The Secret Bedroom (Fear Street Series)

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A mysterious spirit is lurking above Lea's bedroom waiting to escape and seek vengence onthe past. Can Lea stop this and prevent evil from spreading through the community of Shadyside?
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A mysterious spirit is lurking above Lea's bedroom waiting to escape and seek vengence onthe past. Can Lea stop this and prevent evil from spreading through the community of Shadyside?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671724832
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 9/1/1991
  • Series: Fear Street Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 167
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.79 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine
R. L. Stine
Robert Lawrence Stine began career as an author writing short stories and joke books -- but in the early 1990's, he introduced the wildly popular Goosebumps series. The books sold millions of copies, and made reading frighteningly fun again for kids.


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 " 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,"

"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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  • Posted April 3, 2009

    Very Chilling, Excellent Book.

    The Secret Bedroom is about a girl named Lea Carson that moves into a new house on Fear Street. All of the houses on Fear Street have a scary story to go with them. Lea's particular house has a bedroom in the attic that has been boarded up. The real estate agent says that someone was murdered in the room a hundred years ago and it had been boarded up ever since. Lea wants to know what or who is in the locked up room.
    R.L. Stine has written many books including the Goosebumps and Fear Street series. He has written over 300 books and he never learned to type. He only typed with his index finer on his left hand. In The Secret Bedroom Lea Carson moves to Shadyside on Fear Street. The house is over 100 years old and needs a lot of fixing up. Her parents always move into "fixer-uppers" because they like projects. When Lea discovers the attic, she also discovers a bedroom. The bedroom is boarded up and Lea wonders what is inside.

    The plot of The Secret Bedroom was written very well. It had a lot of twists, turns, and things that you didn't expect would happen. I like that the characters weren't explained in depth because it caused me to have my own image of what they looked like. The setting was not explained in depth either, but I liked that too. The style of the book was chilling. When Lea first goes into the attic it is scary because she starts to see things. She goes into the attic again and nothing is there. Lea starts to believe that she is going insane.
    Lea Carson wants to know what or who is in the boarded up bedroom in the attic of her house. The Secret Bedroom was a very exciting and creepy. It was written very well and all the critical elements were good. Overall it was a very excellent book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006

    A thiller lover

    This was a great book! I was at a store and looking at the book section(where you would find me the most) and I stumbled upon this book. I did not know that R.L. Stine had another series besides Goosebumps. I picked up The Secret Bedroom,read the back,and bought it. I got started with it as soon as I got home. I already liked Fear Street books after only reading a couple chapters of this book. I love the way R.L. Stine describes the creepy parts, like when Lea is thinking 'What's going on in the attic?' and hears noises up there or when she is actually going to open the door in the attic,and they are so real you could feel the fear.I think you should read this book because The Secret Bedroom is a great thiller!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2001

    I'm 12 and smart!

    I really liked this book because the middle and ending were really scary, this was the best book yet!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2001


    Lea Carson's dad was transferred to Shadyside. The family moves into a creepy, old house on Fear Street. Her parents love to fix up old houses. She discovers a room up in the attic. This room has been boarded up with two by four for a hundred years or so. The story behind the boarded up room says that a murder was committed in the room and it has been closed and locked up ever since. Her parents go out to a party one evening and Lea is in the house alone. She hears footsteps inside the secret room. Lea goes up to the attic. She walks over to the door and listens for the noise. Suddenly, blood begins to ooz out from the doorway. She runs downstairs to call her friend, Deena. Then she dials 911. Her best friend Deena arrives. They both go up to the attic. Shaking and scared stiff. NO BLOOD! Deena's thinking, 'Is my friend crazy?' The police arrive, checks the house. Nothing again. The police leaves and Deena leaves. The next morning, she tells her parents about the noise, not the blood. For they may think she is crazy - too. Still another night - alone, she hears thumping, footsteps, and voices coming from the room in the attic. Lea goes upstairs - the voice is saying, 'Please open the door!' She prys the door open and discovers what is behind the door. You will have to read the book to find out what or who is behind the door.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2000

    Freaky and Strange

    This book gave me total scares, it had alot of twists and turns, that kept me hanging. It was very suspenseful. R.L. Stine does it again, another great masterpiece. Please check this out

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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