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I remember as a child (in the nineties) reading a story where the narrator was a little boy and how he was scared only twice a day – when the clock read 3:33. The 3's would be powerful enough (there were three of them at 3:33) to leave the clock in the boy's room for one minute and do what they want. They terrified the boy for that one minute they were free.

I don't think it was R.L. Stine, but I cannot remember the author.

Update: It definitely wasn't R.L Stine, but the story was in a similar style.

I know it was only a 15-20 page story, so maybe it was in a short story collection?

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i would say 15-20 years ago. i remember being in elementary/middle school at the time –  zompz May 17 '11 at 18:09
I've just confirmed that it is not one of the stories in the "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" series. –  cwallenpoole Dec 15 '11 at 0:42
no, that is just the time her monster comes out. the story im looking for had the 3's actually coming out of the clock and attacking the child. im almost at the point of thinking this was just a nightmare of mine, and i should just write the story myself... –  zompz Feb 29 '12 at 16:42
I remember reading this story, though I can’t recall the title; think it was by Spider Robinson or Harlan Ellison. –  J. C. Salomon Jun 21 '12 at 15:54
U2's Bono sung "3:33 when the numbers fell off the clock face" in the song 'Unknown Caller'. Maybe he knows this mystery story ;) –  Solemnity Dec 24 '12 at 8:39

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It is from a Japanese cartoon called "Nine".

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Do you have a link to a description of the anime? –  OghmaOsiris Sep 14 '12 at 5:22
Can you provided some substantiating backup to your answer? The only 'Japanese Cartoon' called 'Nine' that I see is this -- given that the question was about a short book, it doesn't seem to fit. –  K-H-W Sep 14 '12 at 16:36
And Nine is not 3... –  user8252 Sep 14 '12 at 17:18
This is an anime cartoon and the question relates to a short story. –  zompz Sep 17 '12 at 15:50
@ALS but 3:33 could be 3 + 3 + 3 –  ROFLwTIME Oct 3 '12 at 12:39

Isn't it connected with the Exorcism of Emily Rose film? 3 o'clock as well. But this film was shot quite recently, not 15 years ago.

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the guy is asking for a short story, not a film... -.-' –  JNat Nov 26 '12 at 17:55
I am a girl, but yes-i am looking for a short story –  zompz Nov 26 '12 at 20:56
@zompz: lol sorry –  JNat Nov 29 '12 at 22:51
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. –  Moogle Apr 17 '14 at 11:03
not really.I don't think so. –  Ritzz081 Jul 7 '14 at 12:54

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