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But You Scared Me the Most
But You Scared Me the Most

But You Scared Me the Most

And Other Short Stories


224 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $14.99 (US $14.99) (CA $17.99)

Publication Date: June 2016

ISBN 9781613734759

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jun 2016)
Academy Chicago Publishers


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This collection of twenty-six dark but often humorous short stories features a pantheon of disturbed and disturbing characters, human and otherwise.Many of the stories are modern takes on classic monsters crafted with twisted plots. The Wolfman of "Wolfman and Janice" is doing the best he can under very trying circumstances, especially when confronted with eating his elderly neighbor's cat. There's an adolescent vampire-wannabe who is suffering badly: in love for the first time. "Frankenstein and His Mother" is a terrifying story of a grown man who wears a Frankenstein mask, lives with his mother, and watches TV and eats corn chips all day, too afraid to work.  "Dracula's Daughter" turns a pretentious hippie into an honest ghost. And Bigfoot—lonely, sexually frustrated—tells all.Other stories feature characters who seem perfectly normal until they're alone. Phil, for instance, is never so happy as when he's with his inflatable girlfriend, Vanessa—until she tells him the devastating truth about himself. Elderly Ellen is running out of patience with her dead husband George, who's turned prankish. "Bob and Todd" tells the story of a hitchhiking ride gone bad that will have readers squirming in their seats. More than just standard monster stories, the tales in But You Scared Me the Most reveal the dark heart of human nature


"[Author John] Manderino infuses each story with wit and well-observed detail." —Publishers Weekly

"[Author John] Manderino … plumbs the depth of domestic horror in these fleeting but beguiling stories about ghosts, murders, monsters, and madmen." —Kirkus Review

"Manderino's work succeeds at being more than slight, sarcastic riffs on classic tales. … There is a grasping at work here: an effort to reach beyond the conventions of both literary short stories and adolescent nostalgic horror, in order to capture how the fears of imagination and the fears of mundanity can converge." —The Literary Review

"John Manderino has captured the fearful, wonderful, strange, and inscrutable experience of being alive." —HorrorTalk

"Not only did I find the 26 stories engaging and entertaining, most also were laugh-out-loud funny." —The Working Waterfront

Author Biography

John Manderino is the author of The H-Bomb and the Jesus Rock, The Man Who Played Catch with Nellie Fox, Sam and His Brother Len, Crying at the Movies, and Reason for Living. He lives in Scarborough, Maine.