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Bruce Coville's Book of Monsters
Author Bruce Coville
Jane Yolen
Debra Doyle
James D. Macdonald
Sharon Webb
Joe R. Lansdale
Jack Prelutsky
Terry Jones
Country United States
Language English
Genre Horror, Children's
Publisher Scholastic Publishing
Published 1993-1997

Bruce Coville's Book of Monsters is the first in a series of "Book of" anthologies edited by Bruce Coville. It was first published in September 1993 by Scholastic Publishing. It is collection of stories aimed at juvenile readers that advertises itself as "scary", but in fact contains a wide variety of stories and genres such as science fiction, horror, fantasy, and realistic with some supernatural elements. In this aspect the "Book of" anthologies differ from many other scary anthologies for juvenile readers which often lean towards straight horror.


Bruce Coville followed-up his popular first book with a line of other supernatural or sci-fi subject matters for several follow-ups. After six volumes in the initial "Book of" series, the books were popular enough to warrant sequels to each volume. Coville also used the extended series to publish a five-part story, "The Monsters of Morley Manor." The book series was published from 1993-1997.


# Title Author Original published date Pages ISBN
1 Bruce Coville's Book of Monsters: Tales to Give You the Creeps Bruce Coville September 1993 176 ISBN: 0-590-46159-1
Stories include: My Little Brother is a Monster by Bruce Coville, Momster in the Closet by Jane Yolen, Merlin's Knight School by Michael Markiewicz, Uncle Joshua and the Grooglemen by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald - later expanded as Groogleman, Friendly Persuasion by Bruce Coville, Kokolimalayas, the Bone Man by Laura Simms retold from a story by the Native American Modoc people, The Thing That Goes Burp in the Night by Sharon Webb, Personality Problem by Joe R. Lansdale, Duffy's Jacket by Bruce Coville, The Bogeyman by Jack Prelutsky, Bloody Mary by Patrick Bone, The Beast with a Thousand Teeth by Terry Jones, Timor and the Furnace Troll by John Barnes.
2 Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens: Tales to Warp Your Mind Bruce Coville 1994 177 ISBN: 0-606-05771-4
Stories include: I, earthling / Bruce Coville, Brian and the aliens / Will Shetterly, Judgment day / Jack C. Haldeman II, The buddy system / Nina Kiriki Hoffman, To serve man / Damon Knight, How I maybe served the world last Tuesday before breakfast / Lawrence Watt-Evans, Pirates / Mark A. Garland, The secret weapon of last resort / Claudia Bishop, Just like you / Bruce Coville, Zero hour / Ray Bradbury, Curing the bozos / Sherwood Smith.
3 Bruce Coville's Book of Ghosts: Tales to Haunt You Bruce Coville 1995 180 ISBN: 0-590-46160-5
Stories include: Introduction: Restless spirits / Bruce Coville, The ghost let go / Bruce Coville, The grounding of Theresa / Mary Downing Hahn, A true story / James D. Macdonald, The pooka / Michael Markiewicz, Ghost walk / Mark A. Garland, For love of him / Vivian Vande Velde, Ghost stories / Lawrence Watt-Evans, Mrs. Ambroseworthy / Jane Yolen, Not from Detroit / Joe R. Lansdale, Jasper's ghost / Nancy Etchemendy, The secret of city cemetery / Patrick Bone, The ghost in the summer kitchen / Mary Frances Zambreno.
4 Bruce Coville's Book of Nightmares: Tales to Make You Scream Bruce Coville 1995 178 ISBN: 0-590-46161-3
Stories include: Introduction: Don't read this book / Bruce Coville, There's nothing under the bed / Bruce Coville, Through the mirror / Anne Mazer, The boy who cried dragon / Deborah Millitello, Drawing the moon / Janni Lee Simner, The cat came back / Lawrence Watt-Evans, The fat man / Joe R. Lansdale, The hand / Eugene M. Gagliano, Toll call / Michael Mansfield, Master of the hunt / Michael Markiewicz, Give a puppet a hand / Mary Downing Hahn, Halloween Party / Steven Prohaska, The baby-sitter / Jane Yolen, Death's door / Mark A. Garland.
5 Bruce Coville's Book of Spine Tinglers: Tales to Make You Shiver Bruce Coville January 1, 1996 177 ISBN: 0-590-25930-X
Stories include: The thing in Auntie Alma's pond / Bruce Coville, Letters from camp / Al Sarrantonio, Vampire for hire / Patrick Bone, One chance / Charles de Lint, Grendel / Mary Frances Zambreno, Jenny Nettles / Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald, Those three wishes / Judith Gorog, What's a little fur among friends? / Sherwood Smith, The sight of the basilisk / Lois Tilton, The teacher who could hear / Paula McConnell, Life with a slob / Gordon Van Gelder, Campfire / S. Anthony Gardner, Past sunset / Vivian Vande Velde.
6 Bruce Coville's Book of Magic: Tales to Cast a Spell on You Bruce Coville May 1, 1996 178 ISBN: 0-590-25931-8
Stories include: Introduction: Cloudy, with a chance of magic / Bruce Coville, Wizards's boy / Bruce Coville, Phoenix farm / Jane Yolen, Horsing around / Lawrence Watt-Evans, Windwood Rose / Janni Lee Simner, Bear at the gate / Jessica Amanda Salmonson, The fourth wish / Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Byrd song / Nancy Springer, Watch out! / Bruce Coville, The Wonderworm / Laura Simms, Questing magic / Mark A. Garland and Lawrence Schimel, Visions / Sherwood Smith.
7 Bruce Coville's Book of Monsters II: More Tales To Give You The Creeps Bruce Coville 1996 178 ISBN: 0-590-85292-2
Stories include: Little monsters / Bruce Coville, First excuse / Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Sea dragon of Fife / Jane Yolen, George Pinkerton and the Bloodsucking fiend of Brokentree swamp / Lawrence Watt-Evans, Recipe for trouble / Lawrence Schimel, Spook man / Al Sarrantonio, Wizard of chaos / Michael Markiewicz, First kiss / Patrick Bone, Optical illusion / Mack Reynolds, Trouble afoot / Mary Downing Hahn, Vend U. / Nancy Springer.
8 Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens II: More Tales to Warp Your Mind Bruce Coville November 28, 1996 183 ISBN: 0-590-85293-0
Stories include: Introduction: somewhere, out there / Bruce Coville, Through the starry door (part 2 of "The monsters of Morley Manor") / Bruce Coville, The spider beast / Nancy Etchemendy, George Pinkerton and the space waffles / Lawrence Watt-Evans, Abduction / Rick Hautala, Jesse Hautala, and Matti Hautala, Brandon & the aliens / Jane Yolen, Fine or Superfine / Martha Soukup, The plant people / Dale Carlson, Field trip / Vivian Vande Velde, Hunters / Anne Eliot Crompton, Behind the curtain / Pat Mauser, The very long distance wrong number / John C. Bunnell, Alien promises / Janni Lee Simner.
9 Bruce Coville's Book of Ghosts II: More Tales to Haunt You Bruce Coville January 1, 1997 182 ISBN: 0-590-85294-9
Stories include: Introduction: A faint presence, a cold touch / Bruce Coville, A trip to the land of the dead (Pt. 3 of "The Monsters of Morley Manor"), Leaves / Mary K Whittington, George Pinkerton and the bedtime ghost / Lawrence Watt-Evans and Julie Evans, A cry in the night / Nancy Varian Berbereck and Greg Labarbera, Haunted by a pig / Mel Gilden, Call me ghost / Lael Littke, After you've gone / Michael Markiewicz, The tenant who frightened a ghost / Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Soul survivor / Neal Shusterman, Shark! / John Gregory Betancourt, Biscuits of glory / Bruce Coville.
10 Bruce Coville's Book of Nightmares II: More Tales to Make You Scream Bruce Coville March 1, 1997 183 ISBN: 0-590-85295-7
Stories include: Introduction: Nightmare Alley / Bruce Coville, When evil wakes (part 4 of "The monsters of Morley Manor") / Bruce Coville, Circle of life / Michael and Rozalyn Mansfield, The dollhouse / Ann S. Manheimer, Bad dream / Joan Aiken, The gravekeeper / Patrick Bone, Gone to pieces / Michael Stearnes, It came from the closet / Andrew Fry, Snow / Al Sarrantonio, The homework horror / Greg Cox, Blackwater dreams / Tim Waggoner, Amanda's room / Janni Lee Simner, The shadow wood / Sean Stewart.
11 Bruce Coville's Book of Spine Tinglers II: More Tales to Make You Shiver Bruce Coville May 1, 1997 181 ISBN: 0-590-85296-5
Stories include: Coldest touch (Part 5 of "The monsters of Morley Manor") / Bruce Coville, Ragmore beast / Robert J. Harris, Same time next year / Neal Shusterman, Biology 205 / Jeremy Sabacek, Man under the bridge / Steve Rasnic Tem, All in good time / Michael Markiewicz, Toadstool wood / James Reeves, Come into my cellar / Ray Bradbury, Instrument / Martha Soukup, Elevator / William sleator, Packet / Nina Kiriki Hoffman.
12 Bruce Coville's Book of Magic II: More Tales To Cast A Spell On You Bruce Coville 1997 179 ISBN: 0-590-85297-3
Stories include: Metamorphosis of Justin Jones / Bruce Coville, World where wishes worked / Stephen Goldin, Transitions / Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Under the bridge / Lawrence Schimel, What the dinosaurs are like / Deborah Wheeler, Wooden city / Terry Jones, Cinders case / Patricia C. Wrede, Into the forest / Alice DeLaCroix, Singing the New Age blues / Margaret Bechard, Vernan's dragon / John Gregory Betancourt, Blue suede shoes / Michael Stearns, Clean as a whistle / Bruce Coville.
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