Short Take: “There’s a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed,” Edgar Cantero

Pros: Hilarious, terrifying, and uniquely imaginative all at the same time
Cons:
Rating: 5 out of 5

Edgar Cantero’s There’s a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed (Dark Corners collection) is a remarkably short read (took me maybe a half-hour all told), but it was definitely worth the time. In it four children having a sleepover share a ‘game’. There’s a giant trapdoor spider under the bed. The shadows are antimatter. The mirror people want revenge. How will they survive until morning as the rules get more and more complex?

I enjoyed this story so much. The kids are so careful and creative in how they follow the rules, and once each one comes up with a scenario, “It’s a fact now.” You’ll be on the edge of your seat as the kids navigate the power going out, a flashlight that doesn’t always work, and the fact that they left their wands outside the house. There are some entertaining Harry Potter references that sell the story. All in all, this is a seriously fun short story!

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