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Mystery Underground: California Creatures (A Collection of Scary Short Stories)

Mystery Underground: California Creatures (A Collection of Scary Short Stories)

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Mystery Underground: California Creatures (A Collection of Scary Short Stories)

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128 pages
1 heure
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Jan 27, 2014
ISBN:
9781310012143
Format:
Livre

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MYSTERY UNDERGROUND
CALIFORNIA CREATURES
Beware the Glitter of the Golden State!

Charles David Clasman and David Anthony, co-authors of over twenty books, present Mystery Underground: California Creatures. Read a scare ... if you dare!

Mystery Underground is a collection of scary short stories for kids, middle grade readers, and everyone who likes a good scare. The stories combine the monsters and mystery of Goosebumps with the surprise endings of The Twilight Zone. They are the perfect scary stories to read in the dark, around the campfire, or under the covers at night with a flashlight.

This book contains thirteen scary short stories set around the state of California. Readers will encounter werewolves, sharks, saber-toothed cats, and other mysterious creatures of legend.

1: TAR PIT TERROR
LOS ANGELES, CA
Many fossils of prehistoric animals--from dire wolves to mastodons--have been found in the La Brea Tar Pits. When Liam and Charlotte discover a saber-toothed cat's paw, they soon realize that not all fossils want to be found.

2: WHERE THE WILDFIRES ARE
COLOMA, CA
Thousands of wildfires strike California every year. Some are caused by humans and some by nature. Others still are caused by the unexplained ... until now.

3. NO. 13 PENCIL
SAN DIEGO, CA
Jackson is an amazing artist. His drawings of monsters are realistic and terrifying. What happens when they come to life?

4. COYOTE HOLLOWS
DEATH VALLEY, CA
Welcome to bleak and dangerous Death Valley, California. The rugged land deserves its name. Claire and her father are about to find out why.

5. THE MAN IN THE GRAY SUIT
MALIBU BEACH, CA
Surfers Brody and Tristan seek the perfect wave on the perfect day. What they find, however, is the deadly Man in the Gray Suit.

6. THE BOOT
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA
Jase and Lucy's grandparents claim to be retired monster hunters. The kids don't believe them, of course. Not really. Not until they encounter monsters of their own.

7. THE RED MOTHER
REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK, CA
Sofia and Kevin hope to find the tallest redwood tree in California. Its location is a carefully guarded secret. So, too, is the existence of the mysterious Red Mother.

8. SUPERSTITIOUS SISTER
ANAHEIM, CA
Donovan thinks Friday the 13th is like any other day. He's glad it's the start of the weekend. His sister, though, is the superstitious type. When she challenges him to a series of dares, they both learn the real danger of the day.

9. WHAT MAKES THE EARTH QUAKE
SAN BERNARDINO, CA
As the visitor in town, Anthony wonders what the fuss about California earthquakes is all about. Imagine his shock when the terrifying answer chases him through the streets.

10. TOLL TO THE TROLL
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
From the dizzying heights of Golden Gate Bridge, Billy and his friends can see grim Alcatraz prison on its lonely, rocky isle. They never suspect that the prison isn't empty and that its ferocious inhabitants stalk the night.

11. TRICK AND TREAT
REDDING, CA
The old Meyer house is supposed to be abandoned. So why are orange lights glowing in the windows on Halloween night? More importantly, what do Harper, Lindsey, and Max find when they peek inside?

12. MOVIE MONSTERS
HOLLYWOOD, CA
What if Hollywood isn't all special effects and actors? What if some of it is real? Kaylee and Sydney find out when they visit the movie monster zoo.

13. THE RATTLE
BEVERLY HILLS, CA
Today Kendra turns thirteen. She's excited about becoming a teenager, but her mother is absolutely ecstatic. Exactly what kind of gift does she have waiting for Kendra downstairs?

ALSO AVAILABLE
MICHIGAN MONSTERS
Dive into Terror in the Great Lakes State

FRIGHTENING FLORIDA
Fear Strikes Florida When the Sunshine State Goes Dark

CALIFORNIA CREATURES
Beware the Glitter of the Golden State

Éditeur:
Sortie:
Jan 27, 2014
ISBN:
9781310012143
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

David Anthony, along with co-author Charles David Clasman, has written over 20 books for kids in three series, including Mystery Underground, Heroes A2Z, and Knightscares.David Anthony received his first typewriter in the eighth grade and has been banging on keyboards ever since. As a child, some of David's best friends were books. He always loved to read. A friend first inspired him to write, and the steady encouragement of his parents and teachers kept him at it. Today he writes with the passion of his youth. No story can ever be too fantastic, too impossible, too spooky, or too silly.David currently lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan with a patient wife, a semi-patient son, and a demanding dog. At least two of them usually need a haircut. When not writing or reading, David plays tabletop games with his son, engages in social media, and roots for the Detroit Red Wings.

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Mystery Underground - David Anthony

California Creatures

by

David Anthony

and

Charles David Clasman

Mystery Underground #3: California Creatures

Copyright 2014 David Anthony and Charles David Clasman

Published by Sigil Publishing, LLC

Smashwords Edition

No part of this publication may be reproduced in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission of the publisher. For information regarding permission, write to Sigil Publishing, LLC, Box 824, Leland, MI 49654.

This book is fiction. The people, places, and events depicted within are fictitious or used fictitiously. Any resemblance to persons living or dead or to real life places is purely coincidental.

MysteryUnderground.com

Read a scare ... if you dare.

#1: Michigan Monsters

#2: Frightening Florida

#3: California Creatures

Destinations of Doom

1. Tar Pit Terror ... Los Angeles, CA

2. Where the Wildfires Ares ... Coloma, CA

3. No. 13 Pencil ... San Diego, CA

4. Coyote Hollows ... Death Valley, CA

5. The Man in the Gray Suit ... Malibu Beach, CA

6. The Boot ... South Lake Tahoe, CA

7. The Red Mother ... Redwood National Park, CA

8. Superstitious Sister ... Anaheim, CA

9. What Makes the Earth Quake ... San Bernardino, CA

10. Toll to the Troll ... San Francisco, CA

11. Trick and Treat ... Redding, CA

12. Movie Monsters ... Hollywood, CA

13. The Rattle ... Beverly Hills, CA

Table of Contents

1. Tar Pit Terror

2. Where the Wildfires Are

3. No. 13 Pencil

4. Coyote Hollows

5. The Man in the Gray Suit

6. The Boot

7. The Red Mother

8. Superstitious Sister

9. What Makes the Earth Quake

10. Toll to the Troll

11. Trick and Treat

12. Movie Monsters

13. The Rattle

Tar Pit Terror

Los Angeles, CA

April 12, 4:46 pm

Liam drew in a deep breath through his nose, held it, and then exhaled slowly.

Do you smell that? he asked his friend Charlotte. That’s the stink of forty thousand years.

Is that how long it’s been since your last shower? Charlotte teased him.

Very funny, he said. I meant the tar pits. They’re about forty thousand years old.

Just like that dirt stain on your elbow, Charlotte said with a straight face.

Forget it, Liam huffed.

Charlotte laughed and gave him a shove.

The two friends were leaning against the fence that surrounded Lake Pit. That was the biggest tar pit in Hancock Park, home of the famous La Brea Tar Pits. The tar bubbled lazily as methane gas escaped its oily depths.

It actually smells like your dad’s auto shop, Charlotte observed.

Want to go for a swim? Liam asked, grinning.

Only if we want to end up like her, Charlotte replied, nodding at a sculpture that stood partially submerged in Lake Pit.

The fiberglass statue was of a female mammoth. She was depicted trapped in the tar. On the shoreline, two other mammoth sculptures, one an adult male and one a child, trumpeted in silent despair. It was a sad but accurate scene. Many prehistoric animals—mammoths, dire wolves, and saber-toothed cats included—had wandered into the tar pits and become trapped.

Too bad this fence wasn’t around to keep the animals out, Liam suggested. That would have saved a lot of lives.

I don’t think a fence would have helped, Charlotte said. Just look at those tusks. They could tear through this fence like tinfoil.

I wish I could see that, Liam said.

Me too, Charlotte agreed. Prehistoric animals are awesome!

Especially dinosaurs, Liam said. Do you think there are any dinosaur fossils in the tar?

The question irritated Charlotte immediately. She and Liam had had the same conversation almost every time they visited the park. He could be so dense!

No, for about the millionth time, she huffed. The tar pits weren’t around when the dinosaurs were alive. You know that.

A slow smile spread across Liam’s face. Gotcha, he said.

Charlotte caught her breath and then shoved him again. He was teasing her!

You’re impossible! she exclaimed.

Hi, kids!

A third person was striding toward the fence. He wore khaki pants and a polo shirt with a Hancock Park logo on the left breast. He was Mr. Cruz, a park security guard. Liam and Charlotte knew him well.

Are you two keeping out of trouble? he asked cheerfully.

Hi, Mr. Cruz, Charlotte greeted him. Liam was just about to need your help.

What happened this time? Mr. Cruz replied.

Nothing yet, Charlotte said. But I sense a knuckle sandwich in his future.

Mr. Cruz laughed. Liam, were you bugging poor Charlotte about the name of the park again?

Not this time, Liam protested. But now that you mention it, why do we call them the La Brea Tar Pits?

Neither Charlotte nor Mr. Cruz responded.

"Because la brea means ‘tar’ in Spanish, right?" Liam continued.

Still silence from his friends.

So that means the La Brea Tar Pits are really the Tar-Tar Pits.

Is that like Dum Dums? Charlotte said.

Those are candy, Liam retorted.

Not always, Charlotte smirked.

Okay, kids, that’s enough, Mr. Cruz cut in. I have something neat to show you.

What is it? Liam and Charlotte asked together.

Walk with me, Mr. Cruz said. You have to see it for yourselves. It’s across the park. You won’t believe it!

Lead the way! Liam exclaimed.

He and Charlotte followed Mr. Cruz across the grass and onto the sidewalk. Dusk was settling in and the shadows grew long as they crossed the quiet park. Few people remained. It was almost closing time.

I was making my evening rounds, Mr. Cruz explained as they walked. You know, letting everyone know the park was closing. That’s when I found this.

He stopped at a spot in the tall grass, somewhat off the sidewalk, and pointed at the ground. A pool of tar as wide as a hot tub bubbled in front of his feet. There was no fence around the pool and no mammoth sculptures were nearby. It looked completely natural and untouched by humans.

Wow! Charlotte gasped. Where did this come from?

Liam pinched his nose. It smells worse than Lake Pit, he said.

I think it just bubbled up today, Mr. Cruz shrugged. I didn’t think that was possible, but I’ve never seen this here before. So what do you think?

It’s awesome! Charlotte smiled.

Do you think there’s anything in it? Liam wondered. Like maybe—

Don’t say dinosaur bones, Charlotte warned, one finger raised.

—more fossils, Liam finished.

There could be all sorts of interesting specimens—mammals, plants, insects, Mr. Cruz said. I can’t wait to find out.

Neither can we, Charlotte assured him.

Right now, though, I’ve got to report this, he said, glancing at his watch. "I was on my way to do that when I spotted you. And you

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