The Dark-Thirty (Hardcover)

Southern Tales of the Supernatural

By Patricia McKissack, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780679818632, 128pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 1992

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (1/8/2001)
Library Binding (8/22/2006)
Prebound (1/1/2001)
Paperback (2/8/2022)
Prebound (1/1/2001)

List Price: 18.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


With an extraordinary gift for suspense, McKissack brings us ten original, spine-tingling tales inspired by African American history and the mystery of that eerie half hour before nightfall—the dark-thirty.

About the Author

Patricia C. McKissack (1944–2017) was an award-winning author who came from a family of skilled storytellers who taught her to listen and observe and who encouraged her lifelong love affair with words. The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural was a 1993 Newbery Honor Book, and Pat received the Coretta Scott King Author Award for it. She also frequently collaborated on books with her husband, Fredrick.

Pat wished she could have talked to her hero, Frederick Douglass, about his rise from slavery, his daring escape, and freedom—at last! If she had not been an author, she would have liked to have been an interior designer or an architect so she could have told stories through design.

Praise For The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural

"The atmosphere of each selection is skillfully developed and sustained to the very end. Pinkney's stark scratchboard illustrations evoke an eerie mood, which heightens the suspense of each tale. This is a stellar collection for both public and school libraries looking for absorbing books to hook young readers. Storytellers will also find it a goldmine."--(starred) School Library Journal.