Author's note: By Alvin Schwarts, a great writer, and author of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.


The picture featured in the book.

While Ruth slept, a spider crawled across her face, stayed there for a minute, then went away.

"What is this red spot on my cheek?" she asked her mother the next morning.

"Looks like a spider bite." her mother said. "It'll go away, just don't scratch it."

Soon the spot grew into a red boil. "Look at it now," Ruth said, "It's getting bigger."

"That sometimes happens." her mother said. "It's coming to a head."

In a few days the boil was even larger."Look at it now." Ruth said. "It hurts and it's ugly."

"We'll have a doctor look at it, maybe it's infected." her mother said. But the doctor couldn't see her until the next day.

That night Ruth took a bath. As she soaked herself, the boil burst. Out poured a swarm of spiders from the eggs the mother laid in her cheek.