I remember watching some of these stories with my children when they were growing up. I just remember them as being weird, nothing scary about them, just them being odd and them giving me something to think about. I saw this title at the library and thought it might be fun to read and it was. Inside I found four short graphic novel stories, where one of them was just not for me, one of them made me laugh and the other two, well I rather enjoyed them.
The first story is The Crypt of Terror. This story is about a teen who is obsessed with his computer games. I thought this one was rather good as I could relate to the craziness that surrounded Andy a.k.a. Evenblade. Killing ogres, winning gold, and hanging around with lots of individuals, Evenblade was the man! Andy spends more time online being Evenblade then living in the real world. His online world mixes with his real world and soon he is paying the consequences.
In Queen of the Vampires, this story was fun. Small town college campus and two female roommates are discussing their favorite novel. They discover that this author is having a contest, the winner will get to spend an evening with her in her mansion. Of course, one of them has to win, she is their favorite author! The other roommate is jealous as the winner is announced and is determined to be the winner. I had to wonder who really was the winner when I finished reading this one.
I didn’t care for Reading Graveyard Shift at the Twilight Gardens. I didn’t like how the story was progressing as I read. The main characters is starting a new job which he thought would be a breeze but there are just too many temptations in his way. He knows he has to stay clean but it’s so hard! His boss is all over him, do this and do that and the pressure is mounting. I just didn’t like this one at all.
The Kid Tested Mother Approved was funny. I really enjoyed this one. You know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so they say. So, when Jimmy’s mother forgets to buy milk, Jimmy decides to skip breakfast. He hasn’t skipped eating these tasty balls of chocolate his entire life! What is he doing? He is hounded about a well-balanced breakfast, he is told to eat his cereal dry, she chases him with the cereal, and she even calls the principal and has him talk to him about it. Jimmy is about to make a huge mistake! Big laughs for me as I continued with this story and I bet it will be the last time Jimmy forgets. I gave it four stars, you have to remember that It's Tales From the Crypt, a bit strange and a bit off the wall, its not your typical novel.
This had some magical realism in it so I am counting this novel (along with Tales From the Farm) towards my Halloween Bingo (although I know the game is over).