Contributed by Lori Bornn

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Hound of the Baskervilles. 1901. New York: Berkley Prime Crime, 1993 - Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the truth of the curse of the Baskervilles, which began when an evil Baskerville ancestor was thought to have been killed in a grotesque fashion by a giant hound. The curse is brought to Holmes' attention when the last direct descendent in the Baskerville line has a heart attack, his body surrounded by the footprints of a giant hound. Holmes and Watson solve the case and unveil the "real" hound.

Nixon, Joan Lowery. The Se'ance. 1980. New York: Bantam Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 1992 - Seventeen-year-old Lauren does not want to be part of the séance, but is talked into it by one of her friends. During the séance, one of the girls screams and falls on the candle illuminating the room. The room darkens. When the lights come back one of the girls is missing. Her body is found the next day. The sheriff pursues this as a murder investigation, and knows he is on the right track when another body is found. Lauren wonders if she will be next.

Poe, Edgar Allan. Tales of Terror. Selected and Illustrated by Neil Waldman. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1985 - A collection of short stories. In The Tell-Tale Heart (1843), the narrator recounts the chilling tale of a murder that he has committed. He nearly gloats in his recollections of the planning and execution of the crime. He is confident that he will not be accused of the crime - until he is given away by his own mad thoughts.

Shusterman, Neal. The Dark Side of Nowhere. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1997 - Jason Miller is a typical ninth grader from Billington, U.S.A. Everything is so dull, normal, and routine that he feels trapped by the boredom. When his friend Ethan dies due to appendicitis, Jason begins to realize that things are not as they seem. The outcome is foreshadowed when Jason's friend Paula comments, "What are you, an alien?"

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