Russian folktale); ''The Skeleton's Dance'' (a folktale from Japan); ''Scared To Death'' (United States - South Carolina); ''Swallowed Alive'' (a British folktale); ''The Deacon's Ghost'' (a folktale from Iceland); ''Nuckelavee'' (a folktale from Orkney Islands); ''The Adventure of the German Student'' (from a tale by Washington Irving); ''Bill Mosby's Night Ride'' (United States - New England); ''The Hunter in the Haunted Forest'' (a Native American Legend); ''Brother and Sister'' (retold from an African folktale); ''The Lovers of Dismal Swamp'' (United States - Virginia); ''Boneless'' (based on folklore of the Shetland Islands); ''The Death Waltz'' (United States - New Mexico); ''The Ghost of Misery Hill'' (United States - California); ''The Loup-Garou'' (from French-Canadian folklore); ''The Golem'' (based on Jewish folklore); ''Lavender'' (United States); ''The Goblin Spider'' (a Japanese legend); ''The Halloween Pony'' (from a French folktale). [[/labelnote]]\\
2. ''More Short & Shivery: Thirty Terrifying Tales''\\
Tales''[[labelnote:Contents]]''"Hold Him Tabb!"'' (United States - Virginia); ''The Witches' Eyes'' (Spanish American - American Southwest); ''The Duppy'' (Haiti); ''Two Snakes'' (China); ''The Draug'' (Norway); ''The Vampire Cat'' (Japan); ''Windigo Island'' (Canada); ''The Haunted Inn'' (China); ''The Rolling Head'' (North America - Plains Indians); ''The Croglin Grange Vampire'' (British Isles - England); ''The Yara'' (Brazil); ''"Me, Myself'' (British Isles - Scotland); ''Island of Fear'' (North America - Seneca Tribe); ''Three Who Sought Death'' (British Isles - England - from Geoffrey Chaucer); ''Sister Death and the Healer'' (Mexico / American Southwest); ''The Mouse Tower'' (Germany); ''The Devil and Tom Walker'' (United States - from a tale by Washington Irving); ''The Greedy Daughter'' (Italy); ''The Pirate'' (United States - adapted from a poem by Richard H. Dana); ''The Golden Arm'' (British Isles - England); ''The Serpent Woman'' (Spain); ''Loft the Enchanter'' (Iceland); ''The Accursed House'' (United States - Ohio); ''Escape up the Tree'' (Nigeria); ''The Headrest'' (Papua New Guinea); ''The Thing in the Woods'' (United States - Louisiana); ''King of the Cats'' (British Isles - England); ''The Dead Mother'' (Russia); ''Knocků Knocků Knock...'' (United States / Canada - urban folklore); ''Twice Surprised'' (Japan). [[/labelnote]]\\
3. ''Even More Short & Shivery: Thirty Spine-Tingling Tales''\\
Tales''[[labelnote:Contents]]''Appointment in Samarra'' (Persia); ''Deer Woman'' (United States - Ponca Tribe); ''The Maggot'' (British Isles - England); ''Witch Woman'' (United States - African American traditional); ''The Berbalangs'' (Philippines); ''The Dancing Dead of Shark Island'' (British Isles - Ireland); ''"That I See, but This I Sew"'' (British Isles - Scotland); ''La Guiablesse'' (West Indies - Martinique); ''The Blood-Drawing Ghost'' (British Isles - Ireland); ''Guests from Gibbet Island'' (United States - from Washington Irving); ''The Haunted House'' (China); ''"Never Far from You"'' (British Isles - England); ''The Rose Elf'' (Denmark - from Hans Christian Andersen); ''The Wind Rider'' (Poland); ''The Skull That Spoke'' (Nigeria); ''The Monster of Baylock'' (British Isles - Ireland); ''The New Mother'' (British Isles - England); ''Rokuro-Kubi'' (Japan); ''Dicey and Orpus'' (United States - African American traditional); ''Chips'' (British Isles - from Charles Dickens); ''The Skeleton's Revenge'' (Mexico); ''Lullaby'' (British Isles - England); ''Death and the Two Friends'' (United States - South Carolina); ''Forest Ghosts'' (France); ''A Carolina Banshee'' (United States - North Carolina); ''The Deadly Violin'' (Germany - Jewish traditional); ''A Night of Terrors'' (United States - urban folklore); ''The Sending'' (Iceland); ''The Hand of Fate'' (British Isles - Wales); ''Old Raw Head'' (United States - the South).
[[/labelnote]]\\
4. ''A Terrifying Taste of Short & Shivery: Thirty Creepy Tales''
Tales''[[labelnote:Contents]]''Crocker Waits'' (British Isles - England); ''Yara-ma-yha-who'' (Australia); ''The Fata'' (Italy); ''The Fiddler'' (British Isles - Wales); ''Land-Otter'' (Native American - Tlingit tribe); ''A Fish Story'' (United States - Virginia - African American traditional); ''Apparitions'' (Germany); ''The Bijli'' (India); ''The Lutin'' (Canada - French Canadian traditional); ''The Hundredth Skull'' (United States - Ohio); ''The Ogre's Arm'' (Japan); ''The Hairy Hands'' (British Isles - England); ''The Snow Husband'' (Native American - Algonquin tribe); ''The Zimwi'' (Africa - from the Swahili); ''Witchbirds'' (France); ''Dangerous Hill'' (British Isles - England); ''The Witch's Head'' (El Salvador); ''Dinkins Is Dead'' (United States - South Carolina); ''Old Nan's Ghost'' (British Isles - England); ''The Interrupted Wedding'' (Norway); ''The Mulombe'' (Africa - Zimbabwe); ''The Haunted Grove'' (Canada); ''The Tiger Woman'' (China); ''Peacock's Ghost'' (United States - Louisiana); ''Israel and the Werewolf'' (Poland - Jewish traditional); ''Hoichi the Earless'' (Japan - from Lafcadio Hearn); ''A Snap of the Fingers'' (Mexico); ''Narrow Escape'' (United States - California); ''The Black Fox'' (United States - Connecticut); ''The Mother and Death'' (Denmark - from Hans Christian Andersen). [[/labelnote]]



* AdaptationalVillainy: In the other versions of "The New Mother," such as "The Drum" from ''Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' and Lucy Clifford's ''Anyhow Stories'', the title character is implied to be malevolent but doesn't actively harm the children. In this version, [[spoiler: she turns them into figurines and puts them in the music box to bait other children.]]

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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the other versions of "The New Mother," Mother", such as "The Drum" from ''Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' and Lucy Clifford's ''Anyhow Stories'', the title character is implied to be malevolent but doesn't actively harm the children. In this version, [[spoiler: she turns them into figurines and puts them in the music box to bait other children.]]



* BabyTrap: "The Tiger Woman." [[spoiler: The aforementioned Tiger Woman marries the hunter who murdered her brother and father. She waits until they've made a family for themselves so she can kill him, his father, and their two sons as revenge for what the hunter did to her family.]]

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* BabyTrap: "The Tiger Woman." Woman". [[spoiler: The aforementioned Tiger Woman marries the hunter who murdered her brother and father. She waits until they've made a family for themselves so she can kill him, his father, and their two sons as revenge for what the hunter did to her family.]]



** Zofia the sorceress in "The Wind Rider."
** The unnamed sorcerer in "The Monster of Baylock."

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** Zofia the sorceress in "The Wind Rider."
Rider".
** The unnamed sorcerer in "The Monster of Baylock."Baylock".



* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: In [[RuleOfThree the third nightmare]] in "The Deadly Violin," the ghost of the dead man that Nahum built the coffin for (he was making a violin with the leftover wood) says to him "[[ArcWords Cast the wood in the fire. Do not use it for any other purpose.]] This is the last time I will warn you." When Nahum wakes up the next morning, however, [[IgnoredEpiphany he just smiles and shrugs and says to himself]] "[[TemptingFate That was a good dream, since the ghost promised not to bother me anymore]]."
* EldritchAbomination: Many of the creatures such as the "Nuckelavee," which is a [[TheFairFolk particularly monstrous fae]] that is described as some sort of hulking, skinless monstrosity resembling a man conjoined with a horse, and "Boneless," a creature whose appearance is different for everyone that sees it.
* EnfantTerrible: "The Thing In The Woods." Odette finds an abandoned baby in the swamp, but the baby [[spoiler: is really some kind of horrible cross between a large scorpion and a beetle.]]

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* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: In [[RuleOfThree the third nightmare]] in "The Deadly Violin," Violin", the ghost of the dead man that Nahum built the coffin for (he was making a violin with the leftover wood) says to him "[[ArcWords Cast the wood in the fire. Do not use it for any other purpose.]] This is the last time I will warn you." When Nahum wakes up the next morning, however, [[IgnoredEpiphany he just smiles and shrugs and says to himself]] "[[TemptingFate That was a good dream, since the ghost promised not to bother me anymore]]."
* EldritchAbomination: Many of the creatures such as the "Nuckelavee," "Nuckelavee", which is a [[TheFairFolk particularly monstrous fae]] that is described as some sort of hulking, skinless monstrosity resembling a man conjoined with a horse, and "Boneless," "Boneless", a creature whose appearance is different for everyone that sees it.
* EnfantTerrible: "The Thing In The Woods." Woods". Odette finds an abandoned baby in the swamp, but the baby [[spoiler: is really some kind of horrible cross between a large scorpion and a beetle.]]



* EvilIsNotAToy: Some characters learn not to meddle with powerful evil forces the hard way, such as in "Loft the Enchanter," while some learn from the punishment of others like in "Bill Mosby's Night Ride."
* EvilMatriarch: The stepmothers in "Jack Frost" and "The Snake Woman" as well as "The New Mother."

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* EvilIsNotAToy: Some characters learn not to meddle with powerful evil forces the hard way, such as in "Loft the Enchanter," Enchanter", while some learn from the punishment of others like in "Bill Mosby's Night Ride."
Ride".
* EvilMatriarch: The stepmothers in "Jack Frost" and "The Snake Woman" as well as "The New Mother."Mother".



* HauntedHouse: Several, including "The Accursed House" and "The Haunted House."

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* HauntedHouse: Several, including "The Accursed House" and "The Haunted House."House".
* {{Golem}}: Featured in "The Golem" from book 1, in which a greedy man asks a famous rabbi how to create a golem like the one that had served him. The rabbi reluctantly tells him, and the greedy man promptly sculpts the thing out of clay and brings it to life. The golem eventually becomes rebellious though, and when its creator learns how to stop it, he does so... and its lifeless body falls atop him and crushes him to death.



* HereWeGoAgain: At the end of "The New Mother," the old lady shows two boys the music box [[spoiler: which now contains figurines of Red Skirts and Blue Eyes. She then asks the boys how naughty they can be.]]

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* HereWeGoAgain: At the end of "The New Mother," Mother", the old lady shows two boys the music box [[spoiler: which now contains figurines of Red Skirts and Blue Eyes. She then asks the boys how naughty they can be.]]



** In "The Deadly Violin," the woodcarver Nahum is described as a practical man who didn't like to waste any wood he had left over from his projects. This turns out to be his undoing.
** Dinkins, of "Dinkins Is Dead," refuses to accept he's dead no matter how many people tell him. [[spoiler: He finally stays in his grave when the town erects a tombstone describing what a great person he is.]]

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** In "The Deadly Violin," Violin", the woodcarver Nahum is described as a practical man who didn't like to waste any wood he had left over from his projects. This turns out to be his undoing.
** Dinkins, of "Dinkins Is Dead," Dead", refuses to accept he's dead no matter how many people tell him. [[spoiler: He finally stays in his grave when the town erects a tombstone describing what a great person he is.]]



* KarmicTransformation: In "Forest Ghosts," the hunter gets transformed into [[BodyHorror a hideous half man/half stag creature]], matching the deer he had a personal grudge against.
* TheLostLenore: Dicey of "Dicey and Orpus," which is a retelling of the myth of Eurydice and Orpheus. And there's the missing bride in "Never Far From You."
* MamaBear: Old Nan, of "Old Nan's Ghost," hounds a man beyond death for not delivering her niece her inheritance and dooming the girl to a life of poverty and pain. When the niece finally dies, Nan kills the man for ruining her niece's life.

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* KarmicTransformation: In "Forest Ghosts," Ghosts", the hunter gets transformed into [[BodyHorror a hideous half man/half stag creature]], matching the deer he had a personal grudge against.
* TheLostLenore: Dicey of "Dicey and Orpus," Orpus", which is a retelling of the myth of Eurydice and Orpheus. And there's the missing bride in "Never Far From You."
You".
* MamaBear: Old Nan, of "Old Nan's Ghost," Ghost", hounds a man beyond death for not delivering her niece her inheritance and dooming the girl to a life of poverty and pain. When the niece finally dies, Nan kills the man for ruining her niece's life.



* MysteriousProtector: "The Rose Elf."

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* MysteriousProtector: "The Rose Elf."Elf".



* OddFriendship: The eponymous friends in the story "Death and the Two Friends." One of them is a big and strong guy who never knew a sick day in his life, and the other is a small and weak guy who is in such bad health, [[MadnessMantra he spends many nights wishing aloud that he was dead]]. [[TakeOurWordForIt It gets you to wondering how they became friends in the first place, let alone roommates.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: In "The New Mother," Red Skirts and Blue Eyes' mother essentially abandons them to go be with their father [[DisproportionateRetribution just because they kept misbehaving]].
* ProudBeauty: Lady Eleanore of "Lady Eleanore's Mantle," until [[spoiler: her beauty is ravaged by smallpox which she may or may not have contracted from her beloved mantle.]]

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* OddFriendship: The eponymous friends in the story "Death and the Two Friends." Friends". One of them is a big and strong guy who never knew a sick day in his life, and the other is a small and weak guy who is in such bad health, [[MadnessMantra he spends many nights wishing aloud that he was dead]]. [[TakeOurWordForIt It gets you to wondering how they became friends in the first place, let alone roommates.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: In "The New Mother," Mother", Red Skirts and Blue Eyes' mother essentially abandons them to go be with their father [[DisproportionateRetribution just because they kept misbehaving]].
* ProudBeauty: Lady Eleanore of "Lady Eleanore's Mantle," Mantle", until [[spoiler: her beauty is ravaged by smallpox which she may or may not have contracted from her beloved mantle.]]



* SamusIsAGirl: "Peacock's Ghost." [[spoiler: The old woman never said the ghost was a man...]]

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* SamusIsAGirl: "Peacock's Ghost." Ghost". [[spoiler: The old woman never said the ghost was a man...]]



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The young woman's boyfriend in "The Green Mist." He makes a wreath with the cowslips, unaware that his sweetheart's life is tied to them.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The young woman's boyfriend in "The Green Mist." Mist". He makes a wreath with the cowslips, unaware that his sweetheart's life is tied to them.



* WasOnceAMan: Some of the stories involve characters getting transformed into monsters, such as one of the brothers in "Yara-Ma-Yha-Who."

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* WasOnceAMan: Some of the stories involve characters getting transformed into monsters, such as one of the brothers in "Yara-Ma-Yha-Who.""Yara-Ma-Yha-Who".



* WomanScorned: Gender flipped in "The Snow Husband." When Elegant is cruelly rebuffed by Fairest, he creates a homunculus out of snow to woo Fairest. [[spoiler: When the homunculus melts in the spring, Fairest dies of a broken heart.]]
%%* WouldHurtAChild: The title monster in "The Maggot."
* YouCantFightFate: "Appointment in Samarra." [[spoiler: The man heads to Samarra to get away from Death, not realizing Death was already planning to see him there.]]

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* WomanScorned: Gender flipped in "The Snow Husband." Husband". When Elegant is cruelly rebuffed by Fairest, he creates a homunculus out of snow to woo Fairest. [[spoiler: When the homunculus melts in the spring, Fairest dies of a broken heart.]]
%%* WouldHurtAChild: The title monster in "The Maggot."
Maggot".
* YouCantFightFate: "Appointment in Samarra." Samarra". [[spoiler: The man heads to Samarra to get away from Death, not realizing Death was already planning to see him there.]]

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* NobleDemon: Francis Woolcott of "Billy Mosby's Night Ride" never bothered Billy's grandparents because they're always polite to him.


* AndIMustScream: The ending of "The New Mother" has Red Skirts and Blue Eyes trapped as figurines on a music box, acting as bait so their kidnapper can catch more children.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the other versions of "The New Mother," such as "The Drum" from ''Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' and Lucy Clifford's ''Anyhow Stories'', the title character is implied to be malevolent but doesn't actively harm the children. In this version, [[spoiler: she turns them into figurines and puts them in the music box to bait other children.]]
* AndIMustScream: The ending of "The New Mother" has [[spoiler: Red Skirts and Blue Eyes trapped as figurines on a music box, acting as bait so their kidnapper can catch more children.children]].



* BatmanGambit: The skeleton of "The Skeleton's Dance" kept performing and making money for his wicked friend out of the hope they would someday perform for the lord of the province so he could have his friend punished for killing him. [[spoiler: It worked.]]



* CompositeCharacter: This version of "The New Mother" combines the title character with [[spoiler: the character who entices the two children with the drum/music box, making her especially villainous by setting up children to be abandoned so she can kidnap them.]]



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Dorothy of "Swallowed Alive" frequently boasted if she was ever lying or trying to cheat someone, than God could open the Earth and swallow her whole. [[ForegoneConclusion Guess what happens to her the next time she says this.]]



* KarmicProtection: The main character in "Crooker Waits" is given symbols of protection by three old women as thanks for saving several small animals they are friends with in the past.

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* KarmicProtection: The main character in "Crooker Waits" is given symbols of protection by three old women as thanks for previously saving several small animals they are friends with in the past.with.



* ParentalAbandonment: In "The New Mother," Red Skirts and Blue Eyes' mother essentially abandons them to go be with their father [[DisproportionateRetribution just because they kept misbehaving]].



* ShapeshiftingLover: In "The Tiger Wife", T'sao meets a tiger that transforms into a beautiful woman, who explains she's been cursed to transform into a tiger at night and can only rid herself of the curse if a man agrees to marry her. It actually turns out that she can shapeshift between tiger and human at will using her pelt (which she hid).

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* ShapeshiftingLover: In "The Tiger Wife", T'sao meets a tiger that transforms into a beautiful woman, who explains she's been cursed to transform into a tiger at night and can only rid herself of the curse if a man agrees to marry her. [[spoiler: It actually turns out that she can shapeshift between tiger and human at will using her pelt (which she hid).hid)]].

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