Here’s a Halloween treat for our HBB readers, a truly chilling tale that any book collector can relate to, “The Boy Who Loved to Read”.

Books are powerful and mysterious, and sometimes what you find behind their covers and hidden deep within their pages isn’t what you expected. We trust and treasure books as tools of learning and entertainment. And yet, you can’t exactly UNread something you’ve read…even if you want to. Even if it means life or death.



Once, there was a boy who loved to read. He read everything he could get his hands on. He devoured books from the library and borrowed best sellers from his friends. But what he loved most of all, was going to his favorite book store. One day, the boy realized he had read everything the store had to offer. He confronted the owner, and asked him if he had anything the boy had never checked out. The owner hesitated but replied, “Why, yes, I do,” as he pulled out a black, leather bound book from a shelf behind the counter. In faded grey letters, the book was titled “Death”. The boy looked with wide eyes at the book and immediately had to have it. So the store owner sold it to the boy at a discounted price of $50.00 but warned him, never, to read the front page.

The boy returned to his house where he read the book happily, and for some time he was content. Eventually, he began to wonder what could possibly be on that front page. The mystery of it remained, constantly in the back of his mind. Nagging at him.What would happen if he read the front page? One day, the temptation was too much for the boy, and opening the book, he slowly flipped to the very front…and dropped the book in HORROR.

There, in bold print, was “MSRP $7.99”


Dun dun duuuuun!! get it? 🙂

 -this story was based off of one found on a forum site of scary stories here.