FEAR: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror
edited by R. L. Stine

In this collection of 13 fabulously chilling stories — from 13 true masters of suspense, including five New York Times bestsellers and a number of Edgar Award nominees, all edited by none other than R. L. Stine — nothing is what it seems. From cannibalistic children, to an unwitting date with a vampire, to a crush on a boy who just might be a werewolf, no scary stone is left unturned.


Vampires, aliens, mind creepers, demons, sinister swamp people, hungry shadows, or cannibals next door —any one of these would guarantee shivers, chills, and sleepless nights for avid horror fans. R. L. Stein, dean of the creepy-crawlies, has collected stories by thirteen authors to provide thirteen times as much of the right stuff, under the aegis of the International Thriller Writers. In “The Night Hunter,” by Meg Cabot, there are no princesses, but rather a teenager with a typically boring job at the mall—boring, that is, until she witnesses a bank robbery and finds herself at the mercy of a strange young man called the Night Hunter. James Rollins’s protagonist in “Tagger,” Soo-ling Choi dreams of a disaster that destroys her city. Will the Chinese symbols she feels compelled to paint ward off her horrifying visions? Don’t move to the strange small town of Entrails, Michigan, the setting for Jennifer Allison’s chilling tale, “The Perfects,” or you might find yourself with cannibals for next-door neighbors. To most people, geckos are just cute little lizards, but Raymond Gunstein, the hero of Tim Maleeny’s story, “Ray Gun,” learns that a very nasty alien can disguise itself in a tiny green body. It is rare for a collection of stories to maintain the same quality from beginning to end, but Fear succeeds in delivering all the suspense, terror, irony, and twisted endings that any horror addict could crave. Add this title to all library collections and watch it find its victims, uh, readers. Reviewer: Jamie Hansen

YA readers ages 12&up