Be Afraid, be Very Afraid : The Book of Scary Urban Legends, Paperback

Be Afraid, be Very Afraid : The Book of Scary Urban Legends Paperback

Edited by Jan Harold Brunvand

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Urban legends are those strange, but seemingly credible tales that always happen to a friend of a friend.

For the first time, Professor Jan Harold Brunvand, "who has achieved almost legendary status" (Choice), has collected the creepiest, most terrifying urban legends, many that have spooked you since your childhood and others that you believe really did occur-even if it was one town over to some poor hapless coed who left a party early only to be followed by a man who just got loose from a mental hospital.

From the classic hook-man story told around many a campfire to "Saved by a Cell Phone," these spine-tingling urban legends will give you goose bumps, even when you know they can't be true.

Still, you'll continue to check the backseat of your car at gas stations and look under your bed at night before praying for sleep.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 9 illustrations
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Folklore, myths & legends
  • ISBN: 9780393326130



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I love collecting urban legends, and Brunvand has some serious research. I just wish he wouldn't pat himself on the back so much, nor constantly refer to (and self-promote) his other books.

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Finished this a couple days ago. Some of the stories were pretty good and others were just plain dumb... but that's just like urban legends in general, right? Many of these I've heard of before, in similar variations, and I liked seeing the slight changes from one version to the next, or how different parts of the story were changed or emphasized more than others depending on the time or location.