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Don't turn out the lights. Don't go out alone. And whatever you do, don't let down your guard. Because your neighbors might seem normal, but why do they collect knives and eat their steaks so bloody? And when the boy of your dreams finally asks you out, why is there something so . . . lupine . . . about him? And if your brother's fear of the dark is so childish, how do you Don't turn out the lights. Don't go out alone. And whatever you do, don't let down your guard. Because your neighbors might seem normal, but why do they collect knives and eat their steaks so bloody? And when the boy of your dreams finally asks you out, why is there something so . . . lupine . . . about him? And if your brother's fear of the dark is so childish, how do you explain those shadows creeping out of your closet? In thirteen blood-chilling stories from true masters of suspense, including five New York Times bestselling authors and four Edgar Award nominees, nothing is what it seems, and no one is safe. . . .


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Don't turn out the lights. Don't go out alone. And whatever you do, don't let down your guard. Because your neighbors might seem normal, but why do they collect knives and eat their steaks so bloody? And when the boy of your dreams finally asks you out, why is there something so . . . lupine . . . about him? And if your brother's fear of the dark is so childish, how do you Don't turn out the lights. Don't go out alone. And whatever you do, don't let down your guard. Because your neighbors might seem normal, but why do they collect knives and eat their steaks so bloody? And when the boy of your dreams finally asks you out, why is there something so . . . lupine . . . about him? And if your brother's fear of the dark is so childish, how do you explain those shadows creeping out of your closet? In thirteen blood-chilling stories from true masters of suspense, including five New York Times bestselling authors and four Edgar Award nominees, nothing is what it seems, and no one is safe. . . .

30 review for Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jake Kropik

    Welcome to the Club- 2/5 She's different tonight- 1.5/5 Suckers- 1/5 The Perfects- 2.5/5 Shadow Children- 1/5 The Poison Ring- 1/5 Dragonfly Eyes- 3/5 Jeepers Peepers- 2/5 Piney Power- 2.25/5 The Night Hunter- 2/5 Tuition- 1/5 Tagged- 3/5 Ray Gun- 1/5 This short story collection was very disappointing. I originally purchased this book to add to my RL Stine collection, but when I saw it said "Adult and YA horror" I thought I'd give it a chance. Not one of these story had any real sophistication, and the only Welcome to the Club- 2/5 She's different tonight- 1.5/5 Suckers- 1/5 The Perfects- 2.5/5 Shadow Children- 1/5 The Poison Ring- 1/5 Dragonfly Eyes- 3/5 Jeepers Peepers- 2/5 Piney Power- 2.25/5 The Night Hunter- 2/5 Tuition- 1/5 Tagged- 3/5 Ray Gun- 1/5 This short story collection was very disappointing. I originally purchased this book to add to my RL Stine collection, but when I saw it said "Adult and YA horror" I thought I'd give it a chance. Not one of these story had any real sophistication, and the only two I thought were good was mostly because I liked the idea. Not very happy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Some of the stories were hardly even stories. They were more like the first chapter of a book. I don't like cliffhangers usually, but I particularly dislike them if there isn't a sequel. This book was full of cliffhangers without sequels. And most of them weren't even that scary. Some of the stories were hardly even stories. They were more like the first chapter of a book. I don't like cliffhangers usually, but I particularly dislike them if there isn't a sequel. This book was full of cliffhangers without sequels. And most of them weren't even that scary.

  3. 4 out of 5

    J.N.

    This collection, curated by R.L. Stine himself, promised to be full of horror and suspense. I found it to be very lacking in that promise. There were really only two stories that even came close. The other eleven stories were for the most part decent enough on their own but several were more Sci-Fi or only had a hint of thriller aspects. I expected better from this collection. Overall, I give the collection 3 stars since I did really enjoy two of the stories and liked some of the others. Most sto This collection, curated by R.L. Stine himself, promised to be full of horror and suspense. I found it to be very lacking in that promise. There were really only two stories that even came close. The other eleven stories were for the most part decent enough on their own but several were more Sci-Fi or only had a hint of thriller aspects. I expected better from this collection. Overall, I give the collection 3 stars since I did really enjoy two of the stories and liked some of the others. Most stories were 3 stars and probably will be easily forgotten. Overall this collection really missed the mark. Individual Story Ratings: Welcome to the Club by R.L. Stine—Kept me guessing until the very end. 3 stars. She’s Different Tonight by Heather Graham—Kind of boring until the end, which was satisfactory. 2.5 stars. Suckers by Suzanne Weyn—A Sci-Fi horror. The premise was interesting and there were some tense moments but the ending was silly. 3 stars. The Perfects by Jennifer Alison—Pretty solid story with creepy elements. 3.5 stars. Shadow Children by Heather Brewer—An interesting take on why a child might be afraid of the dark. Predicted the ending, but it was still enjoyable. 3 stars. The Poison Ring by Peg Kehret—More of a thriller story than horror, but still enjoyable. 3 stars. Dragonfly Eyes by Alane Ferguson—Told from the POV of a popular girl killed by a school shooter and her realizations about herself and determination to save another student she always treated poorly. Interesting idea, but felt very short. 2.5 stars. Jeepers Peepers by Ryan Brown—Great atmosphere, interesting characters, and an intense story with a nice twist at the end. I could see this one playing out as a short film. 4 stars! Piney Power by F. Paul Wilson—Kind of campy, but decent revenge story set in the swamps. Main character was kind of boring. 2.5 stars. The Night Hunter by Meg Cabot—More of a thriller than horror, but was interesting to see as I’ve only seen her write Contemporary/Romance. Interesting concept. 3 stars. Tuition by Walter Sorrels—Thought the idea was interesting and the story itself was tense until the first twist, then extremely tense after, but is a much different kind of horror than I was expecting. I did feel bad for the main character. More of a tense story than horror, but that seems to be a theme with most of these stories so far. 3 stars. Tagger by James Rollins—Neat concept and I liked the characters, but this felt more Sci-Fi than horror. Liked the cultural and family elements. 3 stars. Ray Gun by Tim Maleeny-- DNFed after 5 pages. Boring. I skimmed through the rest and it looks like more of a Sci-Fi than suspense or horror. I'm over these stories that don't really fit the original description.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Most of the stories were not nearly as scary as I wanted them to be, but still good! A nice appetizer for spooky season.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Just a bunch of silly, not at all scary stories. They might have been scarier if I were 12, but even then, I don't think this would have been that scary to me!! I got excited when I came across this at the bookstore in the mall because I grew up loving R.L. Stine books and some of the authors are some of my faves(Meg Cabot and Heather Graham to name a couple) but needless to say I was not even remotely entertained by their stories. *Note to Heather Graham: Please stick to writing Paranormal roma Just a bunch of silly, not at all scary stories. They might have been scarier if I were 12, but even then, I don't think this would have been that scary to me!! I got excited when I came across this at the bookstore in the mall because I grew up loving R.L. Stine books and some of the authors are some of my faves(Meg Cabot and Heather Graham to name a couple) but needless to say I was not even remotely entertained by their stories. *Note to Heather Graham: Please stick to writing Paranormal romance and the yearly Christmas story!! Your true fans thank you!!! The Meg Cabot story started out ok, but then transpired to teenage fluff( Nina gets taken hostage by the "Night Hunter", who wears wears a clown mask). As I stated earlier, I think it was more intended for very young readers of YA, so fans of deeper YA need to forgo this one!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    paige turner ♡

    Well, I mean, it started off really great. It had the vibes that was freaky, but it wasn't going to keep me up all night if I read it before bed. We start off with Welcome to the Club written by R.L. Stine. J.J. is the new guy in this town and he works at the worst job in the world, some restaurant which I don't recall the name. His boss is an abusive prick, but he needs the money. Some people he recognizes from school go into into the restaurant and he gets them free drinks. Is he cool enough to Well, I mean, it started off really great. It had the vibes that was freaky, but it wasn't going to keep me up all night if I read it before bed. We start off with Welcome to the Club written by R.L. Stine. J.J. is the new guy in this town and he works at the worst job in the world, some restaurant which I don't recall the name. His boss is an abusive prick, but he needs the money. Some people he recognizes from school go into into the restaurant and he gets them free drinks. Is he cool enough to hang with these tough looking kids? Well he has to be initiated into their little club. What does he have to do? He has to kill someone. I think this one was one hell of a story to kick off this book. I had high hopes for this book after I read. It had that good R.L. Stine twist that wasn't silly at all, it was actually really good. So let's move onto the next one. She Was Different Tonight by Heather Graham. This one wasn't terrifying, or even scary. You could see where it was going though. Some douche, i don't recall names being tossed around anywhere stalked this girl for a while and she's at this Halloween party looking really good, normally she's a nerdy quiet girl that no one really pays attention to. Obviously he's going to kill her, right? It was fun to read, interesting, even though I saw where this story was going, I still enjoyed the ending. The next story is Suckers by Suzanne Weyn. I liked the idea of this story. I thought it would be better if it was a full story, that's how much I wanted to know more about it. A futuristic story could be pretty terrifying because anything can happen, we don't even know what's really possible. This story was really interesting. This kid, Phil has famous parents and they move to this exclusive planet that is really only for the best of the best and it's supposed to be really private. He notices his new neighbor swimming in her pool and she is just weird from the get-go, her name is Etchenia. She hints that something strange has happened on that planet before like people disappearing, everyone has private tutors she even has bodyguards to keep her safe, but won't really go anymore details. All of a sudden these weird things keep happening, but no one seems to know what's wrong. Without going into anymore details or spoilers, I'm just going to say the ending was one I never would have thought would have happened that's for sure. This one was another one that was getting me so excited for these stories. The next story is The Perfects by Jennifer Allison. This one was okay, it had a little chilly things happen in it. I mean, it has creepy kids in the story, and I haven't read or seen something with creepy kids that was really disappointing. It wasn't until the end of it that I was just, bored. I mean I wanted to know what happened, I didn't really want to work at trying to think of what could have happened. Maybe if it was a full book I'd be more interested in it, but this story was okay. It had a great opening and a great middle, but the rest was just, meh. This girl's name is Hannah and her and her family move into a new house, the house next door is creepy, the woman who lives there is creepy, her children are creepy, but still, Hannah agrees to babysit her children on Halloween. Who knows what the Perfect's do, but they are the wealthiest people in this little town. Strange things happen and a weird ending happens, there's really not much to say without spoiling anything. The next one is Shadow Children by Heather Brewer. Dax and Jon are home alone and Jon is really afraid of the dark because shadow creatures are after him. Dax doesn't believe in that sort of thing, but guess what? Jon is right. This one didn't excite me at all, I felt bored. The ending reminded me of R.L. Stine's Let's Get Invisible, if you know what I mean. Been there, done that, next one. The Poison Ring by Peg Kehret. This one was okay, I know it was supposed to be suspense and horror, and I mean it was a nice story, but you just knew what was going to happen. There was no mind-boggling twist and to be honest I was a little bored with it. There's been a bunch of robberies in the area and eventually this old antique store gets hit, but if you pay attention then you can figure out how this little mystery is solved. Dragonfly Eyes by Alane Ferguson. This one was interesting. The first line was what caught my interest: "Monday morning, on the floor of my science classroom, I, Savannah Rose Anderson, woke up dead." I wanted to know more about the backstory and why the events in this story happened, and I still kind of do, but I was still satisfied with how this one played out. There's a school shooting and Savannah and a girl named Claire are held hostage, but Savannah died and is looking at the world in a whole new perspective. I thought it was a very interesting take on a story, I kind of wish that I had more of it. It's a good thing, but the way this one was written, I'm still very happy with the outcome. Jeepers Peepers by Ryan Brown This story sparked my interest. Elizabeth is on her way to babysit a strange child named Wilbur in a strange house and in the middle of nowhere. Wilbur is blind and has a strange power that sends people running and screaming and never returning. He has this strange power that he doesn't really know how to control it. The thing I liked most about this story though, wasn't the creepy things that happened in the story, but the friendship that was built between Elizabeth and Wilbur and how she helped him face his fears. She's a great babysitter, I'll just say that. While I was getting bored of the other stories in this book, this one made me really happy. Piney Power by F. Paul Wilson This was another story that wasn't suspenseful or scary in my opinion, but it was interesting. I liked that it was more about acceptance than anything really. This kid named Jack noticed something strange happening in this forest area. There's this weird thing with these people called "pineys" that are strange people who live in the forest areas and seem to be superhuman, if anything. Jack and the piney people form a bond to figure out what exactly is happening in the forest could harm the water that the piney people drink out of, but what is to come of it? I liked this read, I enjoyed it for other reasons but nothing suspenseful or scary about it. The Night Hunter by Meg Cabot. I was excited to read this short story by Meg Cabot since I've been reading some of her books lately. I suppose this one was suspenseful. It had this sort of sexy vibe that reminded me of batman in a way, I suppose. I liked how this one ended up, although it was a little predictable, I still enjoyed it. A little action type story when I really wanted something scary, but this story wasn't bad at all. A girl named Nina is working at the mall because her mother lost her college fund, so now she has to work part time at the mall. There's a robbery that happens and Nina decides to do what she can to help. There's also this legend of this Night Hunter who is a vigilante that helps people in need. Bad things happen, Nina gets kidnapped, she gets to meet the Night Hunter guy, all is well and the ending is one you'd see coming a mile away. This next one is called Tuition by Walter Sorrells. This one was a little suspenseful, I didn't like the ending though. It's about this kid who was brought up by criminals who rob people. This kid, named Marlon wants the clean life though and as soon as he hits 17 he's out of this crime business for good. It just so happens that this night that he's cracking this huge complicated safe is the night before his birthday, and no one seemed to remember. Does he crack the safe, or does he get caught? I didn't really expect the ending, I thought it was just a little dragged on, and eventually I got bored and just wanted this story to be over. Tagger by James Rollins. I didn't like this one at all. This was the one that almost made me quit the book, but I wanted to keep going because I was almost done with it. Honestly it was just boring. Soo-ling tags stores that she wants to protect, it's a family thing passed down from generation to generation. Some demon is trying to come after her, but the way that it played out I just didn't like it at all. Ray Gun Tim Maleeny. This last story was kind of interesting, a little strange and full of science stuff which is interesting. I've never actually read any science fiction or anything like that but I honestly thought this was just going to be about lizard people. I think I was a little confused by it, but at the same time I knew what was going on? Is that a thing? I guess for me it was. It wasn't really how I would have liked this entire book to end, but at least it wasn't as bad as the previous story. All in all, I liked some of the stories in this book, but I was really wanting more horror than anything.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Riley Howard

    Although a Collection of short stories, each one is a pretty good tale! So I got little blurbs about each! Each one was written as by a different author too! So here they are (With some spoilers!): "Welcome to the club": A story about peer pressuring and practical jokes. Probably the most grounded of the stories. The twist-fest at the end is rather tedious but in a funny way! The characters are easily understood and relatable, and there's murder! JJ as a protagonist is really nice, as his charact Although a Collection of short stories, each one is a pretty good tale! So I got little blurbs about each! Each one was written as by a different author too! So here they are (With some spoilers!): "Welcome to the club": A story about peer pressuring and practical jokes. Probably the most grounded of the stories. The twist-fest at the end is rather tedious but in a funny way! The characters are easily understood and relatable, and there's murder! JJ as a protagonist is really nice, as his character is so different from the "cool kid" crowd he's hanging with. It's also got a nice touch of revenge at the end! In what way? Read for yourself to find out! "She's Different Tonight": A variation on the standard love story! The shortest of the short stories, this one's unique due to the fact it's the only one with your typical old movie monsters! Although the names and characters do fall short, as I can't remember either, the use of imagery here is perfect! "Suckers"; My personal favorite of these stories! Apocalyptic dread meets Eldritch, Lovecraftian horror. The entire premise of this story is utterly terrifying, and certainly made me question my reality a little more than I would've liked. Yes, the ending is a bit cheesy, but it's not a deal breaker. Honestly it asks more questions than answers any. If you read this book, and only could choose one story to read, do this one. It's a heckuva good tale! "The Perfects" : Mediocre at best. The typical "I'm a normal and I just moved into a new town! My neighbors are really strange and such! Maybe it's because "Suckers" was such a good story and this one feels so...samey? I'm not sure what it was but this one was predictable. Inoffensive and spooky, but skippable. "Shadow Children": My second favorite! As someone's who is afraid of the dark myself, the monsters and overall just...darkness, that I got from this story, and the place where the Shadow Beasts come from and the TWIST! AHHH! It's all great. Another good read for a dark and stormy night. "The Poison Ring": The first in the oddly grounded crime related stuff (which doesn't strike me as scary, but it makes for a good story element). This one can get a bit nail biting, especially during the last fourth of it. Although I don't remember much, I do know that it involves the aforementioned ring, but not at all you'd imagine due to the title. "Dragonfly Eyes"; Forgettable. The best way to describe this is in five words: "Ghost good. Evil man bad." That's all I really remember. I mean, I don't like crime themed horror stories (for the most part) but even "The Poison Ring" and "The Night Hunter" kept my interest! "Jeepers Peepers": Most odd story of the bunch. A girl goes out to watch a blind kid down in the bayou of Louisiana (I think) and he has really odd powers! Scary stuff happens and such. I don't think it's bad, but it certainly not good. "Piney Power": Really is just as bland and boring as the title. The ending is nice but overall this story is just there. "The Night Hunter": Another semi-grounded one. If you want an explanation without spoilers, think off brand Batman. Otherwise it's kinda meh. "Tuition": ANOTHER crime story. A up and coming safe robber wants to get a big one to get tuition for college. This one is FULL of twists. Pretty funny actually, albeit a hair too short. "Tagger": Ancient Chinese (Or Japanese. I'm bad at remembering. I'm ninety percent sure its Chinese tho.) Meets modern street tagging. It's pretty riveting. Not really a horror story per say, but it's engaging as all get out! "Ray Gun" something something Lizard People something something train.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    3.5 stars, rounded up. An enjoyable collection of short suspense stories, similar to episodes of a modern day Twilight Zone. They should bring that show back and have it hosted by Neil Gaiman. That would be awesome!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Danna

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I thought I should start this review out by screaming since that is what the book started out by doing. I really liked this anthology because of two reasons: R.L Stine is awesome and I LOVE horror books (can you tell from the way I love zombies so much?). I can’t really say good/bad things about the whole book (since it has a bunch of stories by a bunch of authors mashed into it) so I’m just gonna say that some of AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I thought I should start this review out by screaming since that is what the book started out by doing. I really liked this anthology because of two reasons: R.L Stine is awesome and I LOVE horror books (can you tell from the way I love zombies so much?). I can’t really say good/bad things about the whole book (since it has a bunch of stories by a bunch of authors mashed into it) so I’m just gonna say that some of the stories were jaw dropping and made me have nightmares and others were, well, not so scary and had that little tinge of not so great writing in it. My favorite story in the anthology was The Night Hunter by Meg Cabot. Reading that story was a calling for me to read more Meg Cabot and horror books. Her story was kind of Batmanish, but it had a lot of originality to it (like it being from a girl’s prospective and having her be saved by the Night Hunter). I was actually hoping that that story wouldn’t end *sigh*. The cover looks really creepy with the dude standing in the field. Kinda stalkerish I might add. Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror was a great scary read and it had the unlucky 13 stories in it! I can’t wait to read more creepy anthologies! MUAHHAHA!!! Since this is an anthology I’m just gonna give it a B+ and not rate the writing and so forth.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    An anthology of short stories curated by the master of my middle school horror fixes always R.L. Stine..I rarely read random stories because it is so hard for me to keep up but I will record my thoughts as I read and see if this is a shelfer or giveaway LOL..Love that that is something I do with my life--read to see if I can use to inspire others to read..Yay..Okay so lets get into the book… Welcome to the Club-R.L. Stine J.J. is the perpetual new kid always moving around, struggling to fit in and An anthology of short stories curated by the master of my middle school horror fixes always R.L. Stine..I rarely read random stories because it is so hard for me to keep up but I will record my thoughts as I read and see if this is a shelfer or giveaway LOL..Love that that is something I do with my life--read to see if I can use to inspire others to read..Yay..Okay so lets get into the book… Welcome to the Club-R.L. Stine J.J. is the perpetual new kid always moving around, struggling to fit in and dependent on his job eand his mom’s two jobs to get by after his dad’s death..he finally gets recognition from some of the cool kids and a gorgeous girl and he is all in, even if the group is called the Killers and to join you must well kill someone..quirky twist..3/5 She’s Different Tonight-Heather Graham A boy who is not all he appears to be waits until Halloween when he dresses up as the perfect All-American football guy to make his move on the perfect girl. He has been watching her and despite her studious persona she shows a different side on Halloween--sexier, edgier and completely different ….what secrets are they both hiding??? 3/5 Suckers-Suzanne Weyn It’s New York 2060 and a rich family with movie star parents are in the middle of moving to one of the new designer planets for opulent extravagant living and they are all getting ready to travel to the planet of Lectus..As the family tries to settle into the new planet Phil meets the most beautiful girl he ever saw who warns him that people/whole towns are prone to mysterious disappearances...2/5 The Perfects-Jennifer Allison When Hannah and her family move into a new neighborhood it can’t be worse for her..she has no friends and nothing to do on a Halloween night so when her neighbor Mrs. Perfect comes over with a babysitting invitation --what else is there to do but accept? There is definitely more to the Perfect house and children then there seems and this one had so much potential but alas was was too short….2/5 Shadow Children-Heather Brewer “It was like this every night. Jon would whine to Mom or Dad and they’d make sure his night-light was working or that the hall light was on, anything to placate Jon’s irrational fear of things that weren’t really lurking in the shadows, waiting to snatch him away. Only tonight, it was Dax who was left to placate him. Bad enough he had to miss out on Janie’s party to babysit his little brother, but now he was also expected to cater to Jon’s ridiculous fear of the dark.” (Pg. 42) Dax is so over his little brother and his fear of things that lurk in the shadows so when he has to stay home and miss a party because of it he is disgusted-but are Jon’s fears for a good reason? 3/5 The Poison Ring-Peg Kehret A girl working with her mother in an antiques shop who takes in pieces from a mysterious older lady who may or may not have memory problems and all the danger and weirdness that happens after they acquire a cat poison ring..my least favorite one so far...1/5 Dragonfly Eyes-Alane Ferguson After a school shooting one day Savannah wakes up dead..she comes out of her body and begins a strange new life-- “As easily as one snuffs out a candle, I have ceased to be, and yet I still exist. This new state of being confuses me.” (Pg. 128) As she starts to contemplate life on the other side she also gets to know the other girl singled out by the gunman and comes to terms with her death..⅖ Jeepers Peepers-Ryan Brown For the love of money and yearning for freedom Elizabeth takes a babysitting job in a really odd part of town….its an emergency hire and though the mom is pretty and nice enough she herself even warns Elizabeth that none of her other babysitters ever return. Not easily spooked Elizabeth stays and meets the child and learns he is blind and sees terrors-thoughts in his mind that become real and well, creepy. After getting him to see that what he imagines isn’t always real things are fine---or are they? This one has a great twist and build up..4/5 Piney Power-F. Paul Wilson Jack should have gone home after Wheezy did..but he went on anyways and ended up running into the eccentric children in town--the Pineys… “Some folks called them inbreds….Jack didn’t know if any of that was true. People liked to talk, and some people just naturally exaggerated as they went along. But no one could deny that some Pineys didn’t look quite right.” (Pg. 164) Whether they are inbred or not they are an odd bunch that sticks together and dispense their own brand of justice to those who damage their peace..2/5 The Night Hunter-Meg Cabot Nina is obsessed with the Night Hunter-a vigilante who makes citizen’s arrests and is ultra-mysterious and gets his name from a song she loves….the Night Hunter finds her, knows her and then ...eh it was not a fav LOL...1/5 Tuition-Walter Sorrells A story about a safecracker and his protege-his son as they try one last time before Marlon becomes a full-fleged adult to get enough money to ensure his tuition is set...and this last job couldn’t be going worse and ends...with a twist..eh. 2/5 Tagger-James Rollins Soo-ling Choi is a graffiti tagger who feels ghosts and spirits and withthe guidance of her Aunt must discover what is real and what is not----the longest story and my least favorite. 1/5 Ray Gun-Tim Maleeny This last story I was not able to get into at all I can’t lie...it was too sci-fi and weird so I stopped...Short stories are too easy for me to lose interest with…. 1/5 Overall these stories were just eh...not really scary and only 2 like recommendable must reads.. Started a new book in the middle of this one LOL..sorry not a fav this Halloween season..

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nelson lim

    I thought that this was a great book because it wasn't like one long boring story that you have to wait for the end or the middle for the intresting parts. But in this book you only need to read for a short period of time to get to the instresting part. I also really liked the stories but it didn't freak me out but i still liked it. I choose this book because I really like R.L.Stine's book because it aucually keeps the reader stuck to the book. When I first looked at the book I thought that it w I thought that this was a great book because it wasn't like one long boring story that you have to wait for the end or the middle for the intresting parts. But in this book you only need to read for a short period of time to get to the instresting part. I also really liked the stories but it didn't freak me out but i still liked it. I choose this book because I really like R.L.Stine's book because it aucually keeps the reader stuck to the book. When I first looked at the book I thought that it was going to make me over cautions on the streets at night but it turned out to be a fun read. I really liked the first and second chapter because it seemed like what my elementry school teacher would have read to me. it was also very intresting.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dannielle

    Dannielle Nebinski (Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror) Genre: Short Stories Fear, is full of spine chilling tales about werewolves, vampires, cannibalistic children, and so much more.Things that seem to start out normal, such as an innocent baby sitting job for the neighbors, or a first date, or even a having a younger brother who is afraid of the dark, all turn out to be more than meets the eye, and cause you to start to think about how "normal" all of your own surroundings are! This collect Dannielle Nebinski (Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror) Genre: Short Stories Fear, is full of spine chilling tales about werewolves, vampires, cannibalistic children, and so much more.Things that seem to start out normal, such as an innocent baby sitting job for the neighbors, or a first date, or even a having a younger brother who is afraid of the dark, all turn out to be more than meets the eye, and cause you to start to think about how "normal" all of your own surroundings are! This collection of 13 stories is compiled by R.L.Stine from some of the true masters of suspense, and will keep you turning the pages, and not wanting to out the book down and turn out the lights!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Some of the stories were great and interesting but most of them were meh... The very first and the best thing that captures my attention was the introduction by R.L Stine which was simply creepy and scary all at once. (Stine's best trait......which I admire.) I'll admit I didn't enjoy this book.... I did liked a few like I said especially the one by meg cabot(The night hunter),Heather brewer's shadow children,Alane ferguson's Dragonfly eyes. A lot of the authors ended their stories on cliffhangers Some of the stories were great and interesting but most of them were meh... The very first and the best thing that captures my attention was the introduction by R.L Stine which was simply creepy and scary all at once. (Stine's best trait......which I admire.) I'll admit I didn't enjoy this book.... I did liked a few like I said especially the one by meg cabot(The night hunter),Heather brewer's shadow children,Alane ferguson's Dragonfly eyes. A lot of the authors ended their stories on cliffhangers which a clear disappointment to many readers since I too would have love to read more about how was their story would ended.This was the general complain I heard about from many readers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Pretty good selection of stories. Of course in an anthology, some were better than others, some I really liked (Jeepers Creepers, The Night Hunter, Ray Gun), some were very clever (Tuition, Piney Power, Tagger) and others grossed me out (The Perfects). All in all an entertaining read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carol Storm

    Most of the stories in this collection are mediocre, and a couple of the big names (Meg Cabot and Heather Graham) are clearly phoning it in. But there is one story called "Dragonfly Eyes" by Alane Ferguson, that is a beautifully written experience that will make you cry! Most of the stories in this collection are mediocre, and a couple of the big names (Meg Cabot and Heather Graham) are clearly phoning it in. But there is one story called "Dragonfly Eyes" by Alane Ferguson, that is a beautifully written experience that will make you cry!

  16. 4 out of 5

    David

    Because this is a compilation of short stories, my overall review is an average of the individual stories' ratings. It was a 3.4/5 averaged, but I rounded down because of the lack of standout stories. Welcome to the Club (R.L. Stine): 3/5 She's Different Tonight (Heather Graham): 3/5 Suckers (Suzanne Weyn): 4/5 The Perfects (Jennifer Allison): 5/5 Shadow Children (Heather Brewer): 2/5 The Poison Ring (Peg Kehret): 2.5/5 Dragonfly Eyes (Alane Ferguson): 4/5 Jeepers Peepers (Ryan Brown): 3.5/5 Piney Power Because this is a compilation of short stories, my overall review is an average of the individual stories' ratings. It was a 3.4/5 averaged, but I rounded down because of the lack of standout stories. Welcome to the Club (R.L. Stine): 3/5 She's Different Tonight (Heather Graham): 3/5 Suckers (Suzanne Weyn): 4/5 The Perfects (Jennifer Allison): 5/5 Shadow Children (Heather Brewer): 2/5 The Poison Ring (Peg Kehret): 2.5/5 Dragonfly Eyes (Alane Ferguson): 4/5 Jeepers Peepers (Ryan Brown): 3.5/5 Piney Power (F. Paul Wilson): 4/5 The Night Hunter (Meg Cabot): 4.5/5 Tuition (Walter Sorrells): 3/5 Tagger (James Rollins): 3.5/5 Ray Gun (Tim Maleeny): 3/5 Overall it was a pretty "meh" collection. I found most of the stories pretty forgettable, although decently enjoyable while reading. It was good for a quick Halloween read but definitely not the best book I've read this year. The Best: The Perfects was easily my favorite story, but probably because it was the most "serious" horror story of the bunch. Yes, there were some cheesy parts, but that is true of every single story in this collection. When cheese is done well, though, it can make for a very fun ride. The imagery was actually somewhat spooky, which was cool, and the ending was unexpected in a pleasant way. The Night Hunter was another standout, only losing half a star for the extremely obvious twist at the end. It took me seconds to predict who the Night Hunter was once the character was introduced, and also to predict (view spoiler)[that it would be his ~dreamy blue eyes~ that gave him away later (hide spoiler)] . The story was well-written though, all the characters likeable and believable enough, and was the best thriller/suspense story in the book thanks to playing up the "Fear" theme well. And I'll give an honorable mention to Piney Power, which mostly felt like a test or first draft for a longer book. But I would read that book if it got written, I think -- the idea was very fun and the setting even more so. The Worst: Tuition, The Poison Ring, and Shadow Children were pretty weak all said an done, the first two feeling like a generic heist story no different from any other, and the last feeling like a mediocre creepypasta that tried to get too ambitious at the end. In a general sense, I was pretty disappointed with the reliance on very tired tropes to build suspense in most of the stories -- She's Different Tonight being a memorable example, only earning 3 stars because it was well-written. Double honorable mention to R.L. Stine -- first for spoiling the twists in several stories in his introduction ((view spoiler)[In particular, for She's Different Tonight, he said "there might be vampires in it..."; that doesn't happen till one of the last paragraphs of the story and is supposed to be a big reveal (hide spoiler)] ). He earns the second shout-out for writing a story with (view spoiler)[like five soap-opera level twists at the end for no reason (hide spoiler)] . Overall, I would probably recommend finding another horror anthology.

  17. 4 out of 5

    The_Books_Music_Life

    Since this is 13 stories i’m going to rate the stories individually. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. R.L.Stine’s story 3 stars, I don’t think it could possibly hate or dislike anything this man writes. He’s one of my favorite authors. - Heather Graham story 1 star, I did not like this story it was slow, and boring to me. - Suzanne Weyn story 3 stars, I liked this one it kept me on the edge of my seat and had me confused till the end. I never would have guessed that ending I almost laughed! - Jennifer Since this is 13 stories i’m going to rate the stories individually. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. R.L.Stine’s story 3 stars, I don’t think it could possibly hate or dislike anything this man writes. He’s one of my favorite authors. - Heather Graham story 1 star, I did not like this story it was slow, and boring to me. - Suzanne Weyn story 3 stars, I liked this one it kept me on the edge of my seat and had me confused till the end. I never would have guessed that ending I almost laughed! - Jennifer Allison story 2 stars, It was suspenseful and creepy but would have been better as a longer story. - Heather Brewer story 2 stars, It was ok but it didn’t build into it but rather jumped straight into it. - Peg Kehret story 3 stars, It was good suspenseful. - Alane Ferguson 1 star There was nothing suspenseful about this story. - Ryan Brown story 3 stars, It was a good story about imagination - F. Paul Wilson story 1 star, I didn’t get this story. - Meg Cabot story 3 stars, It was a good story. - Walter Sorrells story 2 stars, It was a ok story just telling you criminals never win. - James Rollins story 4 stars, I really enjoyed this story I loved the Chinese mythology and how it wove it into the 21 century. - Tim Maleeny story 1 star, I didn't understand this story or the concept. -

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Collins

    This book is about many horror stories that put the main characters in high tense situations where they are tested to see if they are able to overcome. Some of the horrors were realistic and some were made up. They all involved choices that are said to be like crossing the Rubicon which means it cannot be undone. The miny story from inside that is gonna be the main focus is called "Tagger". In this story, a girl is tested to defeat an ancient monster that will destroy Los Angeles if she fails. S This book is about many horror stories that put the main characters in high tense situations where they are tested to see if they are able to overcome. Some of the horrors were realistic and some were made up. They all involved choices that are said to be like crossing the Rubicon which means it cannot be undone. The miny story from inside that is gonna be the main focus is called "Tagger". In this story, a girl is tested to defeat an ancient monster that will destroy Los Angeles if she fails. She is completely fearful because her ancestors before her failed which made her feel as if she had no chance. She then realizes how she had to do this with all her might to put the problem to rest. "Just do as we planned" (pg.264). This quote shows her might to fulfill what she has to do. I can relate to this because there are times when I'm scared and want to just give up and back down, but I, like her choose to not give and to stay strong to get the job done.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Cagney

    3.25 Stars (based on average of all ratings) When they were good they were great but more often then not they were pretty shit. Welcome to the club by RL Stine 4 Stars She’s different tonight by Heather Graham 1 Star Suckers by Suzanne Weyn 3 Stars The Perfects by Jennifer Allison 5 Stars (loved this one heaps!) Shadow Children by Heather Brewer 2 Stars The poison ring by Peg Kehret 3 Stars Dragonfly Eyes by Alane Ferguson 2 Stars Jeepers Peepers by Ryan Brown 4 Stars Piney Power by F. Paul Wilson 2 Sta 3.25 Stars (based on average of all ratings) When they were good they were great but more often then not they were pretty shit. Welcome to the club by RL Stine 4 Stars She’s different tonight by Heather Graham 1 Star Suckers by Suzanne Weyn 3 Stars The Perfects by Jennifer Allison 5 Stars (loved this one heaps!) Shadow Children by Heather Brewer 2 Stars The poison ring by Peg Kehret 3 Stars Dragonfly Eyes by Alane Ferguson 2 Stars Jeepers Peepers by Ryan Brown 4 Stars Piney Power by F. Paul Wilson 2 Stars The Night Hunter by Meg Cabot 4 Stars Tuition by Walter Sorrells 1.5 Stars Tagged by James Rollins 4 Stars Ray Gun by Tim Maleeny 4 Stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    Fear's collection of thirteen stories ranged from good to just ok. My favorite one of the bunch is "She's Different Tonight" by Heather Graham. It's got a fun twist that made me smile. I also liked "Dragonfly Eyes" by Alane Ferguson. It has a great lesson in there about being nicer to people before it's too late. I honestly could've finished this in a lot less time, but work and life got in the way. It's an ok anthology. I just expected it to be better. This is classified as a young adult book, b Fear's collection of thirteen stories ranged from good to just ok. My favorite one of the bunch is "She's Different Tonight" by Heather Graham. It's got a fun twist that made me smile. I also liked "Dragonfly Eyes" by Alane Ferguson. It has a great lesson in there about being nicer to people before it's too late. I honestly could've finished this in a lot less time, but work and life got in the way. It's an ok anthology. I just expected it to be better. This is classified as a young adult book, but some stories seemed almost more middle grade level. Check it out if you're a fan of R.L. Stine and/or the other authors. Otherwise, you're not missing much.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caleb

    This book was amazing! I love how Stine put multiple different short stores into one book. My favorite short story was the last one "Ray Gun" which was about a boy that has to face up against a horrifying Lizard man! This book was great because of its use of suspense, thrill, horror, and mystery. It is a must read full of plot twists and unexpected ending. I loved this book and i feel you should read it if you haven't already... Like right now... are you reading yet? This book was amazing! I love how Stine put multiple different short stores into one book. My favorite short story was the last one "Ray Gun" which was about a boy that has to face up against a horrifying Lizard man! This book was great because of its use of suspense, thrill, horror, and mystery. It is a must read full of plot twists and unexpected ending. I loved this book and i feel you should read it if you haven't already... Like right now... are you reading yet?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Well, maybe if I was like 10-12 years old this book would be a lot better. I picture myself probably loving these short stories as a kid but not so much now. Still love R.L. Stine regardless. He does have a lot of good books even for adults or adults who love reminiscing with his stories, just not this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeff McIntosh

    I purchased this book, hoping to find some of Stine's more adult writings...and was disappointed to find it was written for the YA population. I wasn't particularly impressed by this collection, although did enjoy the story by F. Paul Wilson. Maybe a nice collection for adolescents interested in horror and suspense.... Jeff McIntosh I purchased this book, hoping to find some of Stine's more adult writings...and was disappointed to find it was written for the YA population. I wasn't particularly impressed by this collection, although did enjoy the story by F. Paul Wilson. Maybe a nice collection for adolescents interested in horror and suspense.... Jeff McIntosh

  24. 5 out of 5

    Calvin

    The book is amazing it has suspense and horror short stories in it the book in my opinion is such a good read i recommend it to anyone who loves short stories. It was a very good book to read and very awesome

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brandee Miller

    Got this only for my Rollins collection. His story, "Tagger" was OK, average at best. I also read the Stine entry, "Welcome To The Club". Ehh, also average. I realize it's primarily for kids, but still...meh. Got this only for my Rollins collection. His story, "Tagger" was OK, average at best. I also read the Stine entry, "Welcome To The Club". Ehh, also average. I realize it's primarily for kids, but still...meh.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Aka Grave doll

    Some stories were really ok and great concepts ….some we're blah. eh? Hum. But the great thing about these types of books, well, it like those mystery bags. I, myself always enjoy those sort of things. Was a nice read for this time of year Some stories were really ok and great concepts ….some we're blah. eh? Hum. But the great thing about these types of books, well, it like those mystery bags. I, myself always enjoy those sort of things. Was a nice read for this time of year

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Stine's story was good. The rest were terrible even Cabot's. Stine's story was good. The rest were terrible even Cabot's.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tanner Ashley

    Most I like four stories than another 13 stories are: 1. Welcome to the club 2. Suckers 3. Jeepers Peepers 4. Tuition

  29. 4 out of 5

    Baronus

    Awesome 9/10

  30. 5 out of 5

    SHANE ELLIS

    Some stories were excellent (Suckers and the Perfects); however, most were derivative and uninspiring.

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