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There's Nothing Under the Bed

About the Story…

I think There's Nothing Under the Bed is possibly the scariest short story I've ever written. I needed to do a lead story for Bruce Coville's Book of Nightmares and I got to thinking about how we're sometimes scared of what's under the bed, and how our parents always tell us “There's nothing under the bed!” and suddenly began to wonder what if that was literally true-what if, for some kid, there was nothing-nothing-under his bed. This is what happened.


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What's the Worst That Could Happen?

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The tragically hilarious tale of a boy named Murphy Murphy, and the pain he endures at being 13. Originally published in 13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen, edited by James Howe.


Wizard's Boy

About the Story…

The main characters in Wizard's Boy-Aaron and Bellenmore-have made minor appearances in both Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher and Dark Whispers (third book of The Unicorn Chronicles). I've been thinking about these two for several decades now, but this is the only story I've written so far that is completely theirs. I like to think of it as a “mini-epic.”


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The Giant’s Tooth

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Edgar Twonky didn’t intend to get eaten by a giant while he was heading for Cottleson Fair. Sometimes these things just happen. What was even more startling was what he discovered once he was in the giant’s mouth…


The Stinky Princess

About the Story…

What happens when a perfectly proper princess becomes fascinated by a fairly stinky goblin? Well, among other things, a trip to Nilbog, the underground world of the goblins. Not to mention advice from an ancient gobliness, a ride on a very large frog, and a trip to the Lake of Fire!


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The Mask of Eamonn Tiyado

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Harley Burton stumbles into Mr. Elives’ Magic Shop, where he finds a strange mask that will lead him into a horrify Halloween adventure.


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Herbert Hutchison in the Underworld

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What happens when a very bad kid crashes his mother’s car and ends up having to make a journey through Hades—and must make some choices while doing so? This is probably the darkest story I’ve ever written, and is, in an odd way, the mirror opposite of “The Box.” Warning: This is definitely YA, not for younger readers.


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In Our Own Hands

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The aliens have arrived, and they’re offering us a deal that might be too good to say no to. Or is it? What is the balance between freedom and safety, between control and protection? What would your choice be?


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A Life in Miniature

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A modern retelling of “Tom Thumb” that I originally wrote for the Datlow/Windling anthology Swan Sister.


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I, Earthling

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Jacob’s father is Earth’s first ambassador assigned to another planet. Now Jacob must deal with being the only kid in school without six arms and an extra eye in the middle of his forehead. But his biggest challenge comes when he makes a diplomatic error that could cost him the thing he loves most. A tender story about finding your place in the universe that opens with a major fart scene!


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My Little Brother is a Monster

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At some point everyone who has a baby brother thinks, “That kid is a real monster!” In Jason’s case, it happens to be true. But then, “Little Dumpling” isn’t actually Jason’s brother; he and his mom found the baby in a basket on their porch. But what happens on the night of the first full moon, and where Little Dumpling really came from, is beyond Jason’s wildest imaginings.


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A Blaze of Glory

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A young man, unemployed and rootless, comes home to help his grandmother through her last days. As her memory peels away, so that the present is dim but the past grows ever more vivid, she tells him the strange story of the magical event that shaped her youth. He is drawn in by her tale, and longs to believe. But it couldn’t possibly be true… or could it?


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Biscuits of Glory

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When Benjie Perkins meets the ghost of Elvira Thistledown he learns the strange story of why she haunts his kitchen… and what someone must do in order to break the curse that holds her to the mortal world.


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The Box

About the Story…

When a boy is given a box by an angel who asks him to care for it, the task shapes his entire life. Originally published in Dragons and Dreams (edited by Jane Yolen) this is one of Bruce Coville’s personal favorites among all his stories.


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Clean as a Whistle

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When the messiest girl in Minnesota is saddled with a compulsively tidy brownie, there are sure to be problems. Hilarious problems. Originally published in Oddly Enough.


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Homeward Bound

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When Jamie’s father dies, he is taken to live with his uncle, a strange man who has an alicorn—a unicorn’s horn—in his possession. But the man is hiding more secrets, darker ones, and Jamie must unravel them if he is to uncover his true destiny and finally find his way home.


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The Language of Blood

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In the Glorious City a boy named Banang is selected to be heir to a strange and bloody tradition that will allow him to speak “the language of blood.” Originally published in Oddly Enough.


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The Passing of the Pack

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A young man seeks to understand the strange connection he feels to the wolves that live hear his village. Originally published in the anthology Werewolves, edited by Jane Yolen. Republished in Bruce Coville’s solo collection, Oddly Enough.


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Old Glory

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Donald Henderson is horrified when his (extremely embarrassing) grandfather begins to question authority. A dark meditation on free speech and the price of freedom. Originally published in 2041 AD, edited by Jane Yolen. Republished in Bruce Coville’s solo collection, Oddly Enough.


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With His Head Tucked Underneath His Arm

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Seven kings ruled the continent of Losfar, and each one hated the others. War was constant, yet, as always, some resisted. When the young pacifist Brion is unjustly executed, he is so infuriated he returns from the dead with a plan that will shake the kingdom to its roots. Originally published in Bruce Coville’s collection Oddly Enough.