Moonlight Secrets (Fear Street Nights Series #1)

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When you can't sleep,
there's always NIGHTS.

It all started with Lewis and Jamie. They were sneaking out late at night to be together. Then their friends started joining in. First at the old burned-down Fear Mansion. Later at the local bar Nights.
They called themselves the Night People. And they carefully protected their secret world. No parents, no work, no stress. Just ...

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Overview

When you can't sleep,
there's always NIGHTS.

It all started with Lewis and Jamie. They were sneaking out late at night to be together. Then their friends started joining in. First at the old burned-down Fear Mansion. Later at the local bar Nights.
They called themselves the Night People. And they carefully protected their secret world. No parents, no work, no stress. Just chilling with friends in their own private after-hours club.
But then the nights turned dark. Unexplainable accidents, evil pranks...and then, later, the killings. The Night People know they have to stop the horror all by themselves, or else they risk exposure — not to mention their lives.
Things go bump in the Night....

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689878640
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 5/31/2005
  • Series: Fear Street Nights Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 797,955
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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Chapter One

The horror started because of a kiss.

And because my girlfriend and I were somewhere we weren't supposed to be.

Jamie and I were the first Night People, although we didn't call ourselves that until much later. Soon, other kids found out about what we were doing and decided to try it too.

But in those early days, we had the whole night to ourselves — like it was our world! Still and quiet, and the streets all empty and the houses dark, we could go anywhere we wanted and do anything we felt like.

How cool is that?

Jamie and I started the whole thing. With mountains of homework and senior year crunch, we never had time to see each other.

So one October night we waited for our parents to go to sleep. A little after midnight, we sneaked out of our houses and met at the construction site on Fear Street.

The old Fear Mansion was about to be torn down. All the old mansions for blocks had been knocked down to make way for the shopping center.

Fear Street Acres.

They talked about it on TV a lot. How in the past everyone in Shadyside had been scared to come to this neighborhood. How the Fear family had left some kind of evil curse on Fear Street.

But now, with Fear Street Acres, it was all supposed to change. Now the neighborhood would be jammed with shoppers and restaurants and people having fun.

The Fear Mansion was already a burned-out wreck. The brick walls were sooty and black as if a huge shadow clung to the house.

Inside, the floorboards cracked and creaked under our feet. Rats and field mice scrabbled over the floors. Insects built huge nests in the rotting walls. And the wind whistled through the broken windows.

Over a hundred years ago, there had been a terrible fire in the house. The burned-out shell of the building had stood at the end of Fear Street ever since. A lot of people were afraid to go inside it — afraid of the curse, and of the Fear family's evil magic.

But to us, it was just a cool place to meet and hang out. Our own world. Who would look for us there?

That first night, I remember the full moon. Actually, I remember everything about that night. The first night of the Night People.

Jamie and I slipped into one of the abandoned houses. We found a ratty old couch to sit on, and Jamie climbed on my lap. We hardly said a word. We held each other as if we never wanted to let go. Hidden in the deep darkness, we felt safe and protected and alone.

Jamie's lipstick tasted orangy. She had her eyes shut tight as we kissed. I still remember how we started breathing so hard, and stopped, and let go of each other for a while.

We started sneaking out nearly every night.

Most nights we crept into the old Fear Mansion, and we stayed there together later and later. Around four or five in the morning, we'd sneak back to our homes and try to catch a few hours' sleep.

Some nights we explored the old house. We looked for ghosts. We looked for things that the Fears might have left. But the rooms were empty and charred and sad.

Spiders had filled the main kitchen with curtains of webs. The walls of the library were burned and peeling. Rotting bookshelves had collapsed. Our shoes slid through thick carpets of dust.

One wing of the mansion had withstood the fire. One crystal chandelier still hung in what was once the gigantic ballroom. One night Jamie and I pretended to waltz, laughing and twirling down the still-shiny floor of the enormous room.

"Wow. Lewis, just think of the parties the Fear family had here," Jamie said. "We're dancing with ghosts."

Yes, as I said, Jamie really believes in ghosts and the spirit world. Ever since her cousin Cindy died last year, Jamie has been totally obsessed.

Cindy had some kind of horrible blood disease, and she knew she wasn't going to make it. A week before she died, Jamie and I visited her in the hospital.

"I'll send you a sign," Cindy said. She had tubes in both arms and an oxygen tube in her nose. She could only whisper.

"I'll send you a sign," she said. "I'll send you a signal from the other side. I promise."

Ever since, Jamie read every book she can find about ghosts and the supernatural. She and her two friends, Christa and Elena, are all really into the ghost world. It's almost like a club. They're waiting for the signal from Cindy. Well, not just waiting. They talk about the signal and look for it everywhere.

I know Jamie liked meeting me in the Fear Mansion because she thought there were ghosts in there. She was dying to see a ghost, or hear one, or see some sign that they existed.

That's not why I sneaked out of my house every night. I just wanted to be with Jamie. To have our own secret world.

But, of course, our friends found out about what we were doing. And before long, Jamie and I weren't the only Night People.

Christa and Elena started sneaking out of their houses too. And two friends of mine, Justin Schmidt and Raymond Kresge, and some guys I didn't know too well.

And then a bunch of Juniors started showing up. I remember Nate Garvin was one of the first. And then his friend Bart Sharkman — the guy everyone calls Shark. And Candy Shutt. Candy was still going with Shark then. They were totally into each other. They were always going off by themselves into one of the back rooms. Some other eleventh-grade kids came out too.

Most of us would meet after midnight at the Fear Mansion. Then we'd split up and wander off in different directions.

This was before the Nights bar opened. Nights didn't open until the next fall.

We didn't care where we met. It was just so exciting to be out all night and no one knowing about it. It was more than exciting. There was a special thrill having this secret from our parents and everyone.

Sometimes four or five of us would walk into town and stare into the dark store windows. Some nights we sneaked into the gym at the high school. We cranked up a boombox till the bleachers shook. Some nights we just hung out in the parking lot.

Shark had spray cans of that stringy stuff, and some nights he'd spray some windows or doors. He liked filling mailboxes with the stringy stuff.

Once we picked up a dog house and moved it to another yard. I don't know why we thought that was such a riot. But we did. And one night we found a dead raccoon in the road and we hung it on someone's clothes line. Dumb, huh? But kinda funny.

We never did any real damage. We didn't want to get into trouble. We didn't want to risk ruining this perfect, secret world we had.

And then came the night we found the hidden room.

There was a big crowd that night. Some of Nate and Shark's friends showed up. A girl named Ada and a couple of guys I didn't really know — Aaron and Galen Somebody.

We were all in the ballroom of the Fear Mansion. Shark disappeared into a back room with Candy Shutt. Christa and Elena hung out with Jamie and me for a while, but they went home early.

I took Jamie's arm and whispered to her. "It's too crowded tonight. Let's take a walk or something."

Jamie nodded okay.

Across the room I saw my two buddies, Justin and Raymond. They were having a friendly shoving match. Just goofing around. Justin stumbled back, laughing. I think he was trashed. He and Raymond had each brought a six-pack.

Raymond gave Justin another shove. Justin's back slammed into the wall. I heard a crash. The wall was concrete or stone. But it totally crumbled.

Justin let out a cry as the wall fell in and he crashed right through it.

"Whoa!" Raymond dropped to his knees, laughing. He dropped his can of Budweiser, and the beer splashed over the floor.

"Hey — help me!" Justin shouted. His voice was muffled by the broken wall.

I ran across the room. Jamie was right behind me. And a bunch of other kids. I bent down to see if I could pull Justin out of the wall. He was on his back, giggling and kicking his legs.

"Justin, do you want help or not?" I asked.

He cut off his laugh. "Lewis, you won't believe this," he said. "Dude, you won't believe this!"

And that's how we discovered the hidden room. We all followed Justin through the hole in the wall. Nate Garvin had a halogen flashlight, so we could see really well.

I squeezed through the hole and helped pull Jamie in behind me. I guess the first thing I noticed was that the room had no door. Maybe there was a trap door or something, but I couldn't find one. No door. No window.

There was no way to get into the room!

"Check this out!" Nate cried, sweeping his light over the shelves on the walls. I saw shelves going up to the ceiling, stacked high with all kinds of weird stuff.

Stacks of black candles. Jars of colored powders. Incense sticks. Animal bones. Old books and piles and piles of papers and magazines and journals. Glittery jewelry. Silver trophies and medals. A black cloak and hooded coats and long dresses hung in an alcove beside the shelves.

We all started pulling things off the shelves and pawing through drawers like it was some kind of toy store at Christmastime. Jamie tried on a fur coat that came down to her ankles. "Feel it," she kept insisting. "Lewis, feel it." I ran my hand over the dark fur. Very soft and silky.

"Whoa — dude!" Shark showed off a tiny silver pistol he'd found. Candy found a jewelry box and started pulling out long, glittery earrings.

I found some treasures too. For one thing, a stack of old sheet music. I flipped through the pile quickly, squinting in the shifting light. Some of the songs dated back to 1900. I knew they were worth big-time bucks. And I found a two-volume coin collection that had to be worth money too.

I decided I'd hide the stuff in my room for a while, then maybe sell it on eBay.

Jamie hung the fur coat back up and went to check out the jewelry box. I saw her slip a gold bracelet on her wrist. Some of the eleventh-grade girls had found another jewelry box and were excitedly clawing through it.

"It isn't even my birthday!" Shark cried. And everyone laughed. He picked up a big, silver trophy cup. "I want to thank everyone who made this possible!" he cried. "I couldn't have done it without you!"

Guys were trying on gold and silver medals. Two girls were trading bright red, hooded cloaks. Raymond pulled a rabbit skeleton from a jar and waved it in front of Ada. She let out a scream.

Jamie came running over to me wearing long, sparkly earrings. She had a stack of old journals in her arms. "They're all about witchcraft and the supernatural," she said. "This is so cool. I can't believe Christa and Elena left early."

Well, we totally looted the place. Then, one by one, we squeezed back through the splintered hole in the wall and carried our treasures home.

Stealing?

No way you could call it stealing. No one had lived in the Fear Mansion for over one hundred years. And who knows how long the stuff had been buried in this hidden room?

Yes, it had belonged to the Fears. But the Fears were history. Now it was ours.

So we all helped ourselves. I mean, it was finders keepers, big-time.

"I'll bet this was Angelica Fear's private chamber," Jamie whispered to me. I could see she was a little frightened. Jamie believed the stories about the Fear Street curse. She believed that the evil of the Fears lived on in the house.

Not me. On that warm October night as we hurried off with our treasures, I didn't believe any of it.

Of course, a short while later — when all the horror started — I believed.

Yes, I totally believed.

Copyright © 2005 by Parachute Publishing, L.L.C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2006

    A GREAT new series!!!!!!!!!!

    i own this book. when i finished reading it, i loved it! it's truly very exciting. i want to read the second one so bad!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

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    SCARY

    The book is scary.The book ending was shocking when they killed Candy because they thought she was a witch.Also when Nate started bleeding in his ears I got scared.It was nasty when Nate saw a dead hogs head in his room.I would like to read Midnight Games and Darkest Dawn the last 2 books in fear street nights.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    Predictable, But Still LIke Any Other R.L.Stine

    This book was very easy to read, but like most FEar STreets, it is a great thriller. The ending was kind of stupid. Hopefully the next FEar STreet Nights will be a bit better than this. I would reccomend this for ninth grade and up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    A Good Start for a New Triology!!

    I read this book in only a day and a half. I couldn't put it down!! I thought that it was pretty scary and very entertaining. I have read a lot of other Fear Street novels, but this is the first complete triology that I will read, so I thought that this was a good start!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2006

    Great book , A must read

    It was a long book and it took me a while to figure out the character , But it was still awesome.I can't wait to read the nezt one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2005

    The Newer The Better!

    This is a Great book it seriously scared the heck out of me! It truly deserves the 5 stars! I checked this book out like 2 days ago and im half way done! WOW I Truly recommend this book for teens who love to get scared and R.L Stine does a great Job at it! Did i mention this book is up-to-date?

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