Four Stories to Make You Shiver and Pee Your Pants Laughing

This time of year people are always looking for the perfect scary story.

Each one of these stories gives me that indescribably pleasant shiver and also have the added benefit of making me laugh out loud.

1. The Big Woods

Found in the book How I Got This Way.

Mr. Muldoon takes Crazy Eddie and Patrick into a clearing deep inside the Big Woods on an errand to pick dewberries. As the sun sets Eddie’s imagination gets carried away, and all three of them flee the clearing with ghosts hot on their tails.

2. Mean Tents

Found in the book The Grasshopper Trap.

Patrick tells of the many tents he’s had the misfortune of encountering in his life. However, none of them are as fearful, to all parties concerned, as the one he and Crazy Eddie made out of gunny sacks one late-summer evening.

3. The Swamp

Found in the book The Grasshopper Trap.

Looking for an area on the Pack River that hadn’t been fished, Pat, his friend Birdy and the old woodsman, Rancid Crabtree, find themselves deep in a swamp. When darkness comes they narrowly escape an attack of a killer bat.

4. Grogan’s War Surplus

Found in the book A Fine and Pleasant Misery.

Late one night, from ten feet in the air, encased in a chicken-down sleeping bag, Patrick accidentally falls from his jungle hammock onto the unsuspecting family dog.

Happy Halloween!

12 thoughts on “Four Stories to Make You Shiver and Pee Your Pants Laughing”

  1. Love McManus. Have for years. My 11 YO grandson loves hunting and fishing, so am looking for a good McManus book to start him out on. Found your site so am signing up for the newsletter.

    1. love everything he writes but can’ yet locate “Mountain goats never say cheese” read in a Reader’s Digest long ago.

      can you help? put me out of my misery !

    1. Hi Kurt, I don’t remember that particular story. There is one where Pat and Crazy Eddie Muldoon lasso a horse and it drags Mr. Muldoon around the farm (the rope was tied around his waist because he was doing roof repairs on their barn). That story is titled “Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink!” and is in the book of the same name.

  2. Did the elk hunting story where Pat and his buddy quarrel over who gets the best steaks and roasts but later in the year try to push the remaining elk meat packages off on each other ever make it into a book? I once met Pat and the guy that performed his books and the swore it was. Then they looked through every index and confessed it was not but promised to get it in the next one.

    1. Yes, actually it is in the book Never Sniff a Gift Fish. It’s titled “Share and Share Alike.” Patrick told me that my index had helped him find stories he couldn’t remember having written, let alone which books they were in. Glad I could help!

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