Loving your site, so many memories coming back! I’m thinking this may be the perfect place to ask about a book I remember reading. It was a book of short horror stories for children, paperback, I remember an illustration on the cover of a boy in bed with the sheets pulled up over him right up to under his eyes, and I think there were monsters or something at the foot of his bed. I feel like the color yellow played a part in the illustration, maybe wall color? It’s been almost 20 years though so I could be wrong. I also feel like the book may have been written by a woman, again, could be wrong.
The story I remember the most vividly was a boy who went to a pizza place after school with his friends and missed the bus he was supposed to get on, so he got on a different, later bus. He ended up being the last person on the bus, and the bus driver turned out to be a vampire and tried to attack him, but was thwarted by the garlic on the boy’s breath because he had ordered garlic on his pizza!
Another story I remember was a boy from an undisclosed Romanian-type country who was the new kid in class, and he was depressive and pale and smelled funny, and he turned out to be a vampire. I’m 90% sure these stories came from the same book. If I had to guess, I’d say the book would’ve probably been written in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s. I checked the book out many, many times from our elementary school library somewhere between 1992-1994 I’d say.
There was another book I used to check out all the time, had to have been written sometime in the ‘70s, which showed you how to create Halloween costumes and monster faces using Cray-Pas like makeup. I think that one was hardcover.
Any leads would be so appreciated!
UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED! Mad props and love to senski for getting the first book “Creature Feature” by Jim Razzi.