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Stine, the wildly popular author of the Goosebumps series for children, proves he’s also capable of scaring the willies out of adults. This is a dark, atmospheric, spine-chilling story of a husband and wife who adopt a pair of homeless twin brothers—their family was apparently killed in a fearsome hurricane—and find their lives turned upside down, as the husband is inexplicably accused of murder. And that’s just the beginning of the horror. The novel owes a debt (which Stine acknowledges) to such vintage horror movies as Children of the Damned—movies that feature “disgustingly evil children”—but it’s by no means a simple rehash of familiar material. Stine has a freshly terrifying story to tell, and he tells it with gusto, ratcheting up the chills until we’re frozen in our chairs. Parents, be warned: this is emphatically not for younger readers. --David Pitt


“Stine has a freshly terrifying story to tell, and he tells it with gusto, ratcheting up the chills until we’re frozen in our chairs. Parents, be warned: this is emphatically not for younger readers.” (Booklist)

“It's a page turner until the end, with short chapters that help increase the pace. Stine enjoys himself writing not for kids but about them.” (Associated Press)

“Stine’s story is a creepy, fun read.…" (Library Journal)

“With this brilliantly written novel "Red Rain", Stine proves that he definitely has it in him to challenge the greats in the Thriller/Horror genre ... think Dean Koontz, Douglas Preston, Harlan Coben and then amp-it-up by a hundred!” (

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451636121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451636123
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why is Tim Jacobus R.L. Stine's favorite illustrator? Maybe because they've done so many scary books together. Tim did the cover paintings for more than 80 Goosebumps books, as well as the six amazing Amazon books. Recently, the two of them got together and asked the questions they've always wanted to ask each other...


TIM (the illustrator) asks R.L. STINE (the author):

TIM: When I illustrate, I can "see" the image in my head before I start to draw. Do you "hear" a story when you write?

R.L.: I hear kids when I write. I try to hear the voice of the boy or girl who is telling the story. I visit schools a lot and talk with kids so I can keep up with what they are saying these days and what real kids sound like. Then I try to hear their voices tell the story as I write it.


TIM: You've written so many books I can't do the math, but I bet you've used millions of words. What's you favorite word?

R.L.: Someone once got in an elevator with a very witty author named Noel Coward and said, "Say something funny." And Coward said, "Kangaroo." Kangaroo has been a favorite word of mine ever since I heard that story. But as a horror writer, I guess my favorite word is SCREAM!


TIM: Where is the strangest place you have come up with an idea for a story?

R.L.: An empty movie theater. My wife and I went to see a scary movie in a big, old movie house-- and we were the only ones in the theater. It was kind of creepy. Then about halfway through the movie, I turned around and saw that the back row was filled with people sitting straight and still. Suddenly, I thought-- They are zombies! I'm trapped in a dark zombie theater! And that's where the idea for the book Zombie Town came from.


TIM: If you couldn't write-- and you possessed all skills-- what would you like to do for a living?

R.L.: I drew comic strips from the time I was in 4th grade, and I always dreamed of being a cartoonist. You can imagine my shock when the other kids told me how bad my art was. They were right. I stunk! I got over my extreme disappointment by starting to write. But if I had the skill, I would love to do what you do, Tim.


R.L. STINE (the author)asks TIM (the illustrator):

R.L.: If you couldn't be an artist what would you like to be?

TIM: I would like to be a "Snowmaker" at one of the big ski resorts, out west, like Mammoth Mountain in California. You work at night when everyone goes home. Set up the snow guns, cover the slopes, and groom them with the Sno-Cat track machine. It's kinda like a snow tank! Then, you get to ski for free! I love that snow!


R.L.: When we were kids, my brother and I used to go to a horror movie every Saturday. We loved them all. The covers on our six Amazon books look like movie posters to me. Were you also influenced by horror movies? If so, which ones?

TIM: I was a complete "chicken" as a kid. I couldn't sit through any horror movie. The first scary movie I saw was on TV. It isn't really a horror movie. It was the Hunchback of Notre Dame-- the black-and-white version with Charles Laughton. That movie freaked me out! The mutant, Quasimodo, was something that REALLY could exist. Black-and-white movies, black-and-white photos--they all seem more "real" than full color to me.


R.L.: You have painted so many great covers. I think your scariest Goosebumps cover was for The Barking Ghost. And the black cat on The 13th Warning is really creepy. Do you have a favorite cover? Is it a scary one or a funny one?

TIM: It's hard to pick a favorite. But you gotta love the blue bathroom blobs in Monster Blood IV. That one is a little creepy and WAY funny. For just outright scary, I love the ticket taker in Zombie Town!


R.L.: What was the weirdest thing someone ever asked you to draw?

TIM: Oh, I have drawn a lot of weird stuff. One time, I had to paint a pimple! You know... acne! It was a medical illustration. Gross. When I first started illustrating, I painted pictures of food. My food illustrations were used in the Sunday newspaper for the local supermarket. I painted every food you can imagine. I can draw a pretty mean potato!

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83 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis on October 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The pop culture reference above has probably already alerted you to the fact that I'm a good decade older than the kids who grew up reading R.L. Stine--which is not to say that I haven't read his kid lit. I'm that kind of adult. And let me put out there that I have nothing but respect for this talented author, so youthful Stine fans, please don't beat me up for the following review. Yes, it's critical, but I'll support my criticism.

Stine's latest foray into writing for adults is of limited success. First, a brief synopsis: After a prologue, we follow the exploits of "adventure travel blogger" Lea Harmon Sutton as she visits the mysterious Cape Le Chat Noir off the coast of South Carolina. It's a beautiful part of the country, but apparently no one visits due to the island's spooky reputation. Says Lea in a blog post:

"I've saved the best (or worst) for last. Here's the most interesting historical detail--and it's definitely creepy. Especially with frightening forecasts of a big hurricane heading this way. I don't want to talk about the hurricane now. I'm pretending it's not going to happen.

You see, Le Chat Noir was devastated by one of the most powerful storms in hurricane history. It was the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. And I have every finger crossed that history is not going to repeat itself now."

Okay, we're going to return and look at the quote above more closely in a minute, but for now we'll move on. In short, you'll be shocked to learn that the hurricane hits. At this point, we are introduced to Lea's husband Mark, a child psychologist who is just wrapping up the book tour for his best-selling (if controversial) book about child rearing. He gets a panicked call from Lea in the hurricane while he's on stage at a book signing.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robin Lee TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First I want to let you know this is his second unsuccessful attempt at an adult novel. I don't include "Eye Candy" in this because the character is still a young a adult. I read all kinds of books, and a big R.L. Stine, "Fear Street" Fan. I used to steal my teen sister's books because I was a little to old to buy them myself, and they were great creepy,scary, and even gorey somtimes. That series could make your heart race.......

This book had great promise, especially, the prologue and first chapter....You meet mom, Lea Sutter, who travels to far off places to write her adventure blog for tourists. You meet her dazed wandering around the island of Le Chat Noir, post a devastating hurricane that just wiped the entire village out. She sees torn, bloody, dead bodies and debris everywhere. In this state of shock she continues to wander to the shore line were hundreds of starfish have washed a shore, and thinks this is bad luck. Then all of a sudden it starts to rain bright, red blood out of the sky, staining everything. Could this be some kind of spiritual awakening or some ominous sign of things to come......

Now, in the middle of all this devastation, raindrops of blood, like the spiritual parting of the red sea, she is startled to see two beautitful, identical twins, blonde platinum haired, bright blued eyed, boys. (I am shocked too, because I am looking at the exact blonde headed children from the "Village of the Damned" thinking "OMG"! two managed to escape) She instantly feels some strong motherly bond, believes they are some kind of angels, maybe even a miracle, after this island's tragedy. As she walks closer to these boys she thinks they actually have a glowing aura about them. Thats it! She gets sucked in, hypnotized by there eyes.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was an avid reader of the Fear Street books when I was in middle school, and when I saw this book I bought it on impulse. I really wish I hadn't wasted the money. The plot is mainly composed of filler. Why do we need to know life stories for people who don't play major roles? Not only do they not plays major roles, but none of their background factors into the story.

Poorly developed characters. There were several times when I thought we were going to see a character be developed for a later tie-in only to have the character dead-end.

Honestly, it felt like Stine rushed and skipped developing the characters and story. I wouldn't have enjoyed this even if I had read it when I was twelve.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By leonajulia on October 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book was written so much like the books I read growing up. RL Stine did not write an adult book. He took a kids book and just added sex scenes. Horrible, Horrible read & a waste of money!
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Joellyn Lauritch on October 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I found out about this book, I was really excited about it. I had loved R.L. Stine books when I was younger, and I have found that I really missed those books. While I still get enjoyment out of the Goosebumps books, I find that I was longing for an adult version of them; a good creepy read with some twists and turns along the way. The book "Red Rain" satisfies this desire! I do admit there were some gaping plot holes, especially when it came to how someone could had been accused of doing something that they clearly had no time to do it in and any competent investigator would have realized it, but these are minor in the grand scheme of this book. It is very entertaining! I began reading it yesterday when I downloaded it for my e-reader and finished a few minutes ago. The only reason why I took off a star for "Red Rain" is because I felt it could have been a little longer and explained a little more. It almost felt like he was constrained and needed to quickly let us in on things that we should have slowly found out about. That being said, any fan of R.L. Stine will enjoy this book, and those who are used to his twists will not be disappointed with this one!
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