The Man from the South by Roald Dahl
I think Roald Dahl is creepy and maybe not creepy in a good way. I don't know much about him (I guess I could read up on the guy but I really have no desire to) but I know he wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which is pretty awesome, yet if I'm being honest, also creepy. So the story deals with two men who don't know one another on vacation and making a simple and friendly/not-so-friendly wager. There are lost fingers, insane people, and a sense of foreboding throughout the story.
Story: 3 of 10
Who am I to criticize Roald Dahl? I really have no answer except I just didn't love this story. It seems forced and the ending is very convenient. The story was turned into an "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" episode in 1960 and I can definitely see it. It's very dark with that twisted ending.
Teachability: 9 of 10
A teacher doesn't have to love something to teach it. It definitely helps, but it isn't a must. The kids would probably enjoy the story because of the creepiness and there is enough meat in the text to analyze. It could work for sure.