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Red Rain: A Novel Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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“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!” (MysteryNet.com)
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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!
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Red Rain by R.L. Stine is a pretty good book. Very interesting storyline, and it was pretty thrilling. But the sex in. The book was pretty graphic. I like R.L. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Eli DallasSidders
Loved me some R.L. Stine when I was a kid, so I wanted to check this book out. It was OK. Didn't love it, but didn't hate it.Published 15 days ago by Mindy
I've been reading R. l. Stine's books for years, the Goosebumps series and the adult horror story that he wrote. Read morePublished 19 days ago by D.L.Kelly
This was different than most books I've read but R.L. Stone is fantastic. Huge fan of goosebumps when I was younger and still a fan.Published 28 days ago by Kelsey
5 stars for quick delivery but not my favorite book. If you really want to read this book, borrow it from the library!Published 28 days ago by amy
For a child author this book is scary and keeps you on the edge seat definitely for adults onlyPublished 2 months ago by damaris thornton
I really enjoyed reading it. I have been reading his books since I was in third grade. Love them!Published 2 months ago by Brandi
I hope R L Stine writes more adult books. The plot was amazing. I usually know the entire plot by the second chapter, but this book completely surprised me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Grammy Karyn