Superstitious

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Overview

On the small Pennsylvania college campus Liam O'Connor cuts a dashing, romantic figure. The Irish-born professor of folklore has good looks, a sweet charm, and a host of Old World superstitions - all of which dazzle beautiful graduate student Sara Morgan. Plunging headlong into a sudden love affair, Sara barely has time to notice the dark drama unfolding on the campus. Four murders have been committed, each more gruesomely horrifying than the one before it, each committed by someone, or something, with terrible ...

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Overview

On the small Pennsylvania college campus Liam O'Connor cuts a dashing, romantic figure. The Irish-born professor of folklore has good looks, a sweet charm, and a host of Old World superstitions - all of which dazzle beautiful graduate student Sara Morgan. Plunging headlong into a sudden love affair, Sara barely has time to notice the dark drama unfolding on the campus. Four murders have been committed, each more gruesomely horrifying than the one before it, each committed by someone, or something, with terrible fury and strength. Suddenly Sara is receiving crank phone calls, warning her to stay away from Liam ... fearing her ex-boyfriend Chip's next angry outburst ... wondering why Liam's unmarried sister, Margaret, is so suffocatingly close to them ... and trying to escape the lecherous stares of her boss, Milton Cohn, the dean of students and the owner of a murderous-looking knife collection. When Liam proposes marriage, Sara accepts, making love by the light of sixteen candles, one of Liam's superstitions. Somehow, that final step seals her fate. The police begin to close in on a killer, the death toll mounts, and Sara is caught in an ever-tightening web. At its center, behind the most innocent superstitions, waits the greatest terror of all...

A graduate student, Sara has just begun her studies at Moore College, when she meets Irish folklore professor Liam O'Connor. The attraction is mutual. Liam has only one flaw, he's very superstitious. When Liam proposes marriage, Sara is elated. Not even the brutal killer that's terrorizing campus can take away her joy. But to her horror, Sara is about to learn why Liam has a good reason to be superstitious. 2 cassettes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stine has written 56 YA novels and one adult novel, all horror. Readers will recognize this as the adult novel because it's hardcover and several characters in it curse, enjoy X-rated sex and die gruesomely detailed deaths. Otherwise, this simple, sturdy story of occult mayhem on a bucolic college campus features the sort of crude yet functional casting, plotting and prose that have made Stine America's bestselling YA author: characters verge on caricature, for easy identification; stormy nights and cliff-hangers abound; and no-frills prose, arranged in short sentences and paragraphs for speed reading, tells the tale (``The fingers stab deep. Her eyeballs make a soft plop plop as they are pried out''). Even those with minimal attention spans will keep turning pages as grad student Sara Morgan meets and marries hunky prof Liam Morgan. So what if Liam has a murky past, lives with his sister and takes his field-Irish folklore-so seriously that he throws salt over his shoulder for good luck and cringes in terror when a black cat jumps on his lap? Does that mean he's involved in the brutal mutilation-murders that are plaguing Moore State? Stine shakes a finger at two other suspects but doesn't reveal the reason for the bloodletting until novel's end. And that's just as well since, like the rest of this story, the underlying premise is about as sophisticated, though as effective, as jumping out from a dark corner and yelling ``boo!'' Major ad/promo; film rights to Miramax (Brandon Tartikoff, producer); Time/Warner audio due in October; author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Stine, whose spooky, best-selling tales are legend among children and YAs, has written his first adult novel, a story of love, college, folklore, and serial murder.
School Library Journal
YA-In his first adult book, Stine continues his page-turning incorporation of horror, the supernatural, and a naive heroine. Short sentences and a relatively simple plot will capture the attention of YAs in this tale of love (or is it self-centered delight in apparent adoration and sexual gratification?) before the horror takes over. Sara Morgan, fleeing an abusive relationship, returns to Moore State College for a masters in psychology. Swept off her feet by Liam O'Connor, a glamorous and brilliant visiting professor of folklore, she soon becomes his devoted wife. She views her husband's adherence to supersititon fondly at first, but gradually finds it wearing and extreme. Liam tells her his behavior keeps the demons at bay. In fact, their first argument involves supersitition, as does the shocking circumstance of their final estrangement. The book is a long way from ``Fear Street'' (Pocket), and sure to be as popular.-Barbara Hawkins, Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA
Sue-Ellen Beauregard
According to "USA Today", immensely popular juvenile mystery writer Stine " sold the most books of any author in America" in 1994. Now Stine turns to adult horror fiction. Still reeling from a failed love affair with her abusive boyfriend, 24-year-old Sara Morgan enrolls as a graduate student at a small Pennsylvania college, where she meets and falls in love with world-renowned Irish folklore scholar Liam O'Connor. The couple marries, and life is idyllic except for O'Connor's obsession with superstitions and his strict adherence to rituals. Seemingly unconnected but equally disturbing is the fact that a series of gruesome murders is occurring on campus. When Sara learns that her enigmatic husband knew all the victims, she wisely begins to fear for her own safety. Readers who can accept scary supernatural beings and evil demons as forces to be reckoned with will find this a satisfying, although somewhat superficial, page-turner. Expect high demand.
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When Sara Morgan sought refuge from an obsessive boyfriend in a small town in upstate New York, she didn't count on falling in love with Liam O'Connor, an incurably superstitious professor. Sara was willing to overlook Liam's increasingly intrusive quirks until townspeople started turning up brutally murdered. Now Sara has come to a terrifying realization: Liam's demons of superstition have acquired a macabre taste for blood.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446519533
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/24/2004
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 796,488
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (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.

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 October 15, 2009

    I love R.L. Stine, but I was a bit disappointed with the supernatural context. I grew up reading his books, so I wanted 2 see how he did in adult writing. His writing was great, as usual, but...

    The book was a great read until the last 20 pages where he began 2 tie it all together. The story of the return student who falls in love with the ecentric, superstitious, not 2 mention attractive Irish professor was great. It kept you guessing as the killings began to happen and u don't know who 2 suspect. All arrows point 1 way, then another. Then you begin 2 find out about the professor's scetchy past and the truth about him. Once it all starts 2 come 2 light is where the disappointment begins 4 me.It did have me guessing until the end, just not the ending I would have liked... I guess. If u are in2 the supernatural, u will love this book. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    10 years later and I finished it

    So I bought this at a yard sale 10 years ago and started it, got a few chapters in and put it back on the bookshelf, then periodically I decided to pull it off and give it a fair try, and now, 10 years later i have finished it, all I can say is i am glad that i only paid $.50 for this, because it was a let down all the way through. The killer, obvious, the plot was somewhat interesting and the characters were an obvious attempt in trying to create complex characters, and makeing them more dull and unbelievable. When you spend thre to four pages repeating the same phrase in every paragraph 8-12 times persentence, it's time to pray that the Muses will smite you for a litterary disaster. When I finally finished it I was glad, because i would not have to read it again. The only reason I sped through the last 25 chapters was because it was 1 rediculously short chapters, and 2. thats when the whole stroy actually began to get good, to bad the character remained as dry and boring as they started out.<BR/>All in all the idea behind it was good, just a pitty that it was written in such a horrible manner.

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  • Posted November 12, 2008

    R.L. Stine does it again!

    I really enjoyed this book! I thought the storyline was great and I love R.L. Stine's writing style. I used to read Goosebumps and Fear Street when I was younger and was so happy that he wrote a book for adults. I hope he comes out with more adult books! I couldn't put this one down! Good read! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2008

    Outstanding

    This book was awsome. A really good read R.L. Stine outdid himself! I hope he makes more adult books in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2007

    A reviewer

    The book called Superstitious a book by R.L. Stine is about a young man named Liam he is about 30 years old, he is a collage professor. When people start to come up dead on the campus everyone is terrified. It reminded me of all the people who die every year and how you can¿t trust anyone. I really enjoyed this book and hope you will too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2005

    Big Long time Fan

    This book was very good.The way he told everything.I swear I never would have guessed who was killing everybody and neither will you no matter how good of a detective you think you are.But there were some sexual parts you might want to skip over. Or maybe not,but I did. And the secerts some of those people have will blow you away and why they have those secerets are even more shocking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2004

    One of the best books!!

    I bought this book on a hunch from when i was younger reading Goosebumps. I was shocked to find this was a little more indepth than those books yet intrigued to find it was very interesting. I finished the book in 2 days and since then i have read it 7 times. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys horror, suspense and a twist of love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2004

    very boring!

    The first chapter starts off very promising, but I just couldn't get interested. I forced myself to read 11 chapters, and then finally put it down and started on something better. Reading should be fun!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    Disappointing sums it up

    First of all, i need to say that if this is the first Adult fiction book by R.L. Stine, then he needs to stick to Goosebumps. Stine needs to realize that you can't write a perverted story filled with disgusting, (yet pretty awsome) deaths and overly detailed sex, put a cheesy cover on it and then have the guts to say it's an 'adult fiction' it got two stars cause the deaths were kinda cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2001

    FOR THRILL SEAKERS

    THIS BOOK WAS ONE OF HIS BEST BOOKS, BECAUSE IT HAD THRILL, BUT, IT ALSO HAD PASSION AND IT WAS VERY MUCH IN DETAIL FOR DEFINITE THRILL SEAKERS. IF YOU'VE READ HIS YOUNGER VERSION OF BOOKS THIS A GOOD BOOK TO BREAK FROM YOUNG ADULT TO ADULT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    HE DID IT AGAIN!!!!!

    I have loved R.L Stine since I was a teenager. When I read this book I could not beleive how captivating it was. I could not put it down!!! This is one of the best books I've read in a long time!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2001

    Good plot, bad ending

    This book gives you suspense, overall the plot is great, but the ending was somewhat horrible. The solution was poorly satisfying. I guess R. L. Stine didn't really know how to end it. After I finished the book, I felt I've been ripped off my time reading 400 pages. The main plot is good however.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2000

    I love R. L. Stine's work

    R.L. Stine is the best horror story writer. Superstitious is one of R.L. Stine best works. I have read practically every series that he has. I hope that he comes out with more books like this. The way it was vividly explain to the reader is what I most enjoyed about it. I deeply recommened it to all readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2000

    His best book yet!!!!

    I have read all of stine's fear streat series.. When i read this book I was very impressed.. it is the best book he has ever wrote.. and I am hoping to see more adult books from him..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2000

    Best book I've ever read

    This book is go to be the best book I've ever read. It kept me in total suspence. I could never put the book down, I said 'Just one more chapter' but it ended up with about 10 chapters. I recommend this book for all readers!!!

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