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R.L. Stine, author of the multimillion-selling Goosebumps and Fear Street series, lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, an editor and publisher, and their dog, Minnie. Visit RLStine.com.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671868322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671868321
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,819 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...

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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Probably my favorite series by r.l. stline.
Lacey Tucker
Well all in all this was a great book and I look forward to reading "The Burning"!
Justine
This book makes you never want to put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I liked this book a lot because it is about a family named the Fier who are under a curse. Everyone is dying one by one. They all die in a different way. At about one hundred years later, the curse comes back.

The story is about a family that was cursed by the Goode family. They were cursed because they the Fier family burned two of the Goode's. They burned them because the town thought they were witches. The Fier family was cursed forever until all the Goode's were dead. That is what the Fier family believes. Ezra Fier was looking for them for a long, long time. He died before he ever found them. After he died the curse was forgotten on purpose until about one hundred years later when a Goode was let into the home of five Fiers. Will they all live or will they all die?

The people who would like this book are the kind of people who like the following: a book that has mysteries, wanting to know what is going to happen next, and killing, also drama, some love and betrayal are in this book. There are some sad and gross parts in the story. If you are the kind of person who likes those things in a book, then you may want to read The Secret.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 5, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After years of searching Ezra Fier beleaves he has found the Goodes in the village of Wicham. Only the Goodes are not there anymore. As for the rest of the people... DEAD! The Fiers move ino the Goodes old home-in Wicham-hoping they will return. Young Abigail Fier befriends a young girl who kills her! She was the ghost of Hester Goode. By marrying Delilah Goode/Wilson. Jonathan Fier thinks he can end the curse. But at the wedding Delilah is shot and killed! Jonathan buries the amulet along with his father and the curse. It stays buried for 100 years! But Elizabeth Fier finds the "pretty necklace" and unleashes the evil once agian. Franklin Goode kills Elizabeths sister Kate and tells Elizabeth it was suicide. Her brother Simon kills Frank before he kills Elizabeth. To escape the curse he changes the family name from Fier to Fear. And that is only the begining....
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Fear Street Saga: The Seceret was okay. I mean I like it was good to read. In this one all Ezra Fier is thinking is revenge. He hasn't thought about nothing else. This revenge dstroys his family and him in the process, too. He can't get nothing done day and night, but reminded how the Goodes turned on him, and he has it all wrong, too. Instead of bury something that could end at his request he wants to start all the hatred and horror again, and he really doesn't have nothing to avenge, but his son Jonathan learns a lesson though. He learns to bury the evilness because he has lost the one's he loves, and his father had lost his life because of a cause that was worhtless to his family, and to him, too if he realized it.
The best part I like is when Frank Goode tried to get his avengence. He was foolish, too, because all he wanted to do was killed the whole Fier family that he thought caused a plaque! Elizabeth and Kate were fools to fall in his trap like that. He played both sister at the same time. Simon was the hero as he rescused himself and his siter from crazy Frank. I deeply enjoyed some parts of the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 5, 2000
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After years of searching Ezra Fier beleaves he has found the Goodes in the village of Wicham. Only the Goodes are not there anymore. As for the rest of the people... DEAD! The Fiers move ino the Goodes old home-in Wicham-hoping they will return. Young Abigail Fier befriends a young girl who kills her! She was the ghost of Hester Goode. By marrying Delilah Goode/Wilson. Jonathan Fier thinks he can end the curse. But at the wedding Delilah is shot and killed! Jonathan buries the amulet along with his father and the curse. It stays buried for 100 years! But Elizabeth Fier finds the "pretty necklace" and unleashes the evil once agian. Franklin Goode kills Elizabeths sister Kate and tells Elizabeth it was suicide. Her brother Simon kills Frank before he kills Elizabeth. To escape the curse he changes the family name from Fier to Fear. And that is only the begining....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justine on April 26, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I felt that this book was one of the best out of all the Fear Street books! I found it was gross when Ezra Fier and his family went back to Wickham to find nothing but a few ageing neighbours and lots and of rotting corpses. But than it quickly goes to frightening when the ghost of Hester Godde takes Ezra's daughter Abigal to the grave and Hester's ghostly whisper ring's through the air "Can Abigal come to my house?" which swiches to a gleeful chant of "Abigal came to my house!". Well all in all this was a great book and I look forward to reading "The Burning"! ~Justine
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2000
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I thought that The Secret by R.L. Stine was great! And I'm glad that Jonathan managed to keep the amulet buried for 100 years until his great grandaughter found it and unleashed the evil . And the part where Hester chants "Abigail came to my house" was scary and a little weird. P.S. FOr some people who heard that the Raven woman didn't come out, it did. If you don't believe me check Borders.com and type in Fear street sagas and there you'll see the Raven WOman Fear street saga #17. Thank you
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