The Witch’s Wings and Other Terrifying Tales

Abrams/Amulet. (Are You Afraid of the Dark? Bk. 1). Oct. 2023. 192p. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781419763571.
Gr 4-8–A new Midnight Society convenes in this graphic novel horror series based on Nickelodeon’s 1990s show Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Gathering around the campfire, the group shares three stories in this first volume, all based on Hispanic urban legends and folktales. A young boy meets a witch in “The Tale of the Witch’s Wings,” a girl rides a ghostly bus in “The Tale of the Haunting of Bus #13,” and siblings rescue a stray dog who appears to have a penchant for eldritch language in “The Tale of the Stray Comet.” Mejia’s storytelling is on-point with deliciously chilling moments and brilliant pacing. The illustrators bring definitive styles to their stories using dramatic reds, eerie purples, and spooky greens.
VERDICT Readers will return for repeat thrills and chills. A recommended first purchase.

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