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FEAR by R.L. Stine


13 Stories of Suspense and Horror

edited by R.L. Stine

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-525-42168-9
Publisher: Dutton

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)