The First Horror [NOOK Book]

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The first book in a scary new trilogy contributing to a series with more than 8.5 million copies in print. Here begins the terrifying story of a family who moves into the house that even their neighbors on Fear Street are afraid to enter. Twin sisters must learn the secret of the evil or be the next victims.
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The First Horror

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Overview

The first book in a scary new trilogy contributing to a series with more than 8.5 million copies in print. Here begins the terrifying story of a family who moves into the house that even their neighbors on Fear Street are afraid to enter. Twin sisters must learn the secret of the evil or be the next victims.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481413596
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 1/14/2014
  • Series: 99 Fear Street , #1
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 96,411
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 332 KB

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine
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.

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
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2006

    Awesome book

    I loved this book it was so scary. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Pretty Good

    I thought that this book was pretty good. I thought that it was really scary, but I thought that it was a little predictable. I had a good idea of what was going to happen in the end, but I found it to be very scary as well. All in all, I thought this was a very good start to the 99 Fear Street books. It is a pretty good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2003

    The book that made me a horror fan!

    This is the best book I've ever read! I'm 20 years old and I was cleaning out my room and I found some old R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike books that I used to read. They brought back so many memories, but this was definatly the best and I'm a little embaraced to say, but I'm reading it over... I just had to!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    The Best Book Ever For People Who Love Scary Stories

    This book was awesome, It kept me interested and wondering. I couldn't put it down, I read it in 5 hours. I reccomend this book to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    The first horror

    I loved this book. Its plot was really good. I think that the other two books aren't as good as the first even though that they really good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    i would recommend this book to everybody

    i would recommend this book and others as well. i have read all the fear street series that they have came out with. some of them twice. this one is very suspenseful. i read it in two hours and i still find these books intresting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2002

    Great Read

    This was a great book.Family moves into house and the scares begin.Very suspenceful,I could'nt put the book down.I had to order the others right away ,They came today.Gotta go read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2002

    suspencefull

    this book was scarier than some of the other fear street books,the ending was really sad. read this book if that is what you like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2001

    This is the best book i have read all year!

    I like this book alot. It has alot of interesting events in it. IT has alot of action and alot of gory parts. So if you don't like that kinda stuff don't read this book. It never gets boring and it's JUST INTERESTING!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2001

    Alsome

    I loved this book. But then again I love all of R.L Stine books. I think they are such a thriller and sometimes the suspense is to much and I end up skipping a few pages. I would definitly read this book again wouldn't you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2001

    a reviewer

    This is a great book! ~ Arn't they all??? Read the next two for the conclusion!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 1999

    I liked it

    I really liked this book because it had ALOT of action and suspense! But I didn't give it five stars because it was VERY gory.. unlike some Fear Street books, and some people don't like that.. I don't mind it. I didn't like the ending. If you liked this book then you will also like the 2nd and 3rd horror.

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