Kids will love this book--maybe boys in particular, but don't all kids love scary stories? And these are so short that there's not time to get really scared during the individual stories, so I think these might be mom-pleasers as well. Some of them are just weird, some have funny surprise endings, some are gross, and some are really pretty creepy, sort of mood pieces. Very nicely done, though, adn man, look at the talent in this sucker! Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates and on and on and on--I didn't pay enough attention to who wrote each one, and I'll have to go back and look again, but I'm pretty sure Joyce Carol Oates's story was my favorite.