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Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror Paperback – September 2, 2010
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I'm very happy with "Fear." The stories feature a lot of variety, and everything from "good scares" to "gotcha" endings that made me laugh out loud.
In general, this book didn't skimp on the "eeeuuuuwww!" factor, but it didn't make my stomach lurch, either. So, for me, it was a Goldilocks book ("just right!").
If you want a fun book to read at night when the moon is full and the wind makes the house creak, this is a good choice.
I always find it a little difficult to review anthologies like this because the writing in each story can vary so widely and quite frankly I don't want to nitpick short stories. So I'll review the book as a whole: phenomenal.
Stine knows his fear so when he rounded up his choices for this book, he hit each nail spot on the head in one single stroke. Each story was mired in creep factor but not all of them were your traditional horror stories, which I liked. As much as I love my classic horror, variety is always good. So while you have the creepy family living in the even creepier old Victorian next door, you have an issue with disappearing people on a planet filled with rich people. For each story the creep is distinct and will affect you in 13 different ways, each story with it's own unique bucket of creep.
My favorites were 'Welcome to the Club' by RL Stine (more of a psychological horror that makes you think, nothing paranormal which, I think, makes it scarier, using "normal" humans), 'Dragonfly Eyes' by Alane Ferguson (about a girl's death from her point of view post mortem), and 'Tagger' by James Rollins (about a Chinese girl dipping into her roots to destroy a demon intent on destroying her). Each are miles away from each other in terms of story but the creeper aspect brings them all back together.
If you have a night to yourself and are looking for a good scare with hints of nostalgia, pick up FEAR. It has every kind of horror story sampler you could want all wrapped up in 13 nicely pressed stories. The writing in each of them stands out as fantastic and each is written in such a way that it allows the horror to settled at the top, letting it be as spooky as it can be. I love it.
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I should have made the connection. RL Stine writes children's horror, so of course this book was for kids. Probably great for youngsters, but not for me.Published 1 month ago by Aeolidae
I loved R.L. Stine growing up! So as a adult I decided to travel down memory lane and read one of his books again!! Very good book!! Each story was different!! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Courtney
I'm not sure what happened here, but was this supposed to scare me, or freak and creep me out? Well, it did none of those and I read the book in the dark with only a small... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Christy C. Asberry
Only one story by R.L. Stine. This is not appropriate for young readers. There is a story about a child being shot at school.Published 9 months ago by Tressa Baggett
Have you ever picked up a book of Horror Short Stories only to find that you don't understand the archaic language, or the story plots? This collection is not at all like that! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bill Hall
Much longer than expected. I had planned on using these as short mentor texts for a scary story unit. Some stories are better than others, as expected.Published 16 months ago by Kristan L