Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror [NOOK Book]

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Turn the pages if you dare. . . .In this collection of thirteen fabulously chilling stories from thirteen true masters of suspense, including five New York Times bestsellers and a number of Edgar Award nominees, all edited by none other than R. L. Stine, nothing is what it seems. From cannibalistic children, to an unwitting date with a vampire, to a crush on a boy who just ...
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Overview

Turn the pages if you dare. . . .In this collection of thirteen fabulously chilling stories from thirteen true masters of suspense, including five New York Times bestsellers and a number of Edgar Award nominees, all edited by none other than R. L. Stine, nothing is what it seems. From cannibalistic children, to an unwitting date with a vampire, to a crush on a boy who just might be a werewolf, no scary stone is left unturned. A must-have for all fans of the genre!


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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jamie Hansen
Vampires, aliens, mind creepers, demons, sinister swamp people, hungry shadows, or cannibals next door —any one of these would guarantee shivers, chills, and sleepless nights for avid horror fans. R. L. Stein, dean of the creepy-crawlies, has collected stories by thirteen authors to provide thirteen times as much of the right stuff, under the aegis of the International Thriller Writers. In "The Night Hunter," by Meg Cabot, there are no princesses, but rather a teenager with a typically boring job at the mall—boring, that is, until she witnesses a bank robbery and finds herself at the mercy of a strange young man called the Night Hunter. James Rollins's protagonist in "Tagger," Soo-ling Choi dreams of a disaster that destroys her city. Will the Chinese symbols she feels compelled to paint ward off her horrifying visions? Don't move to the strange small town of Entrails, Michigan, the setting for Jennifer Allison's chilling tale, "The Perfects," or you might find yourself with cannibals for next-door neighbors. To most people, geckos are just cute little lizards, but Raymond Gunstein, the hero of Tim Maleeny's story, "Ray Gun," learns that a very nasty alien can disguise itself in a tiny green body. It is rare for a collection of stories to maintain the same quality from beginning to end, but Fear succeeds in delivering all the suspense, terror, irony, and twisted endings that any horror addict could crave. Add this title to all library collections and watch it find its victims, uh, readers. Reviewer: Jamie Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Unlucky 13 sets the stage for this collection (Dutton, 2010) of spine-tingling, hair-raising, and heart-stopping short stories written by assorted young adult authors. The introduction, narrated by master of the macabre R. L. Stine, promises a selection of scary, surprising, and supernatural tales ranging from a haunting piece set in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey to the goings on in the home of a "perfect" family whose children's behavior is anything but stellar. Among the stories are "Tuition" by Walter Sorrells, "Suckers" by Suzanne Weyn, "Jeepers Peepers" by Ryan Brown, and "Shadow Children" by Heather Brewer. Each story is expertly narrated by a different voice, lending variety to the listening experience. Although the thrills and chills rating is higher for some stories than others, the overall collection will please listeners.—Cindy Lombardo, Cleveland Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews

Thirteen highly suspenseful short stories, well selected by none other than R. L. Stine, who contributes the first tale, have the power to attract and delight many stouthearted young readers. The man behind the Goosebumps and Fear Street megaseries enlists some of the best in the business, such as Meg Cabot and F. Paul Wilson, Walter Sorrells and James Rollins, who offer plenty of heart-throbbing supernatural horror, crime suspense, shockers and sometimes a mixture of all three. Babysitters may want to skip creepy "Jeepers Peepers" from Ryan Brown and a standout chiller from Jennifer Allison, "The Perfects," both of which offer little hope for their victims. Alane Ferguson pens the chilling "Dragonfly Eyes," which follows the feelings of a murdered girl as she strains to offer ghostly help to another endangered girl. Heather Brewer's "Shadow Children" brings to life those monsters that children know really are there in the dark. The editor pitches the collection to either middle- or high-school audiences with inventive but still easily understood stories. It's a winning set—there isn't a dud in the bunch. Fast-paced, shuddery-scary fun. (Horror/short stories. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101442654
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/2/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 377,302
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 226 KB

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

R. L. Stine is widely considered the king of children's horror writing. The author of such popular series as Goosebumps and Fear Street, he has sold over 400 million books worldwide. He lives with his family in New York City.

Biography

Goosebumps cast a spell upon children by transforming even the most reluctant students into avid readers. Despite the fact that almost every book has a different collection of characters, the series has one common element that kids can't get enough of: the author!

However believable his plots seem to his readers, Stine insists he has never lived one of his stories. "I've never turned into a bee -- I've never been chased by a mummy or met a ghost. But many of the ideas in my books are suggested by real life. For example, one Halloween my son, Matt, put a mask on and then had trouble pulling it off. That gave me the idea for The Haunted Mask."

Although he never experienced terror first hand, he did enjoy reading about it. "When I was a kid, there were these great comic books called Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror. They were gruesome. I discovered them in the barbershop and thought they were fabulous. I used to get a haircut every Saturday so I wouldn't miss any of these comic books. I had no hair at all when I was a kid!"

His ideas came from two sources: his memory and his imagination. "When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or what was scary to me, and try to put those feelings into books." He also keeps a tribal mask and a skeleton hanging in his writing studio to provide eerie surroundings. Although he handles the writing by himself, Stine says he gets "lots of help from my editors, my readers, and my friends."

Kids reading Goosebumps may be looking for a scare, but the laughs they get are no accident. Before he was R. L., he was Jovial Bob, author of such works as 101 Silly Monster Jokes, and Bozos on Patrol and editor of Bananas magazine. His ability to know what kids will laugh at , as well as what will frighten them, makes the Goosebumps series all the more enjoyable for his readers.

Stine started writing when he was 9 years old! He would write stories and jokes on an old typewriter and hand them out at school. "The teacher would grab them and take them away," Stine says, "but I kept doing it." He wrote for his high school newspaper in Columbus Ohio. After graduating from Ohio State University, he moved to New York City, where he worked on a variety of writing jobs.

Although his books are fun and exciting, writing them is serious stuff. He treats writing "...like a job." To unwind after work he enjoys playing the pinball machine conveniently located in his own apartment.

For aspiring authors, Stine feels reading is as important as writing. He offers this advice: "If you want to be a writer, don't worry so much about writing. Read as much as you can. Read as many different writers as you can. Soak up the styles. You can learn all kinds of ways to say things." As a boy he read Norse legends, Greek myths, Edgar Allan Poe and baseball stories. "And Mad Magazine changed my life." Author biography courtesy of Scholastic, Inc.

Good To Know

In our interview with Stine, he shared some fun and fascinating facts with us:

"My first job in New York was making up fake interviews with movie and TV stars for a group of six movie magazines. I never spoke to the stars I wrote about. I wrote three-to-four "interviews" a day, all out of my imagination."

"'I've written over 300 books but I never learned to type. I use only one finger, the pointer on my left hand -- that's all. Three hundred books on one finger! The finger is very ugly now -- completely bent and curled and callused. When I show it to audiences, they can't believe it! This is my sacrifice for my art!"

"Sometimes kids show up at my country house and ask if my son Matt can come out and play. That's because they saw him mentioned in the back of my books. But they're very disappointed when he comes to the door -- because Matt is in his mid-twenties now! They were reading very old books! Matt is a musician, composer, and sound designer. You can hear his music at my web site, www.rlstine.com."

"I hope my readers get a chance to see my 4-D movie, R. L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse. The movie stars Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lea Thompson, Weird Al, and others. You can find it playing at four parks: SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia. Watch out -- you might get very wet!"

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Lawrence Stine; Jovial Bob Stine
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 8, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Columbus, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Ohio State University, 1965
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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Every story is a keeper in this collection!

    Ok, Goons and Ghouls. there is a new must have book for this Halloween Season..

    Fear. 13 stories of suspense and horror presented by R. L. Stine. Fear offers 13 original stories by 13 authors such as Meg Cabot, Heather Brewer and more!

    Filled with surprises, Fear takes the reader on a ride of twists, turns and all things that go bump in the night!

    This book is a real page turner and great for young adults who love stories that keep them on the edge of their seat. Filled with suspense, mystery, and some cliffhangers that leave the ending to the imagination, Fear is like The Twilight Zone for kids. So watch out for the monster under the bed or shadows in the dark! There is something slightly creepy around every corner!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Amazing

    I dont have anything to say other then WOW!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    tales

    what starts with f and ends with uck? firetruck! lol

    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    A must read

    I have loved RL Stine since I was a kid, I still love it. This is a wonderful combination of spooky tales. Love It!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Roseblood

    Stands on the rivers side silently looking at the water keeping her shadow off the water. She sees a dark shape of a fish. Her paw flashed into water and pulled out a plump trout. She pinned it down and bit it. It flopped a secend but went still. "I dont know if anyone will enjoy it"

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Love it

    I Am nine its un scary

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Kalee probasxco

    Die or die so you want to live ib this book so i luv u like this book layne wilton

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    READ OR DIE

    I will take over the world! Mwa ha ha ha

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Ehmagod!!!!

    This a really awsome book!!! Love it!!!!! I am nawt a reader but i really gawt into this!!!! Thank you R.L Stine!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Im five and its not scary

    Realy it isnt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Herobrine

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    FeAr fEaR feAr FEar FEaR fEAr fEar FEAr feaR...

    Madness.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    ?

    Ok so is this book really scary? Cus if its not than i wont buy it

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    gggggff

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