Campfire Stories, Vol. 1: Things That Go Bunp in the Night Paperback – Aug 22 2002
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From the Back Cover
About the Author
Dr. William "Doc" Forgey is the author of many stories designed for easy storytelling around a campfire. And the stories are meant to be the scary type the kids crave. He acquired his storytelling reputation during his twenty years as a scout leader.
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"Stories to be good have to be credible" is the advice Forgey gives, and it's the credibility factor that sets this collection apart. These tales sound so real your audience may not see them as fiction. Youths 11 to 15 years old, (the suggested age group) will believe them up to a point, and they will like them. Properly told, even an adult audience should find some meat this anthology. Although the book is marketed to Scout leaders in particular, these are not "Scout" stories for the most part. Your non-Scout youth group will like them.
Besides the original stories created by the author, CAMPFIRE STORIES includes Forgey's masterful adaptations of uncommon vintage ghost stories penned by others, and even offers a true tale, "Death of an Old Lion" as told by Ernest Thompson Seton. Even a story by Mark Twain comes included. All of these stories are highly memorable, with entertaining, suspenseful plots. In "The Valley of the Blue Mist," Forgey shares his version of this old story, which is found elsewhere under other names, but his is the best version I've yet seen.
Only two of the stories out of the twenty were a disappointment: "La Cucaracha Mine," a pointless, plotless hole, and "The Indian Chief's Wait," which you will soon figure out is that familiar joke story, "Falling Rocks" in a poorly disguised form. The 5 stars are for the other eighteen "must-have" stories.
At least the storytelling advice given in this book is practical and useful. Forgey includes a sequentially-numbered plot outline at the conclusion of each story, which I don't find necessary, but I'm certain many will find these most helpful. This book is a bargain!
-Byron C. Justice, author of
and Violent Night
The author spent 10 years as a scoutmaster to 3 different troops, and has honed these stories to the 11 - 15 age group. Don't expect to find any heroines--these stories seem to be strictly for boys. Of course, there aren't many heroes, either as a ghost story wouldn't be a ghost story if someone wasn't creeping about at night when he was strictly warned to stay inside.
The stories: "The Valley of the Blue Mist" (my favorite); "The Human Hand;" "La Cucaracha Mine;" "The Partner;" "The Mackenzie River Ghost;" "Death of the Old Lion;" "The Ice Walker;" "The Message;" "The Haunting of the House on the Ridge;" "The Curse of the Australian Gold;" "The Lost Hunter;" "The Ghost at Sevenoaks" (the original of this story is "Moonlight Sonata" by Alexander Woollcott - it can be found in "Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (Modern Library)"); "Cannibalism in the Cars;" "The Vampire of Groglin Grange;" "A Musical Enigma;" "The Haunting at Vine Street;" "Deluse's Golden Curse;" "The Talking Corpse;" "The Creeping Quilt;" "The Indian Chief's Wait."
I found the slightest tinge of racism in one of the stories, but you can easily delete it when you tell the tale yourself.
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