Freddy Krueger’s Tales of Terror

Tor Books published a young adult series in 1994–95 titled Freddy Krueger’s Tales of Terror, which featured Freddy Krueger hosting stories akin to Freddy’s Nightmares. Check out our exclusive interview with primary author David Bergantino here!


Freddy Krueger’s Tales of Terror: Blind DateFreddy Krueger's Tales of Terror: Blind Date

Written by: Bruce Richards
Published by: Tor Books
Released: November 1994
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 156
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Alicia has it all: good looks, talent and the star of the football team for a boyfriend. Why then is she hanging around with “weird” Evan, the nerd? Evan is the biggest dweeb in school and Alicia feels sorry for him and all the cruel jokes her friends play, but sympathy only makes it worse. The nicer she is to Evan the more they beat him up. Then Alicia’s friends begin to disappear. A dead cat with the eyes plucked out is found in the trunk of a car and a terrible accident is about to happen. But will it really be an accident?

Freddy Krueger’s Tales of Terror: Fatal GamesFreddy Krueger's Tales of Terror: Fatal Games

Written by: Bruce Richards
Published by: Tor Books
Released: February 1995
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 187
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Al was sprawled out on top of the bed, half covered by just a sheet. His body was wet with perspiration. His face was beet red and filled with terror.

“No!” Al Bellowed in his sleep. “He can’t be! It was all a joke! I was only joking! Noooo!” his features contorted into a gruesome mask of revulsion. And then Al suddenly rose from the bed and came at Chip like a lunatic caught in a trance. Before Chip knew what was happening Al had his meaty hands around Chip’s neck. Chip tried to pry his brother’s hold loose as he realized he couldn’t get any air. He slapped his brother in the face as hard as he could, but Al’s grip only tightened. “Al!” Chip croaked hoarsely as Al’s steel like fingers bit into the skin of his throat… Al was strangling him to death!

Freddy Krueger’s Tales of Terror: Virtual TerrorFreddy Krueger's Tales of Terror: Virtual Terror

Written by: David Bergantino
Published by: Tor Books
Released: April 1995
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 150
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As soon as Keith removed the 3-D optical illusion poster from his Virtu-illusions bag, he felt that queasy feeling again. It must have been the froze yogurt he ate at the mall that afternoon.

He tuned back to the poster and positioned it to nail it into the wall. On the third blow he missed the nail entirely and struck the back of his lift hand full force. Keith yelled and dropped the hammer. It landed dead center on the poster—and bounced off the glass.

This was no ordinary poster. If only Keith could have seen it for what it was—an omen of a dangerous force that would be beyond his most horrifying nightmares.

Just because you get a glimpse into the future doesn’t mean you have the ability to change it—perhaps you can only live in terror until it’s your turn!

Freddy Krueger’s Tales of Terror: Twice BurnedFreddy Krueger's Tales of Terror: Twice Burned

Written by: David Bergantino
Published by: Tor Books
Released: June 1995
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 154
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Springwood High sophomore, Collen Martini is plagued by a recurring dream… of being burned at the stake.

When a psychic tells colleen that she was Joan of Arc in a previous life, she begins to suspect that her history book report on the same subject is more than just a coincidence. Fueled by fear, Collen desperately searches the library to find the truth.

Engulfed by an inferno of mysterious accidents, she soon hears a death knell summoning her. Knowing she must solve this mystery before her fate is sealed, Collen comes to understand that sometimes the line between truth and fiction can be deadly…

Freddy Krueger’s Tales of Terror: Help WantedFreddy Krueger's Tales of Terror: Help Wanted

Written by: David Bergantino
Published by: Tor Books
Released: August 1995
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 150
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It’s been a year Laura Walker would just as soon forget—especially since she broke up with her boyfriend and lost her lifeguard job at the Springwood municipal pool… Great. No boyfriend. And now no job. Luckily, Laura bumps into a classmate who works at the local hospital, and he thinks he can arrange an interview for Laura. The boy is new in town, and Laura likes his easy smile and dark eyes. Best of all, he isn’t anything like her old boyfriend, Chester. He seems to like her too. Laura realizes that it may not be such a bad summer after all.

But when a killer goes on a bloody rampage, Laura must confront her worst fears and suspicions about the new boy in town. Is he Laura’s dream come true? Or is he her worst nightmare?

Freddy Krueger’s Tales of Terror: Deadly DisguiseFreddy Krueger's Tales of Terror: Deadly Disguise

Written by: David Bergantino
Published by: Tor Books
Released: October 1995
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 116
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It’s Halloween in Springwood and the place to be is the old Appleby mansion where the lord of the manor is none other than Jack Spyder, himself.

Born John Appleby, Jack Spyder changed his name when he was eight, right after he was discovered in a national talent search and landed a role on a hit television sitcom. But like many child stars, Jack rose to fame too fast, and when he lost his parents suddenly in a terrible accident, he returned home to the mansion they owned in Springwood.

The teen idol Jack throws a Halloween bash—the party to end all parties. Not only has the local boy-made-good returned home, but it has also been rumored that the accident which Jack himself had been in had ruined his clean-cut good looks. Will he be as hideous as the gossip papers have suggested? Will the party go beyond Springwood’s wildest expectations? Everyone is literally dying to find out.