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Superstitious Hardcover – September 14, 1995
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Absolutely, without doubt, the worst book ever! My family spent many hilarious evenings listening to my adult son read this novel aloud, using different voices for the characters. We expected it to be bad, but we never imagined just how bad! Now, R. L. Stine is popular for his children’s and young adult series, no debate on that. But, it doesn’t make him a “good” writer, just a bestselling one. This book was like a Goosebumps with “bad” words, ridiculous sex scenes, and over-the-top murders thrown in as an effort to appeal to the adult reader.
This isn’t a horror novel, so much as a spoof of a horror novel. Unfortunately for Stine, it was meant to be a serious novel.
Some of the funniest, and/or confusing segments?
1) “Her eyeballs make a soft plop plop as they are pried out… She sees only red.” pg. 7 Really? She sees red?
2) Garrett, the police officer. “I’m not a real cop… I’m a campus cop.” “Let’s all pretend we’re cops!” pg. 32, 150 Yet, later in the book, he is referred to as “detective” and even later, “chief.” It’s page 272 by the time the actual police are called in. They are described both as State Police and “the feds.” This is after four murders have occurred.
3) The police photographer is a high school student. pg. 201
4) Garrett and his albino cop-sidekick (yes, albino) leave the office, “Into a cool, wet night. They didn’t need their jackets.” Come again?
5) On a similar note, Sara visits her mother, who says, “You’re freezing! Take off your coat.” pg. 217
6) Sara is leaving Mary Beth’s, where she had spent the evening and had dinner. Mary Beth says, “We could order a pizza.” To which Sara responds, “No. Really. I’m not hungry. Thanks for dinner, Mary Beth. It was great.” pg.Read more ›
Imagine this, a young, attractive woman has extramarital sex, walks home in the dark, high heels clicking, and gets jumped and brutal slain by some unknown assailant. It’s the first three minutes of countless movies and creepy TV shows. And it’s the beginning of this book. The rest followed suit…and that’s all I really expected of it. A college campus, attractive or at least colorfully different characters, a slightly clueless but relatable final-girl lead, red herrings, disembowelments, a little sex, scary phone calls, suspicious ex-boyfriends, conveniently missing best friends, stumped police officers, pushy members of the fourth estate, and, of course, a few WTF special effects moments that you know would look just fine if made now, with computers…but that you can’t help imagining as products of the corny supernatural/slasher films of the 1980s.
Approached as an eighties-early nineties horror movie (with TV star actors branching out, cheesy special effects, running/screaming/falling down, and a good dash of paranoia) it delivers in spades.Read more ›
This is the most laughable book I've ever read, and not in a good way. I found myself laughing at all the "serious" points throughout the book, especially the "love making" scene because it was so clinical and terribly written, and that was just ONE example of many awful scenes.
I really don't understand. How can this be the same author who has written so many wonderful YA books?? You couldn't pay me enough to read this book again. I feel like he just doesn't have what it takes to write adult novels. Such a shame. Fear street was amazing.
They aren't wrong. Just young.
I am an avid reader, and have never skipped ahead to read the ending. It's against my moral code. When I read this book, my wife would ask me why I had such an unpleasant look on my face. I responded that the book was terrible. She asked why I didn't put it down. I told her that I needed to know how it ended. She said skip to the back and look. Against my reading ethics, I did. The end was so predictable I (thankfully) had no need to read the rest.
If you are one of the unfortunate souls who is currently reading this book, do what I did. Then find a book that won't waste your time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still as amazing as I remember. I loved this book when it was first published. I was in middle school at the time. I was a huge fan of the Fear Street and Goosebumps books. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Holy Sinner
I found this in my local library while actually looking for Stephen King. When I saw the thick hard cover with his name on it I snatched it. Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Jennifer
I got this book and read what the inside the cover said about it. It looked interesting. As I started the first few pages i was beginning to wonder what it was that I was reading. Read morePublished on July 2, 2010 by D
I was an avid reader of Stine when I was a kid and collected all of his books, so I was excited when I found this book and thought to myself maybe I could have some sort of... Read morePublished on June 20, 2010 by Jennifer Richards
Superstitious is one of R.L. Stein's few adult books and its not that great. The book follows all the cliches that are in any of his Fear Street novels. Read morePublished on January 28, 2010 by Dylan Luciano
From 1993 until about 1996, the Fear Street series were my books of choice since I was a preteen to teenager into horror. Around 1995, R.L. Read morePublished on March 22, 2009 by Quistis
I was a fan of RL Stine when I was a kid. I was big into the Goosebumps series. I don't even remember how I learned about this book. Read morePublished on December 10, 2008 by Ravyn Karasu